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2016 Volvo XC90 Review


Volvo is synonym for safety and reliability, with a model 2016 Volvo XC90 has gone far ahead of the competition. Advanced safety systems and hybrid drives make this car a pioneer in the class of vehicle with seven seats.

Exterior of Volvo XC90

As for the exterior design of  Volvo XC90 2016, it is quite modest and plain. The trademark exterior lines make it easy to identify the vehicle as a Volvo, though fresher and more fluid than the previous model. The skillful and cunning designers used these lines to disguise the size of this 7-seat vehicle, and they’ve succeeded.

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2016 Volvo XC90 Interior

The inside 2016 Volvo XC90 is dominated by the widely-lauded design which makes this car really stand out. The seats are unbelievably comfortable, the leather scent is more obvious, and the Scandinavian furniture is dominated and emphasized by stitched leather, textured material and matte wood.

The 9” touchscreen display is placed in the center of the dashboard. It responds very quickly to tablet-like commands (tap, swipe, pinch and stretch), and is pretty intuitive when compared to those competing systems based on cursors and knobs.

Combined with a host of new and updated safety systems, the result is a thoroughly modern XC90 that offers comfort for up to seven people and their gear, functionality for the driver and passengers, and a new take on the traditional Volvo values of solidity and conscientious design.

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Engine and performance

The buyers of the XC90 will be presented with two powertrain options – the T6 and T8.

T6 has a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine producing 316 hp  and thanks to the reduced mass of the vehicle accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 5.9 sec, and reaches a top speed of 143 mph.  It’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive comes as standard and it should be among the more economical luxury SUVs. The XC90 has a good steering feedback and predictable road-holding.

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2016 Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid

The other option is a T8 “Twin Engine” plug-in hybrid model. This one replaces the mechanical all-wheel drive with a 60-kilowatt electric motor on the rear axle, and allows the vehicle to run on the gasoline engine, on the electric motor, or on both if needed. With a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery only on electric drive can go about 20 miles. Average fuel consumption in the combined cycle is about 59 mpg (4 l/100 km), which is great for this class of vehicle.

Although this will certainly be the most expensive XC90, it will also be the quickest one, with about 400 hp and 472 pound-feet of torque on tap. According to the manufacturer, this will be the only 7-seat plug-in hybrid on the market.

Price and release date

First display models of new Volvo XC90 should hit the dealers in May, with the first T6 models being delivered in June. The base Momentum model’s price starts at $49,755 and includes all-wheel drive, the panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats and third-row seats. The R-Design model and even more luxurious Inscription model will cost $3,000 and $5,000 more, respectively. A fully equipped T6 model with all optional packages included, shouldn’t cost more than $60,000.

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