2019 Volvo XC90


As if in opposition to Volvo's small, spritely XC40, the XC90 provides smooth and elegant sailing in an SUV with up to three rows of passengers. It has powerful towing capacity and a breadth of technological features, though the tech is not as smooth as the rest of the vehicle. Fuel efficiency is just average, not a terrible price to pay for the XC90's capabilities perhaps, but available powertrains include an electric contribution to the available horsepower. Overall impressions of this year in the second generation of Volvo's award-winning SUV are full of superlatives.

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In the three rows of seating, how many passengers can be accommodated? What is their seating like?

As with most three-row SUVs, the third row does get a bit tight. The XC90 is rated for seven passengers. Front seats can include heating and ventilating and power adjust. A high-end executive-class Excellence model offers only four seats with massage on the second row, beverage cooler, footrests and center console touch screen in a model propelled by the T8 hybrid powertrain.

2

What are the powertrain options for the 2019 XC90?

As with most three-row SUVs, the third row does get a bit tight. The XC90 is rated for seven passengers. Front seats can include heating and ventilating and power adjust. A high-end executive-class Excellence model offers only four seats with massage on the second row, beverage cooler, footrests and center console touch screen in a model propelled by the T8 hybrid powertrain.

3

How far offroad can the XC90 reasonably go?

The 2019 Volvo XC90 has a clearance of 9.4 inches, a good start for offroad work. It also has multiple drive modes to match conditions and in offroad mode, offers traction enhancement options such as hill climb and hill descent assistance.

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What is the interior like, what are the details?

The interior of the 2019 Volvo XC90 is dominated by leather with quality wood trim. Volvo's reputation for craftsmanship adds quality and luxury beyond the basic materials. This is one of the aspects of the XC90 which draws buyers as it offers refinement beyond most SUVs and enough so that there's a version of the XC90 designed to be chauffeur-driven.

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What is the infotainment system like? Why do some reviewers grumble about it?

Overall, it is a comprehensive system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite radio. Reviewers have encountered a scenario where, especially at system boot, the Volvo XC90 Sensus infotainment system becomes temporarily unresponsive even as the driver and passengers are getting the urge for tunes, wanting to adjust the heat and position of their seat and thinking about the destination and what the best nav instructions to get there would be.

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What high-end audio options are offered for the XC90?

The infotainment system has a well-organized streaming sound coordination feature along with navigation and phone management. The system also reportedly takes a noticeable time to initialize, resulting in clashes between driver and passenger while they try to set initial parameters in a timely fashion after starting the vehicle. Harman Kardon 13-speaker high-end systems may be joined by Bowers and Wilkins audio options.

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What external styling and lighting details are there for the 2019 XC90?

The Volvo XC90 seems to draw the eye of reviewers who are looking for a higher level of design in an SUV. Volvo manages to leave the old box-style behind while avoiding the uninspired curved container shapes of their SUV competitors. The "Thor's hammer" running lights and other bold lighting effects including the LED headlights draw the eyes of spectators at night while remaining elegant.

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How are the driver assistance features and active safety functions?

From the rear-facing camera to an available 360-degree view which helps with parking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, the XC90 offers most if not all of the popular driver assistance features and active safety technology. In the city, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision prevention are useful along with rear parking sensors and a blind spot sensor. On the highway, adaptive cruise control and related technologies not only help maintain speed and spacing but react appropriately in case of stop-and-go traffic.

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What can the 2019 Volvo XC90 stow inside and haul behind?

Basic cargo space behind the third row is 15.8 cubic feet, 41.8 if the third row is folded to create more room, 85.7 maximized with two rows folded down. Access to the cargo space is through a standard hands-free liftgate. Towing capacity varies from 4,000 pounds to 5,000 depending on equipment.

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