Volvo XC90 Review & Comparison

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THE PINNACLE OF MODERN SCANDINAVIAN LUXURY

The Volvo XC90 embodies the Volvo spirit of automotive luxury with a confident and elegant exterior, a first class interior and a suite of ground-breaking innovations that will transform the way you drive into a completely new experience. The XC90 combines the ultimate level of luxury & sophistication with efficient performance. This Volvo XC90 Review and Comparison will help you discover the next generation of Volvo Cars.

A LUXURY DRIVING EXPERIENCE.

Many features separate the Volvo XC90 SUV from the competition including a 9-inch Sensus Touchscreen Interface that is extremely intuitive to use and removes the clutter of buttons and switches that plague so many SUV cabins. It is in an easier and more convenient way to get the information you need while driving. An optional 4-Corner Air Suspension continuously adapts to changing road conditions, and keeps the front and rear of the XC90 level regardless of load. This provides superior ride comfort and the ability to switch to a sportier character at the touch of a button. The XC90 also features extremely comfortable seating for 7, built with a 'Designed Around You' philosophy and among the best in the automotive world. All-new for the -90 series of Volvo Cars, the rear row is theater-style and is higher than the front seats for a better view of the road ahead.

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TOMORROW'S TECHNOLOGY.

The Volvo XC90 T8 is the world's first 7-Seat Plug-In Hybrid Luxury SUV. The T8 drivetrain features both an electric motor and a highly efficient combustion engine that offer class-leading performance AND very low fuel consumption and C02 emissions. The two power sources work in sophisticated harmony and are virtually silent, allowing the driver to access exhilarating performance and great amounts of driving pleasure, all while greatly reducing the carbon footprint and gasoline dependence of the SUV. A Volvo hallmark has always been technical prowess, and our engineers delivered for the XC90.

Optional Generation 2 Pilot Assist is a Semi-Autonomous Drive System that gives gentle steering inputs to keep the Volvo properly aligned within lane markings up to speeds of 80 mph. It can also assist in braking and acceleration. This is a quantum leap towards full autonomous drive, a key innovation area for Volvo Cars.

The XC90 debuts several World Firsts in automotive technology including Run-Off Road Mitigation. This system works in tandem with the Lane Keeping Aid and can detect an imminent road departure. Using steering corrections, it will help keep you and your loved ones safely on the road. In addition, the XC90 is now available with Large Animal Detection which uses the standard-fitted radar/camera unit to detect large animals in the vehicle's path. It will alert the driver with a warning, and apply the brakes to help reduce the chances of an impact or the damage from an unavoidable impact.

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SIMPLICITY. THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION.

Today's luxury SUVs all carry highly advanced tech, but the Volvo XC90 stands apart with its exceptionally well-surfaced and sophisticated stance. The packaging, versatility, and design execution of the interior was achieved with Scandinavian sensibilities and exudes luxury and a powerful presence at once. The signature 'Thor's Hammer' LED daytime running lights give way to broad shoulders and tightly creased character lines. The interior is a work of modern art and features simple and elegant design themes in the dashboard, central tunnel and seats.

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MULTIPLE POWERTRAINS FOR EVERYONE'S
UNIQUE NEEDS.

The XC90 is available in three powertrains that all feature All-Wheel-Drive: T5, T6, and T8 Plug-In Hybrid.

The T5 powertrain consists of an extremely efficient, yet very powerful turbocharged inline-4 Drive-E engine. It is optimized for very good drive-ability and throttle response for the low to medium rev-range that most drivers use, particularly in their daily commute. It features 250 HP and 258 lbs-ft. of torque between 1500 and 4800 RPM. Torque comes on immediately and there is no perceptible turbo lag. This high-performance engine provides generous power similar to a V6, while balancing fuel efficiency.

The T6 powertrain takes the T5's turbocharged inline-4 Drive-E engine and adds a supercharger which improves low-rev power delivery, while the turbocharger keeps the engine punching hard at higher revs. This allows for an extremely efficient and lightweight package that produces numbers similar to a turbocharged V6: 316 HP and 295 lbs-ft. of torque from 1800 to 5500 RPM. The very high-performance T6 powertrain will provide plenty of power in every driving situation, and is a smart choice for daily driving and highway commuting together.

Both the T5 and T6 feature five Drive Modes: Comfort, Dynamic, Eco, and Individual. Comfort Mode is the default setting and all the vehicle parameters are adjusted to provide maximum comfort and ride quality. Dynamic Mode provides a very sporting driving experience as the engine, gearbox, accelerator, steering and brake response are all quickened. For the lowest possible fuel consumption and emissions, one can select Eco Mode. The accelerator and gearbox are softened to maximize economy. Individual Mode allows for customization of any or all of these parameters for a tailored setting to the driver. Finally, Off-Road Mode can be set at speeds below 12 MPH to maximize the car's performance and tractability on poor road surfaces. This will activate the XC90's Hill Descent Control as well.

