2019 Volvo XC90

MSRP $47,200

Ranked #10 in Suv

8.1

Overall Rating

2019 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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When it comes to three-row luxury SUVs you will find various great choices that are focused on something specific. But Volvo XC90 is one of the few which comes with a complete package. Not only does it look stunning but also comes with tons of technology and top-shelf quality and luxury. It features powerful yet frugal powertrains and the cabin has enough space to accommodate the entire family and their luggage rather comfortably.

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Pros

Exquisite ride quality

Top tier interior quality

Spacious cabin with excellent visibility

Abundance of technology

Cons

Limited cargo capacity

Average fuel tank capacity lowers the driving range

Various top tier features are only available through packages

What's New?

Reconfigured optional packages

All-wheel drive models get heated front seats as standard

Higher trims feature a Harman Kardon stereo system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47200

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

155 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

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

117.5 in.

length

194.9 in.

width

79.1 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4771 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

65.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

4000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

167 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

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$47,200 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Volvo XC90 in Blu Denim color
Blu Denim

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 Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.3

Safety

9.8

Competition

7.5

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


Available in different engine configurations, the level of comfort and driving experience this SUV provides offer some serious competition to rivals such as BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Mercedes Benz GLE-Class. The SUV is mechanically unchanged for the 2019 model year with only minor feature changes being made. The MSRP of the 2019 Volvo XC90 starts at $48,695 which makes it the most affordable offering in the segment. 


8.1/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

8.3/10
Exterior

9.8/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition


2019 Volvo XC90 Features

The 2019 Volvo XC90 comes in three trim levels. Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. But it is a bit more complicated than that as these trims are subcategorized under T5 and T6 which refers to different engine configurations. Where T5 is loaded with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a supercharged four-cylinder engine can be found inside the T6 version. Even the base Momentum trim is pretty much fully loaded with technology and luxury features as well.

The ‘R-Design’ trim is a sport version of XC90 with various visual changes to the exterior and interior. It comes with 20-inch wheels, Premium leather upholstery, illuminated step plates, and seats with power thigh support. Finally ‘Inscription’ tops out by having unique wheels, even more comfortable seats with various adjustments, and changes to the exterior and interior design and additional creature comforts.

Trim

Momentum

R-Design

Inscription

MSRP (FWD)

$48,695

$55,945

NA

MSRP (AWD)

$51,195

$58,445

$63,345

Key Features

18-inch wheels

20-inch wheels

20 inch 10 spoke silver diamond-cut wheels

 

Panoramic sunroof

Sporty steering wheel with shift paddles

Power side support

 

Power liftgate

Premium leather upholstery

Ventilated front seats

 

Rear parking sensors

Upgraded sport seats with power thigh support

Cushion extension

 

Keyless entry and ignition

Illuminated step plates

Unique exterior and interior styling

 

Premium vinyl upholstery

Rear window shades

 
 

Four-zone automatic climate control

Harman Kardon premium sound system

 
 

Eight-way power front seats with lumbar adjustment

   
 

Driver seat memory settings

   
 

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

   
 

Lane-keeping assist

   
 

10 speaker sound system

   
 

9-inch central touchscreen

   

Which Trim should you buy?

We recommend the base Momentum trim which easily justifies its $48,695 price tag and opting for the T6 version would sweeten the deal further as it gets an impressive 310 horsepower supercharged four-cylinder engine and standard AWD which takes care of the performance aspect of the SUV. 

2019 Volvo XC90 Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The T5 versions of the 2019 Volvo XC90 are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine which produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on all T5 versions but with the option for an all-wheel-drive system. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission which is buttery smooth to shift gears in all scenarios. The towing capacity of just 4,000 lbs is pretty low for the segment with this base engine. 

As for the engine, going with a turbocharged four-cylinder against the V6 engines of its segment is a daunting move by Volvo but it manages well to go from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds. These timings are decent for an SUV this size but not that impressive for its segment. The T6 version on the other hand comes with a more powerful 310 horsepower supercharged four-cylinder engine which offers more oomph and can go from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds which is pretty quick for such a vehicle.

Models

2019 Volvo XC90

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 400

2019 BMW X5

MSRP

$48,695

$54,545

$56,695

$61,695

Engine

2.0L, Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L, Turbocharged Inline-4

3.0L, Turbocharged V6

3.0L, Turbocharged V6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

250 hp @ 5,500 rpm

248 hp @ 5,000 rpm

329 hp @ 5,250 rpm

335 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

354 lb-ft @1,600 rpm

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.5

7.0

5.9

4.9

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.8

15.3

NA

13.7

Top speed (mph)

130

NA

149

130

Towing Capacity (lbs)

4,000

7,700

7,200

6,603

The Volvo XC90’s turbocharged engine falls short against the rivals as they are faster and can tow a lot more than the 5,000 lbs of maximum rated towing capacity for the 2019 XC90. The BMW X5 is the most expensive option here, but it has the best in class acceleration with not much compromise in terms of towing prowess as well. The Audi Q7 on the other hand has the best towing capacity while being a bit slower in terms of acceleration. 

