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2020 Volvo XC90

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Volvo XC90 highlights

Customer reviews

5 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Smart styling inside and out, and plenty of interior space
  • Suspension revisions for 2020 smooth out the ride

Cons

  • The touchscreen infotainment is finicky
  • The base engine struggles to move the XC90 with any gusto

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 30 highway, 25 combined

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Volvo's impressive 2020 XC90 premium SUV gets an improved ride

The Volvo XC90 has long impressed as a luxury midsize SUV, but our enthusiasm for it has always come with a few qualifications, though changes for 2020 address some of them. Volvo has revised the suspension to improve the ride comfort, impressively without robbing the XC90 of its agility. Three engines are offered, badged T5, T6, and T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid. The T5 is a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, its 250 hp not feeling particularly punchy in the XC90. The T6 takes that same turbocharged engine and adds a supercharger to up the output to a healthier 316 hp. The range-topping plug-in hybrid adds a battery and electric motor for a combined 400 hp output and the possibility of short, electric-only driving (up to 18 miles). Three trims are offered for 2020: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription—the former top-end Excellence has been dropped. The T5 is front-wheel drive with an option for all-wheel drive. The T6 and T8 come standard with all-wheel drive. All XC90s use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Momentum comes well equipped as standard, the R-Design ups the sporty look and feel, and the Inscription significantly upgrades the luxury equipment. Seating for seven is standard, but a six-seat layout with a pair of luxurious captain's chairs in the second row is offered with the T6 and T8 powertrains in Momentum and Inscription trims. The XC90 feels sophisticated inside, with the exception of the infotainment touchscreen, which is tricky to operate. A great all-rounder, the XC90 is worth considering, and even more so with 2020's revisions.

All Volvo XC90 years

New for 2020

  • XC90 trims have been upgraded with Rear Air Conditioning as standard equipment this year.
  • Quad Seats, DVD Video System, and CD Audio features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The T5 Momentum trim now comes with Leather Seats and Navigation System as standard equipment.

Explore Volvo XC90 details

T5 Momentum 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine

Optional Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Automated Parking
  • DVD Video System
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive type

2WD

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

250

Torque (ft-lbs)

258

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

18.8

Wheelbase

117.5"

Overall length

194.9"

Width

79.1"

Height

69.9"

Leg room

F 40.9"/M 37"/R 31.9"

Head room

F 38.9"/M 38.5"/R 36.3"

Front tires

P235/55HR19

Rear tires

P235/55HR19

Seating capacity

7

Max towing capacity

400/4000 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Volvo XC90

1. Bringing comfy back

These seats deserve their own article. Orthopedic surgeons helped Volvo design its seats for maximum support and comfort. No more squirming on the drive or aching for the next rest stop. The 2020 XC90's heating and ventilation get the temperature just right, and the optional 10-point massage feature will have you feeling better on arrival than when you departed.

2. Third row, first class

Hauling people? Third-row passengers deserve respect too, and the 2020 Volvo XC90 interior offers them their own air-conditioning settings, cup holders, and storage bins. Third-row headroom accommodates adults up to five-foot, six inches tall, and the 31.9 inches of legroom is comparable to the legroom in most SUVs' second row.

3. T8 hybrid package

The T8 is a separate drivetrain package—essentially, it's the 2020 Volvo XC90 hybrid. The T8 is an AWD plug-in hybrid, letting you charge at home and then drive to work on electricity. If you don't exceed the electric range, the gas engine doesn't turn on, making for a much quieter drive. The T8 also adds an EPA-estimated 50 miles to the range of one tank of fuel (when fully charged).

4. Premium driver aids

Confidently pull into any parking lot with 360-degree parking view, a system that uses cameras to create a bird's-eye view of your surroundings for easier parking in tight spots. Plus, you can back up with confidence with rear-cross traffic alert. The 2020 Volvo XC90 uses real-time weather, construction, and traffic information from the cloud to keep you advised of upcoming road hazards.

5. Opulent interior

The second-row captain's chairs in the 2020 Volvo XC90 are heated, ventilated, and reclining. There's also the massage feature, with power extending cushions for times when you park and you want a massage to put you to sleep. The center armrest has a drink cooler, with two crystal glasses in the illuminated holders. Keep in mind, all this is in the back—things up front are just as comfortable.

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The three-row, seven-passenger Q7 comes with Audi's Quattro AWD system as standard, paired with one of two engine options: a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder with 252 hp or the optional supercharged 3.0L V6 with 333 hp (2017-present models). The 3.0L V6 delivers an estimated 7,700-lb. towing capacity, when properly equipped.2 The Q7 is fun to drive, and the beautiful interior materials will have your passengers enjoying the ride, too.

