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2019 Volvo XC90 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 15, 2019


The Swedish brand got dominant in the U.S market with the introduction of Volvo XC90. The car is a complete amalgamation of technology, style, and practicality. It offers superior features on par with many rivals. For 2019, the base model received heated seats and four-zone climate control. The Convenience and Momentum Plus package are no longer into existence.

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Pros

Precise handling

Powerful twin-charged engine

Appealing cabin and exterior design

Sufficient standard technology features

Cons

Not so handy touchscreen controls

Base engine not so powerful

What's New?

New Harmon Kardon stereo fitted in R-Design and Inscription models

Base AWD models offered with heated seats and four-zone climate control

Convenience and Momentum Plus packages removed from the lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47700

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

4771 lbs.

ground clearance

9.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.3 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

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

545.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Volvo XC90 in Bright Silver Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 in Bursting Blue Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 in Crystal White Pearl Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 in Denim Blue Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 in Electric Silver Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 in Ice White color  2019 Volvo XC90 in Onyx Black Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 in Passion Red color
Bright Silver Metallic

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 And Performance

8.1

Interior

7.5

Safety

9.8

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

T5 Momentum

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

$47,700 - $50,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,700 MSRP (21/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Bright Silver Metallic
  Magic Blue Metallic
  Crystal White Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Ice White
T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $50,200 MSRP (20/23/27) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed automatic manual all wheel drive 7

 2019 Volvo XC90 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

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

$54,950 - $57,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,950 MSRP (21/24/29) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7   Bursting Blue Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Crystal White Metallic
  Electric Silver Metallic
T5 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $57,450 MSRP (20/24/27) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed automatic manual all wheel drive 7

 2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$56,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $56,300 MSRP (19/22/26) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7   Bright Silver Metallic
  Magic Blue Metallic
  Crystal White Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Ice White

 2019 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$61,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $61,250 MSRP (19/22/26) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7   Bursting Blue Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Crystal White Metallic
  Electric Silver Metallic

 2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$62,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $62,350 MSRP (19/22/26) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7   Bright Silver Metallic
  Magic Blue Metallic
  Crystal White Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Ice White

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The popularity of this SUV shows, the Volvo XC90 is one of the best selling SUVs in the market. The looks remain unchanged with Swedish style and touches that can be seen on the LED headlights, taillights, wheel designs. These things make the SUV look quite expensive than its actual value.

On the engine front, no matter what trim you select, you’ll get a four-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with a battery and an electric motor. The power is adequate to make you drive around the town. The SUV is attractive both inside-out, and is worth a test drive.

2019 Volvo XC90 front view
2019 Volvo XC90
2019 Volvo XC90 rear view
2019 Volvo XC90

8.0/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 

9.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Volvo XC90 Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Volvo XC90 is offered in three engine options and four trim variants. The starting price of the 2019 XC90 is $47,200 which goes to $105,000. The powertrains are distributed in different configurations T5, T6 and T8. The XC90 R-design is the sportier among all the trims, featuring major exterior and interior upgrades.

The Inscription trim gets most luxury features of all. This trim is available with T6 and T8 engine options. If you opt the T8 hybrid, you get spectacular gearshift knob.

Trims Momentum R-Design Inscription Excellence
Starting Price $47,200 $54,450 $61,750 $105,000
Features Laminated Panoramic Moonroof w/Power Sunshade 20" 5-Spoke Tech Matte Tech Grey Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels 20" 10-Spoke Tinted Silver Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels Plugin Hybrid Vehicle, 400 hp, 87 hp Electric Motor
  LED Headlights w/ Thor's Hammer Daytime Running Lights & Auto Highbeam  R-Design Grille Metal Mesh Aluminum Inlays Inscription Grille Linear Walnut Wood Inlays Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System
  Collision Mitigation Support R-Design 3-Spoke Steering Wheel  12.3-inch Digital Instrument Display Beverage Cooler/Refrigerator
  Front Sensus Navigation     Front and Rear Seats w/High-spec Ventilation and Massage Function 

We Recommend

We would recommend the Volvo XC90 Momentum as it is nicely priced and available with standard features. It comes with features like heated front seats, four-zone automatic climate control and adaptive headlights.

2019 Volvo XC90 Engine and Performance

8.1/10

"The 2019 Volvo XC90 has decent overall performance. The base engine is underpowered, but two other optional engines deliver more power. Fuel economy is good for the class. The XC90 delivers a comfortable ride and stable cornering ability."- cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

The base XC90 SUV T5 trim is powered by a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine throughout the lineup. The base XC90 momentum churns out 250 hp while the powerful T6 propels 316 hp. You get three engine choices with the 2019 Volvo 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.

