2020 Volvo XC90

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2020 Volvo XC90 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Saurav Kumar Editor Updated on: December 11, 2019


Get inside the most modern luxury car and you'll experience an interior filled with enough buttons that would make you feel like flying an aircraft. Coming back to the real world, the 2020 Volvo XC90 offers a minimalistic, elegant interior that exemplifies the Swedish design ethos. It's a new approach that distinguishes XC9 from the three-row SUV counterparts. 

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Pros

Amazing interior and exterior styling

Confident handling across several terrains

An array of standard safety tech features

Spacious cabin with abundant space in second and third-row seats

Also available as a plug-in hybrid

Cons

Downgraded performance and real-life fuel efficiency

Non-responsive infotainment

Engine sound is not pleasing 

What's New?

Mild refresh over the exterior design

Revised suspension calibration tends to improves ride comfort and quality

Excellence variant is no longer available

T6 and T8 Momentum and Inscription models available with the six-seat option

All XC90's wheels are redesigned

R-Design models offer Nappa leather upholstery

Momentum and Inscription models receive six-passenger layout with second-row captain's chairs


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48350

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Scalable Product Architecture

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.7/65.8

dimensions

wheelbase

117.5 in.

length

194.9 in.

width

79.1 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4394 lbs.

ground clearance

9.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

85.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

4000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/30 mpg

ev range

394.8 mi.

highway range

564 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Volvo XC90 Left Side View  2020 Volvo XC90 3 Quarter View  2020 Volvo XC90 3 Quarter View  2020 Volvo XC90 Front View  2020 Volvo XC90 3 Quarter View
Interior
 2020 Volvo XC90 Cargo Area  2020 Volvo XC90 Front Seats  2020 Volvo XC90 Center Console  2020 Volvo XC90 Rear Seats  2020 Volvo XC90 Seating Layout

Styles

 2020 Volvo XC90 in Ice White color  2020 Volvo XC90 in Osmium Grey Metallic color  2020 Volvo XC90 in Bright Silver Metallic color  2020 Volvo XC90 in Crystal White Metallic color  2020 Volvo XC90 in Denim Blue Metallic color  2020 Volvo XC90 in Thunder Gray Metallic color
Ice White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

7.0

Interior

8.0

Safety

9.5

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

power
250hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$48,350 - $50,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $48,350 MSRP (21/25/30) 250hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $50,850 MSRP (20/23/27) 250hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Volvo XC90 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
250hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$56,100 - $58,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $56,100 MSRP (21/25/30) 250hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $58,600 MSRP (20/23/27) 250hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

power
316hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$56,300 - $56,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $56,300 MSRP (18/21/26) 316hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7
T6 Momentum 6 Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $56,800 MSRP (18/21/26) 316hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 6

 2020 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$62,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $62,000 MSRP (18/21/26) 316hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$62,600 - $63,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $62,600 MSRP (18/21/26) 316hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7
T6 Inscription 6 Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $63,100 MSRP (18/21/26) 316hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 6

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The XC90 is exclusively powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine while some of its rivals feature thirsty V6 and V8 engines. There are three versions for 2020 XC90, T5, T6 and T8. The T5's 250 horsepower is somewhat underpowered, but the T6's 300 hp and the T8's 400 hp are completely justified.

The XC90 is a good choice if technology is your top priority. The improvements on the suspension and hybrid models brake pedal has made it easy to come up with great attraction to lure potential buyers.

2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Front View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Front View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Rear View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 

9.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Volvo XC90 Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Volvo XC90 is available in three trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. There are three engine options in most trim levels, named T5, T6, and T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid. The T5 is offered in either a front- or all-wheel-drive configuration, while the other drivetrains are offered with all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, seating for seven is standard, though the T6 and T8 powertrains in Momentum or Inscription trims can have a six-seat configuration with second-row captain's chairs.

The T5 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Either front- or all-wheel drive is available, and opting for the latter adds heated front seats.

