2011 Mercedes-Benz
ML63 AMG
vs. 2012 Volvo
XC90 3.2

2012 Volvo XC90 3.2

10.0

starting from

$39,275

Reasons to buy the Volvo XC90 3.2

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.9"
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Quite expensive
$39,275
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Below average highway fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Good cargo space
85.1 ft3
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

8.7

starting from

$93,465

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

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Quite powerful
503 HP @ 6,800 RPM
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Very sporty performance
10.4 lb/hp
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Spacious back seats
53.7 ft3
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More airbags
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Cost 7.4 vs 10.0
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Winner: XC90 3.2
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  • The best price we've seen is $54,190 cheaper (2.4x less), $39,275 vs $93,465
  • Gets around 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 16 mpg vs 11 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Both have more gears, but the ML63 AMG in particular has a wide number
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The ML63 AMG's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the XC90 3.2
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with satellite radio
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the XC90 3.2
Overall 8.7 vs 10.0

Cost

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ML63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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MSRP $93,465 vs $39,275 The XC90 3.2 has a reasonable price, while the ML63 AMG is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 11 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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ML63 AMG
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
XC90 3.2
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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ML63 AMG
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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ML63 AMG
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0-60 mph 4.8 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs Unknown
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1/4 mile Unknown vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

Safety Features

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ML63 AMG
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 4 The ML63 AMG has a good number of airbags, but the XC90 3.2 does not (missing Rear Curtain, Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs None

Performance

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ML63 AMG
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
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Horsepower 503 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,400 RPM The ML63 AMG is very powerful, while the XC90 3.2 is only of average power
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 Both have more gears, but the ML63 AMG in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 10.4 lb/hp vs 19.8 lb/hp The ML63 AMG is a very sporty car, while the XC90 3.2 is quite sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The ML63 AMG has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.9 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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ML63 AMG
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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 Volvo
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The XC90 3.2 has lots of passenger seats and the ML63 AMG is OK, too
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Cargo space 72.4 ft3 vs 85.1 ft3 The XC90 3.2 has lots of cargo room and the ML63 AMG is pretty good
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front seats 56.9 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1365 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The ML63 AMG's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the XC90 3.2
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The ML63 AMG's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the XC90 3.2
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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ML63 AMG
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XC90 3.2
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Number of speakers 12 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the XC90 3.2

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