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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 Sport 5dr

    Scott Hadley Date: 11/05/2007
    • 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

    Had an XC90 for 3 years and was looking for a change. Tried the ML which is too small and not well equipped, tried the Q7 which seemed like a backwards safety step and it is not a clever use of space. Liked the Discovery but they are so unreliable and the dealers attitude put me off so we had a test drive in the new XC90 Sport.

    Volvo have turned the XC90 into the car it always should have been, the handling is so much better as is the steering feel, the rear seat entertainment system works a treat and the car looks good.

    With a young family I wanted the safest car I could buy and I've found it. But now it is so much better to drive.

    Well done Volvo.

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    Ian Bailey , Derbyshire . Date: 07/05/2007
    • 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

    We currently have an 06 SE D5 185bhp with the bi-xenon pack. I selected the manual to get improved acceleration, economy and greater drive interaction. For the first week, getting used to the hand/foot brake was an interesting experience, but since then the car has been very good. I cover at least 18000 miles per year of mixed driving. Across the first 15 months the car has performed faultlessly. It is a pleasure to drive, comfortable, good on the motorway and has consistently returned 34mpg. Which considering its size is excellent. It has also served well through floods, cross country and carrying bulky loads. I can recommend the laminated, water repellant side windows. They keep the side windows clean, virtually frost free and improve security. All in all this is a car I can recommend.

  • 2.4D Executive 5dr

    natalie robson , north yorks . Date: 04/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I got my 'baby' whilst working in Munich in 2005.It was a present to myself so we opted for the 2.4 Exec D5 with all the bells and whistles plus all the extras I could get.Myself and my boyfriend decided to bypass the dealers as there was a huge waiting list in the UK.Since we picked it up from Gothenburg,it has been an absolute joy.As a [very] small woman,I was at first intimidated by the sheer size of the beast but I was amazed at just how user friendly she was to handle;she's responsive,smooth and and has this amazing ability to make me feel like a teenager in a real grown-ups car. My boyfriend was amazed at the ammount of interior space (that 3rd row of seats comes in handy for when the pubs kick out and I have to collect the tribe). I could go on and on and on.And on.This car is the best car I have ever owned and as far as i'm concerned,the boyfriend will go before my 'baby'.(I love this car TO BITS !!! XXX)

  • 2.4 D5 SE 5dr

    Sanjay Nanda Date: 27/03/2007
    • Overall 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The D5 unit has opened up nicely after 10,000 miles and pulls such a large car very well, although there is some hesitation from standstill.

    There are no interior rattles, despite a very firm suspension (which Volvo calls 'Comfort' on non-Sport models!). Come on Volvo, it's time to offer air suspension.

    I've had a few options fitted by my dealer: front park assist (to supplement rear park assist, which is standard) is vital for such a large car, but Volvo lists this at £589, which is outrageous (Volvo Owners Club owners do get 10% discount - I recommend you join up at www.volvoclub.org.uk).

    There has been one recall concerning the fuel cover lock.

    The wheels have to be realigned after going over relatively small pot holes, which the dealer claims the XC90 is sensitive to.

    At around £90 a go, this could be expensive over the next few years.

    Did I mention the car has no hill start assist - not even an option - which is a serious omission and tricky if driving off on a steep hill.

    Standard (on SE) halogen lights are near useless - I recommend you specify xenons.

    New tyres were also required after only 10,000 miles, but the cost was minimised after buying online.

    Overall, due to the faultless reliability, top build quality, fantastic sound system, premium cabin, and huge cargo area, I still rate this car. With air suspension, hill start assist and some choice options from the new XC70, this car would be unbeatable.

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