The T6 upgrades to a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering 316 hp and 295 lb-ft). It is available in an all-wheel-drive configuration. This powertrain adds heated front seats, navigation, and leather upholstery to the Momentum trim level.

Trims Momentum R-Design Inscription
MSRP T5 $48,350 $58,600 NA
MSRP T6 $56,800 $62,000 $63,100
Key Features Active Bending Lights Airbags, Driver/Front Passenger Airbags, Driver/Front Passenger
  Airbags, Driver/Front Passenger front parking sensors adaptive headlights
  Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) and Cross Traffic Alert Ambient lighting Headlight washers
  Automatic Braking After Collision Paddle shifters top-view parking system
  Brake Pedal Release upgraded sport seats (with power thigh support) Front parking sensors
  City Safety Collision Avoidance Technology premium leather upholstery Head-up display
  Daytime Running Lights with Daylight Sensor Harman Kardon premium sound system Heated steering wheel
  Door Handle Illumination Navigation Front seat massage
  Volvo On Call and Smartphone Integration Rear window shades Heated rear seats
  Welcome and Home Safe Light Leather grab handles  
  WHIPS™ Whiplash Protection System    
  Sun Visors    

We Recommend

Looking at the trim levels, we would recommend the momentum trim for its wide range of standard feature offerings. Buyers who are looking for a serious upgrade for luxury experience may opt between the sport-themed R-Design or the Inscription. 

2020 Volvo XC90 Engine

7.0/10

The XC90 SUV base T5 trim is powered by a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine throughout the lineup. The base XC90 momentum trim churns out 250 hp while the powerful T6 returns 316 hp. You get three engine choices with the XC90 SUV. The T5 model is the only model that comes standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional. The other two available engine options come standard with AWD.

2020 Acura XC90 SUV Engine Bay
2020 Acura XC90 SUV 2.0-liter 4 cylinder Engine

The T6 is powered with a twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder powertrain that produces 316 horsepower. It's good for daily commuting as it offers quick acceleration with no issue. All the XC90 models are offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Models

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum SUV

Acura MDX SUV*

Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Premium SUV*

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring SUV*

BMW X5xDrive 40i Sports Activity Vehicle*

Mercedes GLE 400 4Matic SUV*

MSRP

$47,200

$45,295

$53,550

$41,835

$61,695

$56,695

Engine

2.0L i4

3.5L V6

2.0L i4

2.5L i4

2.0L i6

3.0L V6

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

Horsepower

250 hp@ 5500rpm

290 hp@ 6200rpm

252 hp@ 5000rpm

227 hp@ 5000rpm

335 hp@ 5500rpm

329 hp@ 5250 rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

267 ft-lbs@ 4700rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

310 ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

330 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

354 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

The XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid uses the same engine as the T6 but adds an 87-hp electric motor and battery. Total output is 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. A 240-volt Level 2 charger can fill the battery in about two and a half hours. 

How fast is the Volvo XC90?

The SUV has shown some good acceleration figures despite its size. The XC90 can sprint to 60 MPG in 7.5 seconds. However, other competitors are way faster in this segment. The BMW X5 turns out to be the fastest with zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Rear View
The 2020 XC90 can sprint to 60 MPG in 7.5 seconds

The best thing about the XC90 SUV is its calm and composed ride quality. It offers smooth cruising on any kind of terrain. The optional four-corner air suspension ($1,800 option available in momentum and inspiration) further improves the ride quality. However, complete noise cancellation isn't available with air suspension equipped XC90.

Models

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum SUV

Acura MDX SUV*

Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Premium SUV*

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring SUV*

BMW X5 xDrive 40i Sports Activity Vehicle*

Mercedes GLE 400 4Matic SUV*

0-60 MPH

7.5 sec

6.3 sec

5.9 sec

7 sec

5.3 sec

5.6

Quarter mile

15.3 sec

14.8

15.7

15.7

13.7

14.1

Engine

2.0L i4

3.5L V6

2.0L i4

2.5L i4

2.0L i6

3.0L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

8.4

8.4

7.4

9.3

8.8

How are the Volvo XC90 brakes?

