Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

Volvo XC90

Change Vehicle
Change Vehicle
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Volvo XC90 Ratings & Reliability
This is a competitive three-row SUV, but it suffers from a bumpy ride and baffling controls. Base models use a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine 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. The eight-speed automatic transmission operates smoothly most of the time. Handling is commendable, but the ride is stiff; it is slightly better with the optional air suspension. The interior is quiet, plush, and modern, with super comfortable seats. But audio, phone, and navigation functions are controlled through a frustrating-to-use touch-screen infotainment system. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning are standard.
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Volvo XC90 2018
The XC90 SUV's best qualities include its flexible and comfortable interior, seven-passenger seating capacity, and long list of safety features. Base models use a 250-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, offered with front- or all-wheel drive. Our tested 316-hp, turbocharged and supercharged version delivered decent punch and returned 20 mpg overall. but had a raspy sound. 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 more comfortable. The interior is quiet, plush, and modern, with super comfortable seats. But audio, phone, and navigation functions are controlled through an unintuitive touch-screen infotainment system. Volvo's Pilot Assist offers a suite of advanced driver assistance features. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert -- two important safety features -- were made standard for 2018. A surround view camera and front park assist were also available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $35,650 - $68,550 $33,375 - $64,265
2017 $31,300 - $60,000 $29,150 - $56,235
2016 $26,100 - $39,100 $23,790 - $36,390
2003-2015
2003 Redesign Year
Volvo XC90 2015
The XC90 SUV's best qualities include its flexible and comfortable interior, seven-passenger seating capacity, and long list of safety features. However, its high curb weight and underpowered engines detract from the driving experience. So-so fuel economy is another negative. The ride is fairly comfortable, if a bit stiff. Handling is responsive and secure. The standard ESC works very well. A Yamaha-built, 4.4-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic brought significantly more power in 2006. For 2007, an adequately powerful 3.2-liter six-cylinder replaced the base five-cylinder engine; the V8 was dropped after 2011. Unfortunately, Volvo held off on the redesign too long for the XC90, so by 2013, the model scored too low to be recommended. However, the 2016 redesign brought a much nicer vehicle, one we heartly endorse.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 NA NA
2014 $13,150 - $17,650 $10,170 - $14,540
2013 $10,800 - $14,900 $7,915 - $11,745
2012 $8,650 - $12,625 $5,885 - $9,610
2011 $8,100 - $10,900 $5,320 - $7,945
2010 $6,250 - $9,300 $3,560 - $6,405
2009 $5,600 - $8,975 $2,935 - $6,105
2008 $4,925 - $6,200 $2,305 - $3,505
2007 $4,450 - $5,225 $1,895 - $2,575
2006 $4,150 - $5,000 $1,670 - $2,380
2005 $3,500 - $4,225 $1,250 - $1,730
2004 $3,125 - $3,875 $1,045 - $1,440
2003 $2,825 - $3,500 $790 - $1,245