How well does the 2019 Volvo XC90 handle?

The XC90 might be a three-row SUV, but once you get behind the wheel and push it on the road it drives like a car. The steering wheel feels light which makes XC90 drive pretty nicely on quick turns or traversing through traffic. Take it to higher speeds and the steering wheel suddenly adapts and still performs admirably and it’s good at tackling corners delightfully, especially if you opt for Volvo’s optional air suspension system.

The same can be said about the suspension system which easily glides over low to medium-sized bumps and adjusts according to the different driving modes. However, do not expect some serious offroading. Being a full-sized SUV you can also feel some body roll, though it's not significant. However, on smooth roads, the XC90 performs exceptionally well. 

Braking Performance

Volvo XC90 weighs 4,771 pounds which is very heavy but then again it is a three-row fully loaded SUV so it is expected. But it must be said that the braking performance is pretty impressive with the 13.2-inch front and 12.1-inch rear disc brakes which are fully ventilated. The braking system is paired with various assists which results in efficient control. which results in XC90 stopping from 60-0 mph in a distance of 122 feet. This is average for the segment but the adaptive braking results in a smooth stop that means no nose dive.

Models

2019 Volvo XC90

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 400

2019 BMW X5

Brake Rotors: Front (in)

13.2

14.8

13

NA

Brake Rotors: Rear (in)

12.1

13.8

12.8

NA

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,771

4,729

4,751

4,813

60-0 (feet)

122

124

118

119

Once again the efficient braking system of Volvo XC90 seems enough on its own, but when compared to its rivals the brake size feels a bit smaller which makes it travel a bit farther in a 60-0 mph panic braking scenario. The Mercedes leads the pack here with the shortest braking distance while the X5 takes just a foot more. The Audi Q7 is the one that travels the farthest amongst the cars present here.

2019 Volvo XC90 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

When it comes to fuel economy, the turbocharged engine of the XC90 is as efficient as it is powerful. The base T5 engine of the XC90 offers an efficiency of 21 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highways, and 24 MPG combined which is easily one of the best in its class The more powerful T6 too returns a pretty decent 19/26/22 mpg in city/highway/combined conditions. However, the 18.8-gallon fuel tank is a bit smaller than what you would find in similar vehicles of this segment. 

Models

2019 Volvo XC90

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 400

2019 BMW X5

MPG (City)

21

19

17

20

MPG (Highway)

29

25

23

26

MPG (Combined)

24

21

20

22

Fuel Capacity (gal)

18.8

22.5

24.6

21.9

Range (City / Highway / Combined, in Miles)

394.8 / 545.2 / 451.2

427.5 / 562.5 / 472.5

418.2 / 565.8 / 492.0

438 / 569.4 / 481.8

The XC90 offers impressive fuel economy which is better than the others, but its limited fuel tank capacity makes it fall short against the rivals in terms of the overall range. The X5 is equally frugal as it is powerful and comes next in line after the XC90 while the Mercedes sips the most fuel. That being said, the GLE employs the largest gas tank and offers the longest driving range. 

2019 Volvo XC90 Interior

8.5/10

Getting inside the Volvo XC90 and you will find arguably one of the most beautiful cabin designs in its segment. The stunning interior is beautifully crafted. Everything feels premium with a mixture of genuine wood and leather. On top of that aluminum accents provide a certain sense of elegance. The dashboard is equally beautiful with excellent ergonomics. The leather-wrapped steering wheel looks amazing and has excellent reach for every sized driver but can be upgraded to a sporty steering wheel with shift paddles. The cabin is spacious and offers excellent ingress and egress because of the wide doors.

There are power-adjustable front bucket seats with memory settings and various adjustments are also available. The front seats can also be upgraded to ventilated ones with power thigh support. A 40/20/40 split-bench seat comes standard for second-row occupants which offers excellent room with manual reclining options. For the third row, a 50/50 split-folding bench seat is present which is best suitable for kids because of the limited leg and shoulder room. But then again it is common in other vehicles as well. The cargo capacity of XC90 is on the lower side which is a bummer, but the inside of the vehicle offers plenty of space for small items.

Models

2019 Volvo XC90

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 400

2019 BMW X5

Seating Capacity

7

7

5

5

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

38.9 / 57.7 / 40.9

39.9 / 59.5 / 41.7

40.4 / 58.5 / 40.3

40.8 / 60.0 / 39.8

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

38.5 / 56.5 / 37.0

38.8 / 58.5 / 38.8

38.5 / 58.4 / 38.4

38.7 / 58.1 / 37.4

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

36.3 / 46.9 / 31.9

35.9 / 49.4 / 29.2

-

-

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

12.6

14.2

38.2

33.9

The XC90's spacious cabin is excellent but when compared to its rivals including five seaters, all three of them offer better room for the occupants. But being five-seaters makes them limited. The same can be said about the standard cargo capacity which is lesser in XC90 than the others. But fold down the second and third-row seats and cargo volume is expanded to 65.5 cubic feet. Below are some of the key interior features:

