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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

    mary oliver , tyne & wear . Date: 17/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      19

    My car

    Worst car I have ever had.

    Since picking up my 03 plate XC90 T6 in March I have only been able to drive it 6 months. The rest of the time it has been in for repairs.

    Although we bought the car from a Volvo dealership we were sold the car with brakes that needed replacing and a cracked engine seal - all discovered when it went into another dealership a day after to fix a diagnostics fault developed hours after we picked it up.

    Since then we have had 2 drive shafts, front suspension arms, second brake disks, a whole new engine, bearings, break control module and now after picking up my car after 3 months we only drove it 2 miles before it developed another fault. It now back in the garage. And this was supposed to be a quality reliable car from a Volvo dealership. Although I have complained to Volvo themselves as well as the dealerships they will not take responsibility for how bad this car is.

    Hey you can drive a XC90 into such incredible situations (ummmm school runs and M4) and get it back out again Not!!!!

  • 2.4 D5 Executive Auto 5dr

    Stuart Harlow , Kent . Date: 16/09/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    53 Reg purchased in Nov 04 with 30k on the clock. The vehicle now has 116k on the clock and is running as well as when I purchased it four years ago. In Dec 2006 the vehicle suffered a catastrophic engine failure resulting in a new transmission and gearbox....Cost to me? Nil. Why? According to Volvo this was the first in the UK to suffer such a failing and wanted to undertake bench tests to establish the exact cause. My dealer replaced everything that needed replacing at near zero cost to me.... So aftercare service from Volvo was superb. The car is used on a daily basis and regularly driven abroad. Servicing is not cheap but to keep a vehicle of this calibre on the road running like a new car don't be surprised or scared in paying out on average £700 per service.

    Anything wrong with the XC90? Overall there's nothing major...Performance is ideal albeit if you want 0-60 in 3 seconds don't buy one. Previous car was an Audi A6 2.8i and that had all the performance required to satisfy that particular need. If there was one thing about my XC that I felt could be improved then I would have to point towards the interior.. It's fit for purpose but nothing seriously refined about it, but I guess I could have purchased one with leather interior.

    If you have a family and want a vehicle that will provide you with comfort, reliability, good performance and plenty of space then buy one, but be prepared to be hit fairly heavily in the pocket when you get it serviced.

  • 3.0 T6 SE 5dr

    Bola Taylor Date: 05/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my Volvo XC90 for two and a half years and the Car looks good on the outside but please done be deceived by the good looks. I was told that the car has Transmission Problems from 30,000 Miles but I refused to beleive it as it was a Volvo and they are VERY VERY RELIABLE.

    Alas, it proved not to be true. At 40,000 Miles my car started having Transmission Problems and Volvo tried to cure the fault but could not. I have taken the car to many "Volvo Specialists" and I have ben told that they would NOT fix it as it was a gearbox problem and there is no apparent solution at the moment even if the gearbox is taken apart. Volvo mentioned to me to fix the car will cost me £5000.00 but that is still no guarantee the gearbox will work properly.

    Overall, I am extremely disapointed and angry with the car and Volvo themselves

  • 2.4 D5 R-Design 5dr

    robert fenton Date: 06/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32.6

    My car

    I have recently bought an XC90 R Design. It returns 32.5 mpg on my commute into Birmingham city centre-- 5 miles local traffic then stop start m6 for another 18 miles. It has "sports suspension" which controls body roll very well and combined with the 25.5 cm wide tyres makes the car handle extremely well on B roads (I was surprised by this). Interior is spacious and all seats except the drivers fold making for a massive load bay. Middle row room is great for the wife and new born baby.( I m 6ft 3 and and can sit cross legged in boot so might install a baby changing facility!)

    stereo good, seats comfy - and mp3 disk functionality works well.

    only gripe relates to handbrake - foot operated and pull release is clunky - would be better with the VW passat push button system system.

    autobox smooth and kicks down well ( quite quick) - would be better though if 6th gear could be selected earlier for economy and held without changing down to allow the car to cruise on tick over. ( tick over is very low at 600rpm ish.)

    overall - i like it having had a few audi cabriolets and rep mobiles previously.

Volvo XC90 4x4

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