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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 S 5dr

    Gary Thirkettle Date: 14/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    When choosing the XC, I was looking for a company car with family practiality, prestige and a rewarding drive - not an easy combination to satisfy, and I still reckon the '90 is the best compromise available on the market.

    The interior is a good place to spend time, with excellent seats and ergonomics. As usual with modern Volvos, the stereo is a real thumper. The drive is calm and controlled, with acceptable levels of body roll, but this is no S60 to fire through corners. The 185HP D5 engine which makes the S60 such a rocket is a little numbed in a vehicle of this size, so performance is okay, but really it needs over 200HP - a 3 litre option would be the only thing I would trade in for. A 31mpg average and the CO2 levels are okay, but starting to lag behind the market, especially the latest BMW diesels.

    Practiality is second to none, easily as good as the people carrier I had before, but if you get a roof box, make sure you also fit the side steps to reach up there, as it's a tall beast.

    To my eyes, the XC looks cool and is certainly built well. I am still not aware of a vehicle I would rather have, even for a lot more money. I'm happy to hang on to this car, at least until a better engine is available!

  • 2.4 D5 SE Lux 5dr

    Christian Paynton , OXFORDSHIRE . Date: 13/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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've been waiting 3 months for the car to arrive after nearly 2 months of exhaustive choosing. This is a superb car well specified and wonderfully comfortable. I chose the Shadow Blue with Chestnut Soft Hide, it's the 2008 model and looks really good. I'm a big fan of Volvo and the wife and daughter agree (dogs not been allowed in yet!) Feels safe and secure around you. yes, it's a little thirsty but who counts with a car like this?! This is without doubt the best car I've ever owned and the 2nd place was an XC70. Prior to that I had a TVR Cerbera.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    Stuart Bradshaw , West Sussex . Date: 21/09/2007
    • 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've spent a happy 75k miles behind the wheel as the sole driver for nearly 4 years. It has proved invaluable, coping with all the usual family, friends and baggage that need to be got from A to B.

    The interior layout flexibility has also proved useful for moving everything from furniture to large Christmas trees. Inevitably there have been a few problems. Right from the start some of the internal headlining trim was poorly fitted and the CD autochanger was swapped out after jamming in the first year.

    Mechanically the engine (D5)and transmission have been fine and I have averaged around 29mpg to date. However, I did have problems with the rack and pinion steering system (eventually resolved by a simple lube job) and a rather more annoying thump from the rear of the cabin as both shock absorbers failed at 55-65k miles.

    One was replaced under warranty but I haven't summoned up the courage to replaced the other at my own expense ...be warned, repairs don't come cheaply. Otherwise, it's as pleasant, if unengaging, drive which is well suited to its duties.

    One note on dealers. Most of my servicing and repair has been carried out at one dealer in the South East. Given the cost of the car and target premium buyer, I had expected service on a par with experience from BMW. Sadly this is not the case. Volvo is still a volume manufacturer with all that means in terms of service and costs. At least one dealer has not woken up to the concept of premium service for a premium ve

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    Michael Shipway , Kent . Date: 19/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What an excellent car! It's comfortable to drive and to be carried in. The seat is adjustable to every shape and size.

    It has a huge boot space with the rear set of seats cleverly hidden, but it's still very large when in use.

    The engine is very quiet, even from a cold start.

    General fuel consumption is approximately 28-29mpg going up to 35mpg on a long run.

    I get 24mpg when towing a Coachman 530/4 caravan. Considering the size of the car, and the weight of the car, this is very economical.

    Build quality is very good - there's no rattling or creaking. Road noise is acceptable.

    As you can tell, I am very impressed with this car!

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