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Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

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2020 T5 Momentum 7 Passenger 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $48,350
2020 T5 Momentum 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,850
2020 T5 R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,100
2020 T6 Momentum 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,300
2020 T6 Momentum 6 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,800
2020 T5 R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $58,600
2020 T6 R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $62,000
2020 T6 Inscription 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $62,600
2020 T6 Inscription 6 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $63,100
2020 T8 Momentum 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $67,000
2020 T8 Momentum 6 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $67,500
2020 T8 R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $72,700
2020 T8 Inscription 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $73,300
2020 T8 Inscription 6 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $73,800

Overview

What's New

The 2020 Volvo XC90 gets a refresh for the new model year. Beyond a slightly new exterior design, Volvo’s flagship crossover gets 19-inch wheels, roof rails, and integrated exhaust pipes as standard. Going with the R-Design trim brings black exterior trim.

On the inside, a 12.3-inch display in the instrument cluster is standard, while a six-passenger configuration is now available. Range for the plug-in hybrid version has gone up by one mpg.

Choosing Your Volvo XC90

The XC90 is available in three trims: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. Prices start at $49,345 including destination for the Momentum and go up to $74,795 for the Inscription with the plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Engine Choices

There are three different powertrains to choose from with the XC90. All engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
T5 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp258 lb-ft25 mpg
T6 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder316 hp295 lb-ft21 mpg
T8 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid400 hp472 lb-ft27 mpg

The Momentum and R-Design are available with all three powertrains, while the Inscription is only available with the T6 or T8. The T5 can be had with all-wheel drive for $2,500 on the Momentum and R-Design, while the T6 and T8 are exclusively all-wheel drive.

It costs $7,950 to move up to the T6 from the T5 on the Momentum, while the jump costs $5,900 on the R-Design. To get the T8, it costs $10,700 over the T6 across the range.

While not exactly cheap, the T6 powertrain is a much better option than the base T5. Tipping the scales at roughly 4,500 pounds, the XC90 isn’t a featherweight and only having 250 horsepower on tap from the T5 results in mediocre acceleration.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The XC90 seats seven as standard, but is available in a six-passenger configuration on Momentum and Inscription trims. With the Momentum, the six-passenger layout is an extra $9,250, but also brings the T6 AWD powertrain; it’s a more reasonable $500 on the Inscription trim.

Cargo capacity in the XC90 measures in at 15.8 cubic feet behind the third row, 41.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 85.7 cubic feet. These figures make the XC90 one of the more spacious options in the mid-size segment.

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Safety Features

Volvo’s iconic for putting safety first. As such, the XC90 comes with a lengthy list of standard safety features. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, a following distance indicator, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, road departure mitigation, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, speed limit recognition, and a driver attention monitor are all standard. Pilot Assist, which is Volvo’s semi-autonomous driver-assist system, is also included.

A head-up display, a surround-view camera, and front and rear parking sensors are available through the Advanced Package ($2,450).

Connectivity

Every XC90 comes with a 9-inch touchscreen that’s oriented vertically on the dashboard and a 12.3-inch display in the instrument cluster. It’s an all-encompassing infotainment system that includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a wi-fi hot spot, and two USB ports.

Volvo XC90

Momentum - From $49,345

Standard features on the base Momentum include 19-inch wheels, a panoramic roof, four-zone climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, and a hands-free liftgate. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are bundled together for $750. Navigation requires the $1,850 Multimedia Package.

R-Design - From $57,095

The R-Design brings a unique R-Design steering wheel, leather shift knob, aluminum sill molding, and exterior styling. Sport seats, a Harman Kardon audio system, and leather upholstery are also standard. Other standard features include 20-inch wheels and a headlight washing system.

Inscription - From $63,595

The range-topping Inscription adds a special Inscription front grille, wood interior trim, heated and ventilated front seats, and illuminated sill molding. The heated front seats and steering wheel, as the as the Advanced Package, are still optional.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 Volvo XC90 isn’t cheap, but its plush interior, smooth ride, and spacious cabin make the cost of entry worth it. The Momentum trim with the T6 powertrain is the sweet spot. We’d spec both available packages, because having more safety features never hurts, and heated seats in a luxury vehicle is a must.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Standard safety tech
  • Elegant interior
  • Competent powertrains
Cons
  • Middling base engine power
  • Average fuel economy
  • Complex infotainment functionality
Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Safety first and foremost. Volvo’s well-deserved reputation for safety stretches back to 1959 when with the three-point seat belt first appeared on the Volvo PV 544. The 2020 Volvo XC90 continues the tradition in the modern era.

Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, low- and high-speed automatic emergency braking, post-collision automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a driver attention monitor, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, road sign assist, and road departure mitigation.

Also standard are a number of specialized advanced safety systems that include power child locks (the driver can lock the rear doors and rear power windows to prevent them from opening from the inside), emergency brake lights (in a panic stop, the brake lights will flash four times per second to alert following vehicles of a problem ahead), and brake pedal release (in certain frontal collisions the brake pedal is designed to release and move down to the floor to reduce the risk of right foot and leg injuries).

Advanced safety features that are either optional or found on upper trims include active bending headlights, a surround-view camera system, front parking sensors, and Volvo’s Park Assist Pilot semi-autonomous parking feature.

The 2020 XC90 scored a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Stylish, restrained, and sophisticated. The elegant and stylish lines of the XC90, the brand's largest vehicle, reject the theory that a prerequisite for large crossovers is a huge, brutish grille. Sleek, sharp lines and thoughtful styling details blend well with the minimalist interior.

The inside favors elegance and restraint with brushed aluminum detailing, soft leather, light wood accents, and an Orrefors crystal shift lever on upper trims. Luxury touches include a portrait-style 9-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Seating is supportive with a wide range of adjustability, offering all-day comfort for five adults. Cargo space checks in at 15.8 cubic feet behind the third row, 41.8 behind the second, or 85.7 cubic feet with both back rows folded down.


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Pick a level of luxury. The XC90 is available in three trim levels. Even base Momentum models are well equipped with a panoramic roof, a hands-free power tailgate, an 8-inch instrument display, keyless entry and start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, four-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat with memory, a power front passenger seat seat with lumbar support, and a high-performance audio system

Available features like front seat massage, power front seat cushion extensions, heated front and rear seats, an Orrefors crystal shift lever, a Bowers and Wilkins audio system, and leather-cladding for the dashboard, upper door panels, sun visors, and grab handles transform the XC90 into a true upscale luxury vehicle.

But while the 9-inch, portrait-style infotainment touchscreen is impressive, the menu-dense system (there are hard buttons only for front and rear defrost settings) often requires multiple screen selections to perform the simplest of functions.

Powertrain choices. Like much of the rest of Volvo’s lineup, the XC90 is powered by a trio of powertrains, all based on a direct injection 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine.

T5 models, offered with either front- or all-wheel-drive, feature the base engine that develops 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The T6 engine adds a supercharger, increasing output to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range, the T8 plug-in hybrid adds an 87-hp electric motor, resulting in a total of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft. All three perform capably, with the T8 hybrid system offering solid urban fuel efficiency.

While hardly a performance crossover SUV, steering is light and direct. The XC90’s smooth and seamless eight-speed automatic transmission complements the composed standard suspension. The optional air suspension enables customized handling settings for improved comfort, dynamics, or ground clearance is another highlight.

At the same time, the XC90 can't match the acceleration and handling characteristics that the top performance models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz lay claim to.

Final thoughts. Hardly perfect with middling fuel economy numbers, an overly-complex infotainment system, and a base engine offering only modest power, the 2020 Volvo XC90 still shines. Courtesy of a smooth ride, clean lines, simple and sophisticated interior, and a plethora of advanced safety features, the XC90 is a solid contender in the midsize luxury crossover class.

In terms of competition, Volvo’s largest crossover still can’t match the cavernous space of full-size crossovers and SUVs, the performance of the German’s top series, or the off-road chops of some, such as the Mercedes-Benz G-Class or the offerings from Land Rover. And like the rest of the lineup, luxury buyers may prefer a more prestigious badge, although, in our opinion, they’d be missing out.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
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 / 30 / 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 / 30 / 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
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum / 21.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic 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 / Rear Park Assist Front And Rear
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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