2022 Volvo XC90

MSRP $48,350 Est.

Ranked #12 in Suv

7.1

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2022 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volvo XC90 is the biggest and most expensive SUV in Volvo’s lineup and has been on sale since 2002. The second generation of the XC90 has been around since 2015, and with the company's strong focus on electrifying its whole range, we can expect an all-electric model as soon as next year. But, because of the recent facelift, the 2022 Volvo XC90 will most likely be a carryover model with minimal changes. With the recent facelift, the XC90 received a redesigned front and rear end, a new front grille, and a new infotainment system with improved software. 

The Excellence trim was also discontinued, leaving only three trim levels: Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design. If Volvo decides to go all-electric for 2022, we can expect prices to rise and more performance than the current model. If the current model is carried over, we can expect prices to range from $50,000 for the base T5 Momentum model to $70,500 for the top-end Inscription model with the plug-in hybrid powertrain. All models of the XC90 get the same 2.0L turbocharged engine in different states of tune. 

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Pros

Comfortable and luxurious cabin

Innovative infotainment system

Plenty of trims and models 

A fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid drivetrain 

Excellent safety ratings 

Cons

Only one engine option on offer

Lacks the performance offered by the rivals

Harsh ride quality, especially on imperfect surfaces

What's New?

The 2022 Volvo XC90 will be a carryover model, while an all-electric model is still expected


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48350

bodystyle

dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Geartronic Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.2/12.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

117.5 in.

length

65.8 in.

width

79.1 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4394 lbs.

ground clearance

9.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

85.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

4000 lbs.

payload capacity

1210 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

488.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

T5 Momentum$48,350 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Volvo XC90 in Denim Blue Metallic color
Denim Blue 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

Pricing and Features

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


The more powerful T6 model adds supercharging along with turbocharging to increase performance significantly. The top-end plug-in hybrid powertrain is the most powerful and adds two electric motors to the mix. Even with the recent market slowdown, Volvo has managed to shift more than 30,000 units annually, which is a testament to the XC90’s popularity. The Volvo XC90 competes with other luxury crossovers like the Audi Q7, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. As of now, only the XC90 gets a plug-in hybrid system, and if the all-electric model is released, it will be the first all-electric luxury crossover in this price range. 

2022 Volvo XC90 SUV front angle view
2022 Volvo XC90 SUV rear angle view

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Volvo XC90 Features

After the recent discontinuation of the top-end Excellence trim, the XC90 is expected to be available in three trim levels: Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design, and three drivetrain options including the plug-in hybrid model. With the recent update, all models now get front parking sensors, LED headlights, high-pressure headlight washers, wireless charging, and a Care Key system.

Trims

T5 Momentum

T5 R- Design

T6 Momentum

T6 R-Design

T6 Inscription

MSRP* (FWD)

$49,000

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSRP* (AWD)

$51,500

$58,100

$56,950

$62,650

$63,250

Key Features

19-inch alloy wheels

Adds to or replaces T5 Momentum features with:

Adds to or replaces T5 R-Design features with:

Adds to or replaces T6 Momentum features with:

Adds to or replaces T6 R-Design features with:

 

Leatherette upholstery

20-inch alloy wheels

Premium Sound System

Steering Wheel Audio Controls

Bespoke Inscription grille

 

Ten-speaker sound system

Unique R-Design front grille and tailpipes

Adaptive Cruise Control

Telematics

14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

 

9-inch touchscreen display

Gloss-black exterior elements

Power Driver Seat

Satellite Radio

Comfort, climate-controlled front seats

 

Auxiliary Audio Input

Contoured front sport seats

Premium Synthetic Seats

Traction and stability control

Available Luxury Package

 

Navigation System

Sports steering wheel with paddle shifters

Heated Steering Wheel

Cross-Traffic Alert

Ten-way power front seats

*MSRP provided here are expected figures and may vary.

The base Momentum trim will start at around $49,000. As standard, the Momentum trims come with 7 seats but can be optioned with middle-row captain seats for $8,450 extra. Next in line is the R-Design trim which is available with all three engine options, and will start at around $58,100. The top-end Inscription trim is expected to start at around $63,500.

We Recommend:

The 2022 Volvo XC90 is a potential and capable SUV that ranks high in terms of luxury and safety. We would recommend you to buy the Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum trim as it comes loaded with the most useful and practical features and also offers AWD as standard for an expected price of just $56,950.

2022 Volvo XC90 Price:

The 2022 Volvo XC 90 Prices have not yet been released officially. We expect a price bump of $700 to $900 due to inflationary reasons. The Price of the Volvo XC90 is expected to range between $49,000 and $63,250 for the topmost trim.

