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Volvo XC90 DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic

Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
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Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
Volvo XC90 2.0 B5 [235] Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph7.6 secs
  • Top Speed137 mph
  • C02154 g/km
  • BHP235
  • Torque354 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

Volvo's second generation XC90 was worth the wait, a seven-seat luxury SUV that has given key rivals like Audi's Q7 and the Land Rover Discovery a lot to think about. Safe, efficient, clever, practical and stylish, it has re-established this Swedish maker as a credibly prestigious automotive brand. This revised version offers a slightly smarter look and some extra electrified tech. It's well worth a look.

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This improved second generation Volvo XC90 aims to make the most of its sleek Swedish design values. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

The Volvo XC90 is just about the perfect example of a vehicle that created a niche for itself that no rival could seem to penetrate. If you wanted a 7-seat luxury 4x4 that was never really a sports utility vehicle, that was supremely comfortable and, above all, was neither shouty like a German nor trying too hard to fit in with the country set like a Land Rover, it was plum perfect. Nothing even got close. Because of this, the first generation XC90 hung around for ages. After all, why mess with a winning formula? Later versions, sold right up to 2014, tidied up the basic formula but were otherwise much the same as the models that first rolled into dealers in 2002. That's one heck of an innings. At least though, it paved the way for something different. There was no way that the scond generation XC90 would be a mere 'evolutionary' design. Even so, few were ready for quite the radical change Volvo's Chinese owners Zhejiang Geely have funded. The low-key approach of old? It's fair to say that has been usurped by a much more extrovert look.

Driving Experience

The key news with this revised MK2 XC90 model lies in the introduction of an advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system, which is coupled with the company's existing 2.0-litre internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, identifiable by the brand's latest 'B' badging. Otherwise, things are much as before. The car sits on Volvo's light, stiff 'Scalable Product Architecture' (SPA) platform. And most customers still choose the 235hp B5 diesel. A 250hp petrol T5 engine's offered too, as is a 310hp T6 petrol unit. All the conventional engines drive all four wheels via the almost obligatory eight-speed automatic transmission. The other option is the T8 Twin Engine petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model, billed as 'the world's most powerful and cleanest large SUV'. This delivers a combined 412hp output, with a thumping 640Nm of torque. 62mph from rest is dispatchd in just 5.8s, yet this car can also gve you 26 miles of pure electric driving range when fully charged. Whatever spec you choose for your XC90, there's as much off-road prowess as most owners will want and tarmac handling is assured, crisp and responsive for this class of car.

Design and Build

On the outside, this refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original award-winning exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a revised front grille, among other details. Otherwise, things are much as before, with a sculpted bonnet flowing into LED front headlights with a distinctive so-called 'Hammer of Thor' design. The interior still seems boldly-styled, with a massive tablet-like touch screen control console helping to create a cabin that's modern, spacious and uncluttered. Volvo's clearly put a lot of budget into driving up materials quality and this XC90 gets soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including an optional gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the Swedish glassmaker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. This genuine seven seater features innovatively designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers in both the second and third seat rows. Even the third row can seat an adult up to 170cm tall. As for the boot space on offer, well that's inevitably going to be a little restricted with all seven seats in place, though even in this configuration, you still get 397-litres of luggage space. Fold the 3rd row and you can load up to 1,102-litres, if you pack to the roof.

Market and Model

All XC90 variants come with 7 seats, automatic transmission and AWD and there's a choice of three core trim levels - 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and 'Inscription' - with additional 'Pro' versions of each. Most UK buyers will want the volume 225hp B5 diesel version but other minority choices include a 250hp petrol T5, a potent 310hp petrol turbo T6 and the unique T8 Twin Engine petrol/electric plug-in hybrid variant. Pricing starts at around £53,000, while you'll need a budget from around £67,000 if you opt for the T8 plug-in variant. Top models can be ordered with features like 21-inch Inscription alloy wheels and powered, heated and ventilated seats trimmed in Nappa leather. Inside, the tablet-like touch screen in the centre console drives the minor controls and a whole host of Internet-based products and services. Audio services in the plushest variants come courtesy of a monster Bowers & Wilkins stereo that's juiced up by a 1,400 watt amplifier, 19 speakers, and the latest sound processing software. It even has air-ventilated subwoofers. The electronically controlled air suspension has choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste. XC90 safety gear includes a run off-road protection package which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead. Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of oncoming traffic. Both safety systems aim to bring Volvo closer to its vision of nobody being seriously injured or killed in any of its vehicles by 2020.

