Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90

2019 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: The 2019 Volvo XC90 now has standard third-row seating on all models except the topline Excellence. Standard on all models are 4-zone climate controls, heated washer nozzles, and universal garage door opener. All-wheel-drive models now have heated front seats. The Volvo XC90 is premium midsize crossover SUV with a three-row, seven-passenger seating layout. A trio of high-tech 4-cylinder powertrains is offered. 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 all-wheel drive. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, oncoming-lane mitigation, blind-spot alert, and cross-traffic alert. 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. All models have standard Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system that controls steering, braking, and acceleration to help follow traffic in a chosen lane. The topline Excellence seats only four passengers, but the individual rear bucket seats are reclining and massaging with increased legroom.  The XC90 is at 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: $48,695
AWD T5 Momentum: $51,195
T5 R-Design: $55,945
AWD T5 R-Design: $58,445
AWD T6 Momentum: $57,295
AWD T6 R-Design: $62,245
AWD T6 Inscription: $63,345
AWD T8 R-Design: $72,945
AWD T8 Inscription: 74,045
AWD T8 Excellence: $105,895

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T5)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-29

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T6)
Horsepower
316
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 4-cylinder/electric motor (T8)
Horsepower
400
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Combined Gas Range (mpg)
25
EPA Combined Electric Range (MPGe)
58