Volvo XC90 (2015–)

Model History

August 2014

Volvo unveiled the all-new XC90

The second generation SUV will reach the UK in May 2015 and be offered in two or four-wheel drive, with the choice of petrol, diesel or hybrid powertrains. The new Volvo XC90 will be available to order in the UK from October and prices will start at £45,000.

The Twin Engine plug-in petrol hybrid T8 will top the XC90 range. The rest of the engine line up will consist of new petrol and diesel engines and the new powertrains will be 2.0-litre, four cylinder, units linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The XC90 gets the option of electronically controlled air suspension, with the choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste.

The interior has been redesigned, but will be familiar to many XC90 owners, with wood finishes and a large central colour display. However, Volvo has attempted to make the interior ‘button free’ and the touch screen display will control the majority of the in-car operations. The new XC90 will be offered with a range of Internet-based products and services too, which will include music streaming, apps and online sat nav.

Volvo is describing the interior as one of the most luxurious to have been designed for one of its models, with soft leather, crystal glass gear stick and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. As with the first generation XC90, which was launched back in 2002, the Swedish SUV will be a seven-seater and the third row will have enough for passengers up to 170cm tall (five foot seven inches).

The new Volvo is packed with safety kit, which includes run-off road protection package and automatic braking. In the event of the XC90 leaving the road, the car will detect the impending impact and tighten the seat belts to prevent spine injuries. The seat frames and cushions will also be energy-absorbing, to help further reduce impact to the car’s occupants.

The XC90 is also available with automatic braking, which will apply the brakes if the driver pulls out onto oncoming traffic. The system will also be able to detect cyclists and pedestrians and apply the brakes if it detects a potential impact.

To celebrate the launch of the new XC90, Volvo is releasing a limited First Edition model which will be filled with options and kit. Just 1927 First Edition models will be available - individually numbered to celebrate the year Volvo was founded.

April 2015

Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid added

Emits 49g/km with a combined 407PS, 640Nm, 134.5mpg and up to 26 miles pure electric range. (320PS + 87PS power and 400 + 240Nm torque - combined 407hp and 640 Nm.)

Improvement over the earlier expected figures were achieved thanks to the continuous innovation cycle at the Swedish company. The result of further tuning is a drop of 10 g/km from the initial prognosis, for up to 134.5mpg fuel economy, while also adding horsepower. This makes the XC90 T8 Twin Engine the clear leader in its segment, with an exceptional combination of low fuel consumption, emissions and pure power.

No other 7-seat SUV can deliver 26 miles of pure electric range, 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds and provide combined power of 407PS – all in a 7 seat configuration.

The XC90 T8 Twin Engine is available to order in the UK from 30th April 2015. First deliveries December 2015.

The XC90 T8 Twin Engine can go from 0 to 62mph in 5.6 seconds, delivering all the driving pleasure customers have come to expect from a Volvo SUV. But driving pleasure is only a fraction of what the XC90 T8 offers: the car has five different driving modes that deliver a range of performance and efficiency-enhancing characteristics. Using either a scroll wheel on the centre console or a touchscreen on the dashboard, drivers can choose from:

November 2015

Polestar upgrades available for XC90

Known as Polestar Performance Optimisation, the upgrades improve the power and torque figures of both the D5 diesel and T6 petrol Drive-E engines, particularly at medium revs where it’s most effective. They also make the accelerator responses even quicker, and alter the settings of the automatic gearbox to provide faster gearchanges and prevent gearshifts during rapid cornering, which could unsettle the car. These quicker and more precise responses to driver commands not only make the driving experience more dynamic, they ensure the car responds predictably during high-speed driving.

The maximum output of the D5 Drive-E engine is increased to 233PS and 500Nm of torque (up from 225PS and 470Nm), while the T6 Drive-E is boosted to 334PS and 440Nm (from 320PS and 400Nm).

The price of the Polestar upgrade is £835, including VAT and fitting. The work can be carried out at any authorised Volvo dealer, and should take about 30 minutes to complete.

November 2015

XC90 R-Design launched

It gets 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, silver-effect door mirrors, gloss black mesh front grille and tinted rear windows. Inside, there are leather/nubuck sports seats, a 12.3-inch active TFT driver’s information display and a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel complete with gearshift paddles. R-Design XC90s also get a powered front passenger seat with memory function (to match the driver’s seat), sports pedals, black headlining and upgraded interior lighting.

