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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

    Michael Beach , West Midlands . Date: 17/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had an XC90 D4 SE from new since July 2004 and it has now done 40000 miles. Other reviews have extolled the many genuine virtues of the XC90 but frankly this car has been ruined for me by the ghastly D5 engine. This is possibly the roughest and least refined car I have had since I had a 1.8TC Morris Marina. It has a lumpy idle, terrible boom periods at motorway speeds and the driving mirror becomes blurred with vibration under load at anything less than 1600 rpm. Motorway cruising has to be done at exactly 2450rpm as any more or any less results in unpleasant resonances. Venturing to 2900 rpm is similar to being inside a washing machine on a fast spin cycle. When it returns to idle, the engine mounts sound like they are loose. The dealer says there is nothing abnormal about the car, although they did find that the rear engine mount had split. Replacing it did not improve matters. I have driven other Volvos with the D5 engine (including the 183bhp version) and frankly they are all pretty dreadful. This is shame because despite its refinement being similar to a Cornish ore crusher, the XC90 D5 is very economical, regularly returning 33mpg on urban driving. I was recently mailshotted by the dealer with a "Good News" promotional offer. Eagerly I called the number given, hoping that the "good news" would be that Volvo had at last dumped the D5 and fitted the excellent diesel V6 from the Discovery. No such luck.

  • 2.4D SE 5dr

    david Wall , Shropshire . Date: 23/02/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for just over 2 yrs and use it regularly for long runs in Europe as well as the daily commute in the UK. I regularly return 31 mls per gal. Cabin comfort is excellent and the stereo satifies the needs of my teenage daughters - who consider themselves expert on car ICE.In the first year a rear drive shaft had to be replaced as well as the battery. Whilst in France in both 06 and 07 the air con struggled to cope with 40 degree heat.It took my local Volvo dealer 5 attempts to complete a fix traced to a leak behind the dashboard.[compensated by free second year service] Since then no problems. A complete tyre change at 18K - but saved a fortune by trawling the internet - I recommend this approach rather than going to only local tyre dealers.Design faults are few - the fog lights are placed too low down by the drivers right knee, and the diesel engine mated to the geartronic box can make quick exits from side junctions a heart in the mouth manouvre. Apart from that, the best car I have ever owned.

  • 2.4 D5 S 5dr

    Mark Williams , Cambridgeshire . Date: 30/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    My car

    We were very much looking forward to our new arrival! and she has not dissapointed. We have had MPVs over the past few years, and decided to go for a 4x4. There are six of us so therefore we need a 6/7 seater. This car is top class, both inside and out. You feel safe and are safe. We are already achieving an average 32 mpg, and the car has less than 1000miles on the clock. Highly recommended family car, and the stereo is awesome! We went for the base model with geartronic and winter pack, thats all you need, the rest is standard. The smaller wheels are great as the turning circle is terrible with the bigger wheels! Go for it!!

  • 2.4D SE 5dr

    peter lewis , staffordshire . Date: 12/01/2008
    • 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

    I have owned 2 XC90s which have covered 100k and are still running. The 185bhp engine is much better than the 163bhp but is still harsh - acceptable, however.

    Problems include the occasional thump from the rear offside then goes away. The rear offside rubber door seal comes off in the summer heat, the headlight system movement control fails consistantly, then reconnects.

    I enjoy driving the car and have no compaints over long distances. It's no slouch on the road, tows well, ave 28 mph runs 34 mph. It has good comfortable seats, and is a good overall car.

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