Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Vast interior with seating for seven
  • Huge boot in five-seat mode
  • Easy to configure the cabin, plus ample storage

It’s sort of the point of a car like this, but even so, the XC90's practicality is exceptional. There’s more than enough room for five adults and a huge amount of luggage, but furthermore carrying seven adults isn’t entirely unrealistic. The rearmost seats are only really comfortable for people below five feet seven inches, but on shorter journeys larger adults won’t feel particularly uncomfortable.

The second row of seats slides forwards and back, but also reclines, so it’s easy enough to get comfortable back there too. One interesting feature here is the optional booster seat for children, which is nicely built into the middle row, meaning you don’t always have to carry around child seats.

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All of the rear seats will fold down individually, unlocking countless storage and passenger carrying options. In the boot there’s also a couple of bag hooks along with a very useful feature – a flap which serves to keep objects hemmed in when you don’t have to carry a whole boot’s worth of luggage.

You’ve got myriad useful features such as cupholders (for all three rows) and hooks to hang your jacket on. There are several cubbies and an air-conditioned glovebox which is opened via a button on the centre console. This makes a fantastically pleasing mechanical sound; another mark of quality.

All of that space inside does come at a price – the XC90 is a big old car to pilot around town, and it feels it at times. The high driving position does help with visibility though, but there’s only so much you can do to disguise the car’s heft.

The good news is that standard-fit parking sensors and a reversing camera help (plus the big mirrors), but we’d suggest upgrading to the 360-degree camera set-up that gives you full visibility around the car. The cameras are high-resolution and really help squeeze the XC90 into smaller spaces.

In five-seat mode, the XC90’s boot is vast, and all models come with an electric tailgate, making access effortless. In this form, space on offer is a generous 775 litres, while even with seven seats in place, there’s 397 litres of space – about the same as a small family hatchback. Fold all the seats down and total volume (measured to the roof) is a whopping 1,951 litres.

Safety

  • Safety is a particular strong point for Volvo
  • Huge list of standard safety and driver assistance tech
  • Should provide a lot of peace of mind for drivers

Let’s not beat around the bush here. Volvo is a brand famous for building safe cars, and the XC90 does not disappoint.

It’s been given a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating (of course) but that’s only the start of the story. There a gigantic amount of kit on board each car, the firm’s aim being that no-one is hurt or seriously injured in a Volvo by the year 2020.

So, standard Volvo XC90 safety kit includes:

Furthermore, the fundamental design of the car was carried out with safety very much at the forefront of development. A cocktail of high-strength steels are employed in the body structure, while the seats feature a clever system that will mitigate spinal compression in the event of an accident.

The car will also sense when it’s about to leave the road and will prepare for the worst by tightening the seatbelts for seven seconds. There’s also a system that will automatically brake at intersections if the car detects an incoming vehicle about to impact.

There’s also a vast array of optional safety kit including blindspot warning, a head-up display and the Intellisafe Pro package, which nets you:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping aid
  • Rear collision mitigation – a system which prepares the car for being rear-ended by flashing the indicators to alert the following driver and tightening the seatbelts
  • Queue Assist, which is a low-speed autonomous driving system which uses the adaptive cruise control to stop and go in traffic

The optional Family Pack bundles the integrated booster cushion on the centre seat base in the second row with powered rear child locks and integrated sun blinds for the rear doors.

Electronically limited top speed from 2020

Further to Volvo's commitment to safety, the Swedish brand has announced that from 2020 all of its models will be electronically governed to a top speed of 112mph, regardless of how powerful the engine or electric motors are.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo XC90.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • 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
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel
First Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control

Inscription equipment

Inscription standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
Inscription optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel

Inscription Pro equipment

Inscription Pro standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
Inscription Pro optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel

Momentum equipment

Momentum standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
Momentum optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel

Momentum Pro equipment

Momentum Pro standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
Momentum Pro optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel

R DESIGN equipment

R DESIGN standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Sports seats
R DESIGN optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel

R DESIGN Pro equipment

R DESIGN Pro standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Sports seats
R DESIGN Pro optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volvo XC90 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 97%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 72%
Safety Assist: 100%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.