The 2020 Volvo XC90 is an update of the previous generation and offers improved fuel economy, subtle design changes, and extra safety equipment.
The first two things I noticed about the XC90 were that it’s big and that I found the blue color of the model I was about to drive particularly attractive. On climbing inside, the first thing I noticed was how impressive the cabin looked and felt, and just how comfortable was the driver position thanks to the ergonomically designed driver’s seat. Why don’t all cars have seats like this?
The dashboard is simple and stylish, and the cabin draped in soft dark Nappa leather. This new model offers additional seating configuration options of four, five, six or seven seats and is the only SUV on the market offering so many different seating configurations. The bumpers and front grille on the latest XC90 have been redesigned, along with other subtle improvements.
The T6 engine, which is both turbocharged and supercharged, offers 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
There’s also an improved infotainment system, and more interior space compared to the previous model. The T6 engine, which is both turbocharged and supercharged, offers 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in 6.5 seconds. Volvo says the new model gives extra fuel savings of up to 15% over the previous model. Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist comes as standard and makes the XC90 semi-autonomous.
The XC90 is one of the safest vehicles on the market with City Safety and Blind Spot systems that help with steering, Oncoming Lane Mitigation, Cross-Traffic Alert technology with auto brake, “run-off road protection” where front safety belts are tightened automatically when required, automatic braking that activates if the driver turns in front of oncoming traffic… and more.
I didn’t have this car for very long, but the short time I did spend with it I enjoyed. I found some empty roads near our offices in the Seef where I could accelerate, brake hard, make sharp turns, and take it off-road for a bit. It handled perfectly at all times. A smooth ride!
Nicholas Cooksey, the author of this article is the publisher of Arabian Magazines, Gulf Insider Media, and a jury member with the Middle East Car of the Year Awards (MECOTY).