The second-generation Volvo XC90 possesses a host of class-leading safety and driver-convenience technology, as well as a selection of excellent four-cylinder engines featuring the manufacturer's “Drive-E" technology.
Attractive bodywork and a cabin capable of seating seven passengers in the utmost comfort make the new model another triumph for Volvo's engineers.
You can find out more about the second-generation XC90 by contacting the knowledgeable staff at Lancaster Reading.
Longer and lower than its predecessor, the XC90 is the first Volvo car to be designed in accordance with the manufacturer's “Scalable Platform Architecture", and its boldly redesigned bodywork has drawn a great deal of positive attention from automotive critics.
An elongated bonnet and strong front profile with a prominent grille and large air intakes, as well as T-shaped “Thor's Hammer" daytime running lights, emphasise the vehicle's assertive nature. Despite its sizeable dimensions, the long sweep of the roofline, carefully sculpted sides and tapered rear lights prevent the XC90 from looking at all bulky or ungainly.
The streamlined, understated theme is replicated in the cabin, which exudes a characteristically Scandinavian simplicity. The premium quality of the materials used is immediately evident, with high-quality and supportive Nappa leather seats accompanied by walnut inlays and a gear lever made of crystal glass. Headroom and legroom is outstanding, and each seat in the second or third rows can be individually reclined and folded – maximising the amount of luggage space available however many passengers the XC90 is carrying.
The seven-seat XC90 has a predictable abundance of safety equipment, including measures that have never been seen before. The “Safe Positioning" function, for example, deals with situations in which the vehicle leaves the road by firmly tightening the belts of the front seat and using the car's energy-absorbing structure to alleviate injuries arising from a sudden vertical drop. The seatbelts also restrain the occupants if the XC90's all-round sensors detect that another vehicle is close to crashing into its rear, further reducing the risk of physical harm.
In addition to multiple airbags, a high-tensile boron steel structure and a variety of stability-enhancing features, the XC90 features Volvo's acclaimed City Safety programme – an autonomous emergency braking system that automatically depresses the brake when a collision is imminent. City Safety is active when the car is travelling at speeds of under 31mph, avoiding or mitigating the many accidents that take place in urban areas. It also combines active safety with passive protection if a collision does occur – the Electrical Reversible Belt Retractor tightens occupants' seatbelt at the moment before an accident, reducing the risk of whiplash and spinal injuries.
XC90 buyers will have a choice between some of Volvo's newest and most advanced “Drive-E" engines; petrol, diesel and high-performance hybrid powertrains will all be available. The manufacturer's supercharged T6 2.0 litre petrol unit provides 316bhp, while the D5 diesel engine offers a less powerful 225bhp as well as combined fuel consumption of 49mpg and CO2 emissions of 152g/km. The most extraordinary powertrain available, however, is the T8 “Twin Engine", which combines a turbocharged 310bhp petrol motor powering the front wheels with an 80bhp electric motor directing power to the rear wheels. As well as being the most powerful edition available, the T8 is also the most economical, achieving class-leading CO2 emissions of just 60g/km.
All models come with an eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission, which delivers progressive and uninterrupted acceleration.The sense of wellbeing encountered in the vehicle's interior is accentuated by a parade of infotainment and convenience features. A large 12" touchscreen is clear and simple, providing easy access to a cloud-based navigation device from Ericsson and Apple and Android connectivity as well as a state-of-the-art Bowers & Wilkins 1400-watt sound system with 19 speakers. No effort has been spared in making the sound system truly peerless in quality; Volvo's engineers even enlisted the services of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in trying to recreate the acoustic character of that city's famous concert hall.
|Vehicle length||4950 mm / 194.9 in|
|Vehicle width||2140 mm / 84.25 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1775 mm / 69.9 in|
|Wheelbase||2984 mm / 117.5 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||TBC|
|Engine / Cylinders||2.0-litre / 4|
|Max Torque||470 nm @ 1750-2500 rpm|
|Max Power||165 kW @ 4250 rpm|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 7.8 sec|
|Combined cycle||49 mpg|