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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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56 reader reviews for Volvo XC90 4x4.
  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    douglas mcneill , Choose state . Date: 25/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      29

    My car

    Have had the car from new for just over 3 years now. Running costs are high average MPG ( and I do alot of country driving) is 29 - at 50 K miles now and both front wheel bearings have just been replaced they went within 2 weeks of each other , the exhaust is on its way out and I am just about to buy my 4th set of tyres.

    Drive is okay although a bit sluggish - positives are that the interior is comfortable and well laid out and there is plenty of space for passengers and luggage but I would not buy another

  • 2.4 D5 200 SE 5dr

    Stephen Lamb , . Date: 09/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I bought this car because we needed a 4 wheel drive, 7 seat, family car for winter trips to Scotland. My last Volvo was a late 1990's S40, which spent its life at the dealer with ECU issues. So my view of the brand wasn't great, but this car was too good value to turn down (under £30k with Winter Pack and 3 years' servicing).

    Overall the XC90 is practical, spacious and comfortable, even during a 9 hour drive from London to Scotland. At a sensible speed it will deliver around 32mpg, which I think is pretty good for a car this heavy. It feels safe and sure-footed, even when driving in snow (with winter tyres). The interior is flexible and we often have people competing to sit in the boot, which has good sized seats.

    The driving experience is best described as dull. The car goes (although it takes a long time to pull away), turns (although the turning circle is wide) and stops (very well), but is zero fun. It isn't a patch on a 5 Series.

    One word of warning though; the cost of Volvo services and accessories is very high. I suspect that they are trying to claw back those large discounts, but everything costs a fortune. Bluetooth is around £500 as a a dealer fit option and I was quoted £2,000 for an auxiliary heater (this was about £500 on my old BMW). Today I was told that a fuel leak wasn't covered by the warranty or service package as it was 18 months old and the part couldn't have just failed.

    A decent family bus, but watch out for the costs.

  • 3.0 T6 SE 5dr

    David Traylor , Surrey . Date: 08/04/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      22

    My car

    I bought an Volvo XC90 D5 Exec auto 2 years ago this month. I managed to get nearly £9k off the list price, happy days! Firstly, I will say that this is not really a drivers car but as a family car I really do think it ticks the boxes. I find the interior of the car functional and very comfortable, we added removable TV's in the back for the children to watch on long journeys and everyone has been happy. Sound system is good and teh air conditioned / massaging seats are fabulous. In the snow and floods we have had no problems, the servicing has not highlighted any faults todate. We manage to get average of 28mpg for day to day driving and it delivered 32 mpg driving through France last summer, with cruise control set at 79mph. Down side for me is the turning circle, which is poor. In my opinion you don't buy a car like this for running costs, as you know from the outset, it's going to be expensive. You buy it for all the family reasons, and it can't be faulted for that. We regularly have 6 or 7 in the car, with a mix of adults and children, with nor problems. I have had many "drivers" and this isn't one of them. I have had a few "family" cars and this is it. If I don't keep it for 10 years, it will only be because I've bought a new one. Look around before you buy, there are some massive deals to be had.

  • 3.0 T6 SE 5dr

    Graham Shaw , Kirkcudbrightshire . Date: 25/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Don;t know where some people are getting these figures from re mpg unless they are driving the T6 petrol derivative. Mine is a D5 Auto and returns 32mpg minimum. On original tyres after 18500 miles and still got over 3mm tread left.

    Went for the rear dvd screen option. Absolutely wonderful and keeps the grandchildren entertained. Would I buy another Volvo? Too right I would.

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