When comparing the Volvo 740's and the Volvo 850's specifications and ratings, The Volvo 850 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Volvo 740's and the Volvo 850's specifications and ratings, the Volvo 850 is a better car than the Volvo 740.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Volvo 740’s base engine makes 114 horsepower, and the Volvo 850 base engine makes 168 horsepower. The 740 is rated to deliver an average of 20 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 390 miles. The 850 is rated to deliver an average of 21 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 494 miles. This gives the Volvo 850 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Volvo 740. Both models use gasoline.