2017 Volvo XC90

Buyer's Guide

The XC90 was Volvo's first SUV. It was one of the first in the Luxury SUV class when it debuted in 2002 and remained one of the best throughout it's life. It was time for a change to the stalwart XC90, and an all-new SUV was introduced for 2016.

This new model is big. Both in size and in its importance to Volvo. It's uniquely handsome on the outside, with Thor's Hammer headlights, exterior lines that are both square and curvaceous at the same time, and squiggly Volvo taillights.

Inside, the seats are wonderfully supportive, in the way that Volvo is doing better than anyone of late. The interior design takes Volvo's usual minimalistic design and takes the style and elegance up a notch. Supple leathers, soft touch closures, beautiful woodwork or metal trims. It even turns on the accessories automatically when you get in. The new design also massively reduces the number of buttons found in the XC90's older stablemates like the S60.

That interior has ample room for five, with room in the third row for medium-sized adults. With the seats folded down, there is massive cargo space in the rear. The touchscreen system controls everything but is quick and responsive.

When driving the XC90, expect a ride that is busier than the competition, SUVs like the Audi Q7, unless you get an air suspension equipped model. We call that feature mandatory in our comparison test. The interior is better than the BMW X5 or the Audi, but acceleration from the 2.0L engines is slower.

For 2017, the 250 hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder becomes the base engine. Step up to T6, and there is a 316 hp version of the same. Both come with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. For more power, look to the T8 hybrid, which has its own guide. All XC90 models have Volvo City Safety which adds automatic braking and pedestrian detection.

Base T5 comes with power adjustable front seats with heating, and a power tailgate. There is an 8.0-inch screen, panoramic sunroof, and 18-inch wheels.

There are several option packages available, including full LED headlights, and a vision pack with power folding mirrors, blind spot alerts, cross traffic alert, and surround view cameras. A convenience package adds adaptive cruise with lane keeping along with self-parking. Momentum Plus adds interior illumination, a 12.0-inch driver's display, and the LED headlight pack. The Climate package adds a heated steering wheel, heated windshield, rear seats, and washer nozzles. The climate package is available with a head-up display. A Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system is also available.

T5 Momentum adds four-zone climate control to base T5 and has the same option packages available. T6 Drive-E adds the more powerful engine. It also has leather seating, 19-inch alloys, navigation, and road-edge detection with automatic avoidance. It comes with the same option packages as T5, but also adds Nappa leather sport seats and the air suspension option. The infotainment screen grows to 9.3-inches.

T6 R-design has unique R-design trim inside and out. There is a special grille and spoiler, and Nubuck sport seats. It also comes with full LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, and a 12.3-inch instrument cluster display. R-design can be had with the vision package, convenience package, climate package, and a leather interior pack that adds leather to the dash and rear doors. It can be had with the Bowers & Wilkins audio system and air suspension. T6 Inscription adds special Inscription trim in place of the R-design trim, along with ventilated front seats, leather dash and door panels. There are also sun curtains for the rear windows. It can be had with the vision package, convenience package, climate package, and head-up display. Bowers & Wilkins audio system and air suspension are available.

Fuel economy for the XC 90 is rated at 11.3 L/100 km city and 8.4 highway for the T5, and 11.5/9.6 for T6 models.

2017 Volvo XC90 Specifications

There are 5 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $56,200 MSRP
10.2
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
250 hp @5500 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 5-Passenger $56,200 5 SUV
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 5-Passenger 250 hp @5500 rpm 258 ft-lb @1500 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 5-Passenger 194.9" 79.1" 69.9" 117.5"
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 5-Passenger
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 5-Passenger N/A
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 5-Passenger
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 5-Passenger
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 7-Passenger $57,750 7 SUV
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 7-Passenger 250 hp @5500 rpm 258 ft-lb @1500 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 7-Passenger 194.9" 79.1" 69.9" 117.5"
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 7-Passenger N/A
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T5 Momentum 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 Momentum 7-Passenger $61,900 7 SUV
AWD 5dr T6 Momentum 7-Passenger 316 hp @5700 rpm 295 ft-lb @2200 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 5dr T6 Momentum 7-Passenger 194.9" 79.1" 69.9" 117.5"
AWD 5dr T6 Momentum 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 Momentum 7-Passenger Leather Seats
AWD 5dr T6 Momentum 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 Momentum 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 R-Design 7-Passenger $66,500 7 SUV
AWD 5dr T6 R-Design 7-Passenger 316 hp @5700 rpm 295 ft-lb @2200 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 5dr T6 R-Design 7-Passenger 194.9" 79.1" 69.9" 117.5"
AWD 5dr T6 R-Design 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 R-Design 7-Passenger N/A
AWD 5dr T6 R-Design 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 R-Design 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 Inscription 7-Passenger $68,150 7 SUV
AWD 5dr T6 Inscription 7-Passenger 316 hp @5700 rpm 295 ft-lb @2200 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 5dr T6 Inscription 7-Passenger 194.9" 79.1" 69.9" 117.5"
AWD 5dr T6 Inscription 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 Inscription 7-Passenger Leather Seats
AWD 5dr T6 Inscription 7-Passenger
AWD 5dr T6 Inscription 7-Passenger

Expert Review Articles

by Justin Pritchard
January 18, 2017
Plug-in XC90 goes like the wind, drinks less fuel than a Civic

Owner Reviews: 2017 Volvo / XC90

Average Rating

2005 Volvo XC90

Trim: 2.5T
by Volvogurl on 10-22-2012
Comfort and Safety
I drive all day for my job, and then I drive all evening and all weekend with the kids. With this vehicle I never complain of an uncomfortable ride. I am not sore or stiff because of the spacious interior and comfortable seats; love the heated leather! The kids love the built in DVD and I love that it came with wireless headphones. This SUV has optional 2 seats in the back that fit adults. It can tow, it's AWD and it a 5cyl. The only downfall, like most SUV's is gas consumption. The best part of my SUV is that I feel safe in it :-)
Overall
4.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2008 Volvo XC90

by Cannuck00 on 10-11-2012
Tried XC90 for 3 years vs X5 from BMW
After have 2 BMW X5 in a row we decided to try the Volvo 7 passengers vehicle with 8 cylinders engine

We liked the look, it has been reliable but the performance was not at par to our expectations.

First: it doesn't turn in small area like other similar size vehicles we've driven.

Second: The ride feels like a big boat, we're not felling the road compared to a Mercedes or a BMW

Third: For a 8 Cylinder ... expensive I might say ... never felt I had the benefit like I had with my X5 4.4 L

Overall
3.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
2/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2009 Volvo XC90

Trim: R Design
by BigJim on 10-11-2012
Great Safe Family Hauler
This is the second Volvo XC90 I have owned and i have no complaints. Its a great, safe family hauler ... that happens to haul ***. The V8 engine has 311 horsepower providing excellent passing power needed for those weekend trips along two lane highways. Avergae fuel consumption (City & Hwy) since we have owned is approximately 11 L per 100 km. Although the exterior is starting to get a little outdated, the interior is very roomy & comfortable. We have the seven seater which comes in handy when you need the extra seats. Overall, i'm very happy with my XC90 R design.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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