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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.
  • 3.0 T6 SE 5dr

    paul smith , herts . Date: 18/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      22.2

    My car

    The only thing going for this car is the space inside which is very good.Although rear seats in boot are only for kids at best. Thats as far as it goes. Engine is boomy,will shake your bones through the steering wheel, remind me of a tractor! it rattles and is totaly underpowered. Gearbox is usless and dangerous in my mind especially when pulling away from roundabouts it can take a good second for the car to move off.

    Fuel economy is for a lack of a better word diabolical. For the last 6 months i have averaged between 21 and 24 mpg. I have had the car for 2 years and the best i could achieve was 28 and that was on a 400 mile motorway run, pretty awful, get used to seeing the fuel light on, i reckon 300 miles to a tank. No point putting your foot down in this car all you do is burn fuel and go nowwhere fast.

    I have an executive model yet ride is extremely harsh, handling...... well there is no handling its awful.

    turning circle will drive you insane, getting in and out of multi storey carparks is near impossible, you have to continually use reverse to improve your angle of entry/exit, or be prepared to leave bits of your body work behind. Car is very dificut to park being so large, get used to have multiple dents in your doors from other users bashing there door against your to get in and out of car parking bays.

    tyres to replace are a joke £1400 for 4 tyres 14k miles. total joke. i really hate this car thats why im getting rid off it. i will never buy volvo again

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    M Buchanan , scotland . Date: 06/01/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      29

    My car

    When buying this car we were looking to meet 3 criteria : Safety, reliability and cost of ownership. As you would expect from the Volvo brand.

    I always felt that this was a safe car, and was very comforted to know my family would be protected should a collision occur. When it came to reliability we feel very very let down. We bought the car as a 1 owner second hand car with 60,000 miles at 3 years old. In the two years of ownership we had to replace 1 anti-roll bar (front), 1 steering column (£700+), the rear suspension shocks (£1000+) and at the time of sale the rear parking sensors were playing up (£300) and the throttle swirl valve was showing on the diagnostic check as needing immanent replacement (£400). On top of that a set of brake discs and pads required £600 and a middle of the road set of tyres £650 !

    Add to that road tax of £450 + a year...... and this car was turning into a money pit!

    Nice comfortable car for motorway cruising perhaps, with 40+mpg easily achievable..... but for normal everyday town driving and school run a figure or 28-29 mpg is just too poor at todays diesel prices!

    Not a great ownership experience overall.

  • 2.4 D5 Active 5dr

    martin lumsden , . Date: 19/09/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    Owned for 2 years 2.4D (2009)

    Pros meaty safe size, excellent in the snow, good sturdy family car, looks

    Cons mine had annoying steering pull, dealer checked wheel alignment and charged me £70, still the same 28 mpg good for such a large meaty vehicle, but not very good by todays standards

    would buy another

  • 2.4 D5 SE Sport 5dr

    Nick Riordan , . Date: 15/06/2012
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      29.5

    My car

    Bought the car in 2007 new. The SE Sport is the same basic concept and setup as the current R Design, and has sport suspension and the 185hp D5 engine. We loaded up with reversing camera, sat nav, phone, etc. We have now completed 5 years and 45,000 miles.

    Downsides - It's not been all fault free - there was an oil leak from new that required the engine to be removed to get to it. We had a couple of issues with software crashing and then making the battery go flat (fixed with a software upgrade). This was all covered by warranty. Post warranty we had the plastic pipe that leads to the turbo fall off at about 4 years in, and at the service completed today we had to have all four discs and pads replaced. It's a little heavy on fuel, the ride is a little firm with the sport suspension (it's all relative though) and as noted elsewhere, the engine can be rough when cold or pushed hard.

    Upsides - almost everything else. We do like the car a lot. It takes a beating from the family and dog and still looks like new (with the minor exception that you can now just see some wear on the drivers seat), The dealer (Bells in Northampton) have been excellent all the way through. It's very comfortable and handles very well for a car of it's size.

    My wife absolutely loves it, and doesn't want to change it ever.

    I'm about to replace my car and can't decide whether to get another XC90 for me or the XC60...difficult choice.

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