Volvo XC90 Review
We drove the Volvo XC90 SE Sport model which was introduced in 2007 - it features dynamic chassis settings, stiffer anti-roll bars, firmer shock absorbers and sports tuned speed-dependent steering.30 September 2007
The D5 engine was a little nosier than we would have liked and it is not as flexible as Land Rover’s superb diesel engine as used in the Range Rover Sport and Discovery III models. On the road you can feel yourself a little out paced and overtaking required a little more thought than some of its competitors. But to be honest the D5 engine coped well with our holiday requirements, which included a mix of Motorways and ‘B’ roads.
The engine is made from aluminium which makes it a similar weight to a petrol engine, which helps with fuel consumption. Our touring fuel consumption was around 27 mpg which increased to 31-32 mpg on the motorway, which we felt wasn't too bad.
We liked the six speed Geartronic transmission, which has a winter setting and can be used as a sequential manual should you wish to have finer control over the car, perhaps downhill or whilst towing.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
We drove the Volvo XC90 SE Sport model which was introduced in 2007 - it features dynamic chassis settings, stiffer anti-roll bars, firmer shock absorbers and sports tuned speed-dependent steering.
The chassis settings for the new Volvo XC90 SE Sport have been refined and specifically developed on UK roads. The shock