By Alexi Falson, 30 Sep, 2021
Review - Volvo XC90
AF By Alexi Falson August 06, 2021
If you’re looking for a large, luxurious SUV, there’s a huge number of options on the Australian market. The Volvo XC90 is another entrant to that segment of the market, promising a large, safe and stylish seven-seat SUV, but is it worth opting for the Volvo over its rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi?
Let’s find out by taking a close look at the Volvo XC90 SUV lineup, unpack its entertainment and safety features, and see how it stacks up against its competitors in terms of comfort, practicality and fuel economy.
Starting Price: $87,880
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Volvo XC90 - T8 RECHARGE PHEV (AWD) Specifications
|Variant||T8 RECHARGE PHEV (AWD)|
|Fuel type||PREMIUM UNLEADED/ELECTRIC|
|Transmission||8 SP AUTOMATIC GEART|
|Engine configuration||VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves|
|Engine RPM||6000 / 2200|
|Fuel tank size||71.0|
|Fuel usage specs||2.1 / 0.0|
|ANCAP security rating||9|
For more details and other variants, check Volvo XC90 car page.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Volvo XC90 SUV lineup kicks off at $87,880 for the XC90 B5 Momentum, moving to the XC90 B6 Inscription which is priced from $97,880, with the R-Design pack bringing the price tag to $99,880. Finally, the XC90 range tops out in the form of the XC90 Recharge plug-in hybrid variant, which is priced from $117,880. Please note that these prices do not include on-road costs or optional extras.
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What Features Does the Volvo XC90 Have?
The XC90 SUV range comes jam-packed with features, even in the entry-level specification. This means that the XC90 B5 Momentum comes riding on a 20-inch set of alloys, LED headlights, a 12-inch digital driver’s screen with heads-up display and 9.0-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless charging, adaptive cruise control, four-zone climate control, leather upholstery with heated electric seats, keyless entry and start, powered boot lift, surround-view camera and a set of parking sensors.
Stepping up to the XC90 B6 Inscription adds a supercharged engine, as well as set of 21-inch alloys, chrome exterior features, leather key fob and a gear selector made from Orrefors crystal. The B6 R-Design pack adds larger 22-inch alloys, nappa leather and sports suede seats, metal pedals, R-Design exterior features and a sporty steering wheel.
Finally, the range-topping XC90 Recharge plug-in hybrid adds a panoramic sunroof, adaptive air suspension, tinted windows, Bowers and Wilkins sound system and a type two charging cable.
12-inch driver’s display, 9-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Four-zone climate control
Powered boot lift
Adaptive cruise control
22-inch alloys (R-Design)
Panoramic sunroof (Recharge)
Air Suspension (Recharge)
Volvo XC90 Colours
|Ice White||Crystal White|
|Onyx Black||Birch Light|
|Thunder Grey||Bright Silver|
|Savile Grey||Pebble Grey|
Is it Comfortable to Drive?
Volvo’s XC90 is an incredibly comfortable car to drive thanks to its competent suspension system that irons out many of the bumps that feature on Australian roads. Volvo’s range of engine options means that you’ve got more than enough power in the base model, while the more expensive variants add some seriously impressive engine specs. As an all-rounder, the XC90 is equal parts smooth and quiet, which means it’s a relaxing car to drive around the city, even with its large proportions. Its size means that parking and manoeuvring in tight spots can be time-consuming, but Volvo’s surround view camera and parking sensors help give the driver all the information they need.
If you’re looking for the most comfortable XC90 on the market, you should check out the range-topping Recharge variant, which comes fitted with air suspension as standard. Overall, though, the XC90 is a smooth, refined and capable crossover SUV that is the perfect companion for a school run, round of errands and even towing large objects for a weekend trip away.
Is it Practical and Spacious?
The Volvo XC90 is more than capable of accommodating a family’s worth of bodies and belongings for a holiday road trip, a crowded school run or a trip back from the sports fields. Three rows of seating means that the XC90 can comfortably seat seven people, so long as there’s no adults in the rear-most row of seats. Up front, Volvo’s minimalist approach to interior packaging means the cabin is uncrowded and spacious, with a number of stash spots and bottle holders on offer.
In the rear of the cabin, there’s a huge amount of leg and headroom for those sitting behind the driver, which even offers adjustable seats, while the third row receives a set of cupholders and cubby holes for loose items, which is a nice, practical touch to the rear of the car. Overall, the XC90’s interior is every bit as spacious as it is practical, and we haven’t gotten to one of the best parts yet. In terms of cargo storage in the boot, there is 709L of space on offer, which means that the XC90 has one of the biggest boots on the market. This extends to 1868L with the rear seats folded down, which means you can throw huge, bulky items in the boot without a problem in the XC90.
Overall, the XC90 is an extremely practical family SUV that is more than capable of handling whatever your family can throw at it.
Is it Safe?
Volvo is a brand synonymous with safety, and the XC90 is no exception. It has been awarded ANCAP’s maximum five-star rating, scoring 97 out of 100 for adult occupant protection, and 87 out of 100 for child occupant protection, meaning it is one of the safest family SUVs on the Australian market. As standard, the XC90 comes fitted with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera with parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist. In terms of safety, the XC90 is a great option for those looking for a feature-packed and safe family SUV.
Is it Fuel Efficient?
While Volvo is yet to confirm any updated economy figures for its MY2022 lineup, we’ll go off the current range’s economy figures to give you an idea of what you can expect. The B5 Momentum and the B6 Inscription are rated at 8.2L per 100km on a combined cycle, which is quite impressive considering the size and weight of the XC90 SUV. The range-topping plug-in hybrid, Recharge, has an economy figure of just 2.1L per 100km, thanks to its hybrid powertrain, which can travel around 44km on electric power alone.
If economy is a key concern of yours, consider opting for the XC90 plug-in hybrid variant which will save you thousands over the lifespan of the car.
Our Verdict: Is the Volvo XC90 Worth it?
The Volvo XC90 is a highly-capable family SUV that has been designed with comfort and safety as a top priority. With these two factors in mind, it’s hard not to recommend the XC90 as a candidate for your next family car. To make things even better, Volvo packages a full suite of safety equipment in the entry-level model, which means you won’t have to spend extra if you’re looking for a comfortable, luxurious and safe family SUV. If you’re in the market for a new car, you can get a free quote and see how much OnlineAuto can save you on your next car, or call us on 1300 719 925
Five Specs You Need to Know
Five-Year, Unlimited KM Warranty
Seven seats with large, 709L boot
Five-star ANCAP safety rating
Plug-in hybrid variant available
Air suspension in Recharge variant
Smooth engine and transmission combination
Interior design and features
No spare tyre
Large wheels reduce ride quality
Limited electric-only range in Recharge variant
What are the Volvo XC90’s Rivals?
The Volvo XC90 comes up against the likes of the Audi Q7, Mercedes Benz GLE, BMW X5, Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne in the luxurious segment of the large SUV market.
|Mercedes Benz GLE|
|Range Rover Sport|