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2009 Volvo XC90 Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr I6

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2009 Volvo XC90 Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Volvo XC90 Sport Utility Crossover

The Volvo XC90 occupies a spot in a competitive luxury SUV class that includes the Acura MDX, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Amid the segment, the 2009 XC90 offers loads of standard comfort and safety features. Both 6-cylinder and V8 models are priced lower than most of the competition, and the 10-year/100,000-mile rust warranty is tops. With plenty of durability, comfort, and safety available in a Volvo XC90, the vehicle makes a strong case for itself.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009 the Volvo XC90 benefits from the sporty R-design package that Volvo has been introducing across its vehicle range in Europe. The R-design brings a sportier suspension, double exhaust pipes, unique skid plates and R-design specific styling throughout.

Model Strengths

  • Excellent highway manners with comfortable ride
  • impressive safety features
  • solid, tank-like build quality
  • V8 power
  • pleasing interior.

Model Review

The 2009 XC90 has had a shake up in trim levels. They now include the 3.2, 3.2 R-Design, V8, or V8 R-Design. The 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design are powered by a 235-horsepower 3.2L inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the 3.2, while all-wheel drive with Instant Traction is optional. The V8 and V8 R-Design come with Volvo's 311-horsepower 4.4L V8, which puts out 325 lb-ft of torque at 5,850 rpm. All-wheel drive with Instant Traction is standard on V8 models, as is the 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission found in the 3.2.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven 2009 Volvo XC90 and bring you their expert opinion here in this Bottom Line. Then TheCarConnection.com has also researched available road tests on the new Volvo XC90 to bring you the most useful shopping information.

The 2009 Volvo XC90 caters to American tastes with its optional V-8 engine, but otherwise it's built for safety-minded families who need an all-wheel-drive SUV, though third-row room is strictly limited. Available since 2005, the XC90 still looks fresh and well proportioned; its basic shape is aging well, inside and out. The cabin's interior is laid out handsomely and dressed in conservative-looking but expensive-feeling trim.

All-wheel drive is standard, and the XC90 tows up to 5,000 pounds yet maintains a relatively spry, carlike feel. Steering is fast enough and the ride is well controlled. A 235-horsepower, 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine mated to a standard six-speed automatic is the base drivetrain on the 2009 Volvo XC90. A 4.4-liter V-8, shared with the new S80 sedan, makes 311 horsepower and is teamed with the same six-speed automatic. Unusually, the V-8 is very quiet, even when it's floored. Given its 13/19 mpg fuel economy, it should be heard. The six-cylinder version musters just 14/20 mpg.

Including the optional hideaway third-row seat, the 2009 Volvo XC90 can seat up to seven passengers, making it a viable alternative to truck-based SUVs and seven-passenger minivans. The XC90's second-row seat can also be adjusted fore and aft to maximize either cargo space or passenger room. While the front- and second-row passengers have good room and comfortable chairs, the third-row seat should be viewed as a last-ditch solution.

The XC90 scores five-star crash ratings from NHTSA and is a Top Safety Pick, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Front side and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, stability and traction control, roll-stability control, and a rollover protection system are standard on all Volvo XC90s, as is a tire pressure monitoring system.

For the new model year, Volvo expands the XC90 lineup with the addition of the new R-Design models, which more or less replace the XC90 V-8 Sport model. R-Design XC90s are distinguished by a host of exterior and interior styling cues, including 19-inch "Vulcanis" diamond-cut alloy wheels and specific R-Design grille, leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logos, steering wheel, watch dial instruments, and floor mats. The 2009 Volvo XC90 R-Design models are available with either a 3.2-liter six-cylinder or 4.4-liter V-8, with the V-8 model also receive standard 20-inch "Cratus" alloy wheels in place of the 19-inch ones and split dual exhaust pipes.

Changes to the rest of the 2009 XC90 model lineup include the availability of a new Convenience Package. The package features Volvo's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), power retractable rearview mirrors, rear park assist, Interior Air Quality System (IAQS), and the enhanced Volvo Navigation System II with remote control and Real Time Traffic. Optional features on the 2009 Volvo XC90 are on par with other luxury SUVs, including wood trim, 18- and 19-inch wheels, soft leather seating, and a DVD entertainment system for the second row.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Volvo XC90 is a sport-utility vehicle done the Swedish way: with a clean design and an emphasis on safe, all-weather driving, instead of flashiness or brute strength.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Volvo Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000-mile exclusionary warranty. The Volvo factory-backed CPO warranty fully covers every part not specifically excluded: including replacement/repair of thousands of components, systems and operations.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years less than 5 years with under 80k miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 130+ Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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