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2021 Volvo XC90

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2021 T5 Momentum 7 Passenger 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $49,000
2021 T5 Momentum 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $51,500
2021 T5 R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $55,600
2021 T6 Momentum 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,950
2021 T6 Momentum 6 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $57,450
2021 T5 R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $58,100
2021 T6 R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $62,650
2021 T6 Inscription 7 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $63,250
2021 T8 Recharge Inscription Expression 7 Passenger 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $63,450
2021 T6 Inscription 6 Passenger 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $63,750
2021 T8 Recharge Inscription Expression 6 Passenger 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $63,950
2021 T8 Recharge R-Design 7 Passenger 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $69,150
2021 T8 Recharge Inscription 7 Passenger 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $69,750
2021 T8 Recharge Inscription 6 Passenger 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $70,250
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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Volvo XC90 carries over with minor changes. Base models get new standard safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors, and adaptive LED headlights. Wireless charging, two rear USB ports, new 19-inch wheels, and power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors also now come standard.

Additionally, the plug-in hybrid models are no longer called T8 – they're now the XC90 Recharge. More importantly, the price of the hybrid has dropped by a few thousand dollars compared to last year, which makes it a more reasonable upgrade for buyers.

Choosing Your Volvo XC90

The XC90 comes in Volvo’s usual set of three trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. Prices sit below most luxury competitors, with the Momentum starting at $49,995 including destination and the Inscription priced from $64,890.

Engine Choices

The XC90 keeps the same three powertrains as last year, all of which are based on a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The T5 is standard on the Momentum and R-Design, with the supercharged T6 version available for an extra $7,050 (R-Design) or $7,950 (Momentum). The Inscription starts with the T6.

Finally, the Recharge plug-in hybrid powertrain is optional on R-Design and Inscription models. It adds an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery to the turbo-four engine, allowing it to get an EPA-estimated 18 miles of all-electric range.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
T5 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp258 lb-ft25 mpg
T6 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder316 hp295 lb-ft22 mpg
T8 2.0L Turbo and Supercharged 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid400 hp472 lb-ft27 mpg

All-wheel drive is standard with all but the base T5, where it’s a $2,500 option. All three powertrains use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The XC90 comes in two seating configurations. The default is a seven-seat arrangement with a bench in the second row. Captain’s chairs can be swapped in on all trims but the R-Design to bring seating capacity down to six, but doing so requires the T6 or Recharge powertrain.

Cargo capacity is the same regardless. With all three rows in place, the XC90 starts with 15.8 cubic feet of space. Folding the third row opens up 41.8 cubic feet, and it can hold up to 85.7 with both back rows folded down.

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Safety Features

The XC90 adds adaptive LED headlights and front parking sensors to its kit of standard safety features this year. That kit was already impressive, with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

On the options list, a surround-view camera system is available through the Advanced Package.

The 2021 model earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Last year’s Volvo was awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus award by the IIHS, and we have no reason to expect anything different this year.

Connectivity

Every XC90 gets a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and HD radio. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a wireless charging pad in the center console are also standard.

Moving up to the R-Design brings navigation and a Harman Kardon audio system with a subwoofer. That audio system is an $800 option on the Momentum trim, while a $3,200 Bowers and Wilkins sound system is optional for $3,200 on the R-Design and Inscription.

A head-up display is also included with the optional Advanced Package, which also includes the navigation system on the Momentum.

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Momentum - From $49,995

The XC90 Momentum comes with plenty of Scandinavian charm. Seats are upholstered in synthetic leather, the front seats are power adjustable, the trim is inlaid with walnut wood, and four-zone automatic climate control keeps things comfortable for all.

Outside, Volvo’s signature “Thor’s hammer” adaptive LED headlights are complemented by 19-inch alloy wheels. A panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free power tailgate, and keyless entry are included.

If the standard safety features aren’t enough, the Advanced Package ($2,400) adds a surround-view camera, as well as navigation, a head-up display, and interior ambient lighting. The Climate Package ($750) heats up the front seats, steering wheel, and wiper nozzles.

R-Design - From $56,595

The XC90 R-Design ups the ante with 20-inch wheels, Nubuck leather upholstery, and trim inlaid with metal mesh. The Harman Kardon sound system comes standard, and the front seats are heated and have power cushion extensions and lumbar support. The exterior gets more aggressive accents.

The Advanced Package is only $1,500 at this trim, and an adaptive air suspension is available for $1,800.

Inscription - From $64,890

The Inscription trim elevates the interior with ventilated Nappa leather seats, power-adjustable side supports, and black ash inlays. This trim is only available with the T6 or Recharge powertrain.

The newly-available Lounge Package ($1,700) adds a Nubuck headliner and massage-capable front seats.

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The T6 powertrain is worth it for the extra oomph. We like the 2021 Volvo XC90 Momentum trim best, but the upgrades in the R-Design are reasonable for the price.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Beautiful styling
  • Sleek, minimalist interior
  • Lots of technology
  • T6 and T8 powertrains
Cons
  • T8 carries steep price
  • Frustrating infotainment
  • Gas guzzler
  • Base T5 powertrain
Expert Rating
3.9 (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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Swedish opulence. The automaker's push upmarket wouldn't be so convincing if it weren't for the 20201 Volvo XC90. As the brand's flagship SUV, it seeks to out-style, outclass, and outshine the competition through a distinctly Scandinavian take on luxury.

