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Volvo XC90 Review


  • Very comfy for seven adults
  • Massive boot in 5-seat mode
  • Stylish inside and out
  • Brilliant safety kit


Arval’s pick of the range:

Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design


Volvo XC90 - Overview

The Volvo XC90 is a seven-seat SUV with all the typical Volvo traits such as a first-class cabin, first rate safety kit and great practicality. The first generation XC90, launched in 2002, found instant success and the latest version, available since 2015, has followed in its footstep, and is better in all areas.


What is the Volvo XC90 like to drive?

The new XC90 marked a significant step forward in the way the large 4x4 behaved on the road. The XC90 is now a car that doesn’t wallow in the corners, yet retains a superb ride quality. In fact, you could argue that Volvo has judged the way the car drives perfectly for its customers. The XC90 isn’t as sporty as some of its rival SUVs, but this is to the driver and passenger’s advantage where refinement and comfort are more sought after. The steering is light and visibility is excellent; couple these points to the safety systems, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (the car detects an impending collision, and gives the driver a warning. If they don't take action, the car will brake automatically.), and the XC90 is easy and relaxing to drive, despite its considerable size. To top it off, all XC90s are automatics, making the driving even easier. All of the engine options give the biggest Volvo plenty of go, which means they handle long journeys with ease, yet the T8 hybrid is almost indecently fast if you need it to be, whilst also being efficient at slower speeds.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engine:

  • 2.0 T6 320hp, 184g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 34.9mpg


Hybrid engine:

  • 2.0 T8 407hp, 49g/km CO2 (13% BIK), 134.5mpg


Diesel engine:

  • 2.0 D5 235hp, 149g/km CO2 (33% BIK), 49.6mpg



  • 8-speed automatic


Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.


Volvo XC90 trim levels explained

The Volvo XC90 can be ordered in either Momentum, Momentum Pro R-design, R-design Pro, Inscription or Inscription Pro.


  • 19” alloys
  • Climate control
  • City Safety
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pilot assist
  • Hill descent control
  • Bluetooth
  • DAB radio
  • Apple Carplay
  • Keyless start
  • USB socket
  • Aux socket
  • LED headlights
  • Hands-free, powered tailgate
  • 9” infotainment screen
  • Leather seats
  • Heated seats
  • Speed limiter
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Sat nav
  • Powered driver’s seat


Momentum Pro (in addition to Momentum)

  • Heated washer jets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Active headlights
  • Powered passenger seat
  • Heated windscreen
  • Soft Nappa leather seats
  • Puddle lights


R-design (in addition to Momentum)

  • Sports seats
  • 20” alloys
  • 12.3” TFT driver’s information display
  • Powered passenger seat
  • Tinted rear windows
  • R-design body styling


R-design Pro (in addition to R-design Nav Plus)

  • Heated washer jets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 22” alloys
  • Active headlights
  • Powered passenger seat
  • Heated windscreen
  • Active chassis


Inscription (in addition to Momentum)

  • Soft Nappa leather seats
  • 20” alloys
  • Powered passenger seat
  • Puddle lights


Inscription Pro (in addition to inscription)

  • Heated washer jets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 21” alloys
  • Leather seats with massage function
  • Active headlights
  • Heated windscreen
  • Active chassis

How to spec the Volvo XC90

Even in the entry-level Momentum trim, the Volvo XC90 is a very well specified car with standard equipment including loads of safety kit, alloy wheels, sat nav, Bluetooth, digital radio, heated seats and more. However, our choice would be to go one up from Momentum to R-design because it adds a couple of items that used car buyers will take for granted and this should lift residual values. These items include the brilliant 12.3” infotainment screen, uprated front seats, a powered passenger seat (not just the driver’s seat) and tinted rear windows. We’d pick the D5 engine because in everyday driving it will be the most fuel-efficient of the three power options and, while it’s not as popular for company car tax as the T8, its list price is significantly lower.

Volvo XC90 interior – what’s it like?

If you want a high-class, stylish interior that’s different to the standard Germanic affair from other premium brands, the XC90’s cabin is a brilliant, airy place to be. The XC90 was the first of Volvo’s latest vehicles to use a large portrait orientation infotainment screen and it dominates the dashboard and provides the route to the vast majority of the car’s controls as well as offering a large sat nav screen and clear radio controls. The overall layout is best appreciated in the lighter colour leathers and trims. In five-seat mode, the boot is massive at 775 litres. Even in seven-seat mode, there’s still 397 litres, which is more than you get in most family hatchbacks.


Volvo XC90 alternatives

Other models to consider include the BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Sport, Mercedes GLS and Audi Q7.




The Volvo XC90 has to be one of the most stylish cars in the large SUV class, it’s also one of the most comfortable and practical too and is a welcome departure from the German premium brand alternatives.


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