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Volvo XC90

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Summary


The Volvo XC90 is a large seven-seat premium SUV, which shares its architecture with the Volvo S90 saloon and V90 estate. The current model is the second generation, which arrived in the UK in early 2015 and received a mid-life update in the summer of 2019.

Volvo makes what is almost certainly a unique claim for the XC90 – that “not a single Volvo XC90 occupant has died in a car-to-car accident in the UK” since the original model was launched in 2002.

The Volvo XC90 has received universally positive reviews from the UK motoring media and has also received numerous awards. As of August 2021, it ranks joint best-in-class according to our Expert Rating index, alongside the Land Rover Discovery and just ahead of the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

The XC90 has been particularly praised for its styling, comfort and safety technology, with the main criticisms relating to reliability concerns on early models. In fact, in September 2020 Which? magazine declared the XC90 to be “the UK’s most unreliable car” due to the number of faults reported on cars more than three years old.

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £56,135 on-road

Launched: Spring 2015
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2015

97%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

72%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

100%

SAFETY ASSIST

More safety recognition

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Volvo XC90 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP. Inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic, before resuming later in the year with an enhanced testing process.

If the XC90 is selected for assessment by Green NCAP, we will publish the results here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo XC90 has received

2021

  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Used Hybrid Luxury SUV

2020

  • News UK Motor Awards – Best Family SUV (XC90 T8)
  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid over £50K
  • Auto Trader Awards – Best seven-seater
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Hybrid seven-seater
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Large SUV

2019

  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid
  • DrivingElectric Awards – Best Electrified Seven-Seater
  • Diesel Car and Eco Car – Best Used Luxury Car

2018

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Large SUV
  • BusinessCar Awards – Best Large SUV

2017

  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Green Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Hybrid

2016

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best SUV
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Large SUV
  • Autocar Awards – Game Changer
  • WhatCar? Awards – Safety Award
  • Fleet World Honours – Best SUV
  • Car Dealer Power Awards – Car of the Year
  • Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards – Best Green Car

2015

  • Auto Express Awards – Car of the Year + Best Large SUV
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best SUV
  • DieselCar Awards – Best 4×4
  • Stuff Gadget Awards – Car of the Year
  • ACFO Awards – Fleet Safety Initiative Award

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