2016 Volvo XC90

MSRP $43,950 - $65,700

Ranked #6 in Suv

8.4

Overall Rating

2016 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volvo XC90, though large and gigantic in its dimensions, has the potential and ability to be an everyday driver. Though ride quality can be a tad bit underwhelming, the handling is precise. Even after being revamped, the midsize SUV holds ground for its bespoke reliability and top-notch craftsmanship.

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Pros

Sharp front headlights add character to design

Luxuriant cabin design

Aplomb safety and reliability ratings

Cons

Lackluster base engine

Stiffer ride than rivals

What's New?

Completely redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

117.5 in.

length

194.9 in.

width

79.1 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4293 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

85.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

4000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/26 mpg

highway range

321.1 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

T5 Momentum$43,950 onwards

T5 R-Design$49,350 onwards

T6 Momentum$49,800 onwards

T5 Inscription$51,250 onwards

T6 R-Design$53,800 onwards

T6 Inscription$55,400 onwards

T6 First Edition$65,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Volvo XC90 in Bright Silver Metallic 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

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.9

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The engine is a fully redesigned inline 4 twin-charged motor which means it has a turbocharger along with a supercharger. The interior is infused in luxury with wooden trims and leather. The fully reinvented XC90 surely is a strong competitor from Volvo against the likes of the Lexus GX460, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE Class.


9.0/10
Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety


2016 Volvo XC90 Features

9.0/10

The 2016 Volvo XC90 starts at $43,950 for the base T5 FWD trim with the standard inline 4 Twincharged Engine. The 4WD option can be added at $2,000 extra across all the trims. The T6 trim has standard 4WD on all the variations and the T6 First Edition offers the most luxury and is also the priciest.

Trims

T5

T6

MSRP (Momentum)

Momentum - $43,950 (FWD), $45,950 (4WD)

Momentum - $49,800 (4WD)

MSRP (R-Design)

R-Design - $49,350 (FWD), $51,350 (4WD)

R-Design - $53,800 (4WD)

MSRP (Inscription)

Inscription - $51,250 (FWD), $53,250 (4WD)

Inscription - $55,400 (4WD)

MSRP (First Edition)

N/A

$65,700 (4WD)

Key Features

LED Headlights with Thor's Hammer DRL & Auto Highbeam (AHB)

LED Headlights with Thor's Hammer DRL & Auto Highbeam (AHB)

 

Laminated panoramic sunroof with power sunshade

Laminated panoramic sunroof with power sunshade Leather upholstery (seating surfaces)

 

Volvo Sensus Connect with a 9-inch touchscreen and six-month complimentary subscription

Volvo Sensus Connect with a 9-inch touchscreen and six-month complimentary subscription

 

Sensus Navigation 8-inch

Sensus Navigation High-performance 330-watt audio system 

 

Driver Display (Digital Instrument Cluster)

 

 

Two-zone electronic climate control Cargo cover

 

We Recommend

The 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum trim offers 4WD as standard and has an inline-4 Twincharged motor which offers the best-in-class fuel efficiency. It offers adequate features like four-zone climate control, heated front seats, and adaptive headlamps.

2016 Volvo XC90 Engine and Performance

8.2/10

For those looking for a less powerful vehicle that reflects daily driven pleasure, the 2016 Volvo XC90 with a turbocharged inline-4 unit produces 250hp of power and 258lb.-ft of torque. The Twincharged engine makes 316 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque and the transmission is an eight-speed automatic as standard. The more powerful engine is one of a kind in its class and thrusts the SUV from 0 to 60MPH in 6.4 seconds and 15 seconds in the quarter-mile run. However, the only visible drawback we see is that the ride quality feels a tad bit firmer when relatively compared to its competitors. For environment-conscious buyers, the plug-in hybrid variants of the XC90 are the best bet in the lineup.

Models

Volvo XC90

Lexus GX 460

BMW X5

Mercedes Benz GLE Class

MSRP

$49,800

$50,780

$54,700

$51,100

Engine

2.0L Twincharger Inline-4

4.6L V-8 Gasoline Engine

3.0L Turbo Inline 6

3.5L V-6

Drivetrain

FWD

4WD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower

316 hp

301 hp @ 5500 rpm

300 hp

302 hp

Torque (lb.-ft)

295 lb.-ft

329 ft-lbs @ 3500 rpm

300 ft-lb

273 ft-lbs

0-60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

5.8 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter mile

15.0 sec

15.4 sec

14.5 sec

16.6 sec

Top Speed (mph)

130 MPH

13.3

156 MPH

N/A

In the segment, the 2016 BMW X5 and 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class make use of an inline-6 and V6 engine option, respectively. The latter also bears distinction with its 7-speed automatic transmission and produces one of the highest power outputs of 302hp. Yet it fails to impress with its performance. While the BMW has best-in-class performance and averages 5.8 seconds to the 60mph mark, the 2016 Lexus GX 460 belts out the highest torque output at 329lb.-ft.

