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2016 Volvo XC90 Review

6 years ago

Good points

  • Exceptionally beautiful and practical interior
  • Punchy, refined, and economical engines
  • Handsome and rather unique design

Needs work

  • New model steps up several price points
  • Key safety options are quite costly
  • Somewhat harsh ride on regular springs
2016 Volvo XC90

A good car is one that makes its purpose clear and then lives up to what it says it will do without disappointment. By this measure, the Volvo XC90 is a good car. More than any other seven-seater, the XC90 excels at being a comfortable, practical, desirable family wagon.

It needs to be. The new model replaces a much-loved first-generation car that sold for twelve years. Since its 2003 launch, the original XC90 found 15,000 Australian buyers, with Volvo selling more than two hundred a month at the 2007 peak.

Even for a European car, twelve years is an age between models. The new XC90 has been in development for half a decade. A major delay resulted from Ford’s sale of Volvo to the Chinese conglomerate Geely, in 2010. A 2013 release ballooned to a September 2015 launch.

Concerns about quality under the Chinese haven’t been realised. Instead, Geely have been overseen Volvo’s resurgence, pouring funding into the brand’s fledgling Scalable Product Architecture, the modular platform underpinning the next wave of Volvos, including the XC90.

The result is impressive. The XC90 is Volvo’s first pitch out of the premium class into the luxury segment. Specification is up, but pricing shifts accordingly: the new base model, called Momentum, leaves little change from $100,000. That’s more-or-less identical to a four-cylinder BMW X5 with seven seats, though it’s the Volvo that is more comfortable and generously equipped. And once it arrives later in the year, Volvo will ask about $130,000 for a fast petrol-electric engine.

Key specs (as tested)

Engine
Capacity
2.0L
Cylinders
4
Induction
Twin turbocharger
Power
165kW @ 4250rpm
Torque
470Nm @ 1750–2500rpm
Configuration
Conventional
Power to weight ratio
84kW / tonne
Fuel
Fuel type
Diesel
Fuel capacity
71L
Consumption
6.2L / 100km
Average Range
1145km
Drivetrain
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
All wheel drive
Engine configuration
In-line
Gears
8
Dimensions
Length
4950mm
Width
2008mm
Height
1776mm
Unoccupied weight
1970kg
Cargo space seats up
451L
Cargo seats down
1100L

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