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The 2018 Volvo XC90 exudes class and sophistication, which is a big part of its appeal. This upscale midsize SUV will seat up to seven in comfort, but Volvo offers the second row as a pair of luxurious captain's chairs in place of a three-seater bench seat on its top trim, the Excellence. All trims come generously equipped, even the entry-level Momentum. Add competent handling, and the Volvo XC90 certainly has appeal. But it's not without some shortcomings, chiefly around the powertrains. The base turbocharged 250-hp four-cylinder engine, dubbed the T5, feels a bit overwhelmed by the XC90's weight. The T6 above it adds a supercharger to up output to 316 hp, which works a bit more forcefully. Above that there's a 400-hp plug-in hybrid option, which Volvo calls the T8 Twin Engine, but you pay a lot for its added performance and the ability to make short trips on battery power alone.
Accept that it isn't the quickest SUV and you'll enjoy the 2018 XC90, particularly if you go for a Momentum model, which comes with plenty of standard features and the smallest alloy wheels, which benefit the ride quality. The lineup goes from there to a sportier R-Design, a plusher Inscription, and above that the Excellence, which brings super-luxury levels of equipment to the XC90. Stick with the Momentum with the T6 engine, though, and you'll have a fine all-rounder at an attractive price.
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All 2018 Volvo XC90s with the T6 configuration are equipped with third-row seating, so you can comfortably travel with up to seven passengers. Whether you love to be the designated driver for out-of-town sports events or you want to hit weekend flea markets with your neighbors, you'll have room for everybody and everything.
The luxurious cabin of the 2018 Volvo XC90 has the bells and whistles you want, including a nine-inch touchscreen display, navigation system, 10-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, two USB ports, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a hands-free tailgate on the Momentum base model. Upgrade to the second-tier R-Design and the touchscreen display increases to 12.3 inches. Even your pickiest passenger will be happy on a road trip in this tech-forward vehicle.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 base trim (Momentum) has beautiful synthetic leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel illuminated by natural light streaming in from the panoramic moonroof. The second trim level (R-Design) adds real leather upholstery. The third level (Inscription) includes walnut wood inlays and illuminated metal tread plates. The top trim (Excellence) adds massaging front seats and rear-seat footrests—sure to wow any business partner passengers.
Love SUVs, but want to stick to your green lifestyle? The base-trim 2018 Volvo XC90 Momentum, third-tier Inscription, and top-tier Excellence come in a T8 model featuring AWD and a plug-in hybrid twin-charged four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to offer a zippy 400 horsepower.
You'll love the spaciousness of the 2018 Volvo XC90. When the third row is in use, you'll have 15.4 cu-ft of rear cargo space—perfect for small pets or luggage. Drop down that third row and you can use 41.8 cu-ft of space for sports gear or large dogs. There's also an optional steel grille and dog gate upgrade for the cargo area (all trims). Riding solo? Put the second- and third-row seats down and you'll have a total cargo area of 85.7 cu-ft to fit the supplies you need for a home remodeling project.
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RepairPal gave the Volvo XC90 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volvo XC90 14th out of 23 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Volvo XC90
Momentum: Includes three trim configuration options (T5, T6, and T8), a nine-inch touchscreen, 10-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, driver aids, power-adjustable driver's seat, synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, panoramic moonroof, and more.
R-Design: Includes three trim configuration options (T5, T6, and T8), a 12.3-inch touchscreen, genuine leather upholstery, gear shift paddles on the steering wheel, illuminated tread plates, and more.
Inscription: Includes two trim configuration options (T6 and T8), ventilated front seats with massage function, four-zone climate control, and more.
Excellence: Includes T8 trim configuration, seating for four (no third-row seating), rear footrests, beverage cooler, crystal glasses, and more.
T5: This configuration has an eight-speed automatic transmission, seating for five, FWD or AWD options, and a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine.
T6: This configuration has seating for up to seven passengers, a 316-hp twin-charged 2.0L four-cylinder powertrain, AWD, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
T8: This configuration seats four passengers and is an AWD plug-in hybrid, with a gasoline engine and electric motor combo under the hood pumping out 400 hp.
Yes, seats in the 2018 Volvo XC90 are comfortable, with soft synthetic leather upholstery on the base trim and real leather on upper trim levels. Plus, the driver's seat is power-adjustable as standard. Upgrade to the Excellence trim to gain massaging front seats.
You can seat four to seven passengers in a 2018 Volvo XC90. Passenger space varies depending on the trim package and model. For example, the 2018 Volvo XC90 Excellence trim in the T8 configuration seats four people, while all 2018 Volvo XC90s with the T6 configuration are equipped with third-row seating for up to seven passengers.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 comes standard with front-wheel drive and the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive, which is helpful in the snow and ice, providing confident winter traction. The AWD system makes for a great driving experience that's practical, too.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 Inscription trim is equipped with heated and ventilated front seats, with a power-adjustable driver's seat and genuine leather upholstery. On top of that, you also get massaging front seats and four-zone climate control for added comfort.
Bright Silver Metallic (Momentum, Inscription, Excellence)
Bursting Blue Metallic (R-Design)
Crystal White Metallic
Denim Blue Metallic (Momentum, Inscription, Excellence)
Electric Silver Metallic (R-Design, Excellence)
Ice White (Momentum, Inscription)
Luminous Sand Metallic (Momentum, Inscription, Excellence)
Maple Brown Metallic (Momentum, Inscription, Excellence)
Onyx Black Metallic
Osmium Grey Metallic
Passion Red (R-Design)
Pine Grey Metallic (Momentum, Inscription, Excellence)
Amber (Momentum, Inscription)
Blond (Momentum, Inscription, Excellence)
Maroon Brown (Inscription)
Inside the cabin of the 2018 Volvo XC90 Momentum, you'll find synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and brushed aluminum decor inlays. Upgrade to the R-Design, Inscription, or Excellence trims to enjoy genuine leather upholstery. The R-Design features metal mesh aluminum and optional carbon fiber inlays. The Inscription trim adds walnut wood inlays.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 features theater-style seating, with elevated rear rows so you can keep an eye on the kids. You'll find two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, and an upper tether in the rear middle seat. There's also an integrated child seat in the second row for kids who have outgrown a removable child seat.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 offers robust powertrains, including a 400-hp hybrid electric/gasoline option with the T8 configuration. If you want a gasoline-fueled ride, the T6 offers an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 316-hp engine, and the T5 has an eight-speed automatic transmission with a 250-hp engine.
2004-2015 Volvo XC90 (First Generation)
The Volvo XC90 has three trim options from 2013 to 2015: Premier Plus, Platinum, and R-Design. All offer third-row seating for up to seven passengers. 2013-2014 models have a 3.2L six-cylinder engine; the 2015 model has a four-cylinder engine with gasoline and diesel options.
2016-Present Volvo XC90 (Second Generation)
In 2016, the Volvo XC90 got a complete overhaul. All models now feature a supercharged, turbo four-cylinder engine across four trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, Inspiration, and Excellence. Volvo also launched three configurations of the trims: T5, T6, and T8. The T8 is a plug-in hybrid.
Trim options and configurations stay the same on the newest models. The 2020 XC90 continues to offer four-cylinder engine options boosted with turbo and supercharged features. The hybrid is still in the lineup in 2020 and 2021. For 2021, we see a name change for the T8 configuration to Recharge. The Momentum with T8 configuration also updated its moniker and is now known as Recharge Inscription Expression.