Audi A4 vs BMW 5 Series vs Volvo S90

The all-new Volvo S90 executive saloon and a small but potent Audi A4 take on the mighty BMW 5 Series...

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28 Aug 2015 6:0 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

What will they cost?

These cars are mainly run by company car drivers, and there isn’t a huge difference in their company car tax costs. The Volvo S90 emits the most CO2, so it costs the most, but only by £6 a month more than the Audi A4 and £10 more than the BMW 5 Series.

The S90’s lower list price may appeal to private buyers. However, if you factor in dealer discounts, depreciation and real-world fuel economy, it actually ends up being the dearest after three years.

The 5 Series offers the cheapest monthly PCP leasing payments. Put down a £7000 deposit on a three-year deal and you’ll pay back £299 a month, compared with £337 for the Audi and £389 for the Volvo. All of these deals are for 12,000 miles a year and you’ll have to pay a big ‘balloon’ payment at the end if you want to own the car outright.

Audi A4 vs BMW 5 Series vs Volvo S90

Audi A4 vs BMW 5 Series vs Volvo S90

Audi A4 vs BMW 5 Series vs Volvo S90

Start to look at what you get for your money however, and the S90 claws back some ground. All three cars come with sat-nav, a DAB radio, climate control and cruise control, but the S90 has semi-autonomous Pilot Assist technology that regulates the car’s speed and assists with the steering on motorways.

On top of that you get powerful LED headlights with high-beam assist, which automatically activates main beam when necessary, instead of the xenon lights fitted to the A4 and 5 Series.

Both German cars have front and rear parking sensors though, while the S90 has only rears. Like the 5 Series, the S90 has leather seats, which Audi charges £850 for. The S90 and the A4 both come with automatic emergency braking.