Handsome exterior design; thoughtful interior design; top-notch safety equipment
Stop/start engine feature a little too intrusive; smallest engine not the best choice
The base level of standard equipment (which, on inspection, is not really basic at all) has expanded to include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. Also back on the menu is the combination of the lowest Momentum trim with the T8 plug-in hybrid drivetrain.See the 2018 Volvo XC90 models for sale near you
If possible, consider the T6 Momentum. The difference in fuel consumption isn't too drastic, and the price might still provide some leeway to add more safety equipment.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 comes in T5, T6 and T8 versions. The T5 accommodates five occupants, and the T6 and T8 can take seven — except for the super-luxurious T8 Excellence trim level that seats four.
The T5 comes in Momentum and R-Design trims. The T6 is available in Momentum, R-Design or Inscription. And the T8 comes in Momentum, R-Design, Inscription or Excellence trims.
T5 Momentum ($47,895) -- Comes well-equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, LED lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory settings, hands-free liftgate, roof rails, rain-sensing wipers, drive mode selection, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, keyless entry/ignition, Bluetooth phone and audio, 9-in touchscreen (set vertically) and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, USB port and an auxiliary input. A suite of advanced protection features (see the Safety section below) are also part of the stock package.
T5 R-Design ($53,295) brings a sportier steering wheel with gearshift paddles, plus 20-in alloys, sport seats, leather upholstery, automatic high beams and various cosmetic touches.
T6 Momentum ($55,045) brings its own specific drivetrain, then adds 19-in wheels, heated front seats, leather upholstery and quad-zone automatic climate control.
T6 R-Design ($59,045) builds on the Momentum in much the same way as the T5 version.
T6 Inscription ($60,145) has even nicer leather upholstery to accompany its own set of plusher cosmetic additions. Comfort comes more to the fore as heated/ventilated front seats provide adjustable bolstering, as well as sunshades for the rear section of the cabin.
T8 Momentum ($65,945) includes the plug-in hybrid drivetrain, but otherwise echoes the Momentum versions of the T5 and T6. It's a similar formula for the T8 R-Design ($69,945).
T8 Inscription ($71,045) contributes adaptive LED headlights and daytime running lights, a crystal gear shift knob and extendable under-thigh support for the front seats.
T8 Excellence ($105,895) is limousine quality. Virtually everything is standard, including all the advanced safety features. Rear accommodation consists of two reclining captain's chairs with heating, ventilating and massaging functions, folding trays, heated/cooled cup holders (with a pair of crystal glasses), rear touchscreen, refrigerator, more leather, more sound insulation and 21-in alloy wheels.
Among the many options are a built-in children's booster seat (for the second row), head-up display, adaptive air suspension, 22-in wheels, automated parking, a heated steering wheel and a Bowers & Wilkins 19-speaker audio system.
Those versions with seating for seven have a third row that can split and fold in 50/50 fashion. Behind these seats is a generous 15.8 cu ft. of cargo space. Fold down the second and third rows for a maximum of 85.7 cu ft. No rivals can offer anything better.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Acura MDX -- One of the few premium rivals that can also seat seven. Has a tempting equipment-to-expenditure ratio.
2018 Audi Q7 -- In generational terms, even younger than the XC90. Packed with technology, space and cool designs.
2018 BMW X5 -- The driver's choice, but not too firm. Comes with diesel and plug-in hybrid options.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class -- A plug-in hybrid is available. Seating for five. Classy enough to wear its famed badge, though.
2018 Lexus RX -- Well-built and a big seller. The looks might deter some buyers. The unremarkable driving experience might put off others. A hybrid version is available. Seats five.
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport -- Has much of its bigger sibling's plushness in a more accessible package. Seats five.