The All-New Volvo XC90 has been named an Autocar Game-Changer at the 2016 Autocar Awards. This is due to the combination of practicality, comfort and cutting-edge technology. That cutting-edge technology includes the nine-inch Sensus touch screen control system, with pinch, zoom and swipe functionality – working even when you're wearing gloves.
The new Volvo XC90 comes with a luxurious handcrafted interior, finely streamlined exterior and an overall muscular appearance that reflects the power and sophistication that it possesses. The automatic gear box and four wheel drive offer a smooth ride while the spacious cabin can accommodate up to 7 passengers in comfort. The in-car entertainment system has dual screens in the rear and comes in a choice of three different sound systems, making it easy for any Volvo XC90 passenger to enjoy their journey.
The D5, 2.4 litre turbodiesel engine gives this roomy, refined 4x4 all the power and torque it needs for day to day running around and long distance driving in all weather. It has a six speed automatic gearbox and the combined fuel consumption is 34 mpg. The road handling is impressive and good suspension provides a comfortable and smooth ride. Built for handling uneven surfaces rather than speeding around tight corners, the XC90 balances performance with comfort.
With three rows of seats, the whole family can make themselves at home in the XC90 and long journeys are a breeze. In addition to being exceptionally comfy, the vehicle has very little wind and road noise entering the cabin, even at high speeds. The seven seats can be configured in a staggering 64 different combinations and there is plenty of room in the boot. With the third row of seats folded flat, for example, there is a whopping 615 litres of space for cargo and luggage. Volvo does not usually skimp on quality and the XC90 is no exception. The standard interior details include climate control, front and back power windows, and cruise control, whilst the inbuilt satnav and integrated rear seat screens are extra options.
The Volvo XC90 has the looks and the feel of a high quality vehicle. Its clean lines and understated design are easy on the eyes and it doesn’t look as bulky as some of its rivals. Alloy wheels, ISOFIX child seat fittings, heated door mirrors, and roof rails all come as standard. The sporty R-Design option offers stylish touches such as tinted rear windows, a quad tailpipe, Bluetooth, and leather upholstery.
Volvo is well known for its cutting edge safety features and high standards, so it is no surprise to learn that the XC90 has a five star rating from NCAP and boasts airbags galore, anti-whiplash headrests, stability control, and anti-lock brakes. Nifty extra options include the blind spot information system – invaluable for spotting an overtaking motorbike, for example – and power child locks on the rear doors for additional family safety.
The Volvo XC90 compares favourably with its rivals on price and it offers a lot of great features and style for the money. Generally cheaper than other luxury seven-seater SUVs, it also holds its value well, thanks to the Volvo reputation for durability, safety, and good build quality.