VOLVO

VOLVO XC90 ESTATE 2.0 T5 [250] R DESIGN 5dr AWD Gtron

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.9s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined35.8 mpg

Volvo's second generation XC90 was worth the wait, a seven-seat luxury SUV that has given key rivals like Audi's Q7 and the Land Rover Discovery a lot to think about. Safe, efficient, clever, practical and stylish, it has re-established this Swedish maker as a credibly prestigious automotive brand. This revised version offers a slightly smarter look and some extra electrified tech. It's well worth a look.

STEP IT UP

This improved second generation Volvo XC90 aims to make the most of its sleek Swedish design values. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Volvo's second generation XC90 was worth the wait, a seven-seat luxury SUV that has given key rivals like Audi's Q7 and the Land Rover Discovery a lot to think about. Safe, efficient, clever, practical and stylish, it has re-established this Swedish maker as a credibly prestigious automotive brand. This revised version offers a slightly smarter look and some extra electrified tech. It's well worth a look.

Background

The Volvo XC90 is just about the perfect example of a vehicle that created a niche for itself that no rival could seem to penetrate. If you wanted a 7-seat luxury 4x4 that was never really a sports utility vehicle, that was supremely comfortable and, above all, was neither shouty like a German nor trying too hard to fit in with the country set like a Land Rover, it was plum perfect. Nothing even got close. Because of this, the first generation XC90 hung around for ages. After all, why mess with a winning formula? Later versions, sold right up to 2014, tidied up the basic formula but were otherwise much the same as the models that first rolled into dealers in 2002. That's one heck of an innings. At least though, it paved the way for something different. There was no way that the second generation XC90 would be a mere 'evolutionary' design. Even so, few were ready for quite the radical change Volvo's Chinese owners Zhejiang Geely have funded. The low-key approach of old? It's fair to say that has been usurped by a much more extrovert look.

Driving Experience

The key news with this revised MK2 XC90 model lies in the introduction of an advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system, which is coupled with the company's existing 2.0-litre internal combustion engines to create a integrated electrified mild hybrid powertrain, identifiable by the brand's latest 'B' badging. Otherwise, things are much as before. The car sits on Volvo's light, stiff 'Scalable Product Architecture' (SPA) platform. Most customers choose the 235hp B5 mild hybrid diesel but there are also two mild hybrid petrol models too, the 250hp B5 and the 300hp B6. The other option is the Recharge T8 petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model, billed as 'the world's most powerful and cleanest large SUV'. This delivers a combined 386hp output, with a thumping 640Nm of torque. 62mph from rest is dispatchd in just 5.8s, yet this car can also give you 26 miles of pure electric driving range when fully charged. All the engines drive all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Across the range, there's the option of an 'Active Four-C Chassis' package, which gives you four-corner adaptive dampers and electronic air suspension. Handling strikes a good balance between comfort and agility; cruising refinement meets the required executive standard; and there's the potential for a mild amount of off road prowess. A standard 'Pilot Assist' system offers a degree of highway-orientated autonomous driving technology. And you might be interested to know that conventional variants can tow up to 2,700kgs.

Design and Build

On the outside, this refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original award-winning exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a revised front grille, among other details. Otherwise, things are much as before, with a sculpted bonnet flowing into LED front headlights with a distinctive so-called 'Hammer of Thor' design. The interior still seems boldly-styled, with a massive tablet-like touch screen control console helping to create a cabin that's modern, spacious and uncluttered. Volvo's clearly put a lot of budget into driving up materials quality and this XC90 gets soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including an optional gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the Swedish glassmaker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. This genuine seven seater features innovatively designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers in both the second and third seat rows. Even the third row can seat an adult up to 170cm tall. As for the boot space on offer, well that's inevitably going to be a little restricted with all seven seats in place, though even in this configuration, you still get 397-litres of luggage space. Fold the 3rd row and you can load up to 1,102-litres, if you pack to the roof.

Market and Model

All XC90 variants come with 7 seats, automatic transmission and AWD and there's a choice of three core trim levels - 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription' - with additional 'Pro' versions of the latter twoh. Most UK buyers will want the volume 225hp B5 diesel version; the unique Recharge T8 petrol/electric plug-in hybrid variant is priced from around £68,000. Pricing for the mild hybrid XC90 models starts from around £55,000. Top models can be ordered with features like 21-inch Inscription alloy wheels and powered, heated and ventilated seats trimmed in Nappa leather. Inside, the tablet-like touch screen in the centre console drives the minor controls and a whole host of Internet-based products and services. Audio services in the plushest variants come courtesy of a monster Bowers & Wilkins stereo that's juiced up by a 1,400 watt amplifier, 19 speakers, and the latest sound processing software. It even has air-ventilated subwoofers. The electronically controlled air suspension has choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste. XC90 safety gear includes a run off-road protection package which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead. Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of oncoming traffic. Both safety systems aim to bring Volvo closer to its vision of nobody being seriously injured or killed in any of its vehicles by 2020.

Cost of Ownership

Volvo claims that the advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system introduced with this revised XC90 offers drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving. This new brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy-recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking. The introduction of these XC90 'B'-badged cars represents a major step for Volvo towards its electrification ambitions. On to the figures, all of which we'll quote to WLTP standards. In the B5 diesel most will choose, expect up to 42.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 171g/km of CO2. Inevitably, these figures take a tumble with petrol power; the B5 manages up to 32.4mpg and up to 199g/km, while the B6 manages up to 30.7mpg and up to 210g/km. If you want to do better, you'll need to look at the top T8 Recharge petrol plug-in hybrid model, which delivers up to 63g/km of CO2, 100.8mpg and up to 28.6 miles of pure electric driving range. Maintenance should be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. The warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

Volvo seems to be flourishing under foreign ownership. You might have expected Chinese control to stifle the company's Scandinavian character. Instead, what we've been given here is a return to Swedish charisma and an emphasis on all the things that the Gothenburg brand does best - cool restrained style, real-world practicality and class-leading safety. Of course, this Volvo's not perfect. There are still sharper-handling choices and more capable off roaders in this sector. In balancing these virtues though, this XC90 sets its own class standard and in doing so, establishes a family benchmark amongst luxury SUVs that rivals will struggle to match. Company founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson would have liked this car. More importantly though, if you're shopping in this segment, we think you will too.