It's a bit different than the Teutonic standard the market has become accustomed to, but we find this worth celebrating: in a world where everybody seems hell-bent on emulating Mercedes-Benz and BMW, the XC90 marches to the beat of its own drum. It's luxury of an uncommon sort, a refreshing display of independence in a largely homogenous world.

Style, inside and out. The XC90's assault on the status quo begins with the styling, which is clean and uncluttered, an inherently elegant look that follows the "less is more" maxim. A concave waterfall grille and handsome slim headlights decorate a large frame that's absent any creases or hard angles. The body doesn't hide its bulk, but likewise isn't showy about it. The whole affair is restrained and classy.

The interior keeps to the same ethos governing the styling. The minimalistic dashboard is almost too reserved, with nothing more than a slim strip of trim to visually spruce up the passenger side. Trim options include real wood and real metal; with either option the vibe is Buddhist-retreat relaxed. Few physical buttons enhance the sense of happy sparsity.

What buttons and switches are scattered throughout the cabin are top-notch, easily rivaling its German competition when it comes to tangible heft and precision of movement. There isn't anything chintzy about the controls.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the interior are the seats. These thrones couldn't care less about sportiness – their forte is serene comfort. Multi-way power adjustments are found on every model; heated seats come on most trims, and ventilated seats with massaging functions can be found on the option sheet. The latter options are more indulgent, but all of these choices are equally supportive and comfortable.

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Technology, safety, and otherwise. How could we talk about Volvo without mentioning safety? The brand renowned for protecting its clientele in a collision pulls out all the punches on their flagship vehicle.

The XC90 gets standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist; also thrown in less common features like road sign recognition and rear collision mitigation for good measure. A semi-autonomous driving mode is offered as well.

That battery of equipment greatly reduces the possibility of an accident, an idea near and dear to Volvo, which is aiming for zero deaths or critical injuries in any of their products. In the event an accident should occur in the XC90, its excellent performance in both IIHS and NHTSA crash tests suggest it'll uphold the brand's allegiance to safety.

The centerpiece of the XC90's technology suite is the standard 9-inch touchscreen. When parked, the infotainment software is easy enough to navigate, but good luck trying to work the system on the go – trying to adjust virtual sliders for the climate controls or radio volume is about as easy as giving a cat a bath. Volvo, if you're listening, please consider installing redundant physical buttons for climate and audio functions.

Other gee-whiz features on offer include an all-digital gauge cluster, wi-fi hotspot capability, wireless charging, and a head-up display. Downloading Volvo's On Call app grants smartphone-enabled control of the climate control, windows, and door locks.

High-tech powertrains. At Volvo, more power doesn't equate with more cylinders. All three engine options offered on the XC90 use a turbocharged four-cylinder; the base T5 model ends with that, but the uplevel T6 and T8 engines add a supercharger and hybrid tech, respectively.

The T5 makes 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It has little issue motivating the smaller Volvos, but this three-row SUV tips the scales at nearly two and a half tons. At that weight, even the base front-wheel-drive version feels lethargic with this engine.

The better choice in our eyes is the 316-hp T6. The extra oomph from its added supercharger brings easy acceleration befitting of a luxury SUV. Employing both a supercharger and turbocharger is Volvo's novel way of mitigating turbo lag, and it works. Power comes on smooth and quick anytime a driver stomps the accelerator. The only downside is fuel economy, which checks in at an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon combined. This is on the low end of average for luxury SUVs of this size.

The top-shelf T8 is the best of both worlds, using hybrid technology to improve gas mileage and performance. Its 400 horsepower is the result of pairing the T5's turbo-four to a single motor and a 11.6-kWh battery. Despite the weight of all this complexity, it can reach 60 mph in under six seconds or amble along for 18 miles on just electric power – it's a pick-your-own adventure that your right foot gets to choose.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Volvo XC90 is a dapper three-row luxury SUV that feels more runway star than family hauler. Its sleek styling in and out distinguishes it in a crowded segment, and a generous list of standard and available features support its upscale aspirations.

Its only fault may be its name; most folks don't yet equate Volvo with luxury. But we challenge anyone to spend some time in an XC90 and still insist the brand's vehicles aren't fancy. Times have changed, and Volvo – at least this Volvo – is gosh-darn highfalutin.

If it weren't for its price of $64,245 to start, which is nearly $20,000 more than the base model, the T8 would be our choice of the three powertrains. As it stands, the T6 makes more sense for most buyers. It doesn't deliver on efficiency but instead has all the intangibles expected of a vehicle of this caliber: quiet responsiveness, effortless acceleration, and nearly silent operation. A T6-equipped XC90 makes for a formidable luxury SUV amongst some very polished competition.

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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
4,374 Lbs.
Wheel Base
118 "
Turning Radius
19.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents 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
2
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
Intellisafe Assist - 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
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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