Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90

2016 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: After taking the 2015 model year off, the Volvo XC90 is 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, and 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. All powertrains are available in base Momentum, sporty R-Design, and luxury Inscription trim levels. 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 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Sweden
Base Prices T5 Momentum: $43,950
AWD T5 Momentum: $45,950
T5 R-Design: $49,350
AWD T5 R-Design: $51,350
T5 Inscription: $51,250
AWD T5 Inscription: $53,250
AWD T6 Momentum: $49,800
AWD T6 R-Design: $53,800
AWD T6 Inscription: $55,400
AWD T8 Momentum: $68,100
AWD T8 R-Design: $70,000
AWD T8 Inscription: $71,600

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)
53 MPGe; 25 (gas only)

Volvo XC90
2016 Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90 R-Design
2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design