The first-generation XC90 was a favourite for those wanting a big, safe family car that could carry seven people and look good driving down leafy suburban roads. Now, the all-new second generation XC90 has finally landed on our shores and it seems it’s just as stylish, safe, and big as before. Not to mention just as keenly priced.

The XC90 range kicks off at $97,900 for the D5 ‘Momentum’ variant. For that sort of cash you get the full array of seven seats, many airbags, and more tech than Silicone Valley can throw at it. Some features fitted as standard include a 9.3-inch touchscreen display, Active High Beam (AHB), LED headlights with Active Bending Lights (ABL), sat-nav, Road Sign Info (RSI), and four-zone climate control. For the entry-level version, that’s some Japanese-level of generosity Volvo have given there.


Step up to the ‘Inscription’, which starts from $104,900 for the D5, $110,900 for the T6, and $134,900 for the T8, and you get keyless entry with a leather remote, Blind Spot Info System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), a larger 12.3-inch infotainment display, hands-free tailgate, and many ‘Inscription’ badging.

Those wanting a sportier look for their two-tonne SUV may want to opt for the R-Design pack which includes the same kit as the ‘Momentum’ but adds BLIS, CTA, paddle shifters, Drive mode settings, and many R-Design bits and pieces. The R-Design starts from $106,900 for the D5, $112,900 for the T6, and $136,900 for the T8.


Powering the XC90 are a choice of three powertrains. The ‘D5’ 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel is the only diesel powered XC90 on offer and provides 224bhp/165kW and 470NM of torque. It can get from 0-100 km/h in a respectable 7.8 seconds while returning 6.2L/100km. The ’T6’ 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-pot provides a healthy 320bhp/235kW and 400NM of torque. This gets to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds and has a claimed 8.5L/100km. The top ’T8’ adds an electric motor to the ‘T6’ powertrain, adding an extra 88bhp/65kW of power and 240NM of torque. The ‘T8’ gets from 0-100 0.9 seconds quicker than the ’T6’ and, Volvo claims, has a combined fuel consumption of 2.1L/100km.


Compared to its German rivals, the XC90 is priced very keenly. A similarly sized Mercedes GL or Audi Q7 are many thousands more. Of course if you wanted to spend a bit more, in true European fashion, there’s also an extensive/expensive options list. Some of the options include a ‘Driver Support Pack’ which includes a heads-up display, 360 degree Surround View, and Active Cruise Control with Lane Keeping Aid. Single options include 22-inch alloys, iPad/Tablet holders, a ‘Rugged Luxury’ exterior styling kit, air suspension, massaging seats, panoramic sunroof, and you could even have a subwoofer. Though a nice labrador would be just as nice.

So, tempted by the new Volvo XC90? Would you have it over a Mercedes GL or Audi Q7?

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Ken Saito
Words cannot begin to describe how much I love cars but it's worth a try. Grew up obsessed with them and want to pursue a career writing about them. Anything from small city cars to the most exotic of supercars will catch my attention.


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