T8 R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr All-wheel Drive
2020 Volvo XC90 Hybrid

2020 XC90 Hybrid Photos
BANFF, Canada — For 2020, Volvo’s lineup gets some tweaks: hotter Polestar Engineered trims for the XC60 and V60 models, and new styling and seating configurations for a few others. While the updates aren’t ground-breaking, they are enough that Volvo had us up to Alberta’s incredible Banff region to show off the changes. Sometimes it pays off to be subtle. While the Polestar Engineered models would seem at first blush to be the most interesting additions, the new six-seat configuration for the 2020 XC90 actually struck us as the most important update. Available on T6 and T8 models in Momentum or Inscription trim, and only with the charcoal or blonde interiors, the second-row captain’s chairs are something that customers requested, and changes the subjective impression immensely. They give the interior an airy, special feel – an extra layer of luxury. And in a cabin already slathered in quality materials, it’s a force multiplier. But don’t waste any effort looking for an armrest on the inboard side of the seat. In a decision that seemed jarring at first, Volvo didn’t put one in. After talking to some of the folks involved in the decision-making process, it was clear that there was some deliberation about the armrest question. Some in the company wanted one, others felt (with some justification) that third-row egress and ingress was far more important. Folks in the latter camp prevailed. Although a six-seat variant had been considered for years, the timeline between greenlight on the variant and production was exceptionally tight, too. Whether Volvo made the right call depends on your priorities, but third-row ease-of-access seems to be a strong motivation for potential buyers. There’s nothing to fold, just a little slalom into the car, onto the raised dais the second-row sits on, and then shoot down the center slot into the third row. It’s certainly less of a procedure than folding a bench out of the way. Meanwhile, after more than three hours in total in the second-row chairs, the lack of armrest wasn't a bother. If anything, the low bottom cushion was more of an annoyance. But leaning back, watching the Canadian Rockies sweep by through the panoramic sunroof and listening to the T8 hybrid system do its thing softly in the background was a pleasant way to get around. The XC90 T8 Inscription model we drove itself is mechanically much the same, although there’s a slightly larger battery (now 11.6 kWh) — Volvo estimates this'll give the XC90 T8 a mile more range in EV mode, but official EPA numbers aren't out yet. Power is ample, although the automatic is slow to shift even in sportier drive modes. The braking system of the last XC90 T8 — a plug-in hybrid model with a twincharged gasoline engine — came in for some criticism, so Volvo improved brake feel with a revised brake booster system that switches from vacuum assist to hydraulic. It proved to be transparent in operation, which seems like a step up from the …
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BANFF, Canada — For 2020, Volvo’s lineup gets some tweaks: hotter Polestar Engineered trims for the XC60 and V60 models, and new styling and seating configurations for a few others. While the updates aren’t ground-breaking, they are enough that Volvo had us up to Alberta’s incredible Banff region to show off the changes. Sometimes it pays off to be subtle. While the Polestar Engineered models would seem at first blush to be the most interesting additions, the new six-seat configuration for the 2020 XC90 actually struck us as the most important update. Available on T6 and T8 models in Momentum or Inscription trim, and only with the charcoal or blonde interiors, the second-row captain’s chairs are something that customers requested, and changes the subjective impression immensely. They give the interior an airy, special feel – an extra layer of luxury. And in a cabin already slathered in quality materials, it’s a force multiplier. But don’t waste any effort looking for an armrest on the inboard side of the seat. In a decision that seemed jarring at first, Volvo didn’t put one in. After talking to some of the folks involved in the decision-making process, it was clear that there was some deliberation about the armrest question. Some in the company wanted one, others felt (with some justification) that third-row egress and ingress was far more important. Folks in the latter camp prevailed. Although a six-seat variant had been considered for years, the timeline between greenlight on the variant and production was exceptionally tight, too. Whether Volvo made the right call depends on your priorities, but third-row ease-of-access seems to be a strong motivation for potential buyers. There’s nothing to fold, just a little slalom into the car, onto the raised dais the second-row sits on, and then shoot down the center slot into the third row. It’s certainly less of a procedure than folding a bench out of the way. Meanwhile, after more than three hours in total in the second-row chairs, the lack of armrest wasn't a bother. If anything, the low bottom cushion was more of an annoyance. But leaning back, watching the Canadian Rockies sweep by through the panoramic sunroof and listening to the T8 hybrid system do its thing softly in the background was a pleasant way to get around. The XC90 T8 Inscription model we drove itself is mechanically much the same, although there’s a slightly larger battery (now 11.6 kWh) — Volvo estimates this'll give the XC90 T8 a mile more range in EV mode, but official EPA numbers aren't out yet. Power is ample, although the automatic is slow to shift even in sportier drive modes. The braking system of the last XC90 T8 — a plug-in hybrid model with a twincharged gasoline engine — came in for some criticism, so Volvo improved brake feel with a revised brake booster system that switches from vacuum assist to hydraulic. It proved to be transparent in operation, which seems like a step up from the …
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$72,700 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine I-4
MPG City / Hwy
Seating 7 Passengers
Transmission Geartronic 8-spd w/OD
Power 313 @ 6000 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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