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2007 Volvo XC90: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions November 2016

Building on its decades-long reputation for sturdy, roomy station wagons, Volvo introduced its first dedicated 3-row SUV, the XC90, in 2003. The 2007 Volvo XC90 continues that legacy, offering a solid unit-body structure, carlike ride, well-appointed interior with Scandinavian accents and a slew of safety features. It can be configured as a 5- or 7-passenger vehicle, with a maximum of 85.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats and 43.3 aft of the second row. That shrinks to 9 cubic feet if the available third-row seats are up. A fold-flat front passenger seat adds more space to carry long items such as ladders.

For 2007, a new 235-horsepower 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder replaces the previous year's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder base engine, and the standard 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission allows for manual gear selection. An optional Yamaha-built 311-hp 4.4-liter V8 continues to be offered in higher trim levels. All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard on V8 models and optional with the 3.2-liter six. Unique XC90 features include gyroscopic-based roll stability control and a built-in second-row child seat that can slide forward to enable access to a child in need of parental attention.

What We Like

Quality fit, finish and materials; solid structural feel; carlike ride; top-rated crash scores; comfortable front seats; integrated child seat; powerful available V8

What We Don't

Cramped third-row seats; below-par fuel economy; requires premium fuel

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2007 XC90 3.2 comes standard with a new 3.2-liter 24-valve double-overhead-camshaft inline-six producing 235 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Premium unleaded fuel is required. A Geartronic 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Both FWD and AWD versions of the XC90 are Environmental Protection Agency-rated at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The maximum tow rating is a generous 3,970 pounds.

The XC90 V8 model features a 4.4-liter 32-valve DOHC V8 rated at 311 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. EPA estimates for this engine are 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The 2007 Volvo XC90 is available in 3.2, V8 and V8 Sport trims.

The 3.2's standard equipment includes front-wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires, cloth and faux-leather seat trim, a power front driver's seat with memory, front-seat adjustable lumbar, wood interior trim, a trailer hitch receiver, fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate controls, auto headlamps, a clock, variable intermittent wipers, cruise control, a leather-wrapped shift lever, a tilt-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio controls, remote keyless entry, a 40/20/40 split fold-flat second-row seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, an 8-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, a trip computer, roof rack, cargo tie-downs, roll stability and traction control, an anti-lock brake system, dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags, and power locks, windows and heated folding side mirrors with turn-signal repeaters. The 3.2 is also available with all-wheel drive and a limited-slip rear differential.

The V8 trim upgrades to a folding third-row seat, leather seat trim, power front seats with lumbar adjustment, a sunroof, rear A/C, premium audio with 6-disc CD and Dolby sound, rear-seat audio controls, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The V8 Sport nets 19-in alloy wheels and performance tires, a stiffer sport suspension, sport seats, a sport steering wheel, body-color fender flares and an aero body kit.

Key options include rear park assist with a backup camera, navigation, SiriusXM, rear-seat DVD entertainment, a blind spot monitoring system, 18-in alloys and a second-row integrated child seat.


Since its 2003 introduction, the XC90 has been one of Volvo's top sellers, so the supply of used examples should be good. Expect to pay more for 7-passenger and all-wheel-drive versions.

For a good idea of the 2007 XC90's price range, investigate Kelley Blue Book used-car values at Also try searching the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following safety recalls for the 2007 XC90:

Faulty software for the climate control module may shut down the system while driving, disabling the defroster and causing impaired visibility that creates an increased crash risk.

The portable Garmin 760 GPS accessory has batteries that may overheat and create a fire risk.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA issued the 2007 XC90 a 5-star rating in frontal and side impacts and four stars for 4WD rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2007 XC90 a Top Safety Pick, with Good ratings for small- and moderate-overlap front impacts, side impacts, roof strength, head restraints and seats.

Volvo Cars sold the 2007 XC90 with 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties and a 12-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty.

The 2007 XC90 is too old to qualify for Volvo's certified pre-owned program, but for reference, Volvo certified pre-owned vehicles must be less than 6 years old and have no more than 80,000 miles on the odometer. Every certified pre-owned XC90 undergoes a 130-point inspection and receives a Carfax check to make sure it hasn't been damaged in an accident. Those that pass receive a fully transferable 7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty dating from when the vehicle was first sold. There are no deductibles. Also included is 24-hour roadside assistance. If you want a certified XC90, consider a newer model.

Other Cars to Consider

2007 BMW X5 -- The second-generation version of BMW's original SUV is all-new for 2007 and again offers good handling, but adds much-needed interior room, cargo space and the first-ever third-row seat. Power choices remain a smooth 260-hp 3.0-liter 6-cylinder or a potent 350-hp 4.8-liter V8, both teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.

2007 GMC Acadia -- This all-new offering from GM's truck brand combines full-size SUV roominess and cargo capacity with a carlike ride in a midsize package. It has one of the roomiest third-row seats and offers a sliding second row as well. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the Acadia is powered by a 275-hp 3.6-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic. Max towing is 4,500 lbs.

Autotrader's Advice

If your previous experience has been with Volvo wagons, you'll be surprised by just how much larger the XC90 looks and feels. There's plenty of room inside and even an available third-row seat, although it's too small for adults back there. And no other SUV offers a more comprehensive array of standard safety gear. The base 3.2 6-cylinder is fine if you're patient, but because the XC90 is fairly heavy, the available V8 makes passing and freeway merging more enjoyable, and V8 models come standard with all-wheel drive. AWD is not only a boon for winter driving, but it will also add resale value when trade-in time comes around. The 2007 XC90 is too old to qualify for certified pre-owned status, so look for lower-mileage examples that have seen obvious care. Make sure the XC90 you are considering has had any applicable safety recalls performed by a factory-authorized dealer.

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