After doing a LOT of research we had narrowed down our SUV search to a BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. [Note the Kia Sorento is also a great option is you are looking for a more affordable SUV]
In the end we liked that the Volvo was great looking but less "flashy" and also the fact that it was a fair bit less expensive than the BMW. We were also drawn to the fact that Volvo's make extremely safe vehicles - an important consideration when using an SUV to cart around kids!
We drove the V6 (I would guess 90%+ of the XC90's out there are a V6) and the V8. I would HIGHLY recommend the move to the V8 given that its acceleration is much better while only getting 1mpg less in fuel economy. After driving the V8 the decision was a no-brainer. Neither model has very good fuel economy - so if you're upgrading from a small car to the XC90 you will feel some pain at the pump. That being said, you have to expect that given the sheer mass of the vehicle and weight of the various safety enhancements.
We have only had the car for a few months - so it's too soon to comment on reliability and repair costs, although the front break pads were fairly worn at the time of purchase and need replacement.
Overall I think the XC90 is a great purchase, and would highly recommend anyone looking for an SUV (notably a 7 seater) to try out the XC90. Note that the V8 has been discontinued though, so to get one you will have to buy used [i.e. Carmax!]
Great car at a great price!
2009 Volvo XC90Melody - Fort Worth, TX08/27/2014
I started reviewing this car several years ago but wasn't ready to make a purchase. I knew I wanted a used vehicle due to the price of a new one being prohibitive and I found one with a great color and an interior that was very well maintained and with low mileage for the age of the vehicle. It has great room for 4-5 people depending on their size.
Car delivers great value!
2016 Volvo XC90Peter W - San Jose, CA12/11/2017
In this price bracket, the XC90 packs a lot of features. The pilot assist is most impactful as it will self-drive up to 80mph which is a god-send during traffic. It's a great looking SUV, the interior is quite luxurious, very roomy and looks gorgeous as I get a lot of compliments from passengers. The air suspension and B/W sound system are practical must-haves. The engine power is adequate and mpg is as expected from a modern SUV. Cons would be road noise abatement can be better and the Sensus system can be a bit slow but at least Volvo provides software and maps updates. Overall, after a 2600 mile road trip, it's quite the trooper and shuttled my family in a lot of comfort and safety
Volvo XC90 Overview
The Volvo XC90 is a luxury crossover SUV with seating for up to seven passengers. The XC90 has a neatly-styled interior and will suit the needs of a variety of different drivers. If you are seeking a versatile crossover SUV filled with features, the XC90 is a great choice.
Volvo XC90 History
First launched in 2003, the Volvo XC90 has the least redesigns in the Volvo lineup. Throughout the long first generation, it retained its entry-level luxury position in the segment. The XC90 has had a car-like personality and drive, due to its improved interior and excellent handling.
How It Drives
The Volvo XC90 is desirable due to its high-quality interior, spacious cabin, and surprisingly powerful performance. The car has responsive handling and steering as well. Due to the cabin being packed with features, the Volvo is entertaining to passengers as well as the driver.
Used Volvo XC90 Value
Over the past 10 years, the Volvo XC90 has proved to be one of the top luxury SUVs on the market. Owners have grown to love its versatile design and array of luxury features. Although the XC90 may not have superior performance, it's still reasonable and its fuel economy is efficient.
Volvo XC90 Standard Features
The latest model has a turbocharged, supercharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard. With all-wheel drive, the Volvo XC90 has a setup that drives similarly to a V8 engine. Near the end of the first generation's lifecycle, the XC90 offered a 3.2L V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.
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