2018 Volvo XC90

Original MSRP Range
$46,900 - $104,900
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
20 - 22 MPG City / 27 - 29 MPG Hwy
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2018 Volvo XC90

What We Like

Handsome exterior design; thoughtful interior design; top-notch safety equipment

What We Don't

Stop/start engine feature a little too intrusive; smallest engine not the best choice

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.6/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.9/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Volvo XC90?

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

Which XC90 is the Best?

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.

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How Much Does a 2018 Volvo XC90 Cost?

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.

XC90 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
XC90 T5 AWD 5-Passenger Momentum *Ltd Avail*$49,100 / $46,1544 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 288-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XC90 T5 AWD 5-Passenger R-Design *Ltd Avail*$54,500 / $51,2304 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 288-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T5 AWD 7-Passenger Momentum$49,100 / $46,1544 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 288-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XC90 T5 AWD 7-Passenger R-Design$54,100 / $50,8544 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 288-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T5 FWD 5-Passenger Momentum *Ltd Avail*$46,900 / $44,0864 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XC90 T5 FWD 5-Passenger R-Design *Ltd Avail*$52,300 / $49,1624 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T5 FWD 7-Passenger Momentum$46,900 / $44,0864 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
XC90 T5 FWD 7-Passenger R-Design$51,900 / $48,7864 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T6 AWD 7-Passenger Inscription$59,450 / $55,8834 Cylinder Turbo31620 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T6 AWD 7-Passenger Momentum$54,350 / $51,0894 Cylinder Turbo31620 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T6 AWD 7-Passenger R-Design$57,950 / $54,4734 Cylinder Turbo31620 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid 7-Passenger Inscription$70,050 / $65,847Hybrid400N/A8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid 7-Passenger Momentum$64,950 / $61,053Hybrid400N/A8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid 7-Passenger R-Design$68,550 / $64,437Hybrid400N/A8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Excellence$104,900 / $98,606Hybrid400N/A8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Volvo XC90 Safety

Is the 2018 Volvo XC90 a Safe Car?

The words Volvo and safety go together like parks and recreation. As well as the mandatory anti-lock brakes, airbags and traction control, the XC90 comes standard with a forward-collision system featuring automatic braking and detection of pedestrians and cyclists, plus adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Run-Off Road Protection is also standard. Should the XC90 suddenly leave the pavement, the system tightens seat belts and uses shock-absorbing seat cushions to reduce the risk of spinal injuries. Optional safety features are lane departure intervention and a 360-degree camera system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the XC90 five out of five stars overall. In front and side impacts, it earned five stars; it took four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has made it a Top Safety Pick Plus after awarding the vehicle its highest score of Good in all the major categories.

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Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating
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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Power Tailgate Release
  • BLIS
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Luxury Pkg

Competition

2018 Volvo XC90 vs the competition

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.

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