2017 Volvo XC90

The 2017 Volvo XC90 is refresh that Volvo has not had for years in their previous models. Volvo introduced the first generation motor in 2002 and it was one of the oldest running plates on the market at that time. The company made some changes in 2007 and 2009 but there is no paradigm shift from the car that was designed in the late 90s.

Design

The all new 2nd generation 2017 Volvo XC90 spots the new design that Volvo has introduced riding on a new platform which is known internally as SPA which stands for scalable product architecture. This is a platform that will underpin the rest of the Volvo line up.

The XC90 has been Volvo’s best selling model for the longest time. The design is one of the most elegant you will ever see in a SUV.  It has the company’s signature look at the front with LED headlights and T-shaped LED daytime running lights. Volvo calls it forced hummer which is Scandinavian design. It fits in with the overall design.

In terms of the size of the new XC90, it is much larger than the first generation. It is longer and wider. The wheel base and overall length are about 5 inches longer than the old model. There is a much more premium and sporty look given the increase in length.

Regarding the trim level, you can configure the vehicle in multiple ways. There are 3 different trim engine configurations, that is the T5,T6 and T8. They all use 2-liter Turbo charged engine. The T8 is a plug in hybrid. Most people are going to pick the T6 which has 4 different trims, that is the base momentum, plush inscription, sporty R design and the top of the line Excellent trim.

Around the side it has the traditional SUV appearance with 21 inch wheels. LED lights are included at the back with waterfall top to bottom look.

Interior

When the vehicle was launched, one of the features that hit the headlines was the keys. It is one of the most beautifully finished keys in the luxury SUV segment. They key is wrapped in the same leather that you bought the car.

The interior will give you a wow moment immediately you open the doors. Volvo has used expensive and exquisite materials to give the interior an aesthetic look of class and elegance.

The car has an effortless stepping height  in line with the SUV theme. The door is nice and solid when it is shut. The vehicle does not offer soft closing doors which might not be a deal breaker but most competitors offer it.

There is no start button to start the car. Instead you get a switch near the transmission gear which you either turn to the right or left. You will have to get used to it because it is not the conventional start button.

There is a mat-finish leather stitching everywhere on the dash. Everything is soft touch and fits extremely well. The door panels are also leather stitched with beautiful wood. There are also 19-speaker 1400 bar which is in the $3000 option. The windows are one-touch automatic for all 4 and they softly close and open so that they don’t slam.

There is a new 9 inch Volvo sense connect infotainment system. The system works like a tablet. You can swipe from left to right or up down movements. It comes with android auto and apple car play as standard.

The car has 4 cameras with the best resolution you will get in SUV in the segment. There is also a backup camera with 360 views along with the 4 cameras. There is also an automatic parallel and perpendicular parking.

The navigation display is fantastic and you can max the screen at 9 inch to get the best out of it. The Android auto and apple car play does not take the entire screen like some competitors. You can still access you different functions while on android or apple car play.

You can turn on the cool and heated seats at the same time. This is a feature that comes in high end cars like the Mercedes. There are also 5 different function level in the massage seats.

The glove compartment is also heated and cooled and can be used as a refrigerator. There is a panoramic sunroof that is standard even in the base models. There are competitors who make you pay extra for the feature. You also get a power retractable sun shade incase the sun gets a little bit intense. There is LED lighting throughout the cabin.

The 2017 Volvo XC90 is a very practical vehicle and the 2nd row has plenty of space. The seats in the back are also heated and you get 4 zone climate controls. Just like in the Audi 7, you get a manual sun shade in case you want block the sun. Volvo also gives you two map pockets on either sides of the seats.

There is a nice flip down arm rest with 2 cup holders. The seats recline and slide forward and back. To get the third row, you will have to go for the T6 and up. The T5 is only a 5 passenger vehicle. The third row is not pleasant especially if you are a tall adult.

The power tailgate is included in the higher trims and it also has a hands free function. Will all the seats up, you are looking at 16 cubic feet of space which is basically class competitive. You get 10 cubic feet of space in the new Audi Q7. If you fall the seats down you get around 85 cubic feet of space which tops in the class. The seats make a flat load floor which makes it easy putting in your cargo.

Engine

The 6 engine cylinder has been replaced with a 2-liter turbo supercharged direct injection 4 cylinder engine. Which begs the question, how does a 5000 lb SUV have a 4 cylinder? You get 316 HP and 290 pound feet of torque. The car comes in both front and all wheel drives. Fuel is economy is rated 20 MPG in the city and 25 on the higher. Volvo requires that you put premium as regular gas might damage the engine.

Driving

The vehicle always defaults to its comfort normal settings. You will have to change it every time you turn on the car. Switching to dynamic lowers the suspension and makes the engine noise a little bit louder and the response better.

The steering is light and precise which makes the 2017 Volvo XC90 very easy to drive. The 21 inch low profile are kind of on the higher side. That will have to be one of the tradeoffs you see past.

The car has so much torque because of the twin-charge and you don’t have to rave the engine. You can feel it is a big vehicle but is hidden very well and the steering is very responsive and weighs up nicely in dynamic mode.

The 2017 Volvo X90 is loaded with many safety features. It features the latest Pilot assist 2. It can drive itself down the road at speeds of 80 miles per hour. The cameras are more precise, scan the road and keep you on your lane and you get an alert if you take your hands off the wheel for more than 30 seconds.

You can get to 60 in around 6.7 seconds  in the 2017 Volvo XC90 which is slower compared to the Audi Q7 which can do it in 5.7s.

Pricing

The prices start at $45000 for T5 momentum 4 wheel drive. The Inscription model starts at $57000 which gives you a lot of premium features. The Inscription model has everything you will need from a new 2017 Volvo XC90.