Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy a Volvo XC90?

Yes, and with confidence - the XC90 is incredibly accomplished as a premium family car. It offers a high-tech-yet-spacious interior that’s versatile enough to carry up to seven and varying degrees of luggage, plus the commanding driving position and lengthy list of safety kit will reassure all drivers.

Volvo’s largest SUV is very easy to live with – it can get on with what you and the family want to throw at it on one day, and be a quiet and comfortable place to spend time alone.

It’s effortless to drive with smooth and powerful engines, and is a great option for long distances thanks to a refined drive and comfortable ride.

If it’s important to you, the Volvo’s image could also be a winner – it’s less brash than rivals such as the Audi Q7BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, although it can’t compete with the interior roominess or go-anywhere skills of Land Rover’s Discovery.

Like its rivals it’s expensive and if you want to add extras then you’ll see the price soar. With a list price of just over £50,000 for the entry-level model, the XC90 is hardly a car that those on a budget would be looking at. However, if you want to keep everyday running costs as low as possible, the earlier D5 (diesel) and newer B5 (mild-hybrid diesel) are your best options due to their decent fuel economy – especially if you use the car out of town regularly.

If you don’t cover the kind of mileage to warrant going for a diesel, the petrol B5 and B6 options could be attractive, but be warned – they’ve a penchant for unleaded so expect frequent visits to filling stations.

The T8 Twin Engine and its plug-in hybrid powertrain (sold seperately under the Recharge brand) will sway company car drivers, as the low CO2 emissions mean attractively low company car tax costs. That powertrain also means it can be quick when you want it to be, or be economical and quiet at the flick of a switch.

However, use this car away from urban areas and you’ll find all you’re doing is running a thirsty petrol SUV once you’ve rinsed the battery. Stick to the city where you can charge it regularly, and it’ll cost you pennies to run. Ironically, the T8 is also the fastest of the lot thanks to its powerful 390hp engine and electric motor combination. With a 0-62mph time of just 5.6 seconds, it could easily embarrass a few hot hatchbacks. With prices heading towards £70,000 after a few options, it almost seems a bit of a shame for it to reside in a low-speed environment.

Like the first-generation XC90, the this car is incredibly popular due to its desirability, flexible cabin and luxurious feel.

And just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s heavily discounted. You’ll struggle to get a huge discount from a Volvo dealer, but do what you can to get any extras thrown in. The good news is, unless you absolutely have to have the highest-spec model possible, even entry-level Momentum cars come reasonably well-appointed.

That said, the plushness of the Inscription and the more purposeful appearance of the R-Design are both alluring factors, while all three trims are augmented further by Pro models with even more desirable kit.

Further reading

>> Volvo XC60 review

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