2022 Volvo XC90 Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

The Volvo XC90 combines elegant Swedish design with luxurious accommodations and advanced safety tech to create a mid-size family hauler that is both sporty but not too sporty.

Overview

When it was first introduced in 2016, the XC90, Volvo’s largest and most powerful SUV, made a lot of people’s heads. Its modern, high-end appearance was straight from Dwell magazine. It still looks sharp today, which speaks volumes for its design quality. Its beauty goes beyond skin. This seven-seater comes standard with navigation, adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof.

The base turbocharged 250-horsepower engine provides reasonable motivation and up to 30 MPG on the highway. The optional engine adds a supercharger to the engine and 66 more horsepower. Those who want more power can get it with the optional engine. As an option, the Volvo XC90 Recharge is available as a plug-in hybrid model. The handsome Swede offers a comfortable ride regardless of which engine you choose, especially when equipped with the optional air suspension.

The XC90, unlike other racier SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne, isn’t particularly athletic. It comes standard with a full suite active safety features, and top marks in most safety ratings.

Pricing and Trims

There are two trim levels for the 2022 Volvo XC90: Momentum or Inscription. We have separate reviews of the Volvo XC90 Recharge plug in hybrid model. Momentum, the most popular XC90 trim, is what we would choose. We’ll tell you why.

Momentum

The base Momentum starts at $50,995 and features the turbocharged T5 turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. The standard equipment includes a moonroof and a 9-inch touchscreen, navigation and wireless charging. 19-inch wheels, four zone automatic climate control, faux leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control with pilot assist, and a long line of driver-assist options. We chose this trim because of its low starting price. However, we would add all-wheel drive or the Advanced package to get the best features.

Inscription

The Inscription (64,695) includes the turbocharged T6 supercharged engine and all wheel drive (both are available on the Momentum). You also get 20-inch wheels, Nappa leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats. There are also rear sunshades and an upgraded Harman Kardon 14-speaker audio system.

All-wheel drive raises the Momentum price by $2,500 (standard on the Inscription). Air suspension is an option that costs $1,800. The Climate package includes heating for the steering wheel and rear seats. Advanced includes a 360-degree camera and a head up display. The Lounge package includes a suede-like headliner as well as a massage function for front seats. You can also order second-row captain’s seats, which reduces the seating capacity to six.

Performance and Engine

There are two powertrain options for the XC90. Both use a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. The base turbocharged T5 makes 250 horsepower, while the turbocharged supercharged T6 produces 316 horsepower. The T5 is available with either front- or all-wheel drives, while the T6 is standard with all-wheel driving.

The optional air suspension and adaptive dampers were fitted to our test vehicle. This combination protected the cabin from any damage caused by the cracked pavement. The combination kept the XC90 stable through tight curves and provided precise steering on narrow roads. The XC90 is not sporty, however. You can adjust various elements such as the steering effort and brake pedal action.

Volvo’s adaptive cruise controller features Pilot Assist, a semi-autonomous steering function. Although it does require you to hold the wheel, the car can be driven smoothly and efficiently on its own provided the road is not too steep. It does not have an automated lane-change function, as opposed to some of its competitors like the BMW X5 or the Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Interior

The XC90’s interior is among the most beautiful in its class. The materials used — metal trim, matte-finish wood and knurled edge knobs — are top-notch. The Inscription model is made from soft, smooth Nappa leather. An alternative option is available in a wool-blend cloth. Although a digital instrument cluster is standard in the Inscription model, its configuration is limited.

The XC90 offers a good driving position. Large windows allow for clear outward vision. Front seats are adjustable to a comfortable level. Although the second-row seats slide forward and back, and recline, there is still enough space for adults. However, the legroom is less than the Lincoln Aviator or Mercedes-Benz GLE. You can easily fold the seatback to store long items like skis. Legroom is limited and access to the third row for two is difficult. While elementary-school children can climb back there and be okay, anyone over the age of 18 might have a problem. The XC90 is not worse than comparable-sized competitors in this area.

With all the seats in use, luggage space is 12.6 cubic feet. This is comparable to the Cadillac XT6 (12.6) or Audi Q7 (14.2), but less than the Aviator (19.3) and Acura MDX (19.1). There are 35.6 cubic feet of space when you fold the rearmost seats backs. This is a simple but manual operation. The maximum cargo volume is 85.7 cubic feet, which surpasses the Audi, Cadillac, and Lincoln, but is still smaller than the Acura. If the air suspension is installed, a button can be found inside the liftgate to lower the car slightly. This makes it easier for seniors to get in or to load heavy cargo.

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