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Volvo XC90

(2015 - present)

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 September 2020, it ranks joint best-in-class according to our Expert Rating aggregator, alongside the Land Rover Discovery and just ahead of the Audi Q7.

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.

Body style: Large SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £52,235 on-road

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


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express


Auto Trader






Car Keys






Company Car Today


Daily Mail




Green Car Guide


Honest John






The Sun


The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?





Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2015









Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Volvo XC90 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volvo XC90 has received


  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid over £50K
  • Auto Trader Awards – Best seven-seater
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Hybrid seven-seater


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


  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Large SUV of the Year
  • BusinessCar Awards – Best Large SUV


  • Auto Trader Awards – Green Car of the Year
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Hybrid


  • UK Car of the Year Awards – SUV of the Year
  • 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 – Green Car of the Year


  • Auto Express Awards – Car of the Year + Large SUV of the Year
  • 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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