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Volvo XC90 2023: Australian pricing and specifications revealed for large luxury SUV


Volvo’s 2023 XC90 lineup has changed significantly for MY22, and will now start from $92,990 before on-road costs

Volvo’s XC90 large SUV has been given a significant lineup upgrade for 2023, and now starts from $92,990 before-on road costs – up $4500 from the outgoing base Momentum B5.

The XC90 range looks quite different from the outgoing MY22 lineup, which consisted of Momentum, Inscription, R-Line and Recharge variants. 

Flagship XC90 Recharge plug-in hybrids will set buyers back $121,990 before on-road costs, which is $3000 more than the outgoing Recharge model. 

The Volvo XC90 lineup looks a bit different to what it was previously

The range now features B6 Ultimate bright and dark models which have not previously been available in the XC90 lineup. 

All models, except the plug-in hybrid Recharge variant, have 48-volt mild-hybrid systems that support the powertrain and onboard systems such as the ones fitted to many recent Mercedes-Benz products.. 

Volvo’s large size XC90 competes in the luxury SUV segment with the likes of the BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Porsche Cayenne

The BMW X7 is a competitor to the Volvo XC90 SUV

Standard specifications on the new XC90

Standard features on the base Plus B5 MHEV includes a seven seats, a “high performance” sound system, third-row climate control,  power adjustable front driver and passenger seats, four-way adjustable lumbar support, heating for the front seats, leather accented upholstery for the front row only, and 20-inch alloy wheels. 

Also included as standard for the entry-level model is LED bending headlights, retractable side mirrors, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, inductive smartphone charging and a 12.3-inch instrument cluster.

Stepping into the XC90 Ultimate Bright B6 variant, buyers will receive larger 21-inch alloy wheels, while the B6 Dark and Recharge top-spec gain huge 22-inch wheels as standard.

Inside the Volvo XC90 Recharge

Available options for the 2023 Volvo XC90

Several options are available for those wanting to tailor their Volvo experience, including the choice of either a Harman Kardon ($2000) or Bowers and Wilkins sound system ($4550) to make your Spotify experience sound that little bit better. 

Also available as an option are tinted windows ($1050), panoramic sunroof ($350 for base model only), heated steering wheel, back-rest massaging function for the front seats ($1100), perforated Nappa leather upholstery ($3250) and 21-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels ($3500 on base XC90 only, standard elsewhere in the range)

How safe is the 2023 Volvo XC90?

XC90 Recharge T8 AWD, Denim Blue
The XC90 has a decent safety equipment list

The older Volvo XC90 was safety tested back in 2015 by ANCAP, however the current range has not been tested by local ANCAP yet. 

The Volvo XC90 is fitted as standard with an extensive safety equipment list, including airbags for driver, front passenger, driver knee, side impact and curtain airbags across the range.

Also standard are the following safety features:

  • Speed limiter 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front collision mitigation support 
  • Pilot assist
  • Lane keeping aid 
  • Blind spot monitoring 
  • Rear collision warning 
  • 360-degree camera 
  • Parking assistant 
  • Hill descent control 
  • Rain sensing wipers 

Available powertrains for the 2023 Volvo XC90 

Volvo XC90 2021 front 3/4
The XC90 is available in mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid guise

The entry-level Plus B5 XC90 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine that produces 183kW of power /350Nm and torque, which is then sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. 

Stepping up to the Ultimate B6 XC90 nets, this variant gains a more powerful 220kW/420Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine that is also paired with the same automatic transmission.. 

The top spec plug-in hybrid ‘Recharge’ variant combines an electric motor with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder to produce combined outputs of 340kW/709Nm. 

Volvo XC90 2021 front
The Recharge features a 18.8kWh battery pack

This system is supported by a 18.8kWh battery pack that can be plugged in at home or through a charging station to top up the battery as required. 

Volvo says that the Recharge variant can travel up to a claimed 77km on electric power only.  

Volvo XC90 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Plus B5 mild hybrid: $92,990 (+$4500)
  • Ultimate B6 Bright mild hybrid: $102,990 (new)
  • Ultimate B6 Dark mild hybrid: $104,990 (new)
  • Recharge Ultimate T9 PHEV: $121,990 (+$3000)