Volvo XC90 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the Swedish full-size 4x4. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the XC90 car range.
The XC90 was a pioneer of the family SUV trend, launching back in 2002. The 4x4 soldiered on until 2015, when it was replaced with the first of a new generation of Volvos. It's business as usual, with three rows of seats to seat seven, an opulent, alternative Swedish interior vibe and more safety kit than you can shake a stick at. Note that the new XC90 ushers in the company's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the oily bits which will underpin all future large Volvos - and there's a choice of only four-cylinder engines, albeit in various states of tune and hybrid applications. Prices have risen considerably on the latest model, too.
Volvo XC90 reviews
Here are quick-links to all of CAR magazine UK's road tests. Plus use the lists at the bottom of the page for more XC90 stories:
60sec road test
The XC90 is a smash hit for the Swedes: it does everything you'd hope of a large, family-focused SUV - and more besides. Its alternative vibe is apparent the moment you slide behind the wheel, when you'll notice the minimalist, sophisticated dashboard. Flick through our gallery above for proof: it really is a cool piece of design, with few buttons to distract and a large touchscreen dominating the centre console. It works well most of the time, but we found it somewhat awkward that so many functions were buried deep in its sub-menus. A rare ergonomic lapse from the Swedes? It's a slick drive, but we'd recommend you pick the electronically controlled air suspension, as steel-sprung models we've driven fidget and thump more than the serenely riding higher-spec models. The XC90 is hushed and refined, and the D5's 222bhp twin-turbo diesel four-pot is punchy enough, if lacking some of the charisma of six- and eight-pot rivals. Leave the eight-speed auto 'box in Drive for smooth progress; the 90 is best served when not rushed.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
The T6 Hybrid is great on paper - less so in the real world
Rivals to consider
Audi Q7, BMW X5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Volkswagen Touareg
Starring in CAR magazine
'The new XC90 is smart, clean-cut and ultra-modern – and while neither rival is short on interior space, it’s the Volvo that’s truly cavernous, up to and including the standard third-row seating designed for 1.7m tall adults, not just children' (CAR magazine, August 2015)
Practicality, seven seats as standard, towing ability, that FABULOUS interior vibe, wafting drive
Lack of multi-cylinders one of the few downsides to XC90 ownership - not as sharp to drive as an X5 or Cayenne