2022 Volvo XC90 Release Date:

Although official launch dates haven’t been announced yet, we can expect the 2022 model to reach showrooms by the fall of 2021. 

2022 Volvo XC90 Engine and Performance

Since the Volvo XC90 is expected to be a carryover model, it will be available with three drivetrains: T5, T6, and T8 Recharge. All three options use the same 2.0L turbocharged engine paired to a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. The base T5 model is available in both FWD and AWD configurations and gets the 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine that produces 250 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. 

Upgrading to the T6 model adds standard AWD and supercharging into the mix, bumping the power and torque figures up to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. The top-end T8 Recharge powertrain adds 2 electric motors and produces 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. It is also capable of reaching 60 MPH in just 5.3 seconds, which is commendable for such a large and luxurious SUV with excellent efficiency. 

2022 Volvo XC90 SUV in acceleration mode

All models get a towing capacity of 5000 pounds. The T6 model hits 60 MPH in just 6.1 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile in 16 seconds. The steering is accurate with plenty of feedback, and as expected for a large SUV, there is a lot of body roll during hard corners. 

Models

2022 Volvo XC90*

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

MSRP

$64,000

$61,000

$62,300

$62,500

Engine

2.0L Twin-Charged Inline Four-Cylinder

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline Six-Cylinder

3.0L Twin-Charged Inline Six-Cylinder

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power

316 hp @ 5,700 RPM

335 hp @ 5,700 RPM

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

362 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

295 lb-ft @ 2,200 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

*2021 MY data used for reference

The softer suspension setup gives the XC90 a calm and comfortable ride, especially when equipped with the optional air suspension. Unlike some of its rivals, the XC90 is not aimed at off-roading and is best used on the smooth tarmac where it blends in perfectly.

Unsurprisingly, the XC90 is the slowest of the bunch, with all of its rivals getting bigger 3.0L engines. The BMW X5 tops the list with a 0-60 MPH time of just 5 seconds followed by the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 at 5.3 seconds. The Audi Q7 also managed to outpace the XC90 with a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds compared to the Volvo’s 6.1 seconds.

2022 Volvo XC90 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Because the 2022 XC90 will be a carryover model, we can expect similar EPA ratings of 19 MPG in the city and an impressive 28 MPG on the highway. The XC90 however, lacks tank capacity with just 18.8 gallons on offer, giving it a highway range of 526 miles. The smaller engine capacity helps the XC90 get the best efficiency among its rivals with similar performance. 

Models

2022 Volvo XC90*

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

MPG (City)

19

18

21

21

MPG (Highway)

28

23

25

26

MPG (Combined)

22

20

23

23

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

22.5

21.9

22.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

357/526/413

405/517/450

460/547/503

472/585/517

*2021 MY data used for reference

Both the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE lead with a combined efficiency of 23 MPG and get bigger fuel tanks. The Audi Q7 is the least efficient with a combined rating of 20 MPG. The Volvo XC90 comes second with a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg and has the least fuel tank capacity of 18.8 gallons. The fuel tank capacity of the Volvo XC90 is the least among competitors and hence it results in decreased total range.

2022 Volvo XC90 Interior

7.0/10

The Volvo XC90 will continue to get elegant yet simple interiors with high-quality materials used everywhere. The big 9-inch touchscreen system continues to dominate the dashboard housing almost all the controls including the climate control system. Volvo however, does provide physical audio controls below it for easier access without taking your eyes off the road. The unique crystal shifter is a joy to look at and use. The 12.3-inch driver’s display houses all the information and even shows navigation.

The thick three-spoke steering wheel houses plenty of controls for easy access and feels premium. All models get a 7 seater configuration as standard with bench seats in the second and third row. The optional 6 seater configuration gets comfortable captain seats in the middle row with a lot more adjustability on offer. The front seats get power-adjustability as standard with memory function for the driver, and all models get 4-zone climate control along with vents for all three rows.

2022 Volvo XC90 SUV cockpit area

The unique 9-inch tablet-like touchscreen system dominates the dashboard and is standard across the range. The new Sensus operating system has improved its interface, and every model now gets Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard. Usual connectivity options like Bluetooth and USB are available along with SiriusXM and HD radio. Higher trims also get the capable Sensus navigation system, Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system with an air-ventilated subwoofer. 

