Used Volvo XC90 2015-present review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Ownership cost

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Ownership cost

What used Volvo XC90 4x4 will I get for my budget?

Entry to the XC90 club starts at around £21,000. For this you’ll get a 2015 or early 2016 car, petrol or diesel, with an average mileage for the year and a full service history, probably from a private seller or trader. Step up to between £22,000 and £25,000 and you’ll pick up a similar 2016, or maybe even a 2017, car from an independent dealer with a lower mileage, while £28,000 should secure you a 2017 car again either the T6 petrol or D5 diesel, with an average mileage for the year. Expect to pay upwards of £31,500 for a 2018 car or £38,500 for a later mild hybrid car. The T8 hybrid models start at about £25,000, although most with lower mileage tend to be closer to the £30,000. 

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How much does it cost to run a Volvo XC90 4x4?

MPG

On paper, it’s the plug-in hybrid T8 that returns the best fuel economy, at a remarkable 134.5mpg, according to the older NEDC tests. To achieve this, though, the T8 will have to fit into your lifestyle, and it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get anywhere near that figure in the real world.

Meanwhile, the T5 petrol has a combined figure of 35.8mpg, with the T6 returning marginally less at 34.9mpg. The best (of course) was the diesel at 48.7mpg. 

Under the newer WLTP tests, the diesel-engined B5 is returns an official 44.1mpg; the B5 petrol 32.5mpg and the B6 30.7mpg.

CO2 emissions

Not all the engine options available in the XC90 were available before the 1 April 2017 tax change, so we’re only concentrating on the ones that were here. 

The T8 has the lowest emissions on paper of 49g/km, followed by the D5 diesel at 149g/km. Going for the T6 petrol increases the CO2 output to 184g/km.

Tax

Please note that, since all models cost in excess of £40,000, those registered after April 2017 will attract a higher-tax VED rate. Fortunately, this yearly additional fee only lasts between the second and sixth years of the vehicle's age, then it goes back to the flat-rate fee. Road tax for all models registered before this date will vary depending on the emissions the engine produces (see above for more information), with the T8 hybrid model being exempt from road tax. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.

Servicing

Volvo Service Plans are designed to spread servicing costs on an interest-free monthly basis. For cars aged up to four years old, plans can be taken out for two, three, four, five and six years, with each plan covering you for the appropriate number of services to fit your mileage profile and the specification of your Volvo.

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