The 2020 Volvo XC90 is a luxury SUV with styling befitting the Swedish brand. It’s reserved and refined rather than brash, both inside and out. There’s room for up to seven passengers with numerous advanced safety and convenience features across a range of three trims.
The XC90 is available with two gas powertrains and one hybrid option. The XC90 T6 AWD R-Design we drove came with the more powerful gas option, which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder with 316 horsepower and 296 lb-ft of torque. This comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
It effortlessly powered the XC90 into highway traffic and had ample power for passing slower vehicles at speed. While not truly a sporty experience, the XC90 drives like it’s a lighter vehicle with good agility and crisp handling. Its combination of power and driving dynamics make it an SUV that’s enjoyable to drive whether for the daily commute or a family roadtrip.
There’s room for up to seven passengers in the XC90 with comfortable and support front seats. Nappa leather trims, heat, and 10-way power adjustability make the front seats a pleasant place to pass the time. They’re easy to position for a good view of the road regardless of the driver’s height and aren’t so heavily bolstered that the will feel confining to those of a larger build.
The second row is also comfortable with ample room for three adults. The third row, which seats two, is the least desirable spot in the XC90. While there is room for two adults, it’s a tight fit and a bit of a squeeze to get back there in the first place. Best send the kids that direction and let the adults sit up front.
Infotainment includes a tablet-style 9-inch touchscreen that does a great job of mimicking an actual tablet. Swipe left and right to access menus through a logical and easy to learn range of options that quickly becomes intuitive. The large display makes it less distracting and helps keep your attention on the road rather than fiddling around trying to find things on a too small screen instead.
A wide range of safety comes standard on every XC90 including driver alert control, hill descent control and hill start assist, lane keeping aid, LED front fog lights with cornering, pilot assist driver assistance with adaptive cruise control, rear collision warning, road sign information, and run off mitigation. It also received high marks in crash tests with a top 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a large SUV with enough space to carry a full load of passengers along with cargo. There’s 15.8 cubic feet behind the third row, 41.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and 85.7 cubic feet behind the first row. There’s also a standard hands-free liftgate to make loading up the XC90 easier.
The 2020 Volvo XC90 is a luxury SUV and as such it comes in with a higher price. The base T5 Momentum starts at $48,350 while top trims are priced from $62,600. Opt for a hybrid and pricing creeps higher ranging from $67,000 to $72,700. A wide range of available options can make those prices climb quickly and edge right over the $100K mark.
While that’s a hefty sum for an SUV, the sweet spot for the XC90 falls in the middle with trims that offer a responsive powertrain along with a comfortable and well-equipped interior.
The 2020 Volvo XC90 is now available at dealerships nationwide.