What's the used Volvo XC90 4x4 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 outstanding average claimed fuel consumption figure. The sole diesel version is a 2.0-litre D5 that offers more than adequate performance and is the most popular engine available.
There are three trim levels to choose from, in increasing levels of luxury: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Momentum trim is the pick of the bunch. Just look at what you get: adaptive cruise control, automatic (LED) headlights and wipers, leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, a powered tailgate with ‘gesture’ opening and closing, sat-nav, Bluetooth, 19in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a DAB radio and automatic emergency city braking. Pro versions of each trim level add a heated steering wheel, nappa leather and a head-up display - although that last one was deleted if a heated windscreen was chosen.
Only go for R-Design trim if you really love its sporty looks. It adds sports seats with electric adjustment for the passenger, privacy glass, a 12.3in digital instrument cluster, 20in alloy wheels and a host of sporty design touches, but it doesn’t really make much financial sense.
Inscription trim gets the R-Design’s 12.3in digital instrument display and electrically adjustable passenger seat, along with softer nappa leather, 20in alloy wheels, swanky ambient illumination throughout the interior and handsome walnut trim.
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