The 2021 Volvo XC90 is the bigger agent in Volvo’s lineup, confined up three rows of Swedish luxury. It’s an adorable crossover that’s instantly apparent as a Volvo, confined as the flagship that led the brand’s awakening a few years back. Volvo offers choices abounding with the XC90, whether that be through trim levels or powertrain options. None of them are audible achievement models in the attitude of the BMW X5 M or the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, but the XC90’s address isn’t captivated in 0-60 mph times and aberrant handling.
Instead, Volvo focuses on what it does best: Safety, ability and archetypal administration that makes us swoon. It’s ample and cosseting aback absolutely decked out. And while the amount can acceleration quickly, Volvo has entry-level versions that are accessible and priced beneath the competition. Despite this bearing starting to age, Volvo keeps it adapted abundant to burrow its graying areas. Those attractive for article agleam and blatant should attending elsewhere, because alike if the abrupt tech and assorted powertrain calendar are intriguing, the XC90 still flies beneath the radar. It’s the affluence crossover for a ancestors that doesn’t ambition to avowal about its coffer account, but still wants a aftertaste of the bigger things in life. There’s alike a constituent amalgam adaptation for those absent article that’s both quick and efficient.
Volvo has added to the account of accepted appearance for the new year. Now, you get adaptive LED headlights, wireless buzz charging and advanced esplanade abetment as standard. Rear cartage accretion two USB-C chargers, and the acrimonious wipers are discontinued. The T8 constituent amalgam archetypal is renamed as the XC90 Recharge, and it gets a new entry-level Inscription Express trim. The R-Design archetypal gets a new bright atramentous grille design. Volvo’s 112-mph acceleration limiter goes into aftereffect beyond the calendar this year. Lastly, Volvo has done some blush and autogenous trim shuffling, but annihilation major.
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No amount the trim level, the 2021 Volvo XC90’s berth is a assignment in minimalism. The vibe is altered from any of the German or Japanese affluence machines. Where BMW and Mercedes dashes are accessory with architecture flourishes and accessible luxury, the XC90 is laid aback and staid. Muted copse inlays adroitness the birr of affluence models, admitting metal inlays are acclimated on sportier builds. You can get a dosage of beam with the Inscription trim and its Orrefors Crystal about-face knob, but alike that allotment pales in allegory to BMW’s blatant glass-cut accessory lever.
The XC90’s tech is a alloyed bag, and the minimalist affair carries over to a fault. A 9-inch touchscreen comes accepted as the centerpiece of the dash. It’s vertically-oriented and runs Volvo’s Sensus infotainment software. Volvo has bigger its acceleration and achievement in contempo years, but it still hiccups on antecedent startup from time to time. All of your altitude and bench controls are placed aural the screen, so you’re larboard after any concrete buttons there. A few audio playback buttons can be begin beneath the screen, but it’s still a tech fiend’s paradise. The alternative Bowers & Wilkins audio arrangement is adapted and alike bigger for 2021, too. Volvo’s 12-inch agenda apparatus array comes standard, and it continues the minimalism affair with a simple blueprint and bound customization. As you’d apprehend in a big affluence crossover, this one can be loaded to the aspect with adorable appearance like a head-up affectation and massaging seats.
The XC90 is the bigger Volvo, acceptance for three rows of cartage to appear forth for the ride. Its breadth is agnate to added mid-size crossovers like the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Acura MDX and all-new Genesis GV80. However, not alone can you fit six or seven cartage in the XC90, there’s a actual acceptable adventitious that all those cartage will absolutely be comfortable. The third row is absolutely accouter for adults, which is aberration in affluence crossovers afar from bigger, pricier models like the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The XC90’s boxlike appearance is adapted to cargo, though, and is analogously bigger than best competitors. That is decidedly accurate with all rows raised, as our XC90 Baggage Analysis showed it able of captivation four average accoutrements abaft the third row. You’ll be advantageous to fit two in best competitors.
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Volvo offers a lot of best to XC90 buyers, absolution them accept amid a few ability outputs and a constituent amalgam variant, too. The options accommodate a T5, T6 and Recharge (formerly accepted as the T8).
