Volvo XC90 - Facelift Model for 2019

The Volvo XC90 is a premium luxury SUV capable of transporting up to seven passengers. The XC90 is currently midway through its second generation, and Volvo has decided to give it a mini facelift for 2019. Most changes are subtle, with the biggest being the engine line up, followed by the installation of Volvo's latest software.

The Volvo XC90 began production way back in 2002. It was an instant worldwide success, consistently achieving impressive sales figures. After an unprecedented 13 years of production, the second-generation was born in 2015, using the all-new global platform SPA (Scalable Product Architecture). The XC90 has won various awards over the years, including 'Motor Trend's SUV of the year' for both generation's, in 2003 and 2016 respectively. The second-generation model also won the 'Yahoo Autos 2016 Ride of the Year' and 'Tech Ride of the Year', to name just a few.


The XC90 is competing against some stiff competition, with the likes of the new BMW X7 and Mercedes GLE, along with Land Rover Discovery and Audi Q7. The large luxury SUV market is beginning to gain more popularity recently.

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Has Volvo done enough with the facelift modifications to keep it amongst the class leaders? Keep reading to help you decide...

Engines, Power and Performance

The Volvo XC90 is available in a choice of 3 trim levels; Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. It has various engine choices across each trim level. These are one diesel, two petrol and one plug-in hybrid.  There's the B5 diesel and B5 petrol engines, both of which are mild-hybrids, meaning they have a small battery and motor to generate electricity, to help increase efficiency and performance of the engine. The other petrol engine is the T6, which uses a supercharger and turbocharger to help improve performance. The top engine is the T8, a plug-in hybrid, which combines a petrol engine with an electric motor, making it the most powerful of all the engines.


The B5 diesel is a 2-litre turbocharged unit, developing 235hp and is capable of hitting 0-62mph, in 7.6secs. The entry-level B5 petrol unit is a 2-litre turbocharged engine, with 250hp which will hit 0-62mph in 7.9secs. A little slower than the diesel engine due to the extra torque you get from the diesel.

Next in line is the T6, a 2-litre turbo and supercharged petrol engine, generating 310hp and will get the XC90 from 0-62mph in just 6.5secs. Fairly impressive for such a large, heavy SUV.

Finally, there is the Plug-In-Hybrid T8 Twin Engine, which combines a 303hp 2-litre turbo and supercharged engine with an 87hp electric motor. The hybrid unit will propel the XC90 from 0-62mph in under 6secs, with instant acceleration, thanks to the boost of power served up by the electric motor.

Each XC90 comes with Volvo's impressive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, to ensure maximum grip and handling no matter what road surface you are driving on. It has a superb eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth and efficient gear changes.

Interior Quality and Technology

The Volvo XC90 has a sublime interior, made with plush, high-quality materials along with soft, relaxing seats front to back. Each XC90 comes with a host of high tech equipment, as standard. Including a 12.3-inch Active Digital Instrument display cluster. This replaces the standard analogue dials behind the steering wheel. It can be configured manually to show sat-nav, media and other car information etc.


Volvo has decided to fit the 9-inch colour touchscreen, which supports the infotainment system, in a portrait position rather than landscape. The dashboard has been simplified, with almost all of the XC90's operations being controlled via the centre touchscreen. Some of the standard features with all XC90 models include; sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, along with DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. If you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you have to pay extra.

The driving position is excellent, and there is a wide range of adjustments to set up the steering wheel and seats, to get the best and most comfortable ride position. Both front seats are electrically adjustable with memory function, and the driver's seat also gets a fully adjustable lumbar support.


Space, Practicality and Safety

The space on offer inside the XC90 is nothing short of impressive. There is enough space in the front to keep even the tallest of adults happy, with an abundance of headroom and legroom. The second row of seats offers nearly as much headroom as in the front. Legroom is also plentiful and will accommodate 6ft+ adults with ease. The second row of seats can be slid forwards and backwards independently of each other, as well as being able to tilt to change the angle of the seatback. The two seats in the third row still get a reasonably generous amount of space compared with most other seven-seater SUV's of this ilk. As such 6ft adults will be able to sit comfortably for short journeys.  Shorter passengers will have no issues, with small children and young teenagers the ideal candidates to use the seats if all seven are required.

There are various storage cubbies throughout the XC90, including a couple of large cupholders front and back, a generous glovebox, large door pockets and large storage bin under the centre armrest in the front.

The boot is particularly spacious for a seven-seater SUV coming in at a capacity of 302-litres but reduces by 40-litres to 262-litres in the T8, due to the extra space needed for the batteries and electric motor. When you fold the third row of seats down capacity increases to 680-litres, and when the second row of seats are also folded down, it creates a cavernous 1856-litres of space.


Volvo has always placed a premium on occupant safety in its vehicles, and the XC90 is no different with a large selection of safety features and assists included as standard. Some of these features include; Lane Keeping Aid, Hill Climb Assist, Rear Park Assist Camera, Intellisafe Assist and City Safety featuring pedestrian, cyclists and large animal detection with autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

Some of the optional safety features on offer include blind-spot detection, 360-degree birdseye camera and a head-up display (HUD). With all of these safety features, it should come as no surprise that the Volvo XC90 scored a top 5-star rating from the Euro NCAP safety tests.


Overall the Volvo XC90 is a superb car with a fantastic amount of standard equipment included across the trim levels. An excellent blend of luxury, comfort and practicality. If you can afford the extra money, then the T8 plug-in hybrid offers the best all-round performance, thanks to the extra power, but also reduced emissions and improved fuel consumption. If you are considering a seven-seater SUV, then you can't go far wrong with a XC90. It should definitely be near the top of your test drive list! Click here to find your next car.

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