2019 Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid SUV

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2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Swedish brand got revved in the U.S market with the introduction of 2019 Volvo XC90. The car is a complete amalgamation of technology, style, and practicality. It offers superior features on par with many rivals. For 2019, the base model received heated seats and four-climate control. The Convenience and Momentum Plus package are no longer into existence.

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Pros

Accurate ride and handling

Powerful twin-charged engine

Appealing cabin and exterior design

Sufficient standard technology features

A plug-in hybrid model also exist

Spacious second and third row seating

Cons

Not so handy touchscreen controls

Average performance and fuel economy

What's New?

New Harmon Kardon stereo fitted in R-Design and Inscription models

Base AWD models offered with heated seats and four-zone climate control

Convenience and Momentum Plus packages removed from the lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$66300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

99 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

364 cu. in.

horsepower

360 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

472 lb.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

6-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

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13

dimensions

wheelbase

167.7 in.

length

239.8 in.

width

80.51 in.

height

77.99 in.

curb weight

6533 lbs.

ground clearance

9.72 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

6200 lbs.

payload capacity

1210 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26 /30 /27 mpg

ev range

481 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./50000mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ Unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ Unlimited mi.


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Styles

 2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV in Bright Silver Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV in Crystal White Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV in Denim Blue Metallic color  2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV in Ice White color  2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV in Osmium Grey Metallic color
Bright Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Interior

8.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Momentum

T8 Momentum

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$66,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Momentum Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $66,300 MSRP (26 mpg/27/30 mpg) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7   Bright Silver Metallic
  Magic Blue Metallic
  Crystal White Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Ice White

 2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 R-Design

T8 R-Design

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$71,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $71,250 MSRP (26 mpg/27/30 mpg) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7   Bursting Blue Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Crystal White Metallic
  Electric Silver Metallic

 2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Inscription

T8 Inscription

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$72,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $72,350 MSRP (26 mpg/27/30 mpg) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7   Bright Silver Metallic
  Magic Blue Metallic
  Crystal White Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Ice White

 2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV T8 Excellence

T8 Excellence

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$104,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Excellence Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $104,900 MSRP (26 mpg/27/30 mpg) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4   Bright Silver Metallic
  Denim Blue Metallic
  Osmium Grey Metallic
  Magic Blue Metallic
  Onyx Black Metallic

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.2

Overall Rating


The Volvo XC90 with the features and the price it is offered at is one of the best selling SUV in the market. The looks remain unchanged with Swedish style and touches that can be seen on the LED headlights, taillights, wheel designs. These things make the SUV look quite expensive than its actual value.

On the engine front, no matter what trim you select, you’ll get a four-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with a battery and an electric motor. The power is adequate to make you drive around the town. The SUV is attractive both inside-out, and is worth a test drive.

White Volvo XC90
Rear quarter Volvo XC90
2019 Volvo XC90 Interior seats
charging Volvo XC90 hybrid

 
 
 

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Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Features

The Volvo XC90 comes in only one engine option in the hybrid guise. Though it does have the usual trims: Momentum, R-design, Inscription and Excellence.  

Trim Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum hybrid Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design hybrid Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription hybrid Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence hybrid
MSRP $64,950 $68,950 $70,050 $104,900
Key Features LED Headlights with Thor's Hammer DRL & Auto Highbeam (AHB) All the features from T8 Momentum &: All the features from T8 R-design All the features from T8 Inscription &:
  12.3" Driver Display (Digital Instrument Cluster) R-Design nubuck leather seats Ventilated Nappa Leather seats Perforated Nappa leather seats
  SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 6-Month Subscription 20" 5 spoke rims 20" 10 spoke silver alloys wheels 21" 10 spoke turbine alloy wheels
  Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay & Android Auto) Harman Kardon Sound system Color-coded rearview mirrors Bowers and Wilkins Premium Sound
  Volvo Sensus Connect with 9" Touchscreen     Linear walnuts inlays

We Recommend

We would recommend T8 R-design as it has most of the features you would need at pretty good price package. And the other reason? R-design wheel rims make the SUV look very sporty. We would also recommend the red color.

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Engine

The 2019 Volvo XC90 has decent overall performance. The base engine is underpowered, but two other optional engines deliver more power. Fuel economy is good for the class. The XC90 delivers a comfortable ride and stable cornering ability.' -cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

The XC90 T8 is offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, attached to an inline-four twin-charged engine with an electric motor to propel a combined 400 horsepower. Combining an inline-four with an electric motor helps a lot in the kind of torque the car can produce and here it is in abundance with 472 pound-foot. It feels pretty quick when compared to the XC90's gasoline-powered models. The 10.4 kWh lithium-ion battery can propel the car 19 miles with electric-only mode, all that distance in complete silence. 

