The updated XC90: Volvo’s most advanced car 0

Technology is a car’s new best friend, as the XC90 found out during its 2015 upgrade. Since its original launch in 2002, the SUV has become the flagship for Swedish company Volvo. Its predecessor has enjoyed thirteen years of best-selling status, but we’re ready for a new XC90 and it seems the public are too.


Just named Car of the Year 2015 by Auto Express, Volvo is giving the people what they want: a tech-filled, premium SUV. The market for SUVs has boomed in recent years, with premium models becoming available from Audi, BMW and Range Rover. Where the previous model didn’t have as many competitors, the new XC90 will be battling against some top contenders. Although, with the upgrade they’ve given the new XC90, it doesn’t seem like it’ll struggle in the sales department.

The new XC90 comes in three different model types: entry-level Momentum, sportier R-Design, and top-line Inscription. All three types come with petrol, diesel or hybrid engine options. The performance for the petrol option is 225bhp, the diesel is 320bhp, and the hybrid is 320+87bhp. These figures are the same for all three model types. CO2 emissions vary, the lowest being all three of the hybrids, of course, with 49g/km.

Offering three models and three engine options, the XC90 has a fit to suit everyone. All models come with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, electronic all-wheel drive, and start/stop mode as standard. Other already equipped features include: LED active bending headlights, 19” alloy wheels with 235/55 tyres, cruise control, parking assist, and an 8” driver’s infotainment display.


The new XC90 has plenty of space, fitting seven passengers and luggage, or five if you have an extremely large amount of luggage. And an attractive feature for buyers, especially those who’ll be carting their young children around, the SUV scored 100% in the Safety Assist category and five star results in Euro NCAP’s safety testing.

The next-gen XC90 has been updated in every way possible. New optional technologies are in abundance:  four cameras to provide a 360-degree view, one sits nicely below the Volvo badge; auto-parking; crash prevention, which is what saw the car score 100% in the Safety Assist category; a Bowers & Wilkins sound system; Apple CarPlay; and Head-Up Display, which beams information, like speed limits or GPS directions, onto the windscreen so you don’t have to look down at the dashboard.


The size of the car may seem a tad daunting at first, but that’s where Volvo’s new technologies kick in. Not only does the XC90 have keyless entry, the car is then able to reduce its height using hydraulics, so passengers can get in easier. Now that’s intelligent. The new touchscreen dispels the need for clunky buttons covering the dashboard and offers easy-to-read dials within an arm’s reach.

On-the-road prices for the Momentum start at £45,750, the R-Design from £49,285 and the Inscription at £50,185. The XC90 is available to test drive and/or purchase at your local dealer now.



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