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2019 Volvo XC90

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2019 T5 Momentum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $47,700
2019 T5 Momentum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,200
2019 T5 R-Design 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $54,950
2019 T6 Momentum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,300
2019 T5 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $57,450
2019 T6 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $61,250
2019 T6 Inscription 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $62,350
2019 T8 Momentum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $67,000
2019 T8 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $71,950
2019 T8 Inscription 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $73,050
2019 T8 Excellence 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $104,900

Overview

The XC90 continues to thrive in the competitive luxury SUV segment. The 2019 Volvo XC90 can be configured in one of four trim levels, features three powerplant options (including the T8 plug-in hybrid), and is elegantly appointed inside and out. This comfortable riding and luxury-enhanced Swedish beauty is an exceptional option for families or individuals living in cold-weather environments or those looking for posh above function in their luxury SUV.

What's New for 2019

Volvos tend to receive full makeovers in five-year cycles – which coincide with a new generation of each model. For 2019, the XC90 is mainly unchanged and continues in the second generation of this popular mid-size luxury SUV. It does add a few perks for base all-wheel-drive models, including four-zone climate control and heated seats. The R-Design and Inscription trim gain an improved Harmon Kardon stereo system. Besides these minor enhancements, the 2019 Volvo XC90 remains mainly unchanged.

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Choosing Your XC90

For those considering the Volvo XC90, there are several trims and power options to consider – along with a rather stout budget range. The XC90 features three engines, designated as “T” variants; each mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base T5 indicates a 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that belts out 258 pound-feet of torque. With front-wheel drive, this engine returns an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 combined. Upgrading to the T5 with all-wheel drive costs consumers an extra $2,500 and drops EPA ratings to 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The T6 engine is a supercharged variant of 2.0-liter engine that increases output to 316 ponies and 295 lb-ft of torque. The T6 is only offered in all-wheel drive and returns 19/26/22 mpg. The T8 is the plug-in hybrid, which stuffs an 87-hp electric motor under the hood. Combined, the T8 is capable of 400 hp, 472 lb-ft of torque, and 58 MPGe combined.

Volvo offers four trim levels, each can be configured with one of the three engines posted above. The Momentum is the base, followed by the R-Design, Inscription, and the range-topping Excellence.

Volvo XC90

Momentum

The base XC90 is the Momentum, which starts at $48,195 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). Consumers can opt for the T5 FWD, T5 AWD (for $2,500 extra), T6 AWD ($8,500 additional from the base), and T8 Plug-In Hybrid (for $19,100 above the base T5).

The Momentum is exceptionally well equipped with standard tech and active safety features including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and more. An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment screen is standard, as is a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio (with a three-month subscription), HomeLink, and four-zone automatic climate control. Additional standard features include a panoramic moonroof, leatherette upholstery, third seat climate unit, and a power adjustable front seat.

Volvo specializes in additional package options with their models, and the XC90 is no exception. A heated steering wheel and seats can be added for $750 extra. A Multimedia Package ($2,500) includes an enhanced Harmon Kardon sound system and a 12.3-inch driver instrument display with navigation. The Advanced Package ($2,500) offers a surround-view camera, a head-up display, parking assist pilot, active bending lights, and a high-pressure headlight cleaning system.

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R-Design

The performance-enhanced R-Design is the second-tier trim that begins at $55,445 for the T5 FWD, with similar price increases for enhanced powertrain options listed above. The additional price bump adds 20-inch performance wheels, the Multimedia Package options, keyless entry with a hands-free power truck opening, an R-Design grille, metal mesh interior inlays, R-Design branded leather upholstery, a power driver seat with memory function, paddle shifters, and a Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive system. The heated seats and steering wheel and Advance Package groups return unchanged.

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Inscription

The 2019 Volvo XC90 Inscription, which starts at $62,745, ups the game on opulence and is only available with the T6 and T8 powertrains. The main enhancements to the Inscription include Linear Walnut Wood inlays, Nappa leather upholstery, premium carpet, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. At this price-point, the seats are heated and ventilated, and the outside is spiced up with 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels. An upgraded Harmon Kardon sound system is also standard. In addition to the heated seats and steering wheel group and the Advanced Package, the Luxury Package ($3,100) is available on the Inscription. It adds a heated steering wheel, Nubuck headliner, heated rear seats, and backrest massage front seats.

