Swedes decided to turn their full attention toward the next generation of their flagship SUV and 2015 year model will be carried over one last time before 2016 XC90, which was already presented arrives later next year.
2015 Volvo XC90 Review
XC90 is available in two distinctive grades with one powertrain option. Both 3.2 and R-Design models get the 3.2L V6 engine which is making 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Both models come with standard front-wheel drive layout, but all-wheel drive is also available.
6-speed geartronic automatic transmission is also standard across the lineup and you’ll be able to tow up to 3,790 pounds.
Before new model arrives, 12-year old design will have to be sufficient. Even though XC90 can’t hide its age for a long time now, it is still one of the safest cars around. Front end has small grille with Volvo’s ironmark and much bigger bumper. Headlights are of dual circular variety, while tail-lights spiral upwards toward the roof. All in all, it is a good old boxy Volvo which was Swedish automaker’s trademark throughout the years.
Interior offers three rows of seats, and while first two rows were superbly compiled, third row suffers from the lack of room. There are a few color options and the fact is that XC90 looks much younger on the inside.
That’s possible thanks to the available luxury accents made of chrome and redwood, and of course thanks to the full leather seats. Dashboard is nicely rounded off and has all the essential controls in its instrument panel. LCD display sticks out of the dash when car is started and doesn’t take any additional space.
While Premier trim level offers plenty of choices, Premier Plus and Platinum are the true luxury ones. Latter one adds premium sound system and dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, while navigation remains optional. Safety features are rich, just like in any other Volvo.
Airbag system includes side and side curtain airbags beside standard ones, while all models also get anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, stability and traction control, roll-stability control, rollover mitigation and rear park assist. Blind spot information system is available as part of the optional package and so is rearview camera.
Fuel economy ratings are a category where XC90 doesn’t excel as it is rated at 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. Additional cuts come if you choose all-wheel drive in which case you can expect the ratings to drop to 14/21 mpg.
$39,700 is starting price for base Volvo XC90, while top of the line Platinum models in R-Design layout can cost more than $45,000, of course, without additional packages.
2015 Volvo XC90 is still a great mid-size luxury crossover and if you don’t mind its outdated look, than go for it. If you, on the other hand want to wait for the next-gen model which will have a new striking design, bear in mind that it’ll most likely be significantly more expensive.