Cost of Ownership

Volvo claims that the advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system introduced with this revised XC90 offers drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving. This new brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy-recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking. The introduction of these XC90 'B'-badged cars represents a major step for Volvo towards its electrification ambitions. In the B5 diesel most will choose, expect up to 44.1mpg on the combined cycle (WLTP) and up to 154g/km of CO2 (NEDC). Inevitably, these figures take a tumble with petrol power; the T5 petrol version manages up to 30.4mpg and up to 184g/km. And the T6 returns up to 28.8mpg and up to 187g/km. If you want to do better, you'll need to look at the top T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid model, which delivers up to 52g/km of CO2, 113mpg and up to 26 miles of pure electric driving range. Maintenance should be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. The warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.

Summary

Volvo seems to be flourishing under foreign ownership. You might have expected Chinese control to stifle the company's Scandinavian character. Instead, what we've been given here is a return to Swedish charisma and an emphasis on all the things that the Gothenburg brand does best - cool restrained style, real-world practicality and class-leading safety. Of course, this Volvo's not perfect. There are still sharper-handling choices and more capable off roaders in this sector. In balancing these virtues though, this XC90 sets its own class standard and in doing so, establishes a family benchmark amongst luxury SUVs that rivals will struggle to match. Company founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson would have liked this car. More importantly though, if you're shopping in this segment, we think you will too.

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Driver Convenience
Rear park assist camera
12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
9" centre console portrait touch screen
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
Drive mode settings, adjustable steering wheel force + hill descent control
Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
Front and rear park assist
Handsfree power tailgate opening and closing
Intellisafe assist - Adaptive cruise control with pilot assist
Oncoming Lane Mitigation
Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
Service interval indicator
Speed limiter
Speed sensitive steering
Trip computer
Voice activated control for key functions
Volvo on call
Wireless internet connection
Entertainment
Sensus connect with high performance sound, connected service booking, 2x USB + 10 speakers/330W output
DAB Digital radio
Steering wheel remote infotainment controls
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors
Automatic headlight levelling system
Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
Body colour bumpers
Chrome door handles deco strip and window surround
Chrome lower side moulding trim with Inscription logo
Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
Dual integrated exhaust pipes
Front and rear power windows
Front LED fog lights with cornering function
Full width chrome detailing strip rear bumper
Home safe and approach lighting
Illuminated front and rear tread plates
Integrated roof rails in silver
Matt Silver front grille
Puddle lights
Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
Roof antenna
Roof spoiler
Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
12V socket in front + rear tunnel console, rear passenger compartment and cargo area
2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter
Integrated sun curtains in rear doors
2nd Row centre armrest with storage and cupholders
3 spoke leather steering wheel and illuminated gear knob with chrome trim
A-pillar parking ticket holder
Ambient door and instrument panel lighting
B Pillar ventilation
Bright metal luggage threshold
Cargo divider with grocery bag holder
Centre console cupholders and storage
Driver's side lower dashboard storage compartment
Front and rear door pocket and front cupholder illumination
Front and rear reading lights, multi-colour theatre lighting and centre armrest storage illumination
Front footwell and side step illumination
Front headrests
Front seat cushion extensions
Heated front seats
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated luggage compartment
Illuminated tailgate
Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
Illumination lockable glovebox compartment
Isofix outer rear child seat preparation in 2nd row
Load protection net
Luxury floor mats
Nappa Leather coloured key Integrated Remote
Nappa soft leather upholstery
Orrefors Crystal Gear Lever Knob
Outboard armrest with cupholder and storage for third row passengers
Passenger seat electric height adjuster
Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
Rear footwell and side step illumination
Rear headrests
Semi automatic load cover
Steering wheel audio controls
Three 2nd row individual folding passenger seats with fore/aft adjustment
Two 3rd row individual folding passenger seats
Underfloor cargo storage
Safety
Mechanical rear door child locks
7 three point seatbelts
City safety includes pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection and front collision warning with full auto brake
Drivers knee airbag
Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Front and rear curtain airbags
Front seat side impact airbags
Front seats SIPS airbags
Hill start assist
IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
Passenger airbag cut-off device
Power parking brake with auto hold function
Road sign information display
Run off Road Mitigation
Run off Road Protection
Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
Slippery road and hazard light alert
Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
Warning triangle and first aid kit
WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
Trim
Black ash inlays
Tailored instrument panel and door tops
Wheels
20" 10 spoke diamond cut/light grey alloy wheels
Tempa spare wheel and jack
Security
Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
Keyless drive (includes keyless entry and keyless start) with remote tag
Locking wheel nuts
Private locking for glovebox and tailgate
Technical
8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions
Touring chassis
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 154
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1969
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 9.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 37.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 42.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 31
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 34
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 45.6
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 235
Coin Description B5 AWD
Coin Series Inscription
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 41E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 97
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 72
NCAP Safety Assist % 100
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.6
Engine Power - BHP 235
Engine Power - KW 173
Engine Power - RPM 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 354
Engine Torque - MKG 48.9
Engine Torque - NM 480
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 137
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 275/45 R20
Tyre Size Rear 275/45 R20
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style 10 SPOKE
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1776
Length 4953
Wheelbase 2984
Width 2008
Width (including mirrors) 2140
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 71
Gross Vehicle Weight 2840
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 368
Max. Loading Weight 737
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2700
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2103
No. of Seats 7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.8

