VOLVO

VOLVO XC90 ESTATE 2.0 B5P [250] R DESIGN 5dr AWD Gtron

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2198 g/km

Volvo's second generation XC90 is a seven-seat luxury SUV that's already given key rivals like Audi's Q7 and the Land Rover Discovery a lot to think about. Safe, efficient, clever, practical and stylish, this car continues to position the Swedish maker as a credibly prestigious automotive brand. Now, it's better still, thanks to the introduction of mild hybrid engine tech.

B DIFFERENT

The improved version of Volvo's second generation XC90 gets a mild dose of electrification. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Volvo's second generation XC90 is a seven-seat luxury SUV that's already given key rivals like Audi's Q7 and the Land Rover Discovery a lot to think about. Safe, efficient, clever, practical and stylish, this car continues to position the Swedish maker as a credibly prestigious automotive brand. Now, it's better still, thanks to the introduction of mild hybrid engine tech.

Background

Here's the car that began Volvo's modern era, the second generation XC90. This large luxury SUV established new standards for the brand when this model was originally announced back in 2014 and the company's recent move towards full electrification will re-set those standards once again. The improved XC90 model we're going to look at here, a range announced in the Spring of 2019, has reflected that trend with fresh mild hybrid technology. Plus the line-up's got a light update. Time to take a fresh look at this car. The key change to the range is the inclusion of mild hybrid 'B5' diesel and petrol engines that together replace the conventional D5 diesel that the majority of buyers of this SUV previously chose. Otherwise, things are much as they were. All XC90s continue to provide the sort of proper full-sized seven-seat versatility that few rivals can credibly offer and a cool, authentic brand of Scandinavian charm that's really quite appealing. It all sounds promising doesn't it? Time to put this car to the test.

Driving Experience

When it comes to the XC90 range's mild hybrid 'B5' petrol and diesel engines, most buyers will prefer the 235hp diesel unit over the 250hp petrol version, but either way, the drivetrain set-up is the same, based around a 48-volt battery, a 'KERS' kinetic energy recovery system and an 'ISG' integrated starter-generator. Every time you brake or take your foot from the throttle, the 'KERS' set-up captures surplus energy and stores it as electricity in an extra battery provided in the boot. That additional electricity can be used to boost acceleration, help the stop/start system or power ancillary functions. The objective here wasn't to provide Prius-like periods of electric-only driving but instead make the engine more efficient via smoother transitions between driving, cruising and resting. That's all been aided by revisions to the automatic gearbox and the implementation of the brand's first brake-by-wire system. As before, 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 this car can tow up to 2,700kgs.

Design and Build

Only very minor visual changes feature with this revised version of the MK2 model - tiny tweaks to the bumper and the air intakes, plus extra black trim on the 'R-Design' model. There's also a slightly redesigned front grille, which as before features Volvo's traditional Iron Mark logo at its centre and will be finished in either black or silver, depending on trim level. We liked the front-of-cabin experience served up by this XC90 when we first tested it back in 2015: we still do. This interior is simple, elegant - and very uncluttered, with only eight buttons on the fascia. The remaining functions you'd normally access through confusing rows of little switches on the dash have been relocated into menu options that lie behind the big, easy-to-use icons you'll find on a smart 9-inch infotainment colour touchscreen that's presented portrait-style on the centre console. You'll glimpse more hi-tech screen technology through the three-spoke wheel courtesy of Volvo's 12.3-inch Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display. Otherwise though, this cabin's an aesthetic triumph, immaculately made and full of premium touches like the diamond-cut start/stop control switch and the slatted cover for this centre dash. 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

Sales of this car in our market are split 50:50 between fleet and retail and from the launch of this revised MK2 model XC90 in the Spring of 2019, prices were pitched from around £53,000 with the usual variance upwards depending on your choice of trim and engine. We'll start with trim; there are three basic packages - 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and top 'Inscription'. In each case, you've the option of paying more for a plusher 'Pro' version of the spec level you've chosen - the premium is anything between £2,800 and £4,900, depending on the model in question. We for instance, tried an 'R-Design Pro' variant. Whatever XC90 derivative you select, all models have seven seats and come with AWD, with that drive provided through an eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox from a four cylinder 2.0-litre engine offered in four very different forms. The mild hybrid models that most XC90 customers choose are the most affordable in the range. Around 75% of buyers go for the 235hp twin turbo B5 variant, but there's also a mild hybrid 250hp petrol version available (confusingly, also badged 'B5') which costs £550 less than its diesel counterpart. Safety provision is industry leading. No one's ever been killed in the UK in an XC90 and it's unlikely that will change.

