Spacious and classy-looking, there's a lot to like about Volvo's upscale family SUV. The 2019 XC90 is the range-topping SUV in Volvo's lineup, above the XC60. It seats up to seven people with a range of three powertrains and four trim levels. The lineup offers a lot of choice, but the Volvo is best experienced in its entry Momentum trim equipped with the T6 engine. It adds a supercharger to the already turbocharged 2.0-liter of the T5 below it for a useful 316 hp of power. That's enough to give the XC90 acceptable if not dazzling performance. The Momentum trim also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, which means the big XC90's suspension doesn't get overly busy on less than perfect pavement.
The R-Design above the Momentum brings sportier looks, and the Inscription and top-of-the-line ultra-luxurious Excellence round out the lineup. But the XC90 makes less sense as you climb the trim ladder; the added luxury comes with compromises and costs, making the upper trims more difficult to justify against the XC90's strong competition. If you want to spend more and value local, battery-only driving, there's a T8 model that mates the most powerful gasoline engine with an electric motor and battery for a combined 400 hp. The 2019 Volvo XC90 is a classy, family-friendly choice, which, if you pick right, has a lot of appeal.