Volvo XC90 (2002 – 2015) Review

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Volvo XC90 (2002 – 2015) At A Glance

Handsome-looking, safe seven-seater brimming with kit and practical touches in its high-quality cabin. D5 is the one to go for.

A BMW X5 is a more accomplished drive on and off-road. Timing belt engines need new belts and waterpumps every 60k miles.

Insurance Groups are between 40–42
On average it achieves 90% of the official MPG figure

There are a few excellent four-wheel drive cars, like the Subaru Legacy, that ride at normal car height and handle like a normal car. There are lots of jacked-up, Jeep-like 4x4s that carry their passengers half a metre higher, and cannot quite manage to defy gravitational forces on corners. And now there is the Volvo XC90, which is essentially a jacked-up estate car.

Volvo XC90 2002 Road Test

Volvo XC90 2006 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Volvo XC90 (2002 – 2015)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

90%

Real MPG

19–38 mpg

MPGs submitted

443

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ASK HJ

What are the cons of buying an imported car?
I am considering buying a 2009 Volvo XC90 which has been imported from Singapore. What potential pitfalls should I be aware of?
Sky high insurance, non-UK parts fitted to the car and a non-traceable service history. There are thousands of XC90s for sale in the UK, I wouldn't recommend buying one that's imported.
Answered by Dan Powell
What should I pay attention to if I buy a high mileage car?
I'm thinking of buying a high mileage Volvo XC90. Any tips of what to look out for?
Everything. The Volvo XC90 is a very large and complicated car. A high mileage example will need new brakes, clutch. tyres, DPF and timing belt sooner rather than later. Avoid all examples that do not have a full service history that traces the car's history all the way back to the original dealer. All reported faults can be found here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volvo/xc90-2002
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best used SUV 4x4 for reliability and performance?
I am looking to buy a reliable 4x4 as our Volvo XC90 keeps getting stuck in our field. I'm considering either a Land Cruiser or a Nissan Pathfinder - which do you recommend?
My money would go on the Land Cruiser. It's unstoppable off-road and will last forever. I wouldn't be concerned about high mileage provided it's been regularly serviced. The Pathfinder has a few issues particularly with corrosion: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/pathfinder-2005/good/
Answered by Andrew Brady
What are the most likely causes of an ABS warning light?
The ABS warning light and message has started appearing on my 2006 Volvo XC90 What are the most likely causes and how can I avoid the garage simply replacing the whole system, which I expect would be extremely costly?
It might be a dirty or rusty reluctor ring and/or wheel sensor. Or it might be due to failure of the ABS/ESP module (the most common failure is the brake pressure sensor inside it). A new ABS/ESP module is about £2000, but it might be possible to have the existing one reconditioned by http://www.ecutesting.com for around £400 + removal, carriage and refitting.
Answered by Honest John

What does a Volvo XC90 (2002 – 2015) cost?

Buy new from £43,035 (list price from £53,520)
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