Volvo XC90 Review & Ratings
- 6 January 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Volve XC90 is classified as a mid-size luxury crossover SUV and was first put on display at the Detroit Motor Show in 2002. This vehicle’s design was based on the P2 platform as well as the first generation Volvo S80 and a variety of other larger cars made by this company. The XC90 is Volvo’s top-selling car in the U.S and was even their best selling model on an international level back in 2005 with a total of 85,994 of them sold to people all around the world.
As a way to determine how the public would react to the style and features of the XC90, Volvo first showcased its Adventure Concept Car. In November of 2001, a single image of their new luxury crossover was released to the public so they could get at least some idea as to what to expect. This picture showed off the frontal styling of the vehicle and was meant as a teaser to get people interested before it was made available in dealerships throughout the world. The 2003 XC90 was available in two different trim levels, including the 2.5 T and the T6. The 2.5 T was designed to be the more basic version of this vehicle and come with a 2.5 liter T5 turbocharged inline-five engine, capable of 208 horsepower.
The Volve XC90 T6 has a 2.9 liter turbocharged inline-six engine which is capable of 268 horsepower. The T6 also has a four-speed 4T65EV/GT automatic transmission, while the 2.5T offered a front-wheel drive Haldex Tractional all-wheel drive system for those who wanted it. The T6 only had the AWD system, which is perhaps why it did not do as well in terms of sales as the 2.5T. In 2005 the Volvo XC90 got an upgrade with a Yamaha V8 engine. This 4.4 liter Volve B8444S engine was capable of 288 horsepower, but future models upgraded to 311 horsepower as well as 325 pound-feet of torque.
There are a number of things about the Volve XC90 that makes it quite an impressive vehicle, and it has won a number of awards throughout the years, including the North American Car of the Year award as well as the title of Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year in 2003 for Motor Trend Magazine. When it comes to safety, this Volvo car has plenty of different features and a good overall design to minimize damage and injuries in the event of an accident.
The XC90 is designed for frontal impact absorption and deflects any pedestrians that may get hit onto the hood as opposed to going under the vehicle. The highly unique and innovative frontal structure of this vehicle has been patented by Volvo and it is well very well known for its crumble zones along with predetermined positions for both the engine and other parts in the event of a frontal impact accident.
While it is true that this vehicle has its flaws, including problems with early transmission failures with the T6, it also has a unique design, a variety of safety features, and strong engine that is built to last. This vehicle has received a number of updates and improvements to certain areas throughout the years, including in 2007 when it received a “facelift” and the front and rear end as well as the interior was completely revised. The 3.2 liter S16 Straight-6 engine replaced the previous B524T2 straight-5 engine, improving its overall performance and adding quite a bit of power. Volvo is a carmaker that has a reputation for producing unique and reliability vehicles, and the XS90 is definitely no different.