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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

You've every right to expect big things when it comes to Volvo XC90 safety. Keeping people safe is a Volvo cornerstone and it's no surprise that the XC90 was awarded the maximum five stars for adult occupant protection in official Euro NCAP crash tests. Twin front and side airbags are standard, as are curtain airbags the length of the car, ABS, anti-whiplash protection and stability control.

Remote central locking and deadlocks means it's very secure too.

The enormous boot can carry 615-litres of luggage with the standard five-seats in use - only marginally less than the BMW X5 and considerably more than a Volkswagen Touareg. However, with the extra seats in use this is cut to just 249-litres - not much more than a Ford Ka. The extra seats fold flat into the floor, but lifting them is fiddly. At least each seat in the middle row slides independently, so you can maximise load space or leg room.

Loading the Volvo is easy too thanks to the split tailgate which means you can slide items in and out without a boot lip to lift over. The drop down section is also useful as a seat, ideal for changing out of muddy wellies.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo XC90 (02-14).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
Active optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

Active Premium equipment

Active Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Active Premium optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Headlight washers
  • Telephone

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
ES optional equipment
None available

ES Premium equipment

ES Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
ES Premium optional equipment
None available

Executive equipment

Executive standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Executive optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Telephone

Ocean Race equipment

Ocean Race standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel
Ocean Race optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone

R Design equipment

R Design standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
R Design optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Sat Nav

R Design Premium equipment

R Design Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
R Design Premium optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Telephone

R Design SE equipment

R Design SE standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
R Design SE optional equipment
None available

R Design SE Premium equipment

R Design SE Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
R Design SE Premium optional equipment
  • Telephone

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Lux equipment

SE Lux standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Lux optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Sat Nav

SE Lux Premium equipment

SE Lux Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Lux Premium optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Telephone

SE Ocean Race equipment

SE Ocean Race standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Ocean Race optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav

SE Premium equipment

SE Premium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Premium optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Telephone

SE Sport equipment

SE Sport standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Sport optional equipment
None available