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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 20 - 34 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Volvo XC90 running costs don't have to be as bad as you'd think for a car of this size. The petrol engines are all thirsty as you'd expect, so the D5 is the engine to go for to keep running costs reasonable - it can average 34mpg. The XC90 holds its value well, although not as well as German alternatives such as the BMW X5 - that said, the XC90 is cheaper to start with and has more generous standard equipment levels.

Insurance is expensive, as are parts and servicing.

Volvo XC90 emissions aren’t great – it’s a pretty polluting model as most large 4x4s are. The latest D5 diesel with 200bhp averages 34.4mpg and emits 215g/km of CO2, so not too bad for a car of this size but still expensive compared to an equivalent executive estate.

Volvo XC90 reliability shouldn't cause much of a headache. The firm has built a reputation on the strength of its cars. The XC90 feels solidly built and the cabin is made of quality fabrics and plastics. It shares many parts with other cars in the Volvo family, which have been mechanically tough.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £330 - £580
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Insurance group 35 - 44
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