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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

    ed gent Date: 17/04/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I like this car. It's great for the family and stops the usual fighting - with cheap portable DVDs plugged in there is blissful silence even on long runs.

    I went for cream leather interior but this seems to be holding up to the onslaught of muddy boots so far. The ride is good, much better than my old Disco on the road but surprisingly awful off-road (much too hard).

    The brakes are fantastically good. The hi-fi is excellent. What's not so good is looking around corners - to do so safely requires a bit of neck movement to peer around the front pillar.

    The diesel is slightly noisy but only in comparison to the petrol, which is far too thirsty. The fuel tanks should be bigger. It runs down pretty quickly and I have not got better than 28.5mpg.

    The front should have parking-distance alerts like the back - I'm always parking miles too far out as I can't see the front of the car. The arm rest on the door is just in the wrong place to use when driving. The door speaker grilles are already dented from getting in and out of the car and catching then with my foot.

    The windscreen has too much refection from the dash, although it's gone when wearing a decent pair of specs, and there is an annoying line just above the line of sight on the windsreen for some reason.

    All in all, this is a large family transport with no real claim to be an off-roader as such. If you can afford it, it's hard to beat.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    Bill Law Date: 13/03/2005
    • 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 bought my first XC90 in March 2003 and was extremely impressed with the versatility of the car. Having owned seven 850/V70 T5 models and two Mercedes E Class models in the previous 6 years, I was a little worried that I would find the XC90 boring and a bit of an old man's car - but far from it! OK, the searing performance of the T5 is missing but the practicality of the car for a family of four soon won me over.

    I have read reports that the Geartronic gearbox isn't ideally suited to the D5 Diesel engine. All I can say is that the car couldn't been on a long-term test. The automatic gearbox is great around towns and on German autobahns the D5 will cruise at 110mph all day if asked to.

    Last June I got the opportunity to buy another with full comms pack, privacy glass, xenon etc etc so now have two.

    They are excellent cars with superb residual values and are much sought after.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    Tipu Naqvi , Buckinghamshire . Date: 17/02/2005
    • 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

    Was initially thinking of buying a BMW X5 but as XC90 is a seven seater, I opted for it.

    I must admit that to date, I am very pleased with my choice. It is very smooth on the road, the interior is stunning. I opted for an SE diesel model with Communication pack as an accessory. The Communication pack consists of a built-in hands-free and a corded telephone along with satellite navigation.

    The satellite navigation CD has been the only disappointing feature as while driving from Milton Keynes to Manchester, when we drove on the M6 toll, the Satellite Navigation system just went crazy, asking us to take a sharp left turn on the middle of the motorway. The Volvo dealer who said to us at the time of handing over the keys said that its better to update the Navigation DVD yearly but later admitted that all the data collected for the Navigation DVD seems to be 'OLD' as the M6 toll is there for more than two years and I have only had my XC90 for the last thirty or so days.

    Otherwise, its a beautifully built car. I personally feel that it's a better buy than X5.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    M Duddridge Date: 26/01/2005
    • 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

    My car

    I have this vehicle on a 90k-mile, three-year contract.

    Because of the high mileage, I seem to be finding many problems earlier than other users.

    Tyres are an expensive issue but the majority of my complaints are build-quality problems and niggling, irritating, rattles and creaks.

    Intermittent audio / nav / phone shutdown. Rusting wheel nuts. blown speaker, door handle falling off etc.

    This would be acceptable on many makes but not Volvo surely?

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