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £566.99 p/m £21.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £627.99 p/m £54.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £685.99 p/m £96.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £453.99 p/m £32.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £548.99 p/m £57.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £618.99 p/m £99.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £449.99 p/m £42.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £525.99 p/m £75.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £583.99 p/m £107.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £679.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £753.99 p/m £65.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £821.99 p/m £115.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £544.99 p/m £38.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £657.99 p/m £68.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £742.99 p/m £119.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £538.99 p/m £51.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £629.99 p/m £90.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £700.99 p/m £129.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
360 degree surround view parking camera £525.00
Intellisafe surround (Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist, Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake and Rear Collision Mitigation) £500.00
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto £300.00
Entertainment
CD player £100.00
Exterior Features
Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area £400.00
Laminated rear and side windows £750.00
Metallic paint £700.00
Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain £1,295.00
Premium metallic paint £1,000.00
Retractable towbar £1,075.00
Interior Features
230V/150W 3 pin plug socket in centre console £100.00
2nd Row heated outer rear seats £300.00
Packs
Bowers and Wilkins sound pack - XC90 £3,000.00
Family pack - XC90 £275.00
Harman Kardon sound pack - XC90 £850.00
Seven seat comfort pack - XC90 £900.00
Winter pack - XC90 £525.00
Winter pack including Head up display - XC90 £1,275.00
Xenium pack - XC90 £1,600.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Birch light £700.00
Metallic - Bright silver £700.00
Metallic - Denim blue £700.00
Metallic - Maple brown £700.00
Metallic - Onyx black £700.00
Metallic - Osmium grey £700.00
Metallic - Pebble grey £700.00
Metallic - Pine grey £700.00
Metallic - Savile grey £700.00
Metallic - Thunder grey £700.00
Premium metallic - Crystal white £1,000.00
Solid - Ice white FOC
Technical
Active four C chassis - four corner adaptive dampers with electronic air suspension £2,150.00
Trim
Grey ash inlays FOC
Linear walnut inlays FOC
Metal mesh inlays FOC
Nappa soft leather - Amber FOC
Nappa soft leather - Blond FOC
Nappa soft leather - Charcoal FOC
Nappa soft leather - Maroon brown FOC
Nappa soft leather - Slate FOC
Wheels
21" 8 multi spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheels £1,450.00
* option prices shown are estimated