Volvo XC90 Review

  July 10, 2015


After 12 long years, Volvo has launched the second generation of their flagship model, the XC90. This new SUV will rival the BMW X5, Mercedes GL-Class and the soon to be launched new Audi Q7. The new SUV comes with competitive pricing to making things difficult for its competition. The SUV will be available in two variants namely, Inscription and Momentum, the former being the top end variant. We find out more about this new sporty luxury SUV in detail.

Powertrain & Performance

The new XC90 is only launched with one 2.0L four cylinder diesel engine which is equipped with another first in class technology called i-ART which helps reduce fuel consumption. This engine belongs to the new VEA engine family of Volvo which has a power output of 225 bhp and a maximum torque output of 470Nm. This power is transferred to the wheels through an 8 speed automatic gearbox. This engine is a great combination of performance and fuel efficiency and proves itself to be one of the cleanest running diesel engines in the world. The ride and handling of this full size SUV is very stable and confident due to the suspension setup which limits the body roll up to a good extent. This transforms into confident handling as well which makes it fun to drive this SUV around corners. The new optional air suspension in expected to get more popular in the SUV which will bring a lot of improvement in the ride quality of the XC90 and gives it an edge over its rivals. The suspension feels soft enough for city rides and patchy surfaces but hardens rather well to tackle off-road terrains. It offers good high speed stability as well.

Build & Styling

The new XC90 is longer, wider and taller than before hence improving its physical appearance and making it look gigantic. The new XC90 is very similar to their coupe concept car and looks equally stylish and aggressive. The face particularly looks very dynamic with usage of the new broad grille and T-shaped daytime running LED lights. The sharp cuts, lines and bigger dimensions than before makes sure XC90 stand tall and handsome in front of its rivals such as Audi Q7 which has been popular for its huge road presence.

The XC90 is based on Volvo's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform which will be used in all near future Volvo cars. The platform confirms more space for the passengers in the second and third rows and is lighter in weight without compromising on safety. The feature list of the XC90 includes a full size touch screen in its centre console equipped with cloud services such as navigation, music streaming and apps along with android app sync. The much talked about 19 speaker music system from Bowers and Wilkins also makes its way into this car. It uses the technology of air ventilated subwoofers to provide excellent bass.

The new XC90 is one of the safest cars in its segment and in India. The new XC90 debuts with automatic braking at intersections (City Safety technology) and run off-road protection package making it a very safe vehicle, as it will reduce injuries to passengers if the car goes off the road. If this happens, sensors will automatically tighten the seat belts and take other safety measures instantly. Other safety features include roll stability control, electronic stability control (ESC), adaptive cruise control, park assist, active high beam, a 360 degree camera, blind spot detection, multiple airbags for all passengers, ABS with EBD, braking assist and many more.


Combining features, comfort and Scandinavian design flair with rock solid safety credentials, the Volvo XC90 is the whole package. The vehicle is flexible enough for you to use it for outdoor activities and has enough space to cart your family and all the luggage you need. In conclusion, it proves to be a very good alternative to anyone looking to buy a premium SUV.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Ride quality
    • Safety features
    • Design
  • Cons

    • Engine feels slightly underpowered