Compact SUV: Volvo XC90 – Sweden flagship with plenty of space


Volvo XC90Sweden flagship with plenty of space

Compact SUV: Volvo XC90 - Sweden flagship with plenty of space-compact

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Swedish export: The Volvo XC90 went into series production ten years ago.

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Compact SUV: Volvo XC90 - Sweden flagship with plenty of space-sweden

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Volvo XC90: The senior in the club of large SUVs.

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Compact SUV: Volvo XC90 - Sweden flagship with plenty of space-sweden

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The first study was carried out in 2000.

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Compact SUV: Volvo XC90 - Sweden flagship with plenty of space-volvo

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Entry prices start at 41,190 euros.

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Compact SUV: Volvo XC90 - Sweden flagship with plenty of space-volvo

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The transverse engine concept ensures an unprecedented amount of space.

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For the tenth anniversary, Volvo has optimized the XC90. The Swede still cuts a fine figure in the field of large SUVs – and not just because it is cheap.

E.r is by far the longest-serving Volvo and even a senior in the large SUV club. A study of the first Swedish SUV made its debut in 2000, and the XC90 started as a series model exactly ten years ago. In keeping with the birthday party, the Gothenburg locals treated their bestseller – for several years the XC90 was the world’s best-selling Volvo and the most important Swedish export product – a little fine-tuning of looks and equipment.

Little changes in the exterior

Outwardly, bumpers and wheelhouses painted in body color, modified front and rear lighting units, additional colors and new optional 19-inch light-alloy wheels indicate the latest generation of the seven-seater crossover.

As with other Volvo models, an onboard emergency call system application is now also available for the XC90, which enables various vehicle functions to be accessed with a smartphone. Either two five-cylinder diesels or one six-cylinder gasoline engine in a power range from 163 hp to 243 hp provide propulsion.

The Volvo is significantly cheaper

Comparatively modest values ​​in the environment of powerful competitors such as Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML-Class or VW Touareg. But the Volvo scores with significantly lower prices, which start at 41,190 euros for the entry-level diesel with front-wheel drive and at 47,740 euros for the more powerful diesel with all-wheel drive.

Even if it is drawn far less dynamically than its younger, little brother XC60, the stately XC90 still presents itself today as an elegant beau among the boulevard off-roaders for the large family. Above all, however, the XC90 continues to set standards in the family-friendliness discipline.

Volvo flagship with plenty of space

Its space-saving transverse engine concept still enables exemplary space. On the front rows of seats, the Volvo flagship offers ample space that is almost comparable to the lounge comfort of large vans. Only the third row seats, which can be lowered into the floor of the car, are suitable for children alone.

At the same time, the Nordmann conveys that castle feeling of heavy off-road vehicles, which is not only appreciated by women. In the case of the Volvo, this is not unjustified, because the occupant accident protection even extends to the third row of seats, which is sometimes neglected. But the SUV has to cut back on a classic off-road vehicle talent: the trailer load is only a maximum of 2,250 kilograms.

Consumption below standard cycle

At first glance, the standard consumption values ​​of the three engines, which are 8.2 and 8.3 liters of diesel for the two diesel engines and 11.4 liters of super for the six-cylinder gasoline engine, are less convincing in the competitive environment. On the other hand, during test drives in the wintry Alpine country, we determined gasoline consumption that was sometimes up to half a liter below the otherwise often completely unrealistic values ​​of the standard cycle.

The Volvo hovers over the highway

We were also positively surprised by the still sovereign travel comfort of the gentle giant, which is extremely popular especially in North America. Instead of fashionable, sporty hardness, the Swedes are characterized by a comparatively soft chassis setting. The big Volvo almost hovers over the autobahn and it also smooths potholes and bumpy roads with surprising ease. If necessary, it can still be driven around the corner in a sporty, brisk manner, the higher side inclination alone then heralds the comfort-oriented chassis.

The good noise insulation of the light and airy passenger area fits in with this. Wind and driving noises penetrate the interior only in a pleasantly muffled manner, but the diesels can still be heard clearly after a cold start or under full load. Practical in city traffic is the handiness and clarity of the seven-seater, which is 4.81 meters long but only 1.90 meters wide. A plus point not only in narrow parking garages and narrow passages.

The freshly made-up Swede may not be able to compete with the much younger competition in the dynamic disciplines, but the XC90 is more recommended than ever as a mature and comfortable family vehicle.

Volvo XC90 Technical Specifications

Five-door SUV of the upper middle class – length: 4.81 meters; Width: 1.90 meters; Height: 1.78 meters; Wheelbase: 2.86 meters; Boot space: 483-1837 liters.


XC90 D3 : 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel, front-wheel drive, 6-speed automatic, 120 kW / 163 PS, max.torque: 340 Nm

0-100 km / h in 11.5 s, Vmax 190 km / h, 8.2 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 216 g / km, Price from 41,190 euros

XC90 D5 AWD: 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel, all-wheel drive, 6-speed automatic, 200 hp, max.torque: 420 Nm

0-100 km / h in 10.3 s, Vmax 205 km / h, 8.3 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 219 g / km, Price from 47,740 euros

XC90 3.2 AWD: 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder, all-wheel drive, 6-speed automatic, 200 hp, max.torque: 420 Nm

0-100 km / h in 10.3 s, Vmax 205 km / h, 8.3 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 269 g / km, Price from 48,810 euros

Brief description

Match with: SUV fans with a preference for family-friendly classics

Looks good: In addition to oversized ships that occupy two parking spaces

Alternative to: Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes ML-Class, VW Touareg, but also Volvo V70 and XC70

What’s next: A successor in 2014

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