Volvo has re-launched the XC90 SUV, which is a family orientated 4X4. The model has seven seats and this makes it ideal for transporting the whole family as well as an impressive amount of luggage.
This was the first full sized SUV to hit the market and Volvo is proud of the design. However, it has not changed since 2002 and, although it remains a good vehicle for families, it is hardly cheap. Volvo has another design waiting to be launched and this may affect sales as well as resale values.
That said, the large boot and split tail gate makes transporting heavy loads an easy prospect. There are three rows of seats which will accommodate seven people, but the last row of rear seats is best suited to children. The car also has lots of storage inside the cabin. Volvo has discontinued the old petrol engine for reasons of economy and there is now the 2.4 litre turbo charged diesel which is noisy when acceleration takes place. There are five specs from which to choose and Volvo is sure that the car is still as good as when it was launched, although its rivals at BMW and Land Rover do perform better.
Ten years ago, when the SUV was launched it was considered a top draw vehicle, but with age and better models on the market it now begins to look dated. This is especially so when you consider the ride which is affected by the soft suspension. You get high comfort, but dull handling and with better models available this could affect sales.
The high design makes the vehicle roll when going into a corner. The interior of the cabin does give plenty of comfort with supportive and cushioned seats. The car is excellent for long distance cruising with barely any wind or road noise. There are lots of safety features and these include front, side and curtain air bags, anti whiplash head restraints and a rollover protection system.
The XC90 is versatile and practical with 249 litres of boot space which can be extended to 615 litres with the seats folded back. The split tail gate makes loading very simple. The interior is robust and, as already mentioned, it is ideal for long distance journeys.
Around town the vehicle is hard to navigate due to its substantial size. Running costs for any SUV are never going to be cheap. The XC90 will return 34 mpg but has 219g/km emissions, which makes the road tax very expensive. As far as servicing goes, Volvo offers a 3 year deal, which will prevent any expensive mechanics invoices.
If you have decided to buy the Volvo XC90, you will want to keep the value of the car as high as possible. One way to do this is to buy a set of car mats. You can choose the colour and trim to make the inside of your car look unique, help improve safety and reduce noise. A well kept interior will also help improve the sell on value of any vehicle.