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The standard features of the Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum include Drive-E 2.0L I-4 250hp intercooled turbo engine, 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, SIPS side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.
Starting at: $45,750
No security deposit required. Monthly payment of $555, based on $47,840 MSRP of 2017 XC90 T5 FWD Momentum with Heated Seats and Metallic Paint, includes destination charge. Lessee is responsible for excess wear and mileage over 10,000 miles/year at $.25 / mile.Car shown with optional equipment. Advertised lease payment and financing excludes taxes, title, and registration fees and is available for qualified customers based on FICO score through Volvo Car Financial Services. Payments may vary, as dealer determines price. Offers available at participating dealers. See dealer for details. Cannot exceed 10000 miles per year.
|T5 FWD Momentum Search New||$45,750||250-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||22 / 26|
|T5 AWD Momentum Search New||$47,950||250-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||22 / 25|
|T5 FWD R-Design Search New||$51,150||250-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||22 / 26|
|T6 AWD Momentum Search New||$52,250||316-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||20 / 25|
|T5 AWD R-Design Search New||$53,350||250-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||22 / 25|
|T6 AWD R-Design Search New||$56,250||316-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||20 / 25|
|T6 AWD Inscription Search New||$57,350||316-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||8-spd auto||20 / 25|
On the highway, the sizable XC90 handles, steers and stops much like a passenger car, clinging predictably to the pavement. Electric power steering provides helpful, natural feedback. Only if taking a corner quickly does body roll become noticeable. In addition to its ample dimensions, the XC90 has a 9.3-inch ground clearance.
Though small in displacement, engines respond with spirit; T6 and T8 powertrains are especially enjoyable. Such peppiness, combined with carlike control, helps make the XC90 feel nearly nimble for a vehicle of its size. From a standstill, the T8 is clearly quicker, especially in Power mode; but the T6 isn’t likely to disappoint. The T6’s supercharger helps the engine respond briskly at low rpm, until the turbocharger can deliver boost.
Noise can be an issue, but only on specific pavement surfaces, or when accelerating hard. T5 and T6 models include a Stop/Start function, shutting the engine off when stopped at intersections. When ready to resume, the engine starts quickly and smoothly.
EPA fuel-economy estimates are compelling. With all-wheel drive, the T5 is EPA-rated at 22/25 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined. The T6 is EPA-rated at 20/25 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined.
Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid can travel up to 13 miles on the battery alone, with a Combined rating of 25 mpg when operating as a hybrid. The EPA rates equivalent efficiency relatively low, at 54 MPGe.
The XC90 presents a fresh approach to Volvo’s long-standing traditions. Visually contemporary and timeless, the body is serenely elegant and wholly unpretentious, nearly the opposite of some flashier competitors. Classic SUV design is evident, but integrated with aerodynamic contours and crisp lines.
As a bonus, the XC90 doesn’t appear to be as large as other seven-passenger SUVs. Generous expanses of glass help to draw the eye away from the tall bedsides, which are inevitable in larger SUVs. The windshield is only moderately slanted. Front overhang is shorter than that of some notable rivals.
Spacious for up to seven occupants, the XC90 cabin veers away from the norm, as seen in Japanese or German brands. Few, if any, competitors have managed to merge judicious design with lush detail work, in so adept a manner.
Carefully stitched leather upholstery melds with textured metal and optional matte wood, conveying a hint of soothing Scandinavian furniture. Seats promise sublime comfort, with those in front adjusting in a variety of angles. Second-row seats can slide fore and aft.
Two adults can fit in the third row, though leg space might be limited.
Because each row is a tad taller than the one ahead, everyone gets a good view, helped by big side windows. The standard panoramic sunroof can provide an additional shower of light.
On the dashboard, the Sensus 9.0-inch touchscreen is quite intuitive, easy to use, and promptly responsive. Controls feel crisply confident, and graphics are readily legible.
Road noise and wind sounds are largely stifled, helping to convey a sense of calmness. Bigger wheels emit more noise than the standard 18-inchers. Not everything is ideal. Only one USB port is available, while sunvisors are oddly basic.
With all seats upright, cargo volume totals 15.8 cubic feet. Fold the third row flat, and space grows to 41.8 cubic feet; then to 85.7, if second-row seatbacks are down.
A subtly understated body encloses a tastefully elegant, highly ergonomic, premium-level family utility vehicle with seating for up to seven. Assembly quality is solid, as expected from Volvo. Even base models are equipped well, and options are logically organized. Its infotainment system is among the most intuitive.
Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.
The 2017 Volvo XC90 offers three powertrains, T5, T6, T8, each in two or three trim levels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
XC90 T5 Momentum ($45,750) has front-wheel drive, the 250-horsepower engine, five-passenger seating, panoramic moonroof, and navigation. All-wheel drive is optional ($2,000). T5 R-Design ($51,150) has a sportier look, due to distinctive exterior and interior trim, a unique grille, and dual tailpipes. Included are sport seats with contrasting inserts, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
XC90 T6 Momentum ($52,250) comes with the 316-horsepower engine, all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, seven-passenger (three-row) seating, and heated front seats. XC90 T6 R-Design ($56,250) is the sporty version of T6. XC90 T6 Inscription ($57,350) focuses on luxury amenities, including Nappa leather, walnut wood inlays, and a 12.3-inch display screen.
XC90 T8 R-Design ($67,800) is the sporty rendition of the plug-in hybrid. XC90 T8 Inscription ($68,900) gets the plug-in hybrid powertrain, all-wheel drive, and 19-inch wheels. XC90 T8 Excellence ($104,900) has four-passenger seating and a full load of premium amenities, including individual reclining rear seats with massaging, a folding table, full Nappa leather, open-pore wood, and a refrigerator.