Cost of Ownership

The vast majority of XC90 buyers will opt for the B5 mild hybrid version of this car - probably the diesel variant. As you'll know if you've read our 'Driving Experience' section, both petrol and diesel B5 models use powertrains electrified via brake-by-wire energy recovery and enhanced by Volvo's advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system. This set-up claims to offer drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving. Sounds promising; let's get to the figures, all of which assume activation of the Drive Mode system's most frugal 'Eco' setting. Here, an 'Eco-Coast' function will automatically be activated for highway use, disconnecting the engine so that you're merely travelling on your car's kinetic energy: a prod on the throttle is all that's necessary to restore normal powered motion. Anyway, to the stats: an XC90 B5 diesel manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel figure of up to 44.1mpg and an NEDC-rated CO2 return of up to 154g/km. Even the B5 petrol variant puts out no more than 174g/km of CO2. To give you some class perspective on the B5 diesel's fuel and CO2 showing, we'll tell you that the equivalent figures for a rival Audi Q7 45 TDI are 33.2mpg and 184g/km; for a Land Rover Discovery Sd4 diesel, it's 33.6mpg and 197g/km; and for a BMW X5 xDrive 30d, the figures are 37.2mpg and 159g/km. Either way, you're looking at quite a difference. It seems like Volvo's mild hybrid tech really does deliver on its claims.

Summary

This will be the last ever large Volvo to use diesel power, but at least it does so more efficiently in this revised version of this MK2 model. The volume B5 version will easily out-sell all the other variants combined and we can see why. There are no driving downsides for its mild hybrid tech and the electrification makes a decent difference to cleanliness and frugality. Plus if you really don't like fuelling from the black pump, there's always a petrol B5 option. Of course, this Volvo's not perfect. There are still sharper-handling choices and more capable off roaders in this sector. In balancing its own blend of virtues though, this XC90 sets its own class standard and in doing so, establishes a family benchmark amongst luxury SUVs that rivals 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.

  • Heated washer nozzles
  • 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

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

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

  • Handsfree power tailgate opening and closing
  • Remote engine start

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

  • Electric folding and heated door mirrors
  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors
  • High gloss black door mirrors

  • Metal mesh inlays
  • Tailored Instrument Panel and Door Tops with Contrast Stitching

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

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

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

  • B Pillar ventilation

  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Sports leather gear knob
  • Sports pedals
  • Load protection net
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • Illuminated tailgate
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Semi automatic load cover
  • Outboard armrest with cupholder and storage for third row passengers
  • Integrated sun curtains in rear doors
  • 2nd Row centre armrest with storage and cupholders
  • Illumination lockable glovebox compartment
  • 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
  • 12V socket front tunnel console, rear passenger compartment and cargo area

  • Multicolour theatre lighting
  • Ambient door and instrument panel lighting
  • Front footwell and side step illumination
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Illuminated luggage compartment

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

  • Power passenger seat with lumbar support
  • Front seat cushion extensions
  • Two 3rd row individual folding passenger seats
  • Three 2nd row individual folding passenger seats with fore/aft adjustment
  • Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • Power folding 2nd row headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Front headrests
  • Rear headrests

  • 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
  • Care key with user defined top speed

  • 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): 165
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 203
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 221
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 198

  • 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: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 23.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 22.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 32.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 29.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 12.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 12.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.7

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • 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: B5P [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): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 184
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • 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): 356
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1856
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2035
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2790
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 71
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 755

  • Laminated rear and side windows: £750

  • Touring chassis: Included
  • Active four C chassis - four corner adaptive dampers with electronic air suspension: £2,250

  • Wireless Mobile Phone Charger: £250

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

  • Head up display in windscreen: £750
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto: £300

  • Sensus connect with high performance sound, connected service booking, 2x USB Type A in front and 2x USB Type C in rear, 10 speakers/220W output: Included

  • Premium metallic paint: £1,000
  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain: £1,495
  • Metallic paint: £700
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Air conditioning for 3rd row of seats: £600
  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter: Included

  • Contour sports seats with leather/nubuck upholstery: Included
  • Nappa soft leather upholstery: £1,050
  • Black headlining: Included
  • Nubuck Headlining: £1,200

  • Climate pack without heated windscreen - XC90: £675
  • Climate pack - XC90: £675
  • Lounge pack -XC90: £2,250
  • Tech - Bowers and Wilkins sound pack - XC90: £3,000
  • Tech - Harman Kardon sound pack - XC90: £850
  • Driver assist pack - XC90: £500

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

  • Solid - Ice white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £1,000

  • Power child locks on rear doors: £85
  • Road sign information display: Included
  • Mechanical rear door child locks: Included

  • Isofix outer rear child seat preparation in 2nd row: Included
  • Second row integrated child seat for centre seat: £175

  • Retractable towbar: £1,125

  • Contour sports leather/nubuck - Charcoal: £0
  • NNappa soft leather - Blond with perforated front seats: £1,050
  • Nappa soft leather - Charcoal with perforated front seats: £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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