Once the icon of restrained luxury and bank-vault safety, the Swedish automaker Volvo turned a corner with the current XC90. It marks a new generation of modern design that can potentially win back those who walked away and attract those who never thought they would find a Volvo in their garage.
Volvo has bet the farm -- and all of the moose that graze on it -- on a three-row SUV that could find a place on many luxury shoppers' consideration list with attractive styling in and out and an array of new technology.
How did it stand up to our scrutiny? For all of its imposing heft, this Viking-shouldered SUV is powered by a mere four-cylinder engine. The 2 liters under the hood don't seem very muscular compared with the predominantly six-cylinder engines that populate this segment. But the XC90 T6 is equipped with a turbocharger and a supercharger that help generate an astonishing 316 hp. Despite its seemingly meager displacement, it certainly doesn't lack power; an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system put it to pavement.