Like its rivals, the Volvo XC90 offers enough head and leg room to keep even tall adults happy up front, and there’s also good shoulder room, if not quite as much as you get in the Audi Q7.
Two large cupholders and a storage bin are positioned between the front seats. The two door pockets can hold a large water bottle and still have space for other items. The glovebox is electronically opened and is large enough to store much more than just the car’s manual.
Volvo XC90 rear space
The back of the XC90 is a great place to sit if you are tall. Head room is ample and while a Q7 offers a whisker more rear leg room, the XC90 still offers more than rivals including the Discovery, X5 and Cayenne. It’s also roomy for three in the middle row, but the XC90’s raised middle seat isn’t itself that comfortable to sit on.
All XC90s come with seven seats as standard. In fact the T8 model is the only hybrid SUV to retain its third row of seats, which on rivals are deleted due to packaging issues – usually the batteries take up the space. With the rear-most seats in place there’s enough room for average-sized adults and children to be content, but anyone tall will be smarting on a long trip from the lack of space. If third-row seating big enough for taller adults is a priority, look at the Discovery instead.
Storage space for those in the rear is good, with cup holders and useful cubbies dotted around.
Volvo XC90 seating flexibility
Entry-level Momentum models come with an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, while the front passenger has to make do with electrically adjustable height and lumbar support only. Upgrade to Momentum Pro, and you get full electrical adjustment, with a memory function, on both front seats.
The three seats in the middle row can be slid forwards and backwards independently of one another to improve rear leg room or maximise boot space. Middle-row passengers can also adjust the angle of the seat backs, or to accommodate longer loads, they can be folded completely flat.
Unlike its competitors, including the Discovery and Q7, the third row of seats aren’t power-operated and have to be lifted manually; this is easy to do with one hand. When not in use they lay flush with the boot floor.
Volvo XC90 boot space
Even with all seven seats in use there’s room for a couple of large bags in the boot and there’s additional under-floor storage, which is more than you’ll get behind a Discovery’s third row. With five seats occupied the boot space swells to enable two large pushchairs, or a couple of sets of golf clubs, or three large suitcases to fit with ease.
It’s not just a large space though; it’s practical too. Being one of the longest boots in the class means you are less likely to have to fold down the middle seats to carry lengthy items, and being a relatively square shape with no load lip and a large aperture helps when loading bulkier items. If you have a model with air suspension it’s possible to lower the rear end at the touch of a button by the tailgate opening, reducing the distance needed to heave something weighty up and into the boot.
Unlike some of its hybrid rivals that end up with reduced boot space, the T8 hybrid retains the same generous boot proportions as the rest of the range.