2011 Volvo XC90

MSRP $38,400 - $48,000

Ranked #14 in Suv

6.9

Overall Rating

2011 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Introduced in the year 2003, the Volvo XC90 is the very definition of what a luxury crossover should be like. The 2011 Volvo XC90 comes with many features like top-notch comfort, good performance, safety, and a luxurious cabin without sacrificing family-hauling capability. It received some minor updates for the year 2011, but except that it looks recognizable from a distance. 

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Pros

Great Performance (V-8 engine)

Comfortable seats

Superior safety 

Cons

Lackluster handling 

Poor fuel economy

Cramped third-row seats 

What's New?

No significant changes 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

195 cu.in.

horsepower

240 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

236 lb.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

112.6 in.

length

189.3 in.

width

74.7 in.

height

70.2 in.

curb weight

4751 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

85.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

3970 lbs.

payload capacity

1210 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/22 mpg

highway range

464.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base 3.2$38,400 onwards

R-Design 3.2$40,200 onwards

3.2 R-Design$42,200 onwards

Base 4.4$48,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Volvo XC90 in Adriatic Blue color
Adriatic Blue

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

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.9

Overall Rating


The 2011 Volvo XC90 is available in three trims namely the 3.2 Base, 3.2 R-Design, and V-8 trims. The price for the base trim starts at $38,400 and goes up to $40,200 for the V-8 trims. As the name suggests the trims are powered by an inline engine or a V-8 engine. It faces competition from the likes of Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, and BMW X5.


7.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2011 Volvo XC90 Features

7.0/10

The 2011 XC90 is available in mainly three trims namely the 3.2 Base, 3.2 R-Design, and V-8 trims. All the trims come with signature Volvo safety, comfort, and luxury, that you would expect from a Volvo vehicle. The trims are powered by a 3.2L V-6 engine or a bigger 4.4L V-8 engine for better performance. 

Trims 

3.2

3.2 R-Design 

V-8 

MSRP

$38,400

$39,670

$40,200

Key Features

3.2L Inline-6 engine

Adds to or upgrades to the base trim 

4.4L V-8 engine 

 

Leather upholstery

Special leather upholstery

18-inch alloy wheels

 

power front seats with driver memory settings

Sport-tuned suspension

Color-keyed fender tips

 

wood interior trim

Sporty exterior styling cues

Bodyside moldings

 

18-inch alloy wheels

Sport styling wheel 

Heated front seats 

 

Rear parking sensors

19-inch alloy wheels 

Rain sensing wipers

Which trim should you buy?

We suggest the 3.2 R-Design trim as it provides a sportier riding experience with sports-tuned suspension, sport styling wheel, and 19-inch alloy wheels. It also gets many creature comforts and comes with superior safety too. If you need sheer performance then you can go for the V-8 trim. 

2011 Volvo XC90 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 201 Volvo XC90 is equipped with a 3.2L V-6 engine producing about 290 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The overall ride experience is smooth and the performance is just okay. It is not enough to give you an adrenaline rush and the handling is also not inspiring. It is available in standard front-wheel-drive configuration and it takes about 10 seconds for 0-60 mph. A quarter-mile drag is done in about 17.0 seconds. Overall, the performance is underwhelming from its base 3.2L engine. If you need more performance, you can opt for a 4.4L V-8 engine.

Models(2011)

Volvo X90 

Acura MDX

Buick Enclave 

BMW X5

MSRP

$38,400

$42,930

$38,980

$46,300

Engine

3.2L Inline-6

3.7L V6

3.6L V6

3.0L I-6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

8 Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power

240hp@6200rpm

300hp@6300rpm

288hp@6300rpm

300 hp 

Torque

236lb-ft@3200rpm

270lb-ft@4500rpm

270lb-ft@3400rpm

300 lb-ft 

0-60 (MPH) (seconds)

10.0

7.0

8.4

6.8

Quarter Mile (MPH) (second)

17.0

15.4

16.5

N/A

Top Speed

127MPH

135MPH

135MPH

146 MPH

The X5 is a more capable performer here with its smaller engine. It does 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. The MDX also accelerates well but is equipped with a bigger engine. It does 0-60 mph in about 7.0 seconds. The Enclave does the same in about 8.4 seconds. The Volvo XC90 is the most underpowered performer in this comparison. 

2011 Volvo XC90 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Volvo XC90 is not a very fuel-efficient vehicle. It offers about 16 mpg, 22 mpg, and 18 mpg, in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions respectively. With a fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons, it can travel up to 338 miles, 464 miles, and 380 miles, in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions respectively.

Models(2011)

Volvo XC90 

Acura MDX

Buick Enclave 

BMW X5

MPG (City)

16

16

17

16

MPG (Highway)

22

21

24

23

MPG (Combined)

18

18

19

19

Range 

337.6/464.2

336.0/441.0

374.0/528.0

360/517

Fuel Capacity

21.1

21.0

22.0

22.5

The Buick Enclave and BMW X5 are more fuel-efficient as compared to the competition. Both come with the same combined fuel efficiency figures but owing to a larger 22.5-gallon fuel tank, the X5 wins the range battle. The XC90 and Acura MDX offer about 18 mpg in combined driving conditions and come with smaller fuel tank capacities and hence lose out in the range game. 