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At the top of the XC90 range is the T8 Plug-In Hybrid powertrain. It combines the turbocharged and supercharged inline-4 Drive-E engine and adds an electric motor for further efficiency, flexibility and power. Because the T8 has a gasoline engine in its drivetrain, it eliminates the limited range of an all-electric car. This powertrain offers true performance with 400 HP and 472 lbs-ft. of torque from 2200 to 5400 RPM. The T8 can be operated for up to 14 miles on pure electric driving as well.

The T8 Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain can be configured in six distinct Drive Modes: Hybrid, Pure Electric, Power, eAWD (All-Wheel-Drive), Save, and Off-Road. Hybrid Mode is the default mode and utilizes both the electric motor and gasoline engine, individually or in parallel. Their operation is optimized with regard to performance, fuel-consumption and absolute comfort. Pure Electric Mode is best used in a city environment and prioritizes the electric motor. Zero emission driving is possible for up to 14 miles and up to 78 MPH. Power Mode can be utilized to combine both the electric motor and gasoline engine for maximum performance. The electric motor provides instant response and torque off idle, and the combustion engine takes over for higher RPM driving. In the eAWD Mode, All-Wheel-Drive is constant and on-demand. This improves traction in slippery conditions and offers the driver the choice to disable All-Wheel-Drive for more efficient driving. Save Mode can be used to save battery levels while driving for later pure electric driving, or can utilize the gasoline engine to recharge up to 40% of the battery. Finally, Off-Road Mode can be set at speeds below 12 MPH to maximize the car's performance and tractability on poor road surfaces. This will activate the XC90's Hill Descent Control as well and lock its differentials as well.

Charging the T8 is very simple as it is the only plug-in hybrid with a charging cable that can plug into either a 110V (approx. 7 hour charge) or a 220V wall outlet (approx. 2.5 hour charge). An optional home Wallbox Charging Station is also available which will further improve charging times. This is a plug-in hybrid that is very easy to live with!

All of these drivetrains feature a highly advanced 8-Speed Geartronic Transmission which offers best in class efficiency, quick and smooth shifting, and rapid start-stop technology.

The XC90 debuts several World Firsts in automotive technology including Run-Off Road Mitigation. This system works in tandem with the Lane Keeping Aid and can detect an imminent road departure. Using steering corrections, it will help keep you and your loved ones safely on the road. In addition, the XC90 is now available with Large Animal Detection which uses the standard-fitted radar/camera unit to detect large animals in the vehicle's path. It will alert the driver with a warning, and apply the brakes to help reduce the chances of an impact or the damage from an unavoidable impact.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE?

The luxury SUV segment is one of the most crowded areas in today's automotive landscape.  We must admit, there are several fine choices in this segment and it is best to review them all not only on paper, but compare how rewarding they will be for your lifestyle.  

For a very similar price to the Acura MDX SH-AWD, Infiniti QX60 AWD, and Lexus RX350 AWD, the Volvo XC90 T5 SUV is a larger and more luxurious SUV with more standard features and safety technology.  The 2.0L Drive-E engine in the XC90 T5 returns 22 MPG city and is considerably better than the 18-19 MPG of these competitors.  Because it is a turbocharged engine, it creates more low-end torque compared to the 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 engines of the Acura, Infiniti and Lexus, which allows for more comfortable power delivery and efficiency.  The XC90 T5 is extremely refined and whisper quiet inside and out!

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Compared to the other SUVs, the Volvo XC90 T5 is a larger and more luxurious SUV with more standard features and safety technology.

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advanced Safety Technology

The XC90 debuts several World Firsts in automotive technology including Run-Off Road Mitigation & Large Animal Detection.

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The Most Efficient

The 2.0L Drive-E engine in the XC90 T5 returns 22 MPG city and is considerably better than the 18-19 MPG of these competitors.

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IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The XC90 was named 2016 IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick+ (the highest possible safety rating).

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Most Awarded SUV

The XC90 was named Motor Trend's 2016 SUV of the Year, the 2016 North American Truck of the Year, the 2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Auto Tech Award, to name a few.

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smooth ride, On and Off-road.

The XC90 is available with an electronically controlled air suspension system that allows you to raise or lower the car, as well as enhancing the XC90's off-road capability.

