The Volvo XC90 is the largest model in the Swedish automaker’s current SUV range. The second generation was revealed in 2015 and, in 2019, it underwent what is its first restyling that will keep it updated against its strongest competitors in the E-SUV segment.
The forerunner of Volvo’s new design language
The XC90 stands out for its successful design, a new language that it introduced together with its launch in 2015 and that, over time, has been reflected in other models of the company, such as the Volvo XC60 or the Volvo S90, among others. . Of this design philosophy, the main highlights are the ‘Thor’s hammer headlights about Norse mythology, as well as its rectangular grille with the integrated logo, the sculptural hood or the rather sporty-style bumper.
From the side, it stands out that the wheel arches, side sills, and bumpers are not finished in plastic, but have been painted the same color as the bodywork to highlight its more premium side. We found very straight lines and decorative molding on the lower section of the doors. The wheels, in different designs between 19 and 22 inches, perfectly complete the wheel arches, while the flat roofline or the large windows denote the great length of its bodywork.
Seen from behind, we find a spoiler that continues the roof line next to the longitudinal bars, the rear window with an almost vertical drop, the minimalist design of the boot lid bordered by vertical LED headlights, and a small bumper with diffuser integrated and visible exhaust outlets or trims (depending on the finish). The body can be finished in up to 12 different colors.
As for the measurements of the Volvo XC90, this is a large SUV, so we find a body that offers 4,953 mm in length, 1,923 mm in width, 1,776 mm in height, and a 2,984 mm wheelbase.
A stylish interior with premium quality
In the cabin of the Volvo XC90, we find high-end materials and qualities. Its multifunction steering wheel in a three-spoke design stands out on a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel where the driver has access to a wide assortment of menus and information. Next to it, a 9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system sits upright, bordered by vents.
Under the screen, we have a small console with various switches and a lower console with the gear lever and other switches for the multimedia system or the electric parking brake. The rest of the surfaces have been taken care of in detail, with leather and contrasting stitching, as well as a minimalist design that accompanies the exterior.
The interior of the Volvo XC90 is available in both a five-seater and a seven-seater version with three rows of seats. These, in turn, can be finished in up to 11 different combinations, between Nappa leather and perforated and ventilated Nappa leather. Also available as an option are four different types of trim, two steering wheel designs, and two other gear lever designs, one of which is clear glass.
In terms of boot capacity, the five-seater variant offers 721 liters which can be expanded to 1,886 liters by folding down the second row of seats. Meanwhile, the 7-seater Volvo XC90 has 314 liters with all three available rows, 692 liters with only two rows, and 1,868 liters when the two rear-seat benches are folded down.
Volvo XC90 2022 Range of engines
The range of engines for the 2019 Volvo XC90 is made up of three different engines. The first, and access to the range, is the B5 diesel, a 2.0-liter unit with 235 HP and 480 Nm of maximum torque that is supported by an electric motor. This mild-hybrid system adds another 14 hp and 40 Nm of torque to the combo (as well as a lithium-ion battery), for a total of 249 hp and 520 Nm of torque. The system is managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends all the power to an all-wheel-drive system. Approves an average consumption of 6.4 l / 100 km, according to data from the WLTP cycle.
The second available option is a gasoline engine also equipped with Mild Hybrid technology. This mechanic is a 2.0-liter turbo block with 250 HP of power and 350 Nm of torque together with the same 14 HP and 40 Nm electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The system is, like the diesel, managed through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. Both options (diesel and gasoline) offer the DGT ECO environmental label.
Finally, the third option is the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin, a plug-in hybrid version. The powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine with 303 hp and 400 Nm complemented by an 87 hp and 240 Nm electric motor powered by an 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. This combination allows it to have 390 hp and 640 Nm of torque, as well as travel up to 46 km in fully electric mode with an average consumption of 2.5 l / 100 km. By exceeding 40 km of electric range, the XC90 T8 obtains the 0 Emissions label. It also equips the eight-speed automatic transmission and the 4×4 traction system.