The 2017 Audi Q7 Prestige impresses with:

  • 19-speaker Bose® 3D sound system

  • Four-zone climate control

  • Head-up display and virtual cockpit

  • Power soft-closing doors



Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

RepairPal reliability rating

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Above Average

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.

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2020 Volvo XC90 trims

Momentum

  • Includes T5 turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 250 hp, eight-speed automatic transmission, driver-assistance and connectivity tech, LED headlights, illuminated door handles, and more.

  • View all Volvo XC90 Momentums in stock

R-Design

  • Options the more powerful T6 turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 316 hp, unique steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum trim and sill mouldings, and special 20-inch matte black wheels.

  • View all Volvo XC90 R-Designs in stock

Inscription

  • Adds T6 engine and AWD as standard (T8 PHEV optional), 20-inch bright polished wheels (21-inch optional), exclusive grille, walnut wood trim, illuminated door sills, power side bolsters, rear sun curtains, and a shift knob made from crystal.

  • View all Volvo XC90 Inscriptions in stock

More about the 2020 Volvo XC90

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Birch Light Metallic

  • Bright Silver Metallic

  • Bursting Blue Metallic

  • Crystal White Metallic

  • Denim Blue Metallic

  • Fine Gray Metallic

  • Ice White

  • Onyx Black Metallic

  • Osmium Gray Metallic

  • Thunder Gray Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Amber

  • Blond

  • Blond/Charcoal

  • Charcoal

  • Maroon Brown

  • Midnight Zinc

  • Slate

Interior details

The 2020 Volvo XC90 interior is awash in upscale materials like walnut and aluminum trim, and nubuck leather surfaces. Nubuck is top-grain Nappa leather with an additional step to give it a matte finish like suede, but the end result is stronger and resistant to staining.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel sits in front of a sharp 12.3-inch driver information display. The center dash features a nine-inch infotainment screen that doesn't overpower the surrounding elegant, contemporary, and somewhat minimalist design. The seats are supremely comfortable, and the front seats offer envious amounts of headroom, legroom, and hip room.

The enormous panoramic moonroof offers nearly all the open air of a convertible. If music is your passion, the optional 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system provides a high-fidelity experience. You can see the uniquely designed tweeter and sub on top of the dashboard.

Child seat details

The 2020 Volvo XC90 can fit up to three car seats in the second row. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. The XC90 has parents in mind, as rear-facing convertible and infant seats are easy to install with flexible buckles and easy-to-reach LATCH points. The third-row seats are difficult to access with a child seat, however, and are recommended only for booster seats.

Performance

All 2020 Volvo XC90 models use a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. The 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 is also turbocharged and supercharged, alongside its permanent-magnet AC electric motor—so the performance is quite good for a hybrid. Zero-to-60 time is just 4.9 seconds, making on-ramps a cinch, and the top speed is an estimated 140 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new).

FWD and AWD models have the same quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission that intuitively selects the right gear. If you have a boat or trailer to pull, 2020 Volvo XC90 towing capacity is an estimated 5,000 lbs. across all models, when properly equipped.2 Yes, that figure is for the hybrid drivetrain, too. Speaking of hybrid, the 2020 Volvo XC90 AWD PHEV earns an EPA-estimated 55 MPGe combined.3 The T5 with FWD scores an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.

Year comparison

2003-2014 Volvo XC90 (first generation)

The 2003 XC90 was Volvo's first midsize SUV, and it was a critical success due to its rugged practicality and large, comfortable interior. Engine choices consisted of a turbo 2.5L five-cylinder, a 2.9L inline-six, or a 4.4L V8 with FWD. Put all six of the passenger seats down in one of these models and you have 93.2 cu-ft of space—equivalent to that of a large SUV. This generation earned high praise for the Haldex AWD system and dynamic stability control, making the XC90 a hero in bad weather. Towing capacity is still here too, with the ability to haul an estimated 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped (all trims and engines).

2016-present Volvo XC90 (second generation)

After a gap year where the XC90 went to grad school, the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 returned with cutting-edge tech and an increased emphasis on luxury features. The tall wagon look is gone in favor of a sculpted traditional SUV body, with huge headlights and taillights. Massive wheels vary from 19 to 21 inches—depending on the trim—and power increased as engine sizes decreased. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity became standard in 2018.

Updates for 2021 include headlights that turn with the steering wheel and high-pressure headlight washers. This year also gained additional USB ports, and the T8 name was replaced with "Recharge."




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