All the four wheels of Volvo XC90 come with steel disc brakes. The brake pedal is soft and inspires confidence while driving.

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV Brakes
The Volvo XC90 SUV Front Brake is 13.2 in. 

The SUV offers a braking distance of 113 feet (halt from 60 mph). Also, the 2019 XC90 comes standard with automatic emergency braking.

Model

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum SUV

Acura MDX SUV*

Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Premium SUV*

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring SUV*

BMW X5 xDrive 40i Sports Activity Vehicle*

Mercedes GLE 400 4Matic SUV*

Brake Front (in.)

13.2

12.6

14.8

12.6

N/A

13

Brake Rear (in.)

12.1

13

13.8

12.8

N/A

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4771

4032

4696

4217

4813

4751

60-0 MPH (ft.)

113

116

136

127

119

118

How much does the Volvo XC90 tow?

The Volvo XC90 is capable of towing around 4000 pounds, which is pretty decent in this class.However, the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz 400 4matic offers a towing capacity of 6600 and 7200, respectively.

Model

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum SUV

Acura MDX SUV*

Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Premium SUV*

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring SUV*

BMW X5 xDrive 40i Sports Activity Vehicle*

Mercedes GLE 400 4Matic SUV*

Towing Capacity (lbs)

4000

3500

4400

3500

6600

7200

2020 Volvo XC90 Fuel Economy

Those folks at Volvo definitely were quite serious about fuel efficiency when they decided to install a small four-cylinder into the large XC90. The XC90 is just marginally more efficient than the competitor even in most efficient guise. That's a real disappointment considering that XC90 also has compromised performance and engine refinement compared to the rivals.

Model

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum SUV

Acura MDX SUV*

Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Premium SUV*

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring SUV*

BMW X5 xDrive 40i Sports Activity Vehicle*

Mercedes GLE 400 4Matic SUV*

MPG (city)

21

20

19

22

18

17

MPG (highway)

30

27

25

28

24

23

MPG (combined)

25

23

21

24

20

20

2020 Volvo XC90 Interior

8.0/10

The XC90's interior offers amazing space and features. Right from the attractive options to the material quality, we only wish that there were more cars of this kind. The third row doesn't offer much space. However, it manages to offer more legroom than some of its prominent rivals.

2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Seats
2020 Volvo XC90 Sedan Front and Rear Seats

Available as an option, the XC90 has either two or four massaging seats on offer, a rear-seat beverage cooler, a crystalline shifter knob, and handcrafted Swedish-crystal tumblers.

Model

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum SUV

Acura MDX SUV*

Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Premium SUV*

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring SUV*

BMW X5 xDrive 40i Sports Activity Vehicle*

Mercedes GLE 400 4Matic SUV*

Passenger capacity

7

7

7

7

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/57.7/40.9

38.1/61.1/41.4

38.4/59.5/41.7

39.3/57.9/41.0

40.8/60/39.8

38.9/58.5/40.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/56.5/37.0

38.3/59.1/36.6

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.5/58.1/39.4

38.7/58.1/37.4

38.5/58.4/38.4

There's a panaromic sunroof available as standard across the range. The XC90 SUV offers best in class headroom in the segment. As per Volvo, there's equal importance to all the occupants.

How much space does the Volvo XC90 Cargo hold?

The Volvo XC90`s exemplary exterior styling has turned out to be plus point by offering the best in class luggage space across the lineup. With all three seats up, the XC90 offers a cargo volume of 16 cubic feet shared with Audi Q7. With the second row folded, the capacity increases to 42 cubic feet marginally greater than the Audi Q7 (41 cubic feet).

2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Cargo Space
2020 Volvo XC90 Sedan Has a Cargo space 41.8 cu ft.

When all rows are folded, the XC90 can accommodate all of your luggage with 86 cubic feet of luggage volume. The lowering of rear-end for convenient loading of luggage is further facilitated by the optional air suspension.

