The Volvo XC90 debuted back in 2002, and soldiered on for fourteen years with little more than the occasional tweak. It’s a testament to Volvo that the car remained popular and viable for that long, while many competing vehicles would have gone through three product cycles in the same timeframe.
For 2016 the Volvo XC 90 is completly new from the ground up. This is one of the most highly anticipated car launches of recent times, and the XC90 does not disappoint. The exterior is immediately recognizable as a Volvo to fans of the marque, and has a subtle, understated elegance that eschews the ostentation of other luxury Utes. The lines cleverly make the car look smaller than its seven-seat capacity would indicate, and it oozes quiet confidence.
The interior is the very best of Swedish modern – Matt wood and metal finishes surround the 9-inch touch screen, complemented by simple lines, minimalist practicality and the most comfortable seats in any car at any price, swathed in high quality leather.
Volvos have long been lauded for their solidity and safety, and this Volvo does not disappoint. The list is extensive, and offers the latest in passive and active safety technologies with a list of acronyms that would make your head spin. Suffice to say that this Volvo is a safe and secure place to put the most precious cargo of all.
Two powertrains are offered. The bulk of XC90s will be T6 models, with a 316-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel-drive. The T8 model uses the same engine and adds an electric motor. This “Twin Engine” plug-in hybrid replaces the mechanical all-wheel drive with a 60-kilowatt (82-hp) electric motor and will churn out about 400 hp and a remarkable 472 lb-ft of torque.
On road dynamics are flawless, with flat cornering, predictable handling and good steering feel. The blend of innovation, luxury and style with the total absence of ostentation ensures that this luxury SUV will please existing Volvo buyers and a whole bunch of converts to the brand, too.