Models

Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum hybrid

Mercedes Benz GLE 550e 4matic 4dr

Porsche Cayenne SE-hybrid 4dr

BMW X5 xDrive40e iperformance 4dr

MSRP

$64,950

$66,700

$79,900

$63,750

Engine

2.0L i4

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

400 hp @6000rpm

436 hp@1600

416 hp @5500rpm

313 hp @5000rpm

Torque

472 ft-lb @2200 rpm

479 ft-lb

435 ft-lb @1250rpm

332 ft-lb

Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid platform
The BMW X5 xDrive 40e falls a lot short on the kind of power it offers. The competition is far ahead with GLE producing 436hp just trailing behind is the Cayenne with 416 horses. The XC90 is quick for sure at 400 hp but the dynamics the German cars have is incomparable here. Hands down the Porsche is the best driving car here.
 
 

Acceleration

The SUV has shown decent acceleration figures despite its size. The XC90 can sprint to 60 MPG in 7.5 seconds. However, other competitors are way faster in this regard. The BMW X5 turns out to be the fastest with 5.3 seconds. The best thing about the XC90 SUV is its calm and composed ride quality. It offers smooth cruising on any kind of terrain. The optional four-corner air suspension ($1,800 option in momentum and inspiration) further improves the ride quality. However, complete noise cancellation isn't available with air suspension equipped XC90.

Models

Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum hybrid

Mercedes Benz GLE 550e 4matic 4dr

Porsche Cayenne SE-hybrid 4dr

BMW X5 xDrive40e iperformance 4dr

0-60 MPH

6.8 sec

5.2 sec

5.5 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter mile

15.1 sec

16.6 sec

13.8 sec

14.7 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Mercedes-Benz is the quickest here and that's because they mate electric motor to not an I-4 unline BMW or Volvo but a 3 litre V6. Someone suprisingly follows in almost sportscar shoes-The Porsche Cayenne.

Braking

All the four wheels of Volvo XC90 come with steel disc brakes. The brake pedal is soft and inspires confidence while driving. The SUV offers a braking distance of 113 feet (halt from 60 mph). Also, the 2019 XC90 comes standard with automatic emergency braking.

Model

Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum hybrid

Mercedes Benz GLE 550e 4matic 4dr

Porsche Cayenne SE-hybrid 4dr

BMW X5 xDrive40e iperformance 4dr

Brake Front (in.)

13.2

13.8

14.2

13.7

Brake Rear (in.)

12.1

13

13

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5059

5456

5181

5220

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

130

N/A

N/A

Only Mercedes's data is available and for an SUV to stop in 130 ft. is phenomenal. But being at 5456 pounds and others being a lot lighter on their feet. The Mercedes might not be up to the mark. The Porsche has quite a lot of feel on those brake pads because it comes developed from sportscar pedigree than an off-roader. The biggest car is the lightest here, the Volvo. And the brakes complemented with the automation and the tricks Volvo has up its sleeve. Makes the XC 90 shine again.

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

Those folks at Volvo definitely were quite serious about the fuel efficiency when they decided to install a small four-cylinder into the large XC90. The XC90 is just marginally more efficient than the competitor even in most efficient guise. That's a real disappointment considering that XC90 also has compromised performance and engine refinement compared to the rivals.

Model

Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum hybrid

Mercedes Benz GLE 550e 4matic 4dr

Porsche Cayenne SE-hybrid 4dr

BMW X5 xDrive40e iperformance 4dr

MPG (city)

26

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (highway)

30

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (combined)

27

21

22

24

 

Theres only combined data that we can compare with and clearly the Volvo is the most impressive here with 27 miles in a single gallon of gasoline with X5 the second best thanks to the Inline-4 both the cars get. The Mercedes and the Porsche has an economy of 21 and 22 mpg respectively.

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Interior

8.0/10

A bit of a mixed bag from Volvo. Materials, design and workmanship are very good, class-leading in some areas. Ergonomics and functionality are behind the leaders. The centerpiece of the XC90 is a big 9-inch touchscreen that is quick to respond, but it controls more functions than it should.' - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The XC90's interior offers amazing space and features. Right from the attractive options to the material quality, we only wish that there were more cars of this kind. The third row doesn't offer much space. However, it manages to offer more legroom than some of its prominent rivals. Available as option, the XC90 has either two or four massaging seats on offer, a rear-seat beverage cooler, a crystalline shifter knob, and handcrafted Swedish-crystal tumblers.

Model

Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum hybrid

Mercedes Benz GLE 550e 4matic 4dr

Porsche Cayenne SE-hybrid 4dr

BMW X5 xDrive40e iperformance 4dr

Passenger capacity

7

5

5

5

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

38.9/57.7/40.9

38.9/58.5/40.3

39.6/58.9/NA

39.8/60.5/40.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/56.5/37.0

38.5/58.4/38.4

N/A

38.3/58.3/36.6

There's a panoramic sunroof available as standard across the range. The XC90 SUV offers best in class headroom in the segment. As per Volvo, there's equal importance to all the occupants. The Porsche Cayenne is swathed in good materials, the inspiration obviously flowing down from Panamera but that centre console does eats out on space. Teutonic cousins BMW and Mercedes-Benz do their usual good but XC90 and Porsche just throw the water out of the park. 

