2014 Volvo XC90

MSRP $39,700 - $47,400

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.2

Overall Rating

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2014 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 22, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volvo XC90 is a full-size SUV from the renowned Swedish automaker which makes a strong statement for itself in the SUV segment. It is safe, sensible, and quite comfortable to drive. Moreover, the power train is very responsive and delivers a strong powerband. But the design of the car feels quaint as it receives no changes for 2014.

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Pros

Superior interior quality

Relaxing ride quality

First-class safety equipment

Cons

Subpar fuel economy

Cramped third-row seats

Outdated exterior styling

What's New?

No prominent changes for 2014


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

124 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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

112.6 in.

length

189.3 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

70.2 in.

curb weight

4665 lbs.

ground clearance

8.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

85.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

3970 lbs.

payload capacity

1413 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/20/25 mpg

highway range

527.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 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$39,700 onwards

Premier Plus$41,200 onwards

R-Design$42,700 onwards

Platinum$43,900 onwards

R-Design Platinum$45,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Volvo XC90 in Black Stone color
Black Stone

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

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


The Volvo also offers the XC90 in four different exciting trims to suit all types of people. Right from decently packed base trim to hefty loaded top trim, the Volvo XC90 has got everything you want from a luxury SUV. Moreover, it is one of the cheapest cars in its segment which is a great thing considering the features that come along with the car. Moreover, it rivals the likes of other valuable SUVs like the Infiniti QX60, Lexus RX 350, and Volkswagen Touareg.


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 Volvo XC90 Features

8.0/10

The Volvo XC90 comes in pretty much four different trim levels for 2016 which are Premium plus, Platinum, R-Design, and R-Design Platinum which has a starting price of $41,200 for the front-wheel-drive option and $43,200 for the all-wheel-drive version. At this price range, the XC90 comes with a sunroof, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Now let’s have a look at all the features that are available across all the trim ranges.

Trims

Premium plus

Platinum

R-Design 

R-Design Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$41,200

$43,900

$42,700

$45,400

(AWD)

$43,200

$45,900

$44,700

$47,400

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Variable Intermittent Wipers

19-inch alloy wheels

Illuminated Entry

 

sunroof

Light Tinted Glass

sport-tuned suspension and steering

Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

 

rear privacy glass

Lip Spoiler

self-leveling rear suspension

Sport Leather Steering Wheel

 

rear parking sensors

LED Brakelights

adaptive xenon headlights

Front Bucket Seats 

 

dual-zone automatic climate control

Leather Seating Surfaces

sports steering wheel

Memory Settings

 

leather upholstery

Leatherette Door Trim Insert

Leather Gear Shifter Material

R-Design Smooth Leather Seating Surfaces -inc: embossed R-Design logo

 

eight-way power front seats

Low Tire Pressure Warning

Rear Parking Sensors

Leather Gear Shifter Material

We Recommend:

We recommend the Platinum trim as it offers all the luxury interior features, advanced features, and an extensive suite of safety features that comes in handy and you can get all this by paying an additional $2700 which is quite a bargain. Moreover, it also offers an AWD option which costs $45,900 which could be the best option when it comes to buying.

2014 Volvo XC90 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2014 Volvo XC90 comes with only one engine option. It offers decent performance in a rather effortless manner but there is nothing exciting about this engine. It is a good engine but with a fully-loaded car, it starts to get stressed and deliver subpar performance. It has a 3.2L V6 motor which is good enough for 240 hp at 6,200 rpm and 236 lb-ft at 3,200 RPM. These are some really decent figures if not the best. 

The gearbox on offer is a 6-speed automatic unit that provides seamless gear ratios and all the power is channeled via either an FWD system or an AWD system. When it comes to performance, the Volvo XC90 manages to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 9 seconds, it also clocks a quarter-mile run in 16.6 seconds and attains a top speed of 124 mph which turns out to be the highest top speed in its class.

