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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.
  • 2.4D SE 5dr

    Tipu Naqvi , Buckinghamshire . Date: 04/06/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After reviewing this car on the 17th. of February 2005, I am pleased to say that I have done 24000 miles. Had to have the tyres changed after 22000 which is not bad at all. Was quoted £580 for all four to be replaced. Managed to get a deal for £340 for the same Continental tyres the car came originally with.

    I am surprised that people have given it a three star on the running costs. I don't understand why as its a big car and one must not compare it with smaller cars.

    All in all. its so far so good as far as my XC-90 is concerned.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    James Hyndman , Down . Date: 15/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for a couple of years now and I have found it to be an excellent family car. I have now covered 30,000 miles and the fuel economy is a respectable 33.4mpg on average. That's not bad considering most journeys are short.

    Yes, there have been a couple of trips to the dealer but these were dealt with quickly and under warranty - in fact, the dealer service has been excellent.

    Servicing is expensive and tyres have worn quickly, but then it is an expensive car. Build quality and refinement are top notch and the flexibility of the cabin is brilliant.

  • 2.4D SE 5dr

    Andrew Isitt Date: 24/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have covered 21,000 miles in this car. So far, the problems include a lumpy drive (which has been improved by a software upgrade), malfunctioning engine sensors and a loss of power, which cured itself in the end.

    A major problem was the alarm system - after going off six times in half an hour it was traced to a wayward bonnet sensor. Otherwise, there have been no major problems and all repairs were covered by warranty.

    A new set of tyres after 20,000 miles and wheel alignment set me back £670. Two services cost £338 and £336 respectively. That's not cheap, but then it's a £35,000 car - there are cheaper ways to get from A to B.

    The driving experience is like taking your living room with you, minus the curtains, as you glide along in leather-cushioned comfort, and even in standard guise the stereo is exceptional. I'm 6ft 3in and the Volvo has the most comfortable seats of any car I've ever been in.

    Overall, the XC90 is an immensely capable family transport with some brilliant design touches, like the drop-down tailgate. It drives the same with one on board as it does with five, six, or seven people with a full complement of luggage and sports equipment. It just gets on with the job in hand.

    Sporty it isn't , but if you want sporty, buy a sports car. On the other hand, if you've got a growing family and need to carry an occasional granny plus assorted paraphernalia, get an XC90. You won't regret it.

  • 2.4D S 5dr

    Bryan Graham , Fermanagh . Date: 18/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I got the big volvo in october 2004 for my wife after waving goodbye to my Merc' ML320.

    I was instantly amazed at the sheer size and practicality of the interior. The boot is cavernous and the quality and ergonomics are unbeatable.

    It's averaging about 29mpg driving in and out of town and nearly forty on the motorway. Unfortunately if driven hard, the mpg average can slip into the low 20s.

    For a 4x4 the XC90 is not a bad drive. I handles well and the body lean is kept to a minimum. However, I feel that I really should have waited for the new 185bhp diesel as my 163 bhp diesel is a bit short on grunt. Also the steering is completely numb and without feel and the turning circle is huge.

    The XC90 is amazingly refined and is such an easy car to drive. It also provides a complete peace of mind where safety is concerned for my wife and my children. Plus, it is a 4x4 that I think is pretty good looking and one without the hideous rear end of the new Land Rover Discovery. Quite simply a superb family car.

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