Volvo XC90: Full-Size Luxury SUV From The Land Of The Midnight Sun


















The 2018 Volvo XC90 is the latest version of Volvo’s full-size SUV. First introduced as a 2003 model, the first generation XC90 was sold in the US through the 2014 model year. It was named Motor Trend’s 2003 SUV Of The Year, and was lightly refreshed for both 2007 and 2012.

In 2010, the Chinese automaker Geely purchased Volvo from the Ford Motor Company. Since then, Geely has provided the resources and the freedom that Volvo needed to develop itself into a luxury brand for the 21st Century. The latest Volvo XC90 is proof that Volvo has succeeded.

The 2018 Volvo XC90 represents the fourth year of the second generation XC90, which was introduced for the 2015 model year. While Volvo’s ownership is Chinese, the Volvo brand continues to be based in Sweden, rooted firmly in the Scandinavian design esthetic. Now that Saab is gone, Volvo remains as the only automotive brand from this region of the world.

2018 Volvo XC90 Trim Levels And Pricing

The 2018 XC90 is available in the following trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence. Pricing for the 2018 Volvo XC90 starts at $46,900 for the XC90 Momentum and maxes out at $104,900 for the XC90 Excellence Plug-In Hybrid.

Three XC90 Engine Variations To Choose From

The engine options for the 2018 Volvo XC90 are all based on a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine family. The T5 engine has an output of 250 horsepower and is standard on Momentum and R-Design. The uprated T6 engine adds a supercharger to the T5’s turbo, resulting in an output of 316 horsepower. The T6 is standard on Inscription, and optional on Momentum and R-Design.

The T8 engine is the gasoline-powered part of the XC90’s plug-in hybrid system. It has a similar output to the T6, with a rating of 313 horsepower. Combined with an 87-horsepower electric motor, the T8 has a total system output of 400 horsepower. Its 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery is placed in the center tunnel of the vehicle, and can go 19 EPA-rated miles on electric power only. The T8 power system is standard on the Excellence, and is an option on all other XC90 trims.

The T5 engine is available only with front-wheel drive. All T6 and T8 trims come with all-wheel drive as standard. Every 2018 Volvo XC90 uses an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Roomy Inside, And As Luxurious As You Want It To Be

The standard seating configuration is as a three-row, seven seater SUV, but for the ultimate in luxury, select the Excellence. It replaces the second-row bench seat with two individual reclining bucket seats. All four seats are covered in Nappa leather, are ventilated, and have a massage function. A Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system, walnut wood inlays, and a beverage cooler/refrigerator are also standard equipment. And let’s not forget the Orrefors crystal gearshift knob, for the ultimate in Scandinavian design and luxury!

Safety Is Still An Important Part Of The Volvo Story

For 2018, all Volvo XC90 SUVs come with adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring as standard equipment. This is in addition to these standard active safety features:

  • Forward collision warning

  • Forward automated emergency braking

  • Rear automated emergency braking

  • Lane departure warning

  • Lane-keeping assist

  • Rear cross-traffic monitor

  • Rear parking sensors

Optional safety features include parking assist, front parking sensors, automatic high beams, and a 360-degree surround-view camera.

The 2018 Volvo XC90 Is Not Like Other Luxury SUVs

If you are looking for a three-row luxury SUV that takes a different approach from the usual suspects, consider the 2018 Volvo XC90. It has a unique Swedish sensibility, with a refreshingly different point of view on what a luxurious utility vehicle should be.

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Stephen Fogel

Stephen follows the global automotive industry on a daily basis, including new model announcements, new technologies, sales trends, and the latest in "green" cars.