The T5 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder agent that makes 250 application and 258 pound-feet of torque. It comes accepted with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional. This archetypal (and every other) is able with an eight-speed automated transmission. It’s rated at 21 mpg city, 30 mpg artery and 25 mpg accumulated with front-wheel drive, or 20/28/23 with all-wheel drive.
Volvo’s T6 trim is able with a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It makes 315 application and 295 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is accepted on the T6. Ammunition abridgement dips to 19 city, 28 artery and 22 combined.
The XC90 Recharge archetypal uses the agent from the T6, but bolsters it with an electric motor on the rear arbor powered by an 11.6 kWh array backpack — it operates as a rear-wheel-drive car aback alone application electric power. All in, it makes 400 application and 472 pound-feet of torque combined. It’s rated for 18 afar of all-electric ambit aback absolutely charged, and gets by with a 55 MPGe appraisement from the EPA. Despite actuality the fastest XC90, it’s additionally the best able already the array is depleted with a 27 mpg accumulated rating.
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A little 2.0-liter four-cylinder may not complete acceptable abundant for a ample agent like the XC90, but it absolutely has affluence of balance to boost this crossover forth with ease. The T5 is acutely slower than the others, but the torque from the turbo is abundant to accumulate up with traffic. Things get added agitative with the T6. Its supercharger helps ample in the abridgement of ability on burke tip-in with the T5. The Recharge is the fastest of the bunch, as ability comes on able appropriate abroad with the advice of the electric motor. Alike with the rear arbor accepting ability from this motor, there’s still abundant ability activity advanced to circuit the advanced tires up and get torque steer.
Handling is annihilation to get aflame about, but it’s still affluence acknowledging for a agent of its stature. Both the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE are added fun to drive fast. Volvo’s alternative air abeyance can anneal and advance anatomy ascendancy marginally, but it’ll never appear abutting to analogous the achievement of the Germans.
The ride is costly aback you opt for the abate caster sizes, but it can get uncomfortably arrant if you go for the alternative 21-inch or 22-inch wheels. Aloof as a acceptable affluence agent should be, the XC90 is quiet on the highway. Its Pilot Abetment active abetment arrangement advance in the centermost of lanes able-bodied and makes artery active aloof that abundant easier.
We drive the adapted XC90 for the aboriginal time. Volvo massaged the styling, added tech and re-worked its calendar aftermost year.
We booty a abysmal dive into the autogenous of the 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription. Apprehend this to see the central of this crossover from every angle.
We see how abundant baggage fits abaft its aloft third-row seat.
Our agents takes a circuit in the antic average adolescent of Volvo’s XC90 lineup. Our tester was able with a Polestar Optimization, which increases ability through a tune from the factory.
A abject T5 in Momentum trim starts at $49,995. It comes accepted with LED headlights and taillights, 19-inch admixture wheels, leatherette seats (powered in front), four-zone altitude control, auto-dimming mirrors all about and a host of disciplinarian abetment systems. Stepping up to either the R-Design or Inscription trim brings a ample cardinal of added appearance forth for the ride. You can acquisition a abounding breakdown of features, specs and bounded appraisement for the XC90 actuality on Autoblog.
The aloft prices are for seven-passenger versions, but there is a six-passenger agreement with additional row captain’s chairs accessible for the T6 and Recharge trims that costs a little bit more.
Volvo and its acceptability for assurance precedes itself. So of course, a all-inclusive cardinal of disciplinarian abetment systems are fabricated accepted on the XC90. These accommodate lane befitting assist, advanced and rear blow warning, automated emergency braking, and blind-spot ecology with rear cross-traffic alert/braking. A acute and able lane-centering arrangement with adaptive cruise ascendancy alleged Pilot Abetment is additionally accepted equipment.
The 2020 Volvo XC90 won an IIHS Top Assurance Pick accolade with superb ratings all about — 2021 ratings aren’t accessible yet. Additionally, the NHTSA rated the XC90 an all-embracing bristles stars for blast analysis safety. We can cautiously say the XC90 is a safe vehicle, accustomed that two absolute blast testing agencies both gave it the accomplished accessible marks in testing.