Volvo XC90 Review 2023
Volvo XC90 At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 37–44
On average it achieves 58% of the official MPG figure
The Volvo XC90 is a seven-seat luxury SUV that majors on style, sophistication, practicality and safety. Its swish styling marks it out against its conservative-looking rivals, and arguably gives it more character. Generous space and clever seating make it one of the most versatile cars in the class, and it’s also very well equipped. Being a Volvo, the XC90 is also one of the safest cars in the class. Granted, some rival premium SUVs are better to drive and better on interior quality, but the differences aren’t huge in either area. A brilliant all-rounder that’s worthy of anyone’s consideration. Read on for our full review of the Volvo XC90.
Today, luxury 4x4s are immensely popular, and you could argue that the original Volvo XC90 was one of the trailblazers of the class. There weren’t many cars of the time that could carry seven people - and lots of their stuff - in comfort, luxury and style. That made it very popular with large, well-to-do families.
These days, however, prestige seven-seat SUVs are absolutely everywhere, so it takes something really special to stand out from the crowd. And yet, the latest XC90 still manages to offer a little something different to the countless others with which it competes.
Arguably, the car’s biggest selling point is its style. Inside and out, this thing looks great. The design is clean, modern and simple, with some thoughtful flourishes thrown in for good measure. Not only does this swish styling make the XC90 look and feel very distinct from its competitors, it also helps make the car every bit as desirable as any of its premium-badged rivals.
Another super-important area for any big SUV is practicality, and again, this is an area in which the big Volvo has most of its rivals beaten. It has seven seats as standard across the board, more space than most rivals and a huge boot. The rest of the cabin, meanwhile, is stuffed with luxury equipment and lavishly appointed, if not quite as lavishly as its very best rivals.
On the road, the XC90 is a very easy-going car, concentrating on wafting its occupants along in comfort, rather than trying to provide any excitement, and it’s all the better for it. When the road turns twisty, though, there’s enough control to keep things feeling stable and assured, so it delivers a good balance of abilities.
An automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive and hill descent control are all provided as standard across the board, but this is very much a road-focused SUV that’s designed to tackle school runs, rather than green lanes. A range of petrol and diesel engines is available, but the most desirable version for many will be the T8 plug-in hybrid variant thanks to its hugely impressive mix of performance and economy.
It goes without saying that the XC90 is among the strongest cars in its class for safety. That’s thanks not only to the Swedish firm’s peerless know-how in this area, but also the vast amount of safety equipment squeezed into the car. And let’s face it, safety has to be one of the top priorities in any car designed to ferry lots of people around.
So, the Volvo XC90 is a really good all-rounder that’s worthy of anyone’s consideration. Class-leading on style, character, safety and practicality, and there-or-thereabouts in every other area.