2017 Volvo XC90

Pros: Spacious, luxuriously trimmed cabin; economical-for-the-class 4-cylinder engine; broad range of unconventional safety and technology features

Cons: Third-row seats are a bit cramped for adults; some complicated touchscreen controls; fully-equipped models are very pricey

CG Says: For 2017, Volvo XC90 adds a new topline Excellence model. Excellence uses the T8 drivetrain and deletes the third-row seat, but adds luxury equipment such as heated/ventilated and massaging rear bucket seats, Bowers and Wilkins sound system, and a beverage refrigerator. All models gain Spotify and Park and Pay apps. Volvo XC90 was redesigned for 2016. The new XC90 retains a three-row, seven-passenger seating layout but adds a host of new safety and technology features and a trio of high-tech 4-cylinder powertrains. A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powers T5 models; a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powers T6 models; while the T8 plug-in hybrid uses the T6 engine coupled with an electric motor in back to drive the rear wheels (and deliver a combined 400 horsepower). T5s are available with front- or all-wheel drive. All T6 and T8 models have standard with all-wheel drive. In addition to the expected list of available luxury and technology features, the XC90 offers unusual options such as an integral second-row child booster seat, active air suspension with height adjustment, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and a windshield head-up display. The XC90’s long-overdue redesign vaults it to the head of the premium midsize SUV class. It offers excellent all-around refinement, a smorgasbord of available features, and cushy road manners, all while maintaining a distinct Scandinavian character.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 4 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Sweden
Base Prices T5 Momentum: $45,750
AWD T5 Momentum: $47,750
T5 R-Design: $51,150
AWD T5 R-Design: $53,150
AWD T6 Momentum: $52,250
AWD T6 R-Design: $56,250
AWD T6 Inscription: $57,050
AWD T8 R-Design: $67,800
AWD T8 Inscription: $68,600
AWD Excellence: $104,900

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-26

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
316
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cyl./electric
Horsepower
400
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Combined Range (mpg)
54 MPGe; 25 (gas only)