Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

About Volvo XC90

After launching one of the most ambitious design overhauls in modern memory, Volvo’s XC90 crossover SUV for 2017 utterly validates the Swedish automaker’s efforts. The 7-passenger XC90 breaks new ground on a number of fronts, the most obvious being under its hood where 4-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged Drive-E engines replace what is traditionally the job of a V6 or V8. All-wheel drive is available on the T5 and standard on the T6, while the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid is enhanced by a rear electric motor replacing the traditional mechanical setup. Taking direct aim at the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Acura MDX, the XC90 offers a fresh design, more intriguing interior toys and a revolutionary drivetrain marking a new beginning in Volvo engineering.

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2017?
2017 Volvo XC90

Volvo’s 2017 XC90 SUV drops the Inscription trim from the T5 but adds an 8-inch driver’s display, LED headlights and, on R-Design trims and higher, Apple CarPlay. The T8 gains a new Excellence trim bringing heated and ventilated massaging rear seats, a built-in refrigerator and 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio.

  • Expert Rating: --
  • Consumers Rating: 8.2
  • MPG 22|26
2016 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volvo XC90

In a word, everything. From its styling, platform architecture and suspension configuration to its potent yet super-efficient Drive-E powertrains, tablet-style Sensus human-machine interface, and advanced safety technologies, the 2016 XC90 introduces design elements that significantly elevate the status of both the vehicle itself and the entire Volvo brand.

2014 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2014?
2014 Volvo XC90

After a major refresh last year, the 2014 Volvo XC90 sees only a few changes to options packages and styling. Most notable is a fold-flat front-passenger seat, standard on the R-Design and optional on the 3.2.

2013 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2013?
2013 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 receives a host of styling enhancements for 2013. Chrome and silver accents, along with color-keyed fender lips, adorn the exterior while a new 3-spoke steering wheel, white backlit instrument cluster and upgraded leather-seating materials round out the key interior changes.

2012 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2012?
2012 Volvo XC90

Volvo has discontinued the optional V8 engine in the XC90, leaving the 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder as the sole choice. The 2012 XC90 is offered in two forms: 3.2 or R-Design, with additional trim levels for each that are designated Premier Plus and Platinum. Unlike other Volvos available in R-Design form, here the XC90 does not add more horsepower, but instead differentiates itself with a sport-tuned suspension and interior and exterior upgrades.

All 2012 XC90s get Bluetooth music-streaming capability and a new exterior color choice, Caspian Blue. R-Design models receive big 20-inch alloy wheels and xenon headlights.

2011 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2011?
2011 Volvo XC90

Changes to the 2011 Volvo XC90 include standard Bluetooth and Sirius Satellite Radio, as well as a five horsepower bump for the 3.2-liter engine.

2009 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2009?
2009 Volvo XC90

A new trim, dubbed R-Design, is available on both the base and V8 model. It adds a unique grille, wheels, suspension upgrades and interior trim, as well as R-Design embossed leather seating. Some of Volvo's more popular options are bundled into new packages, making it easier for consumers add equipment.

2008 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2008?
2008 Volvo XC90

The 3.2 trims receive new wheels and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. The V8 models include 18-inch wheels (up from 17 inches), fender extensions and bright C-pillar trim.

2007 Volvo XC90
What's new for 2007?
2007 Volvo XC90

The new 3.2 model replaces the 2.5T and receives a 3.2-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. All models receive a minor freshening both inside and out, as well as a standard tire pressure monitoring system. New audio systems feature an auxiliary input jack and CD/MP3 capability.

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Consumer Reviews

Outstanding vehicle in almost every respect

By on Sunday, October 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Outstanding in ride, interior and exterior styling"

Cons: "A few software bugs - successfully resolved"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We love the 2016 XC 90 Inscription First Edition. This is our fourth Volvo -- including the XC 70 we still own. The ride is impressive, the interior layout and functionality are excellent, and the exterior styling is unmatched. The touch screen controls are easy to use once you become familiar with the technology. We did experience some initial software bugs however once the dealer did a total replacement we've been fine.We attributed that experience to the fact we were early adopters. We've traveled extensively (hence the almost 30K miles in a little over a year) and love the highway and local handling. Highly recommend the rear air suspension stabilizer option. We've had the vehicle in all types of weather from a Northeast winter (prior to relocating) to the hot summer -- and recent high water due to Hurricane Matthew. We just raised the ride with the selector. Volvo has a winner in the technology and performance category leadership of this SUV. I'd rate it a full 10/10 but for the initial bug workouts. In each case the NJ dealer was great."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love it and hate it

By on Friday, August 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Safe, comfortable, fun to drive, beautfiul"

Cons: "Software is horrible & unreliable for $$$$$ car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Love my new 2016 Volvo XC90 when it starts. Beautiful inside and out, lots of great safety features, and a pleasure to drive. However, there have been severe software issues and most recently battery draining for no apparent reason when it sits. Each trip to shop has been 2 - 3 days, because their technicians are not fully up to speed and/or the software is too screwed up. They generally have to do a remote consult with Volvo engineers.. As I write this I am about to jump start it to take it back to the shop again, just a month after the last battery episode (they did a battery reset and then installed a new battery last time, but never did find the cause). Do a Google search and you will find dozens of other people with the same problem. My recommendation. Do not buy this car yet. Perhaps wait a year until Volvo gets their act together. I have the Inscription T6, my first purchase of a luxury car and likely my last. My Chrysler minivan had fewer problems in its 10 years and is still running strong for my son. Wish I'd kept it!"

25 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Luxry redefined!

By on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Detailing, style, technology, comfort"

Cons: "No power tilt,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I previously owned a 2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 AWD with all package options. I didn't have one single issue and planned to keep it. Once I saw the 2016 XC 90 being advertised I changed my mind. I placed an order in May of 2015 and it arrived in August of 2015. I'd like to point out that another review does say you need to get the inscription level (it is very nice) however the air suspension is an option without that also. I decided not to go with the inscription because of the ventilated seats. The dealer agreed saying with spills it would be much harder to keep clean. Instead I upgraded to the Momentum Plus package added all the other packages as well as air suspension, HUD, and the bowers and wilkins sound system. The total price was just over $62,000 which comes in at a higher price than an inscription without any or most of those options. My advice is if you can add it all plus inscription which would be $68,000+ then go for it. However getting all the packages and options without inscription was great for me. I agree air suspension is a must and the ride is the best I've experienced. The B&W sound system is also a must have if you spend much time on the road. Everyone who gets in is blown away but the sound experience! The only issue I've had is with the backup camera/360 camera, sometimes it fails to work and then once I turn the car off and back on it works again. This has happened a few times but I noticed it's usually when I don't get the car time to load up. It takes less than a minute for the computer system to load but sometimes you don't have that time to wait. Overall I'd highly suggest this car at this point and hope I can report the same thing in several years."

54 people out of 62 found this review helpful

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