The base model Volvo XC90 3.2 and her sporty sister R-Design are endowed with an abundance of safety features, including Volvo's roll-stability control, which Car and Driver eloquently describes and appreciates as, "…safety is hard to sell … until you hit a whale." Volvo incorporates crumple-zones and airbags throughout the vehicle. There is a general air of innovative thoughtfulness that pervades all of the safety and comfort features in the Volvo machines, like the second row child booster-seat that slides forward to be closer to the front passengers, and adjustable seat belts that take all body sizes into consideration.
The Volvo XC90 3.2 and R-Design models are available with both FWD and AWD drivetrains that are mated to a six-speed GEARTRONIC Automatic transmission. The 3.2 comes with a Comfort chassis while the R-Design comes with the Sport chassis.
Standard features that come with both models include: electronic climate control, third row air conditioning, a cabin filter, tinted windows in the rear, side doors and cargo area, a zone tinted windshield; power drivers and passenger seats, a power glass sunroof/moonroof, a high performance sound system with steering wheel mounted controls for HD radio, USB connectivity, iPod interface, and Bluetooth with audio streaming, a 12-volt outlet, and much more.
2014 Volvo XC90 Safety Rating
The Volvo XC90 was given an overall rating of "Good" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with scores of "Good" in every category. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the XC90 for rollover impact and awarded the series with a score of four out of five stars.
Noteworthy About the Volvo XC90:
- The XC90 was named by the IIHS as a Top Safety Pick for 2014.
- The XC90 was awarded the Best Luxury SUV award from the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA).
- The IntelliChoice 2011 Best Overall Value Premium Luxury Crossover/Wagon Class named the Volvo XC90 as the lowest cost of ownership in its class.