R-Design models come with Drive Mode Settings and Adjustable Steering Force as standard, too, which allow you to choose between different settings for the engine, transmission, steering and the optional air suspension.

R-Design versions are available with the D5 diesel and T6 petrol Drive-E engines, and in T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric hybrid form. Prices start at £49,785 OTR.

February 2016

D5 Powerpulse introduced

PowerPulse technology delivers significant improvements in take-off performance thanks to Volvo’s ingenious use of compressed air to deliver an instantaneous response by spooling up the turbo. Volvo also announced the introduction of its latest semi-autonomous drive technology, Pilot Assist II, as standard on the XC90 in the UK.

December 2016

Optional 'Red Key' now available

Priced at £110 and available both for new and for existing cars. When the car is driven with the Red Key, its top speed is reduced to 75mph, the Adaptive Cruise Control function is programmed to maintain the maximum distance to the car in front, and the maximum volume from the audio system is reduced. Meanwhile, use of the Red Key sees the permanent activation of a range of safety features, including BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), Lane Keeping Aid, Forward Collision Warning, Driver Alert Control, Distance Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition.

December 2016

Skype for Business added to spec for XC90

Described as "collaborative productivity app" enabling easy access conference calls from the car. Can view upcoming meetings and participant details, and join meetings with one click via the large centre display.

June 2017

Volvo XC90 T8 won 'Best Hybrid' award at Tow Car Awards 2017. The XC90 T8 has a maximum braked towing weight of 2,400 kg, which is more than any other hybrid car.

August 2018

T5 engine added to XC90 range

Tuned to deliver 250PS and 350Nm of torque, the T5 has well-established credentials as a strong yet refined performer that delivers impressive fuel economy and emissions. It is matched as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Customers for the XC90 SUV can specify the T5 with all-wheel drive in all model grades, starting with the Momentum, which has an on-the-road price of £50,43, and topping out with the Inscription Pro at £59,235. The XC90 T5 AWD achieves official combined cycle figures from 35.8mpg and 184g/km, while acceleration from rest to 62mph is 7.9 seconds.

February 2019

Refreshed Volvo XC90 announced

A newly developed fuel-saving engine option is added. This offers customers Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system, which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new ‘B’ badge. The system offers drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving. The new 'brake-by-wire' system interacts with the energy-recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.

The new ‘B’-badged cars complement Volvo’s existing T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electrified option on the new XC90.

Outside, the refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original exterior, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a modern new grille, among other details.

Improving safety, the XC90 now offers drivers help with steering on both the City Safety and the Blind Spot Information System. City Safety with Autobrake is still the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. The Oncoming Lane Mitigation system first introduced on the XC60 is now also available on the XC90, while the Cross Traffic Alert technology now also offers autobrake.

As well as Apple Carplay the XC90 infotainment system is now also compatible with Android Auto. The Sensus infotainment system has gone through multiple updates in recent years, all of which have been adopted into the XC90. Where available, the Spotify music streaming service is integrated in the XC90.

September 2019

Volvo XC90 upgraded with 48v Mild Hybrid

The 2020 model year XC90 range is the first to offer Volvo's new mild-hybrid system, in this case a diesel designated 'B5'. It combines Volvo's established 2.0-litre 235hp diesel engine with a 48-volt battery, a KERS kinetic energy recovery system and an integrated starter generator. This improves fuel economy by up to 15 per cent in real-world driving and produces lower NOx emissions than the outgoing D5 XC90.

The B5 also gets an updated automatic transmission, which brings improved fuel efficiency and superior gearshift quality. Acceleration from a standstill is sharper, too, thanks to a greater torque capacity in the lower gears. The B5 also breaks new ground for Volvo by using a brake-by-wire system.

The XC90's T8 'Twin Engine' petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain has also been revised, with an increase in the high-voltage battery's capacity from 10.4 to 11.8 kilowatt hours. This increases the car's electric-only driving range from up to 21.7 to a maximum of 28.6 miles – more than enough for an urban commuting journey.

Minor styling tweaks include a new grille and lower front bumper designs. The air intakes also have a fresh look and new alloy wheel designs have been introduced. All XC90 versions also now come with integrated roof rails and dual integrated exhaust tailpipes as standard.

What does a Volvo XC90 (2015) cost?

List Price from £53,520
Buy new from £52,175
Contract hire from £426.67 per month