Now in its second generation, the Volvo XC90 is a luxury midsize SUV with up to three rows of passenger space. The XC90 was first introduced for 2003, offering attractive styling, excellent fuel economy, noteworthy performance and comfortable seating.
2016 to Present: Volvo XC90
Introduced for the 2016 model year, the second-generation Volvo XC90 is a five- or seven-passenger luxury three-row crossover. Available with front- or all-wheel-drive, the XC90 is offered with three 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine choices. These include a turbocharged 250-horsepower engine, a turbocharged and supercharged 316-horsepower engine and a plugin hybrid version with 400 horsepower. Regardless of engine choice, the XC90 utilizes a silky-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.
Even at the base level, the XC90’s nicely appointed cabin exhibits a high level of standard features. Power front seats, dual-zone climate control, tinted windows and a panoramic sunroof are all standard fare. The tech-filled cabin also includes a digital instrument display, navigation and a premium audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
All models also feature keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate, a rearview camera, lane departure warning and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Moving into the higher trim levels adds Nappa leather upholstery, wood inlays, LED bending headlights, advanced safety technology and more.
The Volvo XC90 is a leader in the three-row luxury crossover segment, competing with the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lexus GX and Land Rover LR4. Other primary competitors include the Lincoln MKT, Infiniti QX60 and Acura MDX.
Earlier Volvo XC90 Models
The first-generation XC90 was launched for the 2003 model year and represented Volvo’s first-ever SUV. Not content on simply building another SUV, Volvo’s relentless pursuit of safety yielded a top-rated crash test survivor, which was fun to drive and looked great too.
With seating for up to seven passengers, the four-door SUV features a roomy and nicely appointed cabin with plenty of premium standard features. Engines include a 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder and a 268-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. For 2005, Volvo would add an optional third row of seating and a 4.4-liter V8 engine.
In 2007, Volvo gave the XC90 a small refresh, revamping the styling and repowering the midsize SUV with a 3.2-liter six-cylinder and the aforementioned 4.4-liter V8. The manufacturer introduced a performance-themed R-Design model for 2009, with an upgraded suspension, dual exhaust pipes and R-Design aesthetic touches throughout.
In 2013, the XC90 would get its first major refresh since arriving 10 model years prior. The new model would ditch the two-tone paint of the past for a more traditional single color paint job. The first-generation XC90 was commonly available with features that include heated front seats, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, a premium sound system, rear-seat entertainment system and more.