Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Like rivals, the XC90 offers enough head and leg room to keep even tall adults very happy up front, and there’s also generous shoulder room, if not quite as much as you get in the Audi Q7 or Land Rover Defender.
Two large cupholders and a storage bin are positioned between the front seats. The two door pockets can each hold a large water bottle and still have space for other items. The glovebox is opened electronically and is large enough to store much more than just the car’s manual.
Storage space for those in the rear is good, with cupholders and useful cubbies dotted around.
Seat folding and flexibility
The three seats in the middle row can be slid forward and backwards independently of one another to improve rear leg room or to maximise boot space. Middle-row passengers can also adjust the angle of the seatbacks; or, to accommodate longer loads, the middle row can be folded away.
Unlike its competitors, including the Discovery and Q7, the third row of seats isn’t power-operated and has to be lifted manually; this is at least easy to do with one hand. When not in use, they lie flush with the boot floor.