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A luxurious SUV with seating for seven.

2019 Volvo XC90 | CarMax

The 2019 Volvo XC90 is a three-row SUV that is prepared to make even the most mundane of commutes a luxurious and enjoyable experience. Four trim packages are available on the 2019 XC90, beginning with the Momentum and moving up from there to the R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence. Regardless of which trim package, the XC90 has a plethora of standard features, many of which are focused on comfort and enhancing your experience of ownership.

The XC90 isn't short on style either, with real-wood trim that adorns the interior of all the XC90 models and Nappa leather and tailored materials for the dash and doors, which come standard on Inscription and Excellence trims.

Key Specs & Features

  • Standard 250-horsepower turbocharged T5 four-cylinder engine
  • Available 316-horsepower twin-charged T6 four-cylinder engine
  • Available 400-horsepower plug-in hybrid T8 powertrain
  • Standard three-row seating
  • Standard nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system

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5 Reasons to Buy

1. More Standard Features for 2019

2019 Volvo XC90: Tech Dash | CarMax

Despite the varying levels of luxury featured at each trim level, all 2019 XC90s come standard with an updated infotainment system integrated with a nine-inch touchscreen display, four-zone climate control, heated washer nozzles, and a twelve-volt plug in the cargo area. Three-row seating is also standard, making it easier to fit the whole family. The touchscreen display in the middle of the dash houses the controls for everything from the audio to the climate control, creating a modern, clutter-free look to the interior. This means that even the base XC90 is a great choice.

2. Elegant Design

2019 Volvo XC90: Backseats | CarMax

This vehicle has a reputation for a unique style that turns heads on the road. The 2019 XC90 is no exception and incorporates style— both inside and out—that is pleasing to the eye. The exterior is bold and muscular without sacrificing its elegant lines, and the interior is trimmed with various choices of real wood at all trim levels, such as Ash and Walnut. Even the fabric seats on the lower-trim models still give you a sense of refinement inside the cabin.

3. Forced Induction All Around

2019 Volvo XC90: Engine | CarMax

Regardless of the trim package, all 2019 Volvo XC90 SUVs come with a turbocharged engine. The T5 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 250 horsepower and comes standard on the Momentum and R-Design trims. The T6 2.0L twin-charged four-cylinder, rated at 316 horsepower, is optional on both the Momentum and R-Design, and it's standard on the Inscription. If you're looking for more power, the T8 is also turbocharged but is paired to two electric motors and functions as a plug-in hybrid. It's available as an option across the board while being standard on the Excellence trim.

4. Available All-Wheel Drive

If you live in a climate with weather extremes or if you find yourself on less-than-ideal roads, the 2019 Volvo XC90 is available with confidence-inspiring all-wheel drive. All T6- and T8-powered XC90s sport all-wheel drive, with both engines available across all trim levels of the 2019 XC90. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission makes finding the right gear easy when paired with the all-wheel drive, very handy for passing on the highway or climbing a grade. The T5 is only available in front-wheel-drive configuration but is also backed by the same eight-speed automatic transmission.

5. Advanced Package

2019 Volvo XC90: Front Seats | CarMax

For those wanting a few extra bells and whistles, look for a 2019 XC90 that is equipped with the Advanced Package. The Advanced Package adds in a suite of driver aids that help inspire confidence when doing everything from parking to checking your surroundings while navigating the treacherous driveway and all its family hazards. When equipped, the XC90 benefits from self-park assist, a 360-degree camera system, and a heads-up display, while Advanced Package XC90s also get LED headlights with automatic high-beams and a headlight washing system.


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What You Need to Know

2019 Volvo XC90 Trim Configurations

Momentum

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Standard T5 turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Memory seats

R-Design

  • Harman Kardon® sound system
  • Twenty-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Silk metal roof rails and door mirrors
  • R-design leather steering wheel

Inscription

  • 21-inch eight-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels
  • Linear Walnut inlays
  • 12-inch driver display
  • Power front seats
  • Leather upholstery

Excellence

  • Bright decor window trim
  • Rear footrests
  • Rear touchscreen
  • Refrigerator
  • Two separate rear seats

2019 Volvo XC90 Available Colors

  • Birch Light Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Bursting Blue Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Denim Blue Metallic
  • Ice White
  • Maple Brown Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic
  • Osmium Grey Metallic
  • Pebble Grey Metallic
  • Pine Grey Metallic
  • Savile Grey Metallic
  • Thunder Grey Metallic

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Volvo XC60

Recently updated in 2018, the Volvo XC60 is a good alternative to the XC90 if you love the look and feel of the Volvo SUV lineup but don't need the extra row of seats. In standard Volvo fashion, the XC60 is available in three trim levels which include the Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. 2018 models and later come standard with dual-zone climate control, heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, rain-sensing wipers, and a 9.3-inch-touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, among other things. The same T5, T6, and T8 powertrains that are found in the larger XC90 are available to the XC60 as well, with the T5 being standard on Momentum and R-Design trims and the T6 being standard on the Inscription. The T8 plug-in hybrid is an option for all three trim levels and all-wheel drive is standard on all T6- and T8-equipped XC60s.

Volvo XC40

If a compact crossover is what you're looking for, consider Volvo's compact SUV, the XC40. This compact SUV is in its first generation, appearing in 2017, and it takes a more youthful approach to mobility compared to larger Volvo SUVs. With interior-design features that include optional blaze-orange carpeting and textured metallic surface materials, the Volvo XC40 has an urban feel. The XC40 benefits from a lot of the technology found in its bigger siblings, including a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Despite being a compact crossover, the 2017-to-present Volvo XC40 has plenty of cargo space, with 47.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Under the hood, the XC40 is motivated by either a T4 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes standard or a T5 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that bumps the power output up from 184 horsepower to 248 horsepower and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a luxury SUV for those with a go-anywhere, do-anything attitude. Despite its high-class looks and upscale interior, the Range Rover Sport has always been a rugged and capable companion when the going gets tough. The current generation of this vehicle began production in 2013 and has had subsequent updates through 2019, including a facelift in 2018. 2017 and newer models of the Range Rover Sport benefit from a suite of driver-assistance features that include blind-spot assistance and a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen display. Multiple engine choices are available on the 2013-to-present Range Rover Sport, including a 3.0L turbo diesel and 3.0L supercharged V6, as well as a 5.0L supercharged V8 that was introduced in 2015.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Volvo XC90 is a luxury SUV for those who want an interior that looks just as classy as the exterior does, prefer to have the latest in technology, and want the added versatility that comes from a third-row seat. Add in the benefits of available all-wheel drive and plug-in hybrid capabilities, and the Volvo XC90 is prepared to do battle.

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