2018 Volvo XC90

by Mike Hunter

The XC90 from Volvo is considered to be a real win for the car company that, over the last few years, has lost some of its famous market share it held through accolades for years on safety —and reliability. The car manufacturer has been innovating and is now back and “safer” than ever with its multiple innovations for the future of automobile safety.

The XC90 is the SUV that everyone is taking about because of its adaptive airbag inflation, steering headlamps, automatic breaking, Blind Spot Information System™, City Safety™ collision avoidance technology and so much more — all standard — demonstrating that Volvo truly is the safest car brand on the road.

This utility vehicle is just that — a utility — before anything else. The performance begins with the 250-horsepower, 258 lb. ft. of torque, Direct-Injected Turbocharged Engine, and eight-speed Geartronic™ automatic with Start/Stop & Adaptive Shift technologies. Using low friction engine technology, innovative engine management system, common rail direct fuel injection and advanced turbo technology, this engine maximizes power and efficiency. For everyday drivability, the turbo provides particularly good response at low to medium engine speeds.

The wood panel trim is cut from birch trees grown in Sweden, Norway and Finland, with a unique flame-shaped grain pattern created by natural conditions. Each panel’s grain runs at 90 degrees to its shape and has a glossy clear coat for a contemporary look that is complemented by an aluminum sheet with a diagonal, brushed finish that creates texture with real luster and shine through the cabin. When the sun shines, the finish glitters.

Up to seven people travel comfortably and enjoy an excellent view in individual, ergonomically designed seats. All seats adjust easily to suit personal preferences, and in the third row, two passengers ride comfortably with ample legroom. The premium Sound by Bowers & Wilkins brings exceptional clarity and realism to the music, wherever the passenger is seated. Seamlessly integrated into the cabin architecture of this Volvo, the 12-channel amplifier, an astonishing 1400-watt output and 19 separate high-end speakers — including a tweeter-on-top center speaker that minimizes acoustic reflection from the windshield — will surround passengers with a pristine sound that feels more spacious and true to life than ever before in a Volvo.

2018 Volvo XC90

MSRP: $46,900
City: 22 mpg
Hwy: 25 mpg
0-60 MPH: 5.3 sec.
Transmission: 8-speed automatic

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