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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

    Paul Michael Brown , W Yorks . Date: 14/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 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 my XC90 for 12 months now and covered 33000 miles. The car has been faultless with no problems to date.

    Tyre wear is heavy (onto my 3rd pair of fronts). Fuel consumption is around 30mpg which is not bad for very mixed driving however servicing costs are high. Comfort is excellent and with 5 kids the practicality of the car is superb. Performance is good - mine is a manual - although I have considered having the performance enhanced.

    I have just been offered a great trade in for another XC90 by my local dealer (£28000) and I am considering changing but am also looking at a Discovery or a Toyota Landcruiser. If I buy another XC90 it will be without Sat Nav which is an expensive waste of money.

  • 3.0 T6 SE 5dr

    David Pollard , Hertfordshire . Date: 08/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Anyone considering buying an XC90 should stick to the diesel. It may be slow and unrefined, but this far outweighs the horrendous running costs of the petrol T6. Ours has run at 30-40% below quoted fuel figures since new. Our average has been 13.5mpg, even on a non-stop motorway run not exceeding 65mph the best we could achieve was a paltry 18mpg.

    Also, the best part-exchange valuation we could get against a new vehicle means a depreciation of 40% on a vehicle only seven months old, with 6000 miles on the clock.

    While appreciating vehicles lose most of their value in the first year of ownership, the main attraction of our purchase was the so-called excellent depreciation record of this particular vehicle.

    The whole ownership experience of our XC90 has been very unsatisfactory, and it will be some time before we think of purchasing another Volvo.

  • 3.0 T6 SE 5dr

    graeme roberts , South Northants . Date: 14/05/2005
    • 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

    A good car, and a better diesel engine would make it unbeatable.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    Greg Tanner , Middlesex . Date: 24/04/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In a sentence - the best car I have ever owned.

    After something like 15 years of owning Volvos (I gritted my teeth with my first, a 940GLE estate, and let head rule my heart when i was tempted by a BMW). Then, when the 850-T5 came out it changed all that, and surely must have killed any credibility that anyone claiming a "Volvo is for old men" could have ever had. I went through two more V70 T-5s before a short break while working in Italy driving an Alfa Romeo. On my return I was about to order another V70, although I had thought about a less-powerful version - cameras all over the UK make the T5 a dangerous choice! - when I saw the XC90. Even without a test drive I was hooked - and I am one of those who traditionally scorns the 4x4 brigade. The XC90 is no more difficult to drive and park than a regular car. Its manoeuvrability is excellent, and the rear parking sensors are a great boon, albeit not essential. The engine is responsive - rarely am I embarrassed at the lights! I have the auto box which seems well geared. The seats are simply fantastic. A non-stop drive from London to Newcastle recently had me jumping to the ground feeling perfectly fresh and moving easily. Its value for money just cannot be beaten - it's not as fast as an X5 or a Lexus, but for the price it's a wonderful car. After two years I am thinking of buying a second one. I just hope the waiting list is shorter, now!

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