Volvo XC90 (Gen 2)

Volvo XC90 (Front)
Volvo XC90 (Front) – Photo courtesy of Volvo
Volvo XC90 (Rear)
Volvo XC90 (Rear) – Photo courtesy of Volvo
Volvo XC90 (Interior)
Volvo XC90 (Interior) – Photo courtesy of Volvo

Volvo XC90

Model Years Produced: 2016 to Current

Volvo has always been the forgotten alternative to German brands like BMW and Mercedes, and the second-generation XC90 is a shot fired across the bow at them. The interior and exterior both are simply stunning, with a level of character that the Germans lack. Volvo’s unique approach to a luxury SUV extends under the hood as well, where all the engines are just variations of the same 4-cylinder – one which they’ve managed to push to a stunning 400 horsepower thanks to the addition of a plug-in hybrid system on the top “T8” drivetrain.

Reliability is one of the weak points. Mark of SavageGeese suffered a supercharger failure on his personal T6 engine-equipped XC90 – though its repair was covered under warranty. Fortunately, Volvo does offer some pretty generous warranty options – up to 10 years or 999,999 miles.

Verdict

Pros

  • Stunning looks
  • Interior feels very modern
  • Seats are great
  • Extended warranty options for new/CPO cars (up to 10yrs/1 million miles)
  • Bowers & Wilkins stereo is exceptional – it tests better than just about any car cheaper than $120k
  • Safety is top-tier

Cons

  • Reliability (or lack thereof) – this is not a Volvo of the 80s
  • Infotainment is laggy, and the HVAC controls are integrated into it so you have to wait for the infotainment to boot before you can change your climate settings
  • Not as fun to drive as its German competitors
  • All the engines are 4-cylinders, and they feel unrefined compared to their German competitors

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Specifications

All figures are as of 2022 model year.

  • Transmission: Aisin 8-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: FWD standard, AWD optional
    • 2-speed transfer case not available
    • Electronically locking center differential not available
    • Electronically locking rear differential not available
  • Base curb weight: 4354 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 85.7 cu ft
  • Seating: 3 rows
  • Rear leg room: 37.0  in
  • Towing capacity: 4000 lbs

Engines

Volvo Drive-E B4204T23 - 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged

Referred to as the “T5” engine

Power Figures

  • 250 hp
  • 258 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 25mpg combined
  • 21mpg city
  • 30mpg highway

Volvo Drive-E B4204T27 - 2.0L I-4 Twincharged MHEV

Referred to as the “T6” engine

Power Figures

  • 316 hp
  • 295 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 22mpg combined
  • 19mpg city
  • 27mpg highway

Volvo Drive-E B4204T28 - 2.0L I-4 Twincharged PHEV

Referred to as the “T8” or “Recharge” engine

Power Figures

  • 400 hp
  • 472 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 27mpg combined
  • 26mpg city
  • 28mpg highway