 

The 2017 Volvo XC90 T6 stands tall when reviewed against the Audi Q7 3.0T Quattro, BMW X5 xDrive45i, and Mercedes-Benz GLE350 4Matic as it has the lowest MSRP and the highest level of standard equipment.  Even its optional equipment such as the Vision Package and Convenience Package are much more affordable than similar offerings from these other manufacturers.  And although styling is purely a subjective matter, there is no doubting the elegant and refined stature of the XC90 when compared to its German rivals.  The Volvo XC90 T6 is plush, full-featured, and makes a statement wherever it goes!  

The highly advanced Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid has spearheaded a new class of SUVs, and is the clear leader in value and technology.  The Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid AWD is less efficient and more expensive than the XC90 T8, returning 47 MPGe vs 53 MPGe.  There are less expensive plug-in hybrid SUVs, such as the BMW X5 xDrive40e and the Lexus RX450h AWD, however these offerings produce approximately 300 HP and far less torque than the XC90 T8.  Its Twin Engine hybrid system produces 400HP and a class-leading 472 lbs-ft. of torque, providing a true performance option that is also extremely efficient.  Utilizing technologies such as Electronic All-Wheel-Drive, Traction Control with Torque Vectoring, and an efficient and smooth 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, the Volvo XC90 T8 is at the pinnacle of safety and comfort as well!

THE CHOICE IS YOURS.

With three trim levels and a range of options and accessories, you can create the all-new XC90 that best fits your lifestyle and personality. Even the standard trim level, Momentum, is designed to meet the high levels of refinement that a luxury SUV owner demands. If you're aiming for top-of-the range luxury, the Inscription trim level focuses on craftsmanship, elegance and exclusiveness. Finally, the R-Design is all about a more sporty, dynamic expression of your SUV, both inside and out.

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A TREMENDOUS VALUE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

The award-winning Volvo XC90 represents not only a luxurious statement, but also a tremendous value in terms of performance, safety, and technology. All three XC90 trims are built with a vast array of standard equipment to help make your drive more comfortable and rewarding. The XC90 was named Motor Trend's 2016 SUV of the Year, the 2016 North American Truck of the Year, 2016 IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick+ (the highest possible safety rating), 2016 CNET Roadshow Vehicle of the Year, the 2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Auto Tech Award, Cars.com Best of 2016, a 2016 Automobile Magazine All-Star and endless more.

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FINANCE OR LEASE YOUR NEW XC90

Volvo Car Financial Services provides premium financing and leasing options to help you get in the seat of your new Volvo XC90 SUV. With low finance rates and flexible lease offers, we'll make sure to review multiple financing or leasing options that make you as comfortable as the Volvo you drive off in. Also, Volvo Car Financial Services (VCFS) offers affordable and competitive financing on Volvo Certified Pre-Owned XC90 SUVs. Our low rates and flexible terms can get you in the Volvo of your dreams with finance terms up to 75 months. Volvo Car Financial Services also offers financing on vehicles purchased under the Volvo Overseas Delivery Program.

Leasing is available for terms as short as 24 months or up to 48 months. You can drive a new Volvo XC90 every few years while under the manufacturer's warranty and maintenance plans without the burden of negotiating trade-in values. The standard mileage plan allows up to 15,000 miles per year, however we have other mileage plans meet your driving needs. The low mileage plan offers as few as 10,000 miles per year, while the high mileage plan offers as many as 30,000 miles per year. In addition, a single payment lease provides convenience and savings. You make just one payment at your lease signing, freeing you from monthly payments. This single lease payment is less than the amount you would pay over the term of a conventional lease. And under our business lease option, owners have the flexibility to lease a new Volvo through their businesses.

Our Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) waiver is included in your lease agreement at no additional cost to you. It is provided to give you peace of mind. If your leased Volvo is declared a total loss due to theft, accident or natural disaster, we will cover the difference between the insurance proceeds and the balance owed to Volvo Car Financial Services less any deductible.

As a part of everyday driving, normal wear and use can be expected. However, when turning in your leased vehicle, you may be responsible for any excess wear and use damage. Therefore, Volvo Car Financial Services offers an optional plan to protect you and your car from unexpected occurrences that happen from nature and chance.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Expatriate programs: We welcome business professionals from countries outside the United States to finance or lease a Volvo during their stay in the United States. Contract length is limited to the length of stay as governed by the applicant's visa and employment contract, subject to credit approval with Volvo Car Financial Services.

Graduate programs: You've worked hard to earn your degree. Now the Volvo college graduate program can make it easy for you to drive a Volvo. With flexible and competitive financing options available for graduates, Volvo Car Financial Services can help you into the world of Volvo with only a 5% down payment upon credit approval.

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Gaurav Khana

Gaurav Khanna
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Gaurav Khanna is an auto connoisseur, marketer and a team member of the Experience Auto Group. Hehas been working in the auto industry for over a decade and loves all things automobile.




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