2021 Volvo XC90 Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2021 Volvo XC90 luxury crossover is elegant and technologically sophisticated. Volvo is proud of its safety-conscious image. The XC90, its only three-row SUV, comes equipped with a lot of standard driver assistance. The XC90 also offers semi-autonomous driving modes and tech-savvy features like a fully digital gauge cluster, tablet-like infotainment touchscreen, and a fully-digital gauge cluster. Although the Volvo’s interior isn’t as engaging from behind the wheel as some of its sportier counterparts like the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, it still has the most beautiful interiors. The trio of four-cylinder engines is highlighted by the 400-hp plug in hybrid. The hybrid’s all-electric range is limited. The 2021 XC90 luxury vehicle is still a stunning one, with seven seats and an Editors’ Choice award.

What’s new for 2021?

Volvo has made minor adjustments to the 2021 XC90 range. All models now come standard with front parking sensors and LED headlights that rotate with the steering wheel. There are also high-pressure washers for the headlights. Wireless charging is available, as well as two USB-C ports at the back of each console. The Care Key allows the owner to limit the vehicle’s top speed. Recharge is now the brand name for the plug-in hybrid T8. The T8 plug-in-hybrid has also been updated with Savile Grey metallic paint and new Bowers & Wilkins speaker cones. A new gloss-black grille is now available for the R-Design.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

Volvo’s largest SUV can be had with the T6 mid-range engine, a 316-hp turbo and supercharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder. It is also available in rich Inscription trim. The Inscription is a step up from the R-Design mid-range SUV. It adds many features we expect luxury SUV buyers to have on their wish list. These include a more luxurious exterior trim, 20 inch wheels, a digital gauge cluster, lane keeping assist, lane-keeping aid, ventilated front seats with massage functions and a Harman/Kardon sound system.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

There are three options for the XC90. All of them follow the same theme as Volvo’s turbo four 2.0-liter. We have not yet tested the base model. It features the 250-hp turbocharged, turbocharged T5 engine, paired with front-wheel driving. To increase the power of the T6 engine to 316 horsepower, supercharging is added to turbocharging. This option is available in the Momentum base trim, and standard in Inscription models. The engine pairs only with all-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid XC90 T8 produces 400 horsepower and adds two electric motors as well as a charging port to the exterior. The XC90 engines come with an eight speed automatic transmission and can tow 5000 pounds. This is a good, but not exceptional, figure for a vehicle of this size. The Volvo is a bit more sloppish than other vehicles in its class. However, its steering response is precise and the wheel has a pleasant heft that makes it feel light and heavy. The optional air suspension provided a comfortable, well-insulated ride and was able to handle most road conditions. The XC90 is a graceful car with minor flaws.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The XC90’s plug-in hybrid powertrain achieves comparable EPA ratings to its V-6 counterparts, with the exception of the turbo-only version. Turbo-only versions are rated at 21 mpg city/30 highway. The supercharged turbo- and turbo-only versions achieve 19 mpg each and 28 highway. The latter was tested on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route. We were able to observe 27 mpg. In the same real-world test, the plug-in hybrid achieved 29 MPGe. The plug-in hybrid also has an estimated 18-mile all-electric range. However, this is shorter than other plugs-in-hybrids of the same class as the BMX X5 (31) and Lincoln Aviator (21).

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The interior of the XC90 is a masterpiece in this medium. We wish more cars had such a beautiful design and high quality materials. The third row is not for adults, even though it has more legroom than comparable rivals. However, preteens may be able to be convinced if the trip is short. Although the XC90’s boxy silhouette is a benefit in cargo-hauling, its interior compartments may not be as spacious as some of its competitors.

Infotainment & Connectivity

All XC90s come standard with a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. It is elegant and tablet-like. The operation of the system is largely intuitive. All models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities; an optional mobile Wi-Fi hotspot can be added to any model. You could improve the system by adding redundant buttons.

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