2011 Volvo XC90 Interior

6.0/10

The 2011 XC90 can seat up to seven passengers across the three rows. The cabin is upscale and uses luxurious materials everywhere. The front seats are comfortable, supportive and are worth long journeys. The driver sits more naturally and his position is more car-like than in an SUV-like vehicle. The second-row seats are comfortable too. The third-row seats are best suited for children as adults might feel cramped in there. The NVH levels are well controlled inside the cabin and the ride can become slightly harsh with a V-8 engine. Overall, the CX90’s cabin is a good place to be in. 

Models(2011)

Volvo XC90 

Acura MDX

Buick Enclave 

BMW X5

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

39.7/58.3/41.0

39.2/61.6/41.2

40.4/62.0/41.3

36.6/60/40

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

38.4/57.8/34.6

38.6/61.5/38.7

39.0/61.4/36.9

39.3/58/36.6

Third Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

35.5/54.1/30.1

37.5/57.1/29.1

37.2/57.4/33.2

N/A

Cargo Capacity (Cu. Ft)

8.8

15.0

23.3

21.9

All the SUVs except the X5, offer seating for seven passengers. The XC90 is the least practical SUV of the lot, owing to a lower cargo capacity of just 8.8 cu-ft and cramped third-row seats. The Buick Enclave offers class-leading cargo capacity and third-row legroom too. The BMW is a five-seater SUV and offers about 23.3 cu-ft of space behind the second row. Some of the standout interior features of the 2011 XC90 are :

  • Dual Vanity Mirrors
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Interior Air Filtration 
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Electric Power Steering

How intuitive is the 2011 XC90’s infotainment system?

The XC90 is equipped with an easy-to-use and intuitive infotainment system. It is equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, Sirius satellite radio, new watch dial instrumentation, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity as standard. An optional Multimedia package comes with a DVD-driven navigation system with real traffic, a premium audio system, dual-screen DVD entertainment system, and rear park-assist camera. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2011 XC90 are :

  • Rear seat dual-screen entertainment system 
  • Sirius satellite radio
  • USB ports 
  • 8-speaker sound system 
  • Navigation system 

2011 Volvo XC90 Exterior

6.0/10

The 2011 XC90 is most similar to its predecessor except for some minor styling updates here and there. The front fascia combines a rectangular grille with a chrome outline and two distinctive multi-reflector halogen or Xenon gas discharge headlamps that are functional and blend well with the overall design. The tall, wagon-like styling is not for everyone. 

The side profile is devoid of any aggressive character lines and the roof rails in silver finish grant it a typical SUV-ish look. The rear profile gets a typical Volvo vertical tail light setup and a roof-mounted spoiler with integrated stop lamp never looks out of place. The liftgate opens in a vertical fashion. 

Models(2011)

Volvo XC90 

Acura MDX

Buick Enclave 

BMW X5

Curb Weight (lbs)

4751

4550

4780

4960

Length (.in)

189.3

191.6

201.8

191.1

Width (.in)

74.7

78.5

79.0

76.3

Height (.in)

70.2

68.2

72.5

67.4

Wheelbase (.in)

112.6

108.3

118.9

114

Ground Clearance (.in)

8.9

8.2

8.4

8.3

The XC90 gets higher ground clearance in its segment and it’s definitely better. The Buick Enclave is definitely a larger SUV by dimensions and seats on a longer wheelbase, aiding in better legroom and higher stability. The Acura MDX offers a shorter wheelbase and gets adequate ground clearance as well. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2011 XC90 are:

  • Fog lights 
  • Running Boards
  • Power tailgate
  • Dual Xenon gas discharge headlights with bending lights 
  • 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • Roof rails 

2011 Volvo XC90 Safety

7.0/10

All Volvo cars are known for safety and the XC90 is no different. The Volvo XC90 is loaded with standard safety features plus can be had with many high-tech safety features. The safety features like stability and traction control system, brake assist, ABS, EBD, roll stability control, roll protection system, rear park assist, front airbags, side curtain airbags, etc are available as standard. The IIHS has rated it as “Good” in most of its test parameters. Some of the standout safety features of the 2011 XC90 are:

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (Optional)
  • Lane keep assist 
  • Vehicle stability control 
  • Emergency brake assist 

2011 Volvo XC90 Final Verdict

The Volvo XC90 is a well-built vehicle with many luxurious amenities and safety features. It lacks a smile-inducing performance and a decent fuel economy but does tick many right boxes too. You can opt for a bigger V-8 engine for better performance. However, the looks won’t change and it has a dated styling that won’t appeal to everyone. So, in our opinion, you must check out other SUVs in this class before making a decision. 

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