  • Front and rear power windows
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation

  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill descent control

  • Sports floor mats

  • Touring chassis

  • Wireless internet connection
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call

  • Front and rear park assist
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Drive mode settings
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Speed limiter
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Intellisafe assist - Adaptive cruise control with pilot assist

  • Handsfree power tailgate opening and closing

  • 9" centre console portrait touch screen
  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator

  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • High gloss black door mirrors

  • Tailored Instrument Panel and Door Tops with Contrast Stitching

  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)

  • Integrated roof rails in high gloss black
  • High gloss black Deco lower front bumper
  • Illuminated front and rear R-Design tread plates
  • High gloss black window surround
  • Visible VIN plate
  • High gloss black mesh front grille with silk metal surround
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes with high gloss black surround
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Roof spoiler
  • Roof antenna

  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Puddle lights
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Front LED fog lights with cornering function

  • B Pillar ventilation

  • Sports pedals
  • Sports leather gear knob
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Illuminated tailgate
  • Nappa Leather Key Integrated Remote
  • Load protection net
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • 2nd Row centre armrest with storage and cupholders
  • Semi automatic load cover
  • Outboard armrest with cupholder and storage for third row passengers
  • Sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel and illuminated gear knob with chrome trim
  • Driver's side lower dashboard storage compartment
  • Cargo divider with grocery bag holder
  • Front and rear door pocket and front cupholder illumination
  • Illumination lockable glovebox compartment

  • Front and rear reading lights, multi-colour theatre lighting and centre armrest storage illumination
  • Ambient door and instrument panel lighting
  • Front footwell and side step illumination
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Illuminated luggage compartment

  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Warning triangle
  • 7 three point seatbelts
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • First aid kit
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • City safety includes pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection and front collision warning with full auto brake

  • Two 3rd row individual folding passenger seats
  • Three 2nd row individual folding passenger seats with fore/aft adjustment
  • Isofix outer rear child seat preparation in 2nd row
  • Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • Front seat cushion extensions
  • Heated front seats
  • Front headrests
  • Rear headrests
  • Passenger seat electric height adjuster

  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Keyless drive (includes keyless entry and keyless start) with remote tag
  • Private locking for glovebox and tailgate

  • All wheel drive system
  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • Tempa spare wheel and jack

  • CO2 (g/km): 184
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 30.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 39.8
  • EC Combined (mpg): 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 21.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 20.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 27.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 26.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 12.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 13.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 10.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 10.5

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 40E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 100
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 250
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: R DESIGN
  • Coin Description: T5 [250] AWD
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8

  • Engine Power - BHP: 250
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
  • Top Speed: 134
  • Engine Power - KW: 184
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 275/45 R20
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Length: 4953
  • Width: 2008
  • Wheelbase: 2984
  • Width (including mirrors): 2140
  • Height: 1776
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 368
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1868
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1975
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2750
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 71
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 775

  • Laminated rear and side windows: £750

  • Active four C chassis - four corner adaptive dampers with electronic air suspension: £2,150

  • Rear park assist camera: Included
  • 360 degree surround view parking camera: £525

  • Intellisafe surround (Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist, Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake and Rear Collision Mitigation): £500

  • R Design carbon fibre inlays: £620
  • Metal mesh inlays: Included

  • CD player: £100
  • Sensus connect with high performance sound, connected service booking, 2x USB + 10 speakers/330W output: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £700
  • Premium metallic paint: £1,000
  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain: £1,295

  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter: Included

  • 230V/150W 3 pin plug socket in centre console: £100
  • Integrated sun curtains in rear doors: Included
  • Contour sports seats with leather/nubuck upholstery: Included
  • Contour sports seats with perforated nappa soft leather upholstery: £1,050
  • Black headlining: Included
  • 12V socket in front + rear tunnel console, rear passenger compartment and cargo area: Included
  • Nubuck Headlining: £1,200

  • Bowers and Wilkins sound pack - XC90: £3,000
  • Harman Kardon sound pack - XC90: £850
  • Seven seat comfort pack - XC90: £900
  • Xenium pack - XC90: £1,600
  • Family pack - XC90: £275
  • Winter pack - XC90: £525
  • Winter pack including Head up display - XC90: £1,275

  • Metallic - Birch light: £700
  • Metallic - Pebble grey: £700
  • Metallic - Savile grey: £700
  • Metallic - Osmium grey: £700
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £700
  • Metallic - Bright silver: £700
  • Metallic - Thunder grey: £700

  • Solid - Ice white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £1,000
  • Premium metallic - Bursting blue: £1,000

  • Mechanical rear door child locks: Included

  • 2nd Row heated outer rear seats: £300

  • Retractable towbar: £1,075

  • Contour sports leather/nubuck - Charcoal: £0
  • Contour sports perforated nappa soft leather - Charcoal: £1,050
  • Contour sports perforated nappa soft leather - Blonde: £1,050

  • 20" 5 spoke diamond cut black alloy wheels: Included
  • 22" 5 double spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheels: £2,250

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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