Volvo XC90 (2002 – 2015) Review

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

If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Volvo XC90 review

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.

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


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Average performance


Real MPG

19–38 mpg

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How do I check if the car I want to buy is too expensive?

" I am interested in a Volvo XC90 D5 AWD 55 plate, how do I know if the price is too expensive? "
You can get a free car valuation here:
Answered by Sarah Tooze

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:
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:
Answered by Andrew Brady
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