2016 Volvo XC90 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Twincharger motor is truly unique and offers the best of both Worlds the efficiency along with performance. It averages 20 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and has a combined efficiency of 22 MPG. However, if the 2016 Volvo XC90 is equipped with 4WD the fuel economy gets hurt

Models

Volvo XC90

Lexus GX 460

BMW X5

Mercedes Benz GLE Class

MPG (city)

20

15

18

18

MPG (highway)

25

20

25

24

MPG (combined)

22

17

21

20

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

18.8

23

22.4

24.6

Range (miles) (city/highway)

376/470

N/A

403/560

443/590

The 2016 Volvo XC90 falls short on its range and covers 376 and 470 miles in the city and on the highway. Its fuel tank, however, is smaller than usual and can hold 18.8-gallons, while the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class has a total tank capacity of 24.6-gallons and manages the highest range of 443 and 590 miles in the city and on the highway, despite being the least efficient. On the other hand, both the Lexus and BMW manage lower combined mileage of 17 and 21 MPG, respectively.

2016 Volvo XC90 Interior

9.0/10

The interior features a variety of trims and accents along with a 9" central touch-infotainment system. The cabin is very roomy and the seats are one of the best if not the best in terms of comfortability. The third row of seats that it comes with, makes it a proper family hauler. We have no complaints about the build quality and the ergonomic setup of the cabin only adds to the enriching experience on the inside.

The 2016 Volvo XC90 can seat seven passengers as standard. All three rows of seats offer ample under-thigh and knee support. The seating height is appropriate and provides a commanding view of the road ahead. Even the cargo capacity is best-in-class and with all seats while the 15.8 cu.-ft trunk volume might seem low, but with the third and second-row seats folded, the midsize SUV manages a whopping 85.7 cubic feet of space, which is ample to fix a tent and camp inside your vehicle.

Models

Volvo XC90

Lexus GX 460

BMW X5

Mercedes Benz GLE Class

Passenger capacity

7

7

5

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

38.9/57.7/40.9

38.0/55.4/41.7

40.5/61.5/40.4

40.4/58.5/40.3

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

38.5/56.5/37.0

40.4/57.3/34.1

38.8/60.0/36.6

38.5/58.4/38.4

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

NA

35.2/54.5/29.3

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.-ft.)

15.8

11.6

35.8

38.2

Cargo Capacity with rear seats folded (cu.-ft)

41.8

46.7

76.7

80.3

When compared to the competitors, the Mercedes-Benz and BMW X5 feel immensely disadvantaged due to their lower seating capacities of 5 passengers each. While the Lexus does manage similar seating space, it lags considerably behind in cargo capacity. The 2016 GLE-Class shines brightly in the cargo segment having a total trunk volume of 80.3 cubic feet.

Some of the salient interior features include:

  • Heating driver and passenger seats
  • Four-zone Climate control
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Front and Rear Cupholders

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2016 Volvo XC90?

The 2016 Volvo XC90 comes equipped with a standard 9-inch vertically placed unit that is not only easy to use but is also immensely responsive and has inch-perfect graphics. It features Bluetooth connectivity, USB connection, and satellite radio, as standard. The 10-speaker sound system is powerful in its performance and the clarity of each tune will only enlighten the experience. Some of the standard infotainment features include:

  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay (Optional)
  • 330 Watts Stereo Output
  • USB Connection with External Media Control

2016 Volvo XC90 Exterior

8.0/10

The SUV segment is saturated with bulbous and flashy vehicles however the Volvo XC90 offers a fresh breeze with its classy looks and futuristic design language. It appears smaller from the outside because of the design. The daytime running lights are called Thor's Hammer' as they resemble the shape of a hammer and the tail lamps seem as if they are glowing ancient Nordic Ruins. Overall, the new design of the XC90 offers something unique and elegant instead of boxy and flashy which is mostly what you'll find in this segment.

Models

Volvo XC90

Lexus GX 460

BMW X5

Mercedes Benz GLE Class

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4293

5130

4680

4652

Length (in.)

194.9

192.1

192.5

189.1

Width (in.)

79.1

74.2

76.3

75.8

Height (in.)

69.9

74.2

69.4

70.7

Ground clearance (in.)

9.4

8.1

8.2

NA

Wheelbase (in)

117.5

109.8

115.5

114.8

The 2016 Volvo XC90 is the longest and widest option in the segment measuring 194.9 and 79.1 inches, respectively. On the other hand, the Lexus GX 460 weighs 5130 lbs and is the heaviest vehicle apart from being the tallest and has a height of 74.2 inches. The BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Class are smaller vehicles, however, have considerably long wheelbases of 115.5 and 114.8 inches, which allow for higher comfort for passengers on the inside.

Some of the salient exterior features include:

  • Aluminum roof rails
  • High-gloss black front grille
  • Tinted windows
  • LED fog lamps
  • 19-inch alloy wheels

2016 Volvo XC90 Safety

9.9/10

There is no need to question the 2016 XC90’s reliability when it comes to the Volvo badge sitting on top of the grille. It manages to score a five-star rating in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and comes equipped with a large number of standard safety features that include electronic stability control, driveline traction control, and lane-keeping assist.

Some of its other safety features include:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automated Parking Sensors
  • BLIS Blind Spot Sensor
  • City Safety and Rear Collision Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks

2016 Volvo XC90 Final Verdict

The Volvo XC90 has been completely redesigned for 2016 both from the inside and outside. The new Twin-charged motor offers maximum performance and efficiency that has never been seen before. The looks and luxury might be the strongest components of the XC90 but the ride quality is stiff and maybe one of its shortcomings. The engine is innovative and has never been seen before will force other manufacturers to go back to the drawing board instead of providing minor updates every consecutive year and calling it a day.

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