New Volvo XC90 Review

Published Date: 29th Jun 2013

Volvo front

The XC90 is Volvo’s muscular 7 seater SUV vehicle that combines the practicality of an MPV with off-road capabilities and the level of quality and safety that Volvo are synonymous with.

There are five trim-levels and plenty of options with the new Volvo XC90 ES, SE, SE Lux, Executive and R-Design range.

The entry-level new Volvo XC90 ES model features:

  • 17 inch ‘Neptune’ alloy wheels 
  • RSC (Roll Stability Control) system
  • Dual-zone climate control with pollen filter
  • Rear parking assist 
  • Electric front and rear power windows
  • Electric power door mirrors 
  • Interior leather-faced upholstery
  • Leather steering wheel and gear stick
  • Premium 8 speaker audio system with Radio/CD, USB and aux inputs


The new Volvo XC90 SE adds:

  • 18 inch ‘Situla’ alloy wheels 
  • Brushed aluminium roof rails
  • Bluetooth
  • Automatic rain-sensoring wipers 
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Power adjustable driver’s seat with memory option


The SE Lux adds the following to the SE trim-level:

  • 18 inch ‘Thalia’ alloy wheels
  • Active bending xenon headlight 
  • Headlight cleaning system
  • Chronograph instrument dials 
  • Premium soft leather upholstery
  • Sanded silver aluminium trim 
  • Sat nav system

Volvo Dashboard

The new Volvo XC90 Executive is the top-end luxury model with  19 inch ‘Galateia’ alloy wheels, laminated windows and classy chrome door mirrors. Inside the executive model  is walnut trim and top-quality soft leather upholstery with massage technology plus front and rear heated seats. Further enhancements include speed sensitive steering and a top-of-the-range audio systems with integrated satellite navigation.

The new Volvo XC90 R-design adds sports styling and handling to the SE features with 19 inch Ixion alloy wheels and an upgraded R-design chassis for more responsive handling. The exterior enhancements include matt silver door mirrors, four tail pipes and tinted rear windows.

Inside the R-design model you get unique leather-faced upholstery and front sports seats with side support,  there’s a leather steering wheel and R-design unique aluminium interior trim and badging.

You are restricted to one engine, the 2.4 litre D5 AWD with 197bhp and 420Nm of torque which can achieve 0-60mph in  9.7 seconds. The XC90 drive is geared up for comfort, with soft suspension that soaks up bumps and it is ideal for cruising on long journeys.