Interior Features

  • 4-Zone Electronic Climate System
  • Power Driver Seat W/Memory
  • Heated Front Seats (Optional)
  • Heated Rear Seats (Optional)
  • Heated Steering Wheel (Optional)
  • 360 Degree Surround View Camera (Optional)

Cargo volume

The Volvo XC90`s exemplary exterior styling has turned out to be plus point by offering best in class luggage space across the lineup. With all three seats up, the XC90 offers a cargo volume of 16 cubic feet shared with Audi Q7. With the second row folded, the capacity increases to 42 cubic feet '3 marginally greater than the Audi Q7 (41 cubic feet).

 

Model

Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum hybrid

Mercedes Benz GLE 550e 4matic 4dr

Porsche Cayenne SE-hybrid 4dr

BMW X5 xDrive40e iperformance 4dr

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

85.7

80.3

59.7

N/A

When all rows are folded, the XC90 can accommodate all of your luggage with 86 cubic feet of luggage volume. The lowering of rear end for convenient loading of luggage is further facilitated by the optional air suspension. Volvo just obliterates the competition here with the kind of space it has. It almost goes upto the GLS and the Q7.
 

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Exterior

The Volvo XC90 SUV's exterior is equally elegant with no small dose of strength. Just look to those T-shaped LED running lights, dubbed "Thor's Hammer," or that significant grille with a large Volvo emblem floating in the middle.'- Kelley Blue Book

Design and Styling

The Volvo XC90 follows the tradition by offering tasteful design keeping a minimalist approach. The crisp and sharp design elements add more refinement to the SUV. Dimension wise, the XC90 SUV offers a bold stance on the road. Details like Thor's hammer DRL Led pattern which just makes it looks ruthless and menacing when seen in the night. The swoopy taillight design makes all the Volvos have a very distinct and unmistakable look and XC 90 is no different.

Model

Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum hybrid

Mercedes Benz GLE 550e 4matic 4dr

Porsche Cayenne SE-hybrid 4dr

BMW X5 xDrive40e iperformance 4dr

Curb weight (lbs.)

5059

5456

5181

5220

Length(in)

194.9

189.7

191.1

193.2

Width(in)

79.1

78.9

78.7

76.3

Height(in)

69.9

70.7

67.4

69.4

Ground clearance (in)

9.4

N/A

8.5

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

117.5

114.8

114.0

115.5

Track width (in) F/R

66/66.1

64.9/65.5

64.7/65.2

64.7/65

 

The Porsche has the sporty soft-roader like looks and the curvy haunches and the lines might impress you. With Mercedes-Benz going on to the sharp and still a very subtle design language doesn't make it lose the charm the Benzes always had. Swedish peeps have created Volvo a fortune with the new design language they are right now and the XC 90 justify it just by doing nothing. 

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the 2019 XC90 with a five-star overall crash test rating. The XC90 scored five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The XC90 the highest rating of Good in five individual crash tests conducted by the IIHS. The XC90 earned the best rating 'Superior' for its front crash prevention features, as well as 'Acceptable' for headlights.

  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) & Cross Traffic Alert
  • Pilot Assist '3 Semi-Autonomous Drive System with Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Front, Side & Curtain Airbags with Driver Side Knee Airbag
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Automatic Braking After Collision
  • Lane Keeping Aid and Driver Alert Control


 

2019 Volvo XC 90 Crash test
2016 Volvo XC90 Crash Test

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Competition

2019 Volvo XC90 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e 4matic

Luxury, safety and build quality, these are the three pillars on which the GLE hybrid was made. Volvo could have saved a little but of itf s sales by lowering the price-tag but what you get in this price tag is an SUV which is made by a brand known for the safety its vehicle provides to the passengers. It depends on you how you want to spend your 60 grand, Volvo or Mercedes.

2019 Volvo XC90 vs Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid

The Porsche Cayenne was one of the first serious road-going SUVs than an off-roader itself. With such great road holding characteristics, this car is the one to look for if you have to fulfill that driver dreams. Being E-hybrid it doesn't leave you with any less power though. Whereas XC 90 doesn't feel up with paces when it is put through some. The Cayenne manages all this with ease. The XC 90 sure spoils you with creamy premium-ness but it just drips over its vehicle dynamics. 

2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid vs BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance

BMW is one of the finest manufacturers in the Sedan and SUV market and the arrival of i3 depicts that they are all set to nail the hybrid segment as well. With X5 they are now targeting both SUV and hybrid sector and with a price tag and range they are providing, it definitely puts XC90 hybrid buyers in a mood of scepticism.

2019 BMW X5 plug-in hybrid
2019 BMW X5 xDrive 40e
2019 Porsche Cayenne e-hybrid
2019 Porsche Cayenne e-hybrid
2019 Merecedes-Benz GLE 550e
2019 Merecedes-Benz GLE 550e
2019 Volvo XC90 Plug-in hybrid
2019 Volvo XC90 Plug-in hybrid

2019 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid SUV Final Verdict

Its been two years since the inception of the second generation Volvo XC90 in the market. It still remains one of the most handsome and charming SUV inside-out. It is very practical and offers useful third-row seating and boot space. Meanwhile, the Volvo churn out maximum power from the 2.0-liter engine while the competitors bet on a larger engine with smooth transmission. Having a good reputation on the safety part, you will feel relaxed while driving the Volvo XC90.