Volvo introduced the XC90 in 2002, it’s a luxury SUV that has won acclaim from all corners of the motoring industry and achieved some of the best safety scores in the Euro NCAP testing – 97% for occupant safety, and 100% for safety technology, but then, it is a Volvo.
The distinctive exterior wraps around seven proper seats, a wealth of safety equipment, and enough standard kit to shame most manufacturers. With up to near 400 horsepower on-tap, you’ll find that it’s not lacking in that department either, although there are some softer versions available – 232, 247, and 296 horsepower.
As standard, the entry level model is well-specced, and there’s plenty of options for more:
Full leather interior, adaptive cruise control, keyless start, automatic LED headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, reversing camera, park assist, hands-free powered tailgate, twin-zone climate control, electrically adjustable heated front seats, and of course, the obligatory touchscreen infotainment system.
Options? How about Nappa leather, active headlights, air suspension, active suspension or a state-of-the-art heads-up display system? The options are almost limitless, but choosing the right trim level could see many of the upgrades fitted as standard.
VOLVO XC90 POWERTRAIN
Volvo have kept the powertrain options to a sensible level – three engines, all 2.0 litre four-cylinder, there’s diesel and petrol options, and of course a plug-in hybrid, with around 30-miles of range on electric-only power.
Despite the size, the XC90 can achieve up to 41.5mpg, making it better on fuel than some of the competition, and even the lowliest 232hp B5 diesel engine is plenty enough to make smooth, un-hurried progress without feeling that the engine is stressed. Step that up to the T8 Twin Engine (hybrid) and progress is rapid, thanks to the 385hp drivetrain.
With all seven seats in place, the XC90 has enough space for everyday use – 356 litres in the boot but folding down the third row of seating sees that rise to 1,007 litres, and if that still isn’t enough, you can flatten all the rear seating for a cavernous 1,856 litres of load space. You could almost live in that. It’s worth noting that the Volvo rear seating has been praised for its ease of use and adjustability.
If you’re looking to tow a trailer, caravan, or some sort of recreational vehicle, then the XC has the capacity to tow up to 2,700Kg, which surpasses some of the competition by quite a margin, and of course, it comes already equipped to do so.
There isn’t much point in just listing all of the safety features and technology, it’s a Volvo after all, and Volvo’s aim is to have zero deaths as a result of an accident, be that as the occupant of the vehicle, or indeed, as a pedestrian.
However, special note must be made of the ‘Run Off-Road’ system which detects when the car has left the road, and prepares it for a crash, and also the seating – specially designed with a heavy-duty impact resistant base to help reduce the energy of any impact. They’re very clever, and unique to Volvo.
If you’d like to find out more details about the Volvo XC90, try it for yourself, or just come and have a look, then get in touch with one of our friendly professionals, and they’ll be able to help make that happen for you.