Model

Volvo XC90 

Infiniti QX60 

Lexus RX 350 

Volkswagen Touareg

MSRP

$41,200

$43,500

$41,160

$44,570

Engine

3.2-liter inline 6

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.6 liter V6

Drivetrain

front-wheel-drive

all-wheel-drive

all-wheel-drive

all-wheel-drive

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed Automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power

240 hp @ 6200 rpm

265 hp @ 6400 rpm

270 hp @ 6200 rpm

280 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

236 lb.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

248 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

248 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

9

7.2

6.9

7.8

Quarter-mile (sec)

16.6

16

15.4

15.7

Top Speed (mph)

124

120

112

N/A

All cars in the competition come equipped with naturally aspirated V6 and FWD drivetrains as standard. They also come equipped with an automatic transmission except for the Infiniti QX60 which comes equipped with a CVT unit. The CVT unit affects its acceleration but does help with impeccable fuel economy. That being said, Lexus RX350 is the fastest accelerating of the lot which takes only 6.9 seconds to reach 60 mph but lacks behind in terms of top speed.

2014 Volvo XC90 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Volvo XC90’s fuel economy is a disappointment to the buyers as it offers the lowest mpg figures despite having a less powerful engine. The fuel economy of the Volvo XC90 is very modest as the massive 3.2L V6 returns dismal fuel efficiency figures, the figures come down to 16/23/18 respectively for city highway and combined cycles which are not really fuel-efficient. The fuel tank equipped measures a size of 21.1 gallons. With this fuel tank, it can traverse a distance of 337.6 miles in the city and 485.3 miles on the highway.

Model

Volvo XC90 

Infiniti QX60 

Lexus RX 350 

Volkswagen Touareg

MPG (City)

16

20

18

17

MPG (Highway)

23

26

25

23

MPG (Combined)

18

22

21

19

Fuel Capacity (gal)

21.1 gal.

19.5 gal.

19.2 gal.

26.4 gal.

Range (City/highway)

337.6/485.3

390/507

345.6/480

448.8/607.2

Comparing the competition, the Infiniti QX60 is the most fuel-efficient of the lot at 23 mpg combined, thanks to the CVT unit used in it. The Volvo XC90 happens to be the least efficient of the lot but their fuel efficiency is average in the segment returning a combined mileage of only 18 mpg. On the other hand, the Lexus RX350 takes a sweet spot and delivers a mileage of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg while cruising down the highways.

2014 Volvo XC90 Interior

9.0/10

The interior of the 2014 Volvo XC90 looks a bit outdated by modern standards and badly needs a revamp. Everything inside the interior is simple and minimalistic. It doesn’t look like the interior of a luxury SUV as all the other cars in its class seem to offer a better interior. It uses leather upholstery for the seats which are of great quality and uses 4 different colors to choose from such as Soft beige, Sandstone, Chestnut, and Off-black.

In terms of interior dimensions, the Volvo XC90 is capable of seating 7 passengers. It offers a decent interior space to accommodate passengers with comfort. It offers a front headroom of 39.7 inches, second headroom of 38.4 inches, and third headroom of 35.5 inches which is not bad but still has mediocre dimensions. It also offers a very poor cargo space of only 8.8 cubic feet due to the third-row seats.

Model

Volvo XC90 

Infiniti QX60 

Lexus RX 350 

Volkswagen Touareg

Seating Capacity

7

7

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.7/58.3/41

40.7/60.3/42.3

39/57.9/43.1

39.6/59.8/41.4

Second Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

38.4/57.4/34.6

38.3/60.4/41.7

37.7/57.5/36.8

38.9/56.7/36.9

Third Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

35.5/54.1/30.4

36.5/57.1/30.8

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

8.8 cu-ft

15.8 cu-ft

40 cu-ft

32.1 cu-ft

 In comparison, the front row space of all the cars is nearly the same with slight differences. However, the Infiniti QX60 has the highest overall interior dimensions with a front headroom, Shoulder room, and legroom space of 40.7 inches, 60.3 inches, and 42.3 inches respectively. When it comes to cargo capacity, the Lexus dominates the competition measuring 40 cubic feet. Some of the interior highlight features are

  • Front Bucket Seats
  • Front Seats with Leatherette Back Material and Manual Driver Lumbar
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Optional Genuine Wood Gear Shifter Material
  • Leather Seating Surfaces

How intuitive is the 2014 Volvo XC90’s infotainment system?

