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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

    Mike La Rooy Date: 17/04/2006
    • 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

    Had the XC-90 for just over 3 years and 26k miles. Overall a very good ownership experience. Highly recommended.

    What's good: - Incredibly practical interior with 6 folding seats. - Rear seat (2nd row) comfort: good for 2 adults or 3 children. - Dealer service. - Reasonable economy with the diesel (27 mpg in town). - Quiet high speed cruising. - Car chassis means car-like driving experience. - Clean interior style and simple controls. - Good standard sound system. - Reliable.

    What's not so good: - Slow initial take-off (although our early model was improved with a dealer installed "software upgrade"). New diesel models are apparently better. - Front seats are not great for tall drivers - the base is quite short. - Not a sports car to drive, although it corners well after initial body roll. - Expensive service costs (tyres, brakes, etc). - Thick front pillars restrict visibility.

    Suggestions for specification: Get the speed sensitive steering for solid highway feel.

  • 2.5T SE 5dr

    robert lye , kent . Date: 13/01/2006
    • Overall 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

    My car

    We've owned this car for 10 months now and it's been great. We went 3000 miles across Europe in perfect comfort, though the car really was packed. There have been moans that the XC90 is not as comfortable as our previous V70 Cross Country, but the car looks great - it's dark green with cream interior and lots of wood - very classy!

    It's nice and practical, but that does, however, mean we have to cart the in-laws round in it! In all, it's a great car, but with frightening fuel economy - just 18mpg!

  • 3.0 T6 SE 5dr

    Karen Walker Date: 13/12/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my XC90 for close to two years. I had previously had two jeeps but needed more space. I initially missed my Jeep as the seats in the Volvo were not as comfortable and the interior storage on the dash poor. In addition the fuel consumption is very high and the fuel tank very small for the size of car.

    However the excellent acceleration won me over as did the road handling and saftey spec of the car. However the car has been plagued with problems from collapsing electric windows to wheel nuts falling off. The latest problem is a intermittent loss of power which is very dangerous, but because it is intermittent the computer does not register it and Volvo has been very reticent to sort the problem out. Shame as the car is great but poor workmanship and terrible after sales service lets it down badly.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    David Swindin , Kent . Date: 12/12/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Yes the fuel consumption is lower than the manufacturer states (isn't it always) but this is a really practical, comfortable and comparatively good value luxury family 4X4 (compared to an X5, RX300, Disco etc).

    The cabin is excellent and the additional two standard seats in the back meant we could swap our people carrier for a something that looks and drives more like a "real" car.

    The diesel is a bit slow off the mark (think this is a problem with the auto box more than the engine) but I understand that the latest version has addressed this.

    The car eats up long distance driving and round town it is big but parkingis not too big a problem. You don't get cheap running costs with a £35k car but we would certainly buy another one.

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