What's the used Volvo XC90 like?
The original Volvo XC90 was one of the first cars to make the prospect of buying a large seven-seat SUV almost something a keen owner/driver could look forward to. It was stylish, spacious, practical and, above all, classy, and it soon established itself as a school-run favourite.
This second-generation version now finds itself up against a far greater number of premium rivals than the original XC90 had to contend with, such has been the growth in this market. To that end, it’s a new car in every conceivable way, teeming with new technologies and sitting on an all-new platform. Like the original, though, it’s incredibly spacious, usefully practical and beautifully finished - the interior is a very special and luxurious place to be, and it’s handsomely equipped.
Perhaps controversially, it follows Volvo’s new edict of offering only four-cylinder engines. These are two petrols and one diesel: the petrols are a 2.0-litre T6 that offers impressively quick performance and reasonable economy and a hybrid version labelled T8 that’s even faster and yet offers, on paper, an average claimed fuel consumption figure of an outstanding 134.5mpg. The sole diesel version is a 2.0-litre D5 that offers more than adequate performance and an average claimed consumption figure of a respectable 49.6mpg.
There are three trim levels to choose from, in increasing levels of luxury: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. The new XC90 follows on from the old model in offering class-leading levels of safety and security kit, and with its commanding driving position and more secure handling and driving prowess Volvo hopes it will offer more opportunity not just to survive an accident but also to avoid one in the first place.