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Excellence

On top of the mountain is the Excellence, which is a T8 AWD Plug-In Hybrid and starts at $105,895. This is the ultimate in opulence that Volvo offers in their SUV lineup. The Excellence adds a Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system, a Crystal Gearshift Knob by Orrefors, front and rear seats with ventilation and massage functionality. The third row vanishes and is replaced by a unique two-plus-two configuration. In the second row, an added 4.3-touchscreen control system and footrests are included. There are two USB outlets to that display screen, as well as a refrigerator. The Excellence includes every Volvo bell-and-whistle available as standard, so there are no available packages.

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The 2019 Volvo XC90 is not for the timid. With a price tag that ranges from just shy of $50,000 to eclipsing $100,000 for the Excellence, consumers can configure an XC90 to fit their budget and desires. For the money, the T6 AWD powertrain is a must-have for virtually any consumer, especially in cold weather climates.

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A little something for everyone. In a world where automakers look to stand out in a crowd, the 2019 Volvo XC90 does so by not really standing out at all. It boasts a understated design that turns heads with its sheer elegance. Plus, its array of powertrain and tech options deliver a no-buyer-left-behind focus that makes finding the perfect crossover for you a breeze.

Pinnacle of safety, lacking autonomy. Fans of this Swedish automaker have long known it as one of the safest brands on the market, but the Volvo XC90 takes this obsession for safety a step further. It's an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to its “Good” ratings in all the key crash tests and “Superior” rating in the front-crash-prevention test delivered by its standard automatic emergency braking. On top of these measurables, the XC90 also boasts a standard rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road-sign recognition, and rear-collision mitigation.

Another advancement includes its near-autonomous Pilot Assist system. While it’s great having this limited autonomous driving, it still requires a lot of input from the driver, leaving a lot to be desired relative to more advanced systems from its German competitors.

Simple styling. The XC90 is one of the best-looking crossovers in its class, but it does this without over-the-top styling. In fact, it’s this simple, Swedish styling that makes it so elegant. The exterior boasts smooth and effortless body lines that look clean and crisp without drawing too much attention from its overall shape. Up front, a little complexity jumps in with its “Thor’s Hammer” headlights, but they're far from distracting.

Inside, this elegant simplicity continues with a scrubbed-clean dash that's virtually button-free. Taking the place of many of these buttons is a nine-inch tablet-like touchscreen infotainment system that's easy to use and features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – which are only available as pricey options on the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Despite its simplicity, though, the XC90’s cabin is covered in high-quality materials that confirm its status as a legit luxury crossover.

The XC90’s cabin isn't only stylish, but it's happy to haul cargo with up to 85.7 cubic feet of cargo room with all the seats folded. This crushes the Audi Q7 by 16.1 cubes, the X5 by 13.4 cubes, and the GLE-Class by 5.4 cubic feet.


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Potent powertrains on top, bottom is lacking. The Volvo XC90 offers buyers plenty of options, including an array of engine options. The XC90 shines in the middle and top of its lineup, as the midrange T6 powertrain includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine with 316 horsepower, and the range-topping T8 powertrain uses an electric motor and the same greasy bits as the T6 to create 400 hp.

In the base T5 powertrain, though, the XC90 struggles with just 250 hp. This isn’t terrible, but it falls behind the Acura MDX’s standard 290-hp V6, the X5’s standard 335-hp inline-six, and the GLE-Class’ standard 302-hp V6.

Final thoughts. In a segment where so many models rely more on their name than offering great features, style, and comfort, the 2019 Volvo XC90 is a shining example of how to do it the right way. Is it perfect? No, but it does a lot of things better than many of its key competitors.

If the XC90’s massive cargo area is somehow not enough for you, you can look to the MDX’s cavernous 90.9 cubes of space. If you must have more base power, the X5, MDX, and GLE-Class are all happy to oblige. Otherwise, the XC90 is a near-perfect luxury crossover.

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Specs & Features

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Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 258 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Geartronic 8-spd Geartronic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 258 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$72
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
65.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
194.9 "
Exterior Width
79.1 "
Exterior Height
69.9 "
Front Headroom
38.9 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
37.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,394 Lbs.
Wheel Base
118 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Polished Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum / 21.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Sensus Connect Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 14 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Sips Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Sips Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
City Safety Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Aid/run-off Road Mitigation Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pilot Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Control Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto Highbeam (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Active Bending Lights Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear / Park Assist Pilot Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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