Model

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum SUV

Acura MDX SUV*

Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Premium SUV*

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring SUV*

BMW X5 xDrive 40i Sports Activity Vehicle*

Mercedes GLE 400 4Matic SUV*

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

41.8

15.0

14.8

14.4

33.9

38.2

Interior Features

  • 4-Zone Electronic Climate System
  • Power Driver Seat W/Memory
  • Heated Front Seats (Optional)
  • Heated Rear Seats (Optional)
  • Heated Steering Wheel (Optional)
  • 360 Degree Surround View Camera (Optional)
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Interior
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Interior
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Seats
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Seats
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Rear Seats
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Rear Seats
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Interior
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Interior
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Gear Shifter
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Gear Shifter

2020 Volvo XC90 Exterior

Volvo XC90 follows the tradition by offering minimalistic design keeping a dynamic approach. The clean and sharp design elements add more refinement to the SUV.

2020 Volvo XC90 SUV 3rd Quarter View
2020 Volvo XC90 Sedan 3rd Quarter View

Dimension Wise, the XC90 SUV offers a bold stance on the road compared to its rivals. 

Model

Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum SUV

Acura MDX SUV*

Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Premium SUV*

Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring SUV*

BMW X5 xDrive 40i Sports Activity Vehicle*

Mercedes GLE 400 4Matic SUV*

Curb weight (lbs.)

4771

4032

4696

4217

4813

4751

Length(in)

194.9

196.2

199.6

199.4

194.3

189.1

Width(in)

84.3

77.7

77.5

77.5

78.9

78.9

Height(in)

69.9

67.4

68.5

69.0

69

70.7

Ground clearance (in)

9.4

7.3

8.1

8.8

8.5

7.2

Wheelbase (in)

117.5

111.0

117.9

115.3

117.1

114.8

Track width (in) F/R

65.7/65.8

66.3/66.3

66.1/66.6

65.3/65.2

66.1/66.9

64.9/65.2

2020 Volvo XC90 SUV 3rd Quarter View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV 3rd Quarter View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV 3rd Quarter Rear View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV 3rd Quarter Rear View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Side View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Side View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV 3rd Quarter View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV 3rd Quarter View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Rear View
2020 Volvo XC90 SUV Rear View

2020 Volvo XC90 Safety

9.5/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the IIHS have not rated the 2020 XC90 yet. However, the outgoing XC90 model earned the rating "Superior" for its front crash prevention features, as well as the "Acceptable" rating for headlamps. 

Safety Features

The 2020 Volvo XC90 is loaded with an array of safety features listed below.

  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Cornering Lights
  • Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • 3 Rear Headrests
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Front, Rear And Third Row Head Airbags
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Self-Leveling Headlights
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • LED Headlamps
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Rear Folding Headrest
  • Adaptive Headlights

2020 Volvo XC90 Competition

Volvo XC90 vs Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is one of the most well-crafted luxury SUVs in its segment. It offers a convenient package along with ample interior space. It's also one of the fastest in the segment with a supercharged V6 that's certainly more accomplished than the XC90`s small 2.0-liter Inline-4.

2020 Audi Q7 SUV
2020 Audi Q7 SUV

Volvo XC90 vs Acura MDX

The Acura MDX doesn't offer as many choices as the XC90, and the Acura's cabin design isn't as elegant. However, its standard V6 packs more power than the XC90's T5 engine while getting nearly identical fuel estimates. The MDX's third row is slightly more adult-friendly too. But we like Volvo's infotainment system a little more than the MDX's confusing and slow two-screen setup.

2020 Acura MDX SUV
2020 Acura MDX SUV

 

2020 Volvo XC90 Final Verdict

We’re feeling bad for the Volvo as it isn't the sportiest SUV in its class, nor is it the quietest. And as far as the T8 hybrid is concerned, all the promises of offering maximum power and mpg looks disappointing, and it also comes with cost and drivability issues. But overall we're happy with the 2020 Volvo XC90 for what it is offering as of now and is worth your consideration if you are planning to buy an all-round luxury SUV.