2020 Volvo XC90 Review by Mark Fulmer
Lots to love about this 3 row seater
By Mark Fulmer
THE AUTO CHANNEL
This is the Alpha leader of Volvo SUVs, big, strong, smart, and silent.
Big. The exterior has smooth lines and a simplicity that disguises its remarkable interior roominess. This model seats 6 and can be adjusted to seat 7. The second and third row seats can be easily folded down and the third row sinks to give full flatness. That configuration can give you up to 86 cubic feet for cargo, and loading it up is a breeze with a hands-free power tailgate. Passengers will appreciate the generous headroom and legroom, and a third row that can actually seat adults and not just Cirque de Soleil contortionists. As an added plus, the third row gets its very own AC vents.
Strong. The T8 e-AWD is a dual engined vehicle with an advanced hybrid-electric motor married to a 2.0-liter super and turbocharged engine. The result is a 5,000 lb vehicle that moves and grooves like it has .
Which it does. But wait, there's more. How about four drive modes:
- Pure - an Eco mode - reduced acceleration and enhanced cruising, best mileage.
- Hybrid -a normal mode - a bit mode more zip
- Power - the most zip along with tighter suspension and steering.
- Off-Road - for dirt, gravel, and rock crawling..
Smart. Nestled behind the steering wheel is a 12.3-inch digital tachometer which also display navigational prompts. There are speed limit alerts and driver assist info all quite customizable. All of the hi-res graphins are desined for optimal readability and usefulness. The seat controls allow you to adjut the side bolsters as well as the sea height and width. For long trips the shiatsu-like massager is subtle but effective in keeping lumber and lower back from stiffenning up.
The crystal gear shifter is a nice touch. The center console also has two USBs portals.
Silent. Well, to be accurate, "quiet" is the best description. However, when you feel like listening, the optional Bowers and Wilkins premium audio system is simply a delight with multiple sound modes including an up-close studio mode, and a reverb expanding concert mode. So kick in the tunes, tap to the beat on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, rock a bit in the Nappa-leather seat, and sing your best harmony.
This is such a dream car that I feel compelled to issue a warning. If you drive family members, significant others, or fiances in the XC90, you may never hear the end of it.