Trim levels and equipment
The new 2020 Volvo XC90 is available in three different trim levels. The option to access the range is the Momentum trim, which includes the 19-inch wheels in 5-spoke design in black, the partial leather upholstery, the Iron One inserts, the integrated dual exhaust pipes, the maintenance assistant track, the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, the Touring Chassis, the 9-inch multimedia system with high-performance sound system, among others.
One notch above is the R-Design trim, which also offers highlights like 20-inch five-spoke black diamond-cut alloy wheels, perforated Nubuck / Partial Nappa leather upholstery, and Metal aluminum interior inserts. Mesh.
Finally, the most luxurious finish is the Inscription and includes 20-inch alloy wheels in 10-spoke black and diamond-cut design, partial leather upholstery, and Black Wood inserts, among others.
The latest in driver assistance and safety systems
Volvo’s leadership in the field of safety is reinforced in the XC90. Now, the set of security technologies for urban environments developed by the company is part of the standard equipment on all models of the brand. This set of protective measures combines automatic emergency braking functionality and collision avoidance systems to cover a wide range of potential impacts and thus keep occupants safe.
The functionality of the City Safety package of measures is further expanded in the new XC90 with the ‘ Large Animal Detection ‘ function. This feature is designed to help avoid or mitigate collisions with large animals that may appear on the asphalt. Automatic steering control has also been added, which helps the XC90 stay on the road.
Volvo’s safety equipment offering, called IntelliSafe, covers both active and passive safety systems. This set of measures lays the foundation for Volvo’s leadership in the field of autonomous driving. The new Volvo XC90 already offers semi-autonomous driving with Pilot Assist technology, which operates up to 130 km / h on well-marked and well-maintained roads.
Among the novelties introduced in the restyling of the Volvo XC90 2019, the City Safety system with automatic emergency braking stands out, which is now capable of detecting pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals. The oncoming lane collision mitigation system, which was first introduced on the XC60, is now also available on the XC90, as is the case of the cross-traffic alert system with an automatic brake.
Lastly, although the XC90 was the first Volvo to offer Apple CarPlay integration, it is now also compatible with Android Auto. The Sensus infotainment system has had several updates in recent years and they have all been included in the XC90. When available, Spotify, the music streaming service, is also built into the Volvo SUV.
Your strongest rivals
Rivals to the Volvo XC90 include models such as the Mercedes GLE, the BMW X5, the Audi Q8, the Volkswagen Touareg, the Range Rover Sport, the Lexus RX, the Maserati Levante, and the Porsche Cayenne.
Volvo XC90 2022 Price
- Volvo XC90 Momentum B5 diesel AT8 AWD 5 seats: 68,650 euros
- Volvo XC90 Momentum B5 diesel AT8 AWD 7 seats: 70,200 euros
- Volvo XC90 Momentum B5 petrol AT8 AWD 7 seats: 72,350 euros
- Volvo XC90 R-Design B5 diesel AT8 AWD 7 seats: 76,236 euros
- Volvo XC90 R-Design B5 petrol AT8 AWD 7 seats: 78,626 euros
- Volvo XC90 Inscription B5 diesel AT8 AWD 7 seats: 76,928 euros
- Volvo XC90 Inscription B5 petrol AT8 AWD 7 seats: 78,168 euros
- Volvo XC90 Momentum T8 Twin AT8 AWD 7 seats: 82,250 euros
- Volvo XC90 R-Design T8 Twin AT8 AWD 7 seats: 86,058 euros
- Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 Twin AT8 AWD 7 seater: 86,905 euros
Volvo XC90 second hand
If what you are looking for is a used Volvo XC90, you can have a unit for around 26,000 euros, regardless of the mileage or year of registration. On the contrary, if you prefer a Volvo XC90 of km0, prices start at around 45,000 euros.