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Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Uncluttered dashboard and excellent quality
  • Large touchscreen controls major functions
  • Excellent seats and comfy driving position

What a lovely place to be. All of the materials in the cabin are of exceptionally high quality with very few squeaks or rattles expected. The doors have a reassuringly chunky thud when you shut them, the switchgear is all solid, the materials used are all of high quality, and with some neat touches found throughout. For example, you turn the starter switch towards you, the driving mode selection is a pleasant contoured metal roller switch, the door handles are chunky metal and there’s plenty of soft leather used throughout.

In front of the driver is a simple digital dashboard that you can configure to show a navigation map, trip information or media, as well as large speedo and other car information, while a large portrait touchscreen dominates the centre console, controlling most of the car’s functions. While some may find this distracting to use, in reality, once you’ve set all the features up and learned where everything is, it’s an intuitive system that’s easy to operate because the touchscreen is so responsive to inputs.

Finally, finding a comfortable driving position is easy thanks to a huge range of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel, with a high driving position that gives a good view around you. The nice part is that the dashboard and centre console is designed in such a way that you still feel cocooned and like you’re driving a normal car, rather than sitting on top of the seat driving a bus.

Volvo XC90 interior

Comfort

  • Excellent seats in the XC90
  • Ride is good, even on large wheels
  • Excellent refinement on all models

As with the previous version, Volvo XC90 comfort levels are exemplary. The firm is renowned for its comfortable seats, and this car is no exception, with a huge amount of adjustability which means it’s easy to get comfortable. The cabin is a pleasant place to be in general, to be honest. There’s only a whisper of road noise, wind noise is kept to a minimum at motorway speeds and there’s only the slightest hint of engine din from petrol and diesel models.

The hybrid – in electric mode – is nearly silent and when the petrol engine kicks in is only a little louder. Even revving the car hard brings what sounds like a distant whirr of engine noise. In terms of ride quality again the XC90 excels. There’s a hint of choppiness on some pitted road surfaces – especially noticeable on cars fitted with the largest 21- or 22-inch alloy wheels, but in the main it’s a cosseting and forgiving machine which really delivers over long journeys. If you want extra comfort, adaptive air suspension is available at extra cost, but it’s worth trying before you buy as it’s quite a pricey option.