2019 Volvo XC90 Engine
2019 Volvo XC90 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. At last, the XC90 T8 os offerd with a plug-in hybrid powertrai, attached to a inline-four twin-charged engine with an electric motor to propel a combined 400 horsepower. 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

Acceleration

The SUV has shown decent acceleration figures despites its size. The XC90 can sprint to 60 MPG in 7.5 seconds. However, other competitors are way faster in this regard. The BMW X5 turns out to be the fastest with 5.3 seconds.

2019 Volvo XC90
2019 Volvo XC90 Acceleration

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 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

N/A

Quarter mile

15.3 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

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

N/A

N/A

7.4

N/A

N/A

Braking

All the four wheels of Volvo XC90 come with steel disc brakes. The brake pedal is soft and inspires confidence while driving. The SUV offers a braking distance of 113 feet (halt from 60 mph). Also, the 2019 XC90 comes standard with automatic emergency braking.

2019 Volvo XC90 Wheel
2019 Volvo XC90 Tire

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Towing Capacity

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 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

2019 Volvo XC90 Fuel Economy

Those folks at Volvo definitely were quite serious about the 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)

29

27

25

28

24

23

MPG (combined)

24

23

21

24

20

20

2019 Volvo XC90 Interior

7.5/10

"A bit of a mixed bag from Volvo. Materials, design and workmanship are very good, class-leading in some areas. Ergonomics and functionality are behind the leaders. The centerpiece of the XC90 is a big 9-inch touchscreen that is quick to respond, but it controls more functions than it should." - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

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. Available as 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.

2019 Volvo XC90 seating
2019 Volvo XC90 Seating

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.

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)

Cargo volume

The Volvo XC90`s exemplary exterior styling has turned out to be plus point by offering 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).

2019 Volvo XC90 Cargo space
Caption

When all rows are folded, the XC90 can accomodate 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

2019 Volvo XC90 seating
2019 Volvo XC90 seating
Volvo XC90 Rear Seat
2019 Volvo XC90 Rear Seat
2019 Volvo XC90 cockpit area
2019 Volvo XC90 cockpit area
2019 Volvo XC90
2019 Volvo XC90
2019 Volvo XC90 steering
2019 Volvo XC90 steering
2019 Volvo XC90 air vent
2019 Volvo XC90 air vent

2019 Volvo XC90 Exterior

"The Volvo XC90 SUV's exterior is equally elegant with no small dose of strength. Just look to those T-shaped LED running lights, dubbed "Thor's Hammer," or that significant grille with a large Volvo emblem floating in the middle." - Kelley Blue Book

Design and Styling

The Volvo XC90 follows the tradition by offering tasteful design keeping minimalistic approach. The crisp and sharp design elements add more refinement to the SUV. Dimensionwise, the XC90 SUV offers a bold stance on the road.

2019 Volvo XC90 Side View
2019 Volvo XC90 Side View

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)

79.1

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

2019 Volvo XC90 side view
2019 Volvo XC90 side view
2019 Volvo XC90 front view
2019 Volvo XC90 front view
2019 Volvo XC90
2019 Volvo XC90
2019 Volvo XC90 side view
2019 Volvo XC90 side view
2019 Volvo XC90 rear view
2019 Volvo XC90 rear view
2019 Volvo XC90 emblem
2019 Volvo XC90 emblem
2019 Volvo XC90 headlight
2019 Volvo XC90 headlight

2019 Volvo XC90 Safety

9.8/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the 2019 XC90 with a five-star overall crash test rating. The XC90 scored five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The XC90 the highest rating of Good in five individual crash tests conducted by the IIHS. The XC90 earned the best rating "Superior" for its front crash prevention features, as well as "Acceptable" for headlights.

2019 Volvo XC90 safety
2019 Volvo XC90 Safety Feature

Safety Features

The 2019 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

2019 Volvo XC90 Competition

2019 Volvo XC90 vs Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is one of the most well-crafted luxury SUV in its segment. It offre convenient packag 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.

2019 Audi Q7
2019 Audi Q7

2019 Volvo XC90 vs Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is a great value for money car if you are looking for spacious interior. Acura has also included semi-autonomous driving technologies. However, the Acura MDX lacks panache of the XC90 like any other SUV in the segment.

2019 Acura MDX
2019 Acura MDX

 

2019 Volvo XC90 Final Verdict

Its been two years since the inception of the second generation Volvo XC90 in the market. It still remains one of the most handsome and charming SUV inside-out. It is very practical and offers useful third-row seating and boot space. Meanwhile, the Volvos try to churn out maximum power from the 2.0-liter engine while the competitors bet on the larger engine with smooth transmission. Having a good reputation on the safety part, you will feel relaxed while driving the Volvo XC90.