2019 Volvo XC90 Reviews

2019 XC90 New Car Test Drive


The 2019 Volvo XC90 offers Scandinavian style, high technology, superior safety, versatile practicality, and luxury equal to more expensive rivals. 

For 2019, the base all-wheel-drive XC90 gets heated seats and four-zone climate control. R-Design and Inscription models get a new Harman Kardon stereo, and the active safety system has been updated.

Base front-wheel-drive T5 models get a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 250 horsepower, mated to a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available.

The all-wheel-drive T6 model adds a supercharger to make 316 horsepower, a better match for the weight of this three-row crossover. This engine is also quiet and fuel-efficient. 

The T8 plug-in hybrid makes 400 horsepower, thanks to an additional 87-hp electric motor. Naturally it gets the best gas mileage at 58 MPGe, and 19 miles of electric-only driving on a full charge.

Base T5 FWD models manage 21 mpg city, 29 highway, 24 combined, and 1 less mile per gallon with AWD. The AWD T6 delivers 1 mpg less.

The XC90 boasts five stars overall in crash testing by the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS insurance industry, with top scores in every crash test. Every XC90 comes with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, road sign recognition, and rear collision mitigation.


For less than $47,700 the base Momentum comes with a power tailgate, four-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable front seats, synthetic leather, a fully-digital gauge cluster, and a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

R-Design ($56,950) or Inscription models add sport or luxury features such as leather seats, wood or aluminum trim, larger wheels, and aluminum or black accents across the body. Optional packages include everything from a driver-assistance system to an excellent Bowers & Wilkins stereo to an air suspension and a panoramic moonroof.

The Excellence hits an astonishing $104,950, and includes a crystal gearshift, climate-controlled reclining rear seats and footrests, a refrigerator and crystal glasses for the champagne you'll be drinking in the back. 

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