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The XC90 is a competitive three-row SUV. Base models use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, offered with front- or all-wheel drive. Our tested T6, with its 316-hp turbocharged and supercharged version, delivered decent punch and returned 20 mpg overall, but it sounds raspy. A plug-in hybrid with an electric range of about 14 miles is available. All versions use an eight-speed automatic. Handling is commendable, but the ride is stiff--though the optional air suspension makes it slightly better. The interior is quiet, plush, and modern, with supercomfortable seats. But audio, phone, and navigation functions are controlled through an unintuitive touch-screen infotainment system that's frustrating to use. Many electronic safety features are available. First-year reliability has been well below average.
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This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed, deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Volvo XC90 recalls.

Road Test

Once the icon of restrained luxury and bank-vault safety, the Swedish automaker Volvo fell on tough times, seeing sales slump because of an aging, uninspiring model line. Now flush with an $11 billion cash infusion from its Chinese owner, Geely, Volv...

Highs

  • Feels very upscale, almost regal. Think Range Rover, but for much less money
  • Stunningly luxurious interior

Lows

  • Touch-screen intensive controls are complicated and distracting
  • We expected more than 20 mpg from a four-cylinder engine

Best Version to Get

Compared to other European luxury SUVs, the XC90 is attractively priced. Unfortunately, some desirable features are buried within expensive options packages. For example, you'd expect a luxury SUV to have HomeLink remote garage door capability, but that's bundled within an $1,800 Convenie...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (400 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (316 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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