There are not many standout features when it comes to the infotainment system. The center of the dashboard of the 2014 Volvo XC90 is equipped with an LCD touchscreen infotainment system which is a bit dated. It also comes with an 8-speaker audio system as standard which can be upgraded to a 12-speaker system as an option. This system comes with inbuilt navigation and a Bluetooth integrated interface. Some other standout infotainment features include

  • CD Player 
  • USB port 
  • Audio jack
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with dual displays (optional)
  • Sirius satellite radio w/complimentary 6-month subscription

2014 Volvo XC90 Exterior

6.0/10

The exterior design of the Volvo XC90 remains the same ever since its debut in 2003 and it looks quaint when compared to newer Volvos. The headlights look bold and integrate projector lamps in the higher trims. It also gets front and rear fog lamps for enhanced visibility. Speaking of tail lights, it uses LED brake lights to add to the rear profile of the car. The taillights are also sleek and very long and go up to the roof of the car.

 Moving on to the exterior dimensions, It happens to be the heaviest car of the segment weighing 4665 lbs and also one of the longest and the tallest measuring 189 inches and 70 inches respectively. It boasts the highest ground clearance of 9 inches which further helps the car with its off-roading capabilities. It also measures 76 inches wide which is one of the lowest in its class.

Model

Volvo XC90 

Infiniti QX60 

Lexus RX 350 

Volkswagen Touareg

Curb Weight (lbs)

4665 lbs.

4419 lbs.

4343 lbs.

N/A

Length (in)

189 in.

196 in.

188 in.

188.8 in.

Width (in)

76 in.

77 in.

74 in.

76.4 in.

Height (in)

70 in.

69 in.

67 in.

68.2 in.

Ground Clearance (in)

9

7

7

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

112.6 in.

114.2 in.

107.9 in.

113.9 in.

Among the competition, the lightest car of the bunch is the 2014 Lexus RX350 weighing 4343 lbs. Even though the Volvo XC90 lagged a bit in performance, it outshines its rivals in exterior dimensions. It happens to be the tallest car in the segment. While both Volkswagen Touareg and Infiniti QX60 have similar widths of 76.4 inches and 77 inches respectively. When it comes to ground clearance, both Infiniti and Lexus share the same ground clearance of 7 inches. Some other standout exterior features you can find in the Volvo XC90 are

  • LED Brakelights
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Sun Visor Strip
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Projector headlights

2014 Volvo XC90 Safety

6.0/10

Safety is the first and foremost priority in all the cars made by Volvo and the XC90 absolutely shines on this front. The Volvo XC90 is among the most premium cars of Volvo and has also aced all the crash tests conducted by the topmost organization. Nevertheless, it has not been rated by the NHTSA yet. On the other hand, the IIHS reports fairly good overall scores for the all-new Volvo XC90 including top "Good" ratings, and bags the award for 2014 Top Safety Pick which is a very good sign. Some other standout safety features include

  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • DSTC/RSC Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)

2014 Volvo XC90 Final Verdict

The Volvo XC90 has always been one of the best luxury SUVs around the block but gone are the days it used to be a great SUV and it badly needs an update for the next year. However, it still performs well on some fronts. To start with, it has great safety features and better build quality than its rivals. The interior quality is pretty decent even today and the ride quality is very refined and comfortable. In a nutshell, if you are looking for a luxury SUV with top-notch safety equipment and ride quality, you can go for the Volvo XC90 but if you want even more modern gimmicks and fresh looks, the other cars are worth checking out.

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