Cars and mobility
Sophisticated, majestic, efficient, the new Volvo XC90 is a luxurious seven-seater SUV.
Angelo Bison is a man of his time. He is worried about the climate and the future of our planet. So, he and his wife decided to go from two to a family car. Their Audi is tired and will soon be replaced by a Volvo V60 station wagon.
"He's a formidable colossus"
"I did not know I was going to inherit a Volvo as part of this test. Chance did things right. I know there is a distortion between my green side and the purchase of a new car, but we live in the open countryside and have chosen a vehicle that meets the new standards. I ride my bike as soon as I can, but there are limits to everything."
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And our guest to follow up on his essay: "It was a pleasure to drive the XC90. He is a formidable colossus, magnificent of ease and kneaded qualities but, compared to all its positive points, it has a real structural defect: this Volvo is the antithesis of the city car. Beside that, she is perfect. Driving aids and connectivity are simply magical. That said, the alerts are, in my opinion, a little too many. They remind you constantly to order and even if there are functions that can be disabled, we are in contact with another world. At Volvo, safety is a way of life. The perfect soundproofing has as a corollary to remove contact with the outside world. The engine is overpowering and speed, the one that does not respect the limitations, is a permanent temptation."
Angelo Bison readily acknowledges that the XC90 is close to perfection. "He is particularly stable and his handling pleads in his favor, even if an SUV is not usually free of a roll. This is not the case of this Volvo, synonymous with stability and heading stability. It is directed with a feather and it does not require any particular effort. The habitability is amazing and there are seven real places"Concludes the actor. Last "detail": this mega Volvo, which deserves much praise, is in a price range superior to many classic cars. Exactly, it is not conventional!
The eye of the specialist
Sophisticated, majestic, efficient, the new Volvo XC90 is a luxurious seven-seater SUV. Whereas formerly Volvo was synonymous with Swedish steel combining strength and protection, the current credo is safe and technological. We had a T8 version, synonymous with hybrid. The XC90, born in 2002 already, is considered by the manufacturer as the best example of Swedish excellence. Elegant, but not all-purpose: it is the opposite of the urban rat but, as soon as a road spreads its asphalt, the SUV XC90 feels conquered ground. Even if the mass is there and there (it weighs more than two tons), the XC90 is the apostle of effortless driving. You are guaranteed the optimization of the indoor air, corollary of the minimum environmental impact. Only problem: our plug-in hybrid is a real juggernaut, sometimes bulky and high price. Who wants a Volvo must deserve it! It guarantees absolute comfort and performance of choice.
What there is to know
Length 4,953 m
Height 1,766 m
Width 1,958 m
Number of places 7
Weight 2,329 kg
Number of cylinders 4
Average consumption 2,3 l / 100 km (*)
Power 390 hp (**)
Couple 640 Nm (***)
Price 89 300 € (****)
Co² 52 g / km
0 to 100 km / h 5.8 s
Max speed 230 km / h (*****)
(*) Manufacturer's figure
(**) 303 thermal heaters + 65 electric hp
(***) 400 Nm thermal + 240 electric
(****) Basic price of the car tested: € 88,200 including VAT. One option, the Denim Blue metallic paint, fitted "our" car for € 1,100 (including VAT).
(*****) 125 km / h electric mode
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Road Behavior ★ ★ ★ ✩
Performance ★ ★ ★ ★