  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Power adjustable seats with driver memory settings
  • Upgradable sporty steering wheel with shift paddles

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system of Volvo XC90 is powered by Volvo’s Sensus system which has received an updated software for 2019 making it better than ever before. As standard, a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen is available which is responsive, but we must say the updated software still hasn’t solved the issue of having a complicated UI which needs some time getting used and usually begs for several swipes to get somewhere. Thankfully, the day can be saved via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

A high-performance audio system with 10 speakers sounds really good but for audiophiles an optional Harman Kardon premium audio system is available. Various USB ports for charging and connectivity are available including 12-volt output in the cargo area. The Voice activation system is also pretty good. A multimedia package is also available which loads it with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Below are some of its key infotainment features:

  • 9-inch infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay support
  • Android Auto support
  • Real-time traffic display
  • SiriusXM
  • Upgradable Harman Kardon audio system

2019 Volvo XC90 Exterior

8.3/10

Buyers hypnotized by XC90’s lavishing interior will be mesmerized by the exterior design which according to us is one of the best in its class. A beautiful body with everything seamless is its strong feature. At the front, you get a compact designed face with Volvo's traditional chrome grille with thin headlamps. The sides of the vehicle are mostly body-colored with chrome trim on the windows. 

At the rear unique tail lights with a lip spoiler can be found. Volvo has introduced new colors and made some changes to standard and optional features such as LED headlights with a headlight washing system that comes under the advanced package. The 18-inch wheels are standard on momentum and 20 inches on the R-Design. The Inscription however gets unique diamond-cut wheels.

Models

2019 Volvo XC90

2019 Audi Q7

2019 Mercedes Benz GLE 400

2019 BMW X5

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,771

4,729

4,751

4,813

Length (in)

194.9

199.6

189.1

194.3

Width (in)

79.1

77.5

78.9

78.9

Height (in)

69.9

68.5

70.7

69

Ground Clearance (in)

9.4

8.3

8.3

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

117.5

117.9

114.8

117.1

Dimensions wise XC90 is somewhat similar to the others, but it is heavier than the others except for the X5. Its 9.4-inch ground clearance is also better than the others and makes it a better option for traversing rough terrain. But we would advise you to not go for the 20-inch wheels unless you prefer style over comfort. The Mercedes GLE is shorter in length and rides lower to the ground. The Q7 too has a similar ride height but is the largest SUV here. 

Below are some of its key exterior features:

  • Adaptive Auto-Leveling headlights w/Perimeter/Approach Lights, Cornering Lights & Headlight washers
  • LED Brakelights
  • Power Liftgate w/Lip Spoiler
  • Power heated auto-dimming side mirrors with power-folding and turns indicators
  • Express Open/Close Sliding & Tilting Laminated Glass Panoramic Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
  • 20-inch 10 spoke tinted silver diamond cut alloy wheels

2019 Volvo XC90 Safety

9.8/10

The 2019 Volvo XC90 is based on the Scalable product architecture (SPA) platform. Which ensures reduction in weight and offers better safety and efficiency. This is why it received full ratings in crash tests by the NHTSA and the “Top Safety Pick” award from the IIHS. Other than various standard stability controls and multiple airbags, Volvo has loaded XC90 fully with all sorts of driver assists and safety features such as blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, Roll stability control, Lane-keeping assists, lane departure warning system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking system, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera system. Below are some of its key safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Forward collision avoidance with an automatic emergency braking system
  • Volvo On-Call Emergency SOS
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Volvo XC90 Competition

7.5/10

2019 Volvo XC90 vs 2019 Audi Q7

When compared to the Audi Q7, XC90 offers an excellent quality interior with beautiful visuals, a better set of technology, and lots of safety features. Not to forget about the smooth and comfortable driving experience. The Audi Q7 on the other hand is faster, more fuel-efficient, has better braking power, and offers more room for both passengers and cargo.

2019 Volvo XC90 vs 2019 Mercedes Benz GLE400

When stacked against Mercedes Benz GLE400, Volvo XC90 offers better fuel economy, two more seats for the occupants, and better ground clearance for traversing rough terrain. The GLE400 on the other hand is faster, has a bigger fuel tank, and offers more room for the occupants. However, where the Volvo outshines the Mercedes is the level of luxury it offers for a significantly lower price.

2019 Volvo XC90 vs 2019 BMW X5

When put against BMW X5 which comes with a more powerful six-cylinder engine and is a five-seater, the XC90 feels underpowered, however, it offers a controlled ride experience, more seating capacity, and a top-tier level of interior luxury. On the other hand, the X5 feels better to drive with its excellent handling and punchier performance.

2019 Volvo XC90 Final Verdict

The XC90 is one of those rare machines which tries its best to exceed in almost every section. Where it fails and where it succeeds is purely subjective and depends on what the buyer prefers, but according to us, it manages to bring a perfect balance between power and luxury. It's a seven-seater SUV that offers decent power with exceptional ride quality, has a spacious cabin with top-quality material, and so many features. So yes we think you should consider getting a 2019 Volvo XC90.

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