The Indian car market is a fast developing and increasingly maturing industry. The car market of India has come a long way in just a few years’ time. This car market which used to be a basic and economical car centric space has now become highly diversified, as a lot of Indian car buyers now go for luxury cars and performance centric cars as well. While the takers of expensive luxury cars used to be just a handful even some years ago, now the number of luxury car buyers has substantially increased. Needless to say, that along with the spurt of demands of these luxurious cars, the global luxury car makers have been also pouring in their great offerings in the Indian market. So, with the passage of time the Indian luxury car segment is flourishing in a big way, and the luxury car manufacturers want it that way. This also means that the competition in the luxury car segment of India has gone up considerably.
While new luxury car launches are a continuous process in India recently, one model which has been highly awaited and talked about is the Volvo S90. Now, it is already known that the Volvo S90 is going to be the replacement of the Volvo S80, and it is going to get things rolling faster for Volvo in the Indian market. One of the great rivals of the Volvo S90 is the Audi A6.
We take a look at both these luxury cars to find out which one is more drool worthy. Take a look:
Volvo S90 Styling
The Volvo S90 is set to change the entire concept of the capable but not so dashing Volvo models. It is going to be an absolute stunner in order to give a tough competition to its rivals. It flaunts a sleek, coupe-like design, highly stylized and boldly designed front grille and very alluring LED headlights. The S90 is definitely much more stylish than the S80 and a truly alluring premium car.
Volvo S90 Interior & Features
The S90 is Volvo’s largest 4-door luxury sedan that comes with two motors and two trim models. It gets LED headlights as well as fog lights, sunroof, auto dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, dual zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, premium leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation system, 10 way electrically adjustable front seats, 9-inch touchscreen integrated infotainment system, advances audio system with 10 speakers, USB and auxiliary inputs, satellite radio, power folding rear head restraints, illuminated door handles. The top-end model also gets 19 inch wheels, front seats with heating and cooling features, leather wrapped dashboard panel, 4-zone climate control, walnut trim accents, 12-inch instrument display with integrated Apple CarPlay and tons of other advanced and luxurious features. And there is of course a lengthy list of highly advanced safety features that Volvo is known for, including Semi-autonomous steering system.
Volvo S90 Powertrain
The Volvo S90 luxury saloon gets equipped by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-pot mill that is offered in two power grades of T5 and T6. In the T5 models, the motor generates 250hp of power and 258 lb-ft of top torque, while the T6 version comes along with a turbocharger and a twin charged supercharger to offer 316hp and 295lb-ft. The engine gets mated to an 8 speed automatic gearbox.
Audi A6 Exterior Styling
The updated Audi A6 comes with a very sharp, sleek as well as muscular exterior design that has made it more appealing than before highlighting the premium look and feel of the luxury vehicle. It not only is a superb looking car, but is filled with great equipments as well to take on even newer rivals like the upcoming S90. It gets highly stylish Matrix headlamps with optic LED daytime running lights that makes the front face of the A6 highly aggressive looking. The sedan’s sculpted body is certainly a treat for the eyes, while its distinct split pattern tail lights along with the stylish bumper design add to the sophisticated and sporty styling of this sedan. The A6 features dynamic turn indicators, new set of alloy wheels and highly stylized and sharp front grille in chrome to make for a complete stunning visual appeal.
Audi A6 Interior & Features
On the inside, the Audi A6 is highly luxurious. The interiors come with subtle styling and don’t look dramatic. Rear passengers have their own climate control setup, but lacks cooled seat feature which Audi should consider for India. The Audi A6 gets an advanced infotainment system with navigation with GPS locations. There is a voice command system that syncs an Apple or Android device to activate the car’s voice command system if desired, retractable 8-inch integrated screen of the infotainment system comes with a multimedia interface in order make things easy. Then there’s a highly advanced audio system with Bose speakers for really great in-car entertainment. The car’s instrument cluster has analogue gauges and a central LCD screen which is integrated nicely with the central console design and electronic adjustment system for the steering wheel. There are of course a lot other superb luxury features along with advanced safety system, as highly safety measures are a given in all luxury cars.
Audi A6 Powertrain
The Audi A6 is offered in the car market of India equipped with only a 2.0-liter diesel mill. The new diesel engine is more fuel economical as well as less polluting than before. This 2 liter, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor has the capability of churning out a max power of 190Ps and 400Nm of top torque. The A6 can reach the mark of 100 km per hour from a standstill in just around 8 seconds and offers a top speed of more than 230 km per hour. The engine is mated to a sophisticated 7 Speed S-Tronic transmission with paddle shifters.
There is certainly no doubt that the new Volvo S90 will well deservingly find great favor from the luxury car buyers of India. However, only time will tell whether the Volvo S90 will be able to surpass the success of the popular Audi A6 or not.