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Volvo XC90 review

2015 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 53.8
” Bringing safety and practicality for all seven members of the family “

At a glance

Price new £62,150 - £83,130
Used prices £16,507 - £64,746
Road tax cost £0 - £570
Insurance group 33 - 45
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Fuel economy 26.2 - 44.1 mpg
Range 531 - 765 miles
Miles per pound 3.8 - 5.6
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Available fuel types

Petrol

Diesel

Hybrid

Pros & cons

PROS
  • Extremely comfy and luxurious interior
  • Versatile boot, plus space for seven
  • Loaded with advanced technology
  • Plug-in hybrid available
CONS
  • Beginning to feel old
  • Can feel quite big and heavy
  • Not a pure off-roader like a Land Rover
  • Expensive, plus pricey options

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 14 June 2022 Updated: 29 March 2023

Overview

The Volvo XC90 is a hybrid SUV that’s been on sale since 2015, earning itself a reputation for offering class, sophistication, luxury, and space for seven. Its main selling points are its eye-catching styling, a modern, luxurious interior and lots of advanced safety kit to keep the family safe.

It is beginning to feel its age though. Rivals have newer and more sophisticated infotainment systems, while some challengers are offering fully electric versions too. Rivals include the Land Rover DiscoveryBMW X5Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. While if you’re after a fully electric seven-seat SUV there’s the Tesla Model X.

There are three trim levels to choose from. Momentum is the cheapest, R-Design is sporty looking, and Inscription is the plushest. Inscription and R-Design cars also come with the option of upgrading to a Pro model. Like with every other new car, the more you pay, the more you get.

It’s worth having a play on Volvo’s configurator to truly understand the vast number of configurations available. Not every engine is available with every trim level – for instance, the B6 petrol isn’t available on Momentum spec cars.

Safety is a core brand value for Volvo. The XC90 has a low-speed automatic driving system for traffic jams. So that should provide peace of mind for families, which is what this car is all about. It’s a seriously versatile machine in this respect, boasting a second row of seats which slide backwards and forwards and recline. 

They have Isofix lashing points, and an extra feature can be added where the seat base transforms into a booster seat.

Click through these pages to read everything you need to know about the Volvo XC90 including its practicality and how much it costs to run.