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The Top Gear car review:Volvo XC90

Overall verdict
Superb family all-rounder will politely give rivals a bloody nose.


Hard to fault across the board: clean-sheet new XC90 is almost perfect


Why isn’t air suspension and the all-singing safety kit standard, Volvo?


What is it?

Volvo’s legendarily safe, spacious and useful seven-seat SUV, given a nut-and-bolt re-boot. One major principle remains: the engine is transversely mounted, and so a huge proportion of its length can be given over to the interior. More than ever this time, because they didn’t leave space for a V8 option. Pretty well every part is fresh, even the redesigned Volvo badge. 

The all-new platform, engines and dash interface are Volvo’s own work, so if you like them don’t go thinking you can find them cheaper on another brand – this company acts independently these days, albeit under hands-off ownership of a large Chinese conglomerate.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 T6 Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic
6.5s 184g/km 34.9 320 £55,650
The cheapest
2.0 D5 PowerPulse Momentum 5dr AWD Geartronic
7.8s 173g/km 42.8 235 £49,050
The greenest
2.0 T8 Hybrid Inscription 5dr Geartronic
5.6s 49g/km 134.5 407 £66,000
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