With a world-class cabin and new fuel-efficient 4-cylinder turbocharged engine choices, Volvo’s XC90 makes a strong statement in the mid-size luxury crossover segment. If you’re shopping in this segment, you shouldn’t make a move until you drive this terrific new SUV.
The 2017 XC90 is also one of the safest vehicles on the road today, winning a Top Safety Pick-Plus designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It’s loaded with the latest safety technologies designed to protect occupants in crashes and even to help avoid crashes in the first place.
The 2017 Volvo XC90 was named a Consumer Guide Best Buy because of its “spacious, sumptuously trimmed cabin, decent fuel economy from its 4-cylinder engines and loads of innovative and unconventional features.”
When you open the door to the XC90 and slip inside, you’re cocooned in luxury and sumptuous leather seats. The most prominent interior feature of the XC90 is the tall hi-definition touchscreen interface in the center stack. This Sensus interface controls just about every vehicle function and works much like your iPad. Swipe left, swipe right, up and down. The high-def graphics are superb.
The XC90 seats comes in four trims: base, R-Design, Inscription and Excellence. Regular XC90 models are the T5 and T6. The T8 is the hybrid version. Our test car for the week was the five-passenger T6 Inscription with AWD.
If the Inscription trim isn’t the top XC90, it’s hard for me to imagine how nice the Excellence trim must be. The cabin in my test Inscription XC90 defined opulence. The heated and ventilated 10-way adjustable bucket seats were supremely comfortable.
Volvo groups its options into packages, and the text XC90 had the Vision, Climate, Luxury and Convenience packages. Vision ($1,950) added a 360-degree surround view camera system, power retractable side mirrors and a blind spot warning system. Climate ($1,950) added a heads-up display, heated windshield washers, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Luxury ($2,900) added massaging front seats, upgraded headliners, front and rear grab handles and leather sun visors. The Convenience package ($1,800) added adaptive cruise control with a cool semi-autonomous driving feature that helps keep the XC90 in its lane.
Standard equipment on all XC90s includes the touch screen interface, navigation, four-zone climate control, upgraded sound with 10 speakers and a panoramic sunroof. The test Volvo was outfitted with the dynamite Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system. It added $2,650 to the bottom line, but if you want your car to sound like a concert hall this is the system that can do it.
The XC90 comes only with 4-cylinder turbocharged or supercharged engines. The T5 gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four that makes 250 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Our test T6 had the 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged engine with 316 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. In the T8 Hybrid XC90, the 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged engine is paired with an 80-horsepower electric motor that boosts the combined horsepower to 400 and the combined torque to 443 lb.-ft. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic, and AWD is offered.
My XC90 T6 test car wasn’t what you’d call overpowered, but it had plenty of power for interstate ramps and two-lane passing. The vehicle stayed flat in hard cornering, and steering was precise and on-center.
You’d expect that a Volvo would be loaded with the latest safety features and technology, and the XC90 does not disappoint. A City Safety low speed collision avoidance system, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keep assist and lane departure warning are just a few of the high-tech safety systems available.
2017 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription
2.0-liter supercharged & turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower / Torque:
316 / 295 lb.-ft.
$51,600 ($72,805 with options & freight)
EPA mileage estimates:
20 mpg city / 25 mpg highway / 22 mpg combined