Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90

The 2016 Volvo XC90 is all new, its first redesign since the previous version was launched for the 2003 model year, and the transformation is dramatic.

The 2016 XC90 carries seven passengers and has more cargo space than ever. Yet it trades the minivan look of the former iteration for that of a sleek, expensive-looking wagon with a long hood, bold grille and striking LED headlamps. The new XC90 is a refreshing alternative to the macho look of some other crossovers and SUVs.

Likewise, the interior is a breath of fresh air with generous amounts of leather, aluminum and wood trim punctuated with high-tech digital instrumentation and a large tablet-like infotainment touchscreen in the center stack. Contour seats inspired by Wegner lounge chairs and an Orrefors-like crystal shifter celebrate Swedish design.

All-wheel drive is standard.

Volvo XC90 T6 uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged to elevate power to that of a V6. The resulting 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, working through a well-mannered eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, moves the 4627-pound SUV smartly and with no fuss. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/25 mpg City/Highway.

Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid can travel 24 miles on electric power alone. Two electric motors are added to the T6 engine to deliver 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. The T8 accelerates more briskly and more smoothly than the T6.

Volvo is targeting an EPA rating of 59 MPGe for the XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid, a figure that takes into account the first 24 miles of fossil-free driving. (Official EPA data were not available when this was published.)

The chassis is all-new, with double-wishbone front and integral-link rear suspensions. Optional is an electronically controlled air suspension.


2014 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 got fresh styling and a revised interior for the 2013 model year, the most significant updates since the seven-passenger SUV was launched as a 2003 model. The XC90s appearance was previously freshened for 2007, and sporty R-Design models joined the lineup for 2009. Because its been in the Swedish automakers lineup for so many years without a full redesign, Volvos largest sport-utility is dated, compared to rival premium-level SUVs.

For 2014, Executive C-pillar emblems and floor mats are added to the XC90 3.2, and 19-inch Galateia alloy wheels are newly optional. A folding front passenger seat is added to the Premium Plus model, which loses its Sovereign Hide soft leather seating surfaces (now an option). Premium Plus trim equipment now is standard on the XC90 R-Design, which features a folding front passenger seat, digital compass, Homelink remote garage door opening, and grocery bag holder.

Each XC90 comes standard with leather upholstery, a power glass sunroof, rear park assist and third-row climate control. An integrated center booster cushion adds versatility to the second-row seat and eliminates the challenges associated with installing a separate child seat.

2014 XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels are swathed in Sovereign hide soft leather seating surfaces and red wood inlays. A red wood steering wheel is available for XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels.

The 2014 XC90 R-Design features a fully color-coordinated exterior plus LED daytime running lights and taillights. Ixion alloy 19-inch wheels amplify its sporting appeal. The R-Design features a sport-tuned suspension and steering for an enhanced driving character, plus a unique R-Design grille, leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logo on the front seats, an R-Design steering wheel, watch dial instruments and floor mats.

The Volvo XC90 is available only with a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Developing 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, the 2014 Volvo XC90s six-cylinder engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Volvo XC90 are 16/22 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined for front-wheel drive models; and 18 mpg Combined for all-wheel drive.

Weve found that the XC90 rides comfortably, handles well and is easy to park. It boasts more cargo space than many competitors. Its tow rating of 3,970 pounds is enough to haul light boat trailers, personal watercraft and snowmobiles, but not cars and horses.

The optional all-wheel drive works smoothly, without penalty in fuel economy, and its truly welcome when the weather gets foul. Buyers who dont need all-wheel drive can choose an XC90 with front-wheel drive.

Competitors to the Volvo XC90 include the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350 and the Volkswagen Touareg. Good value alternatives include the Buick Enclave, Ford Flex and Hyundai Santa Fe. Volvo buyers might also consider the XC70, which features a more contemporary design in a slightly smaller, sportier package.


2013 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 gets fresh styling and a revised interior for the 2013 model year, the most significant updates since the seven-passenger SUV was launched as a 2003 model. The XC90's appearance was freshened for 2007 and the sporty R-Design models joined the lineup for 2009.

A fully color-coordinated exterior makes the 2013 XC90 look sleeker and lower to the ground. Updated design cues include new body-color bumpers, sill moldings and wheel arches. LED daytime running lights and taillights come standard. The 2013 XC90 3.2 receives a new silver front bumper bar, chrome taillight trim, silk matte mirrors, and 18-inch Thalia alloy wheels.

The 2013 Volvo XC90 3.2 cabin gets new luxury accents including sanded silver aluminum inlays, white instrumentation lighting and a leather strap on the tailgate. As before, the XC90 comes standard with leather upholstery, a power glass sunroof, rear park assist and third-row climate control. An integrated center booster cushion adds versatility to the second-row seat and eliminates the challenges associated with installing a separate child seat. All 2013 XC90 models gain rain sensor windshield wipers and headlight washers.

2013 XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels are swathed in Sovereign hide soft leather seating surfaces and red wood inlays. A red wood steering wheel is available for 2013 XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels.

The 2013 XC90 R-Design features a fully color-coordinated exterior plus LED daytime running lights and taillights. New 19-inch Ixion alloy wheels amplify its sporting appeal. The R-Design continues to feature a sport-tuned suspension and steering for an enhanced driving character, plus a unique R-Design grille, leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logo on the front seats, an R-Design steering wheel, watch dial instruments and floor mats.

The Volvo XC90 is available only with a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder. (A V8 engine is no longer an option.) The 2012 Volvo XC90's six-cylinder engine makes 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2012 Volvo XC90 are 16/22 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined for front-wheel drive models, 18 mpg Combined for all-wheel drive.

We found the XC90 rides comfortably, handles well and is easy to park. It boasts more cargo space than many of its competitors. Its tow rating of 3,970 pounds is enough to haul light boat trailers, personal watercraft and snowmobiles but not cars and horses.

The optional all-wheel drive works smoothly, without penalty in fuel economy, and it's truly welcome when the weather gets foul. Buyers who don't need all-wheel drive can choose an XC90 with front-wheel drive.

Competitors to the Volvo XC90 include the Acura MDX, Lexus RX 350 and the Volkswagen Touareg. Good value alternatives include the Buick Enclave, Ford Flex and Hyundai Santa Fe. Volvo buyers might also consider the XC70, which features a more contemporary design in a slightly smaller, sportier package.


 

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