Volvo XC90

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

D5 R-Design 

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 

Volvo XC90 vs BMW X5 vs Range Rover Sport, by 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

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