Models

2022 Volvo XC90*

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

Seating Capacity

6

7

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.9/57.7/40.9

39.9/59.5/41.7

40.8/60/39.8

40.5/59.3/40.3

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.5/56.5/37

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.7/58.1/37.4

39.6/58.3/40.9

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

36.3/46.9/31.9

35.9/49.4/29.2

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

12.6

14.2

33.9

41.4

*2021 MY data used for reference

The ergonomics of the car are spot-on with all controls easily accessible to the driver. Both the second and third row can be folded flat to increase cargo capacity but because of the layout, it is limited compared to some rivals. Some notable interior features expected to be offered with 2022 MY include the following:

  • Power adjustable front seats with memory and heating function
  • Standard 4-zone climate control
  • 9-inch Sensus infotainment system
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM and HD radio
  • Premium Harman Kardon sound system
  • Optional captain seats 
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

2022 Volvo XC90 Exterior

6.0/10

With the recent facelift, the XC90 received a revised front and rear end with a new front grille design. We can expect the same design to be carried forward to 2022 with minimal changes. The classy Scandanavian design still shines through with curved body panels and the signature LED headlights. 

2022 Volvo XC90 SUV

The design still looks modern even after all the years. The rear end is a typical Volvo with LED light guides and dual exhausts. The recent updates also added LED swiveling headlights as standard. The R-Design model gets a sportier design with a gloss-black grille and several R-Design elements. 

Models

2022 Volvo XC90*

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,514

4,971

4,863

5,013

Length (inches)

194.9

199.3

194.3

194.3

Width (inches)

79.1

77.6

78.9

76.7

Height (inches)

69.9

68.5

68.7

70.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

117.5

117.9

117.1

117.9

*2021 MY data used for reference

Cargo capacity will remain the same for 2022 and is strictly average for its class. Both the second and third rows can be folded to increase capacity further. Some of the notable exterior features expected to be offered on 2022 MY include the following:

  • Automatic LED swiveling headlights
  • 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels
  •  Dual integrated exhausts
  • Integrated roof rails
  • Matte silver front grille with chrome frame
  • body-colored door handles
  • LED fog lights
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Powered liftgate

2022 Volvo XC90 Safety

6.0/10

Volvo has always been a pioneer in the safety department, and their engineering shines through with their flagship SUV. The Volvo XC90 continues to be one of the safest SUVs in its class, earning the highest scores in both the NHTSA and IIHS safety tests. It also earned the coveted “Top Safety Pick+” award from the IIHS. 

Volvo also equips the XC90 with a plethora of standard safety features. With such a stellar safety record, we can expect the 2022 model to be even safer than the current one. The active safety systems also received a “Superior” rating from the IIHS. Some standard safety features that will be offered on the 2022 Volvo XC90 are as follows:

  • Volvo On Call connected services
  • Road sign information
  • Lane keep assist
  • Oncoming lane mitigation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Cross-traffic alert with auto-brake
  • Steering assist

2022 Volvo XC90 Competition

9.0/10

2022 Volvo XC90 vs 2022 Audi Q7

For 2022, the Audi Q7 is slated to get a slew of updates including several safety features. As for the current model, the XC90 offers a lot more technology and is cheaper than the Q7. The Audi Q7, however, gets more premium interiors and a roomier cabin. Both these SUVs are slated to get new updates, but the XC90 continues to offer the most value. The XC90 also gets a plug-in hybrid powertrain, unlike the Q7. 

2022 Audi Q7

2022 Volvo XC90 vs 2022 BMW X5

The BMW X7 caters to customers looking for better performance and handling. The X5 also gets a superior cabin with better build quality and a long list of features. The XC90 gets a more spacious cabin with more cargo space and is also more efficient. The XC90 is also equipped with a lot more standard safety features. For 2022, the BMW X5 is slated to get a refresh with a revised front end and a more efficient powertrain. Unlike the XC90, the BMW X5 can seat only 5 passengers, limiting its practicality for larger families.

2022 BMW X5

2022 Volvo XC90 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

For 2022, the Mercedes-Benz GLE is expected to be a carryover model and continues to offer the perfect blend of ride and handling. The updated interiors still look and feel modern with a plethora of features on offer. Compared to the XC90, the GLE-Class gets an upmarket interior with a lot more features. The GLE-Class is limited to 5 passengers, unlike the XC90.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

 

2022 Volvo XC90 Final Verdict

Even though the second generation of the XC90 has been around for a while, it still looks modern and contemporary withs several features added on over the years. For 2022, the XC90 will most likely be a carryover model because of the recent facelift. For now, the XC90 continues to be one of the best options on the market with affordable pricing and plenty of safety features on offer. The T8 recharge model is surprisingly powerful and one of the only plug-in hybrid models in this segment. Overall, the XC90 continues to be one of the best luxury SUVs in the market with exceptional safety ratings and a comfortable cabin.

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