Volvo vs. Mercedes-Benz - Which Luxury Car is Better in St. Louis, MO

A new luxury sedan, wagon, or SUV can be one of the most exciting purchases you will make, but you'll feel the most satisfaction driving home your new car knowing you've thoroughly researched your options and chosen the model that best expresses your personality and wants.

Mercedes-Benz is a popular luxury option in St. Louis, MO, but the current Volvo line-up is raking in positive reviews as well for its elegant design and highly impressive and unique list of available features. If you don't know yet which of these two brands you want to drive, our comparison can help.

Volvo vs. Mercedes-Benz: Luxury Features

Volvo vs Mercedes-Benz Interior Luxury St. Louis, MO

Though Mercedes-Benz likely comes to mind before Volvo when considering luxury brands, Volvo has its own appeal. Do you prefer German styling or Scandinavian design? Volvo favors simple, clean lines and quiet and airy cabins with a feeling of quality. You will find features such as open-grain wood trim, diamond-cut dials, and a crystal shift knob inside.

Luxury features available on Volvo models include:

  • Heated, cooled, and massaging front seats with cushion extenders
  • Premium audio from Harman Kardon
  • Power sunroof
  • Choice of comfort or sport leather
  • Automatic headlights with headlight washers, and rain-sensing windshield wipers

Volvo also sells the utterly opulent 2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence trim in a four-seat configuration with every luxury feature you can imagine, including rear footrests and a drink refrigerator plus cooled beverage holders.

Volvo vs. Mercedes-Benz: Safety Features

We're impressed by the driver assistance features making their way into new Mercedes-Benz models, but Volvo's devotion to safety is unparalleled, and has been a large part of their design strategy for decades.

Volvo invented many safety features now found standard in nearly every brand, including Mercedes-Benz. These include three-point seatbelts, side impact airbags, and even blind spot monitoring. Their City Safety auto-braking system was introduced all the way back in 2008, with pedestrian detection added in 2010. Overall, Volvo makes safety a higher priority by making their accident mitigation systems standard features.

2017 Volvo XC90

Standard Feature

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE


Forward Collision warning and/or prevention



Side Collision (In intersection) warning and/or prevention



Rear Collision (At traffic stop) warning and/or prevention



Lane Departure warning and/or prevention



Road Departure warning and/or prevention


Volvo vs. Mercedes-Benz: Technology Features

Volvo vs Mercedes-Benz Technology St. Louis, MO

Both of these luxury models are available with highly impressive technology, including systems such as adaptive cruise control with steering assist, and even hands-free parking. But the technology that drivers interact with the most is the infotainment system. Volvo uses Sensus, while the Mercedes-Benz system is called COMAND.

COMAND uses a high-resolution 8-in. color display screen and a rotary dial/joystick controller. A touchpad controller is also available in addition to the dial.

Sensus is a tablet-like 9-in. portrait-style touchscreen with pinch and zoom functionality. Volvo's Sensus system also won the first-ever Kelley Blue Book "Best Auto Tech Award" in 2016, whose judges said it was "especially notable for its ability to enhance driving pleasure while also fostering safety, and it stood above the rest when it came to feature content, response times, ease-of-use and value."

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available with either system.

If you are interested in learning more about any particular model in the Volvo line-up, our Volvo Model Information Hub can help. If one catches your eye, visit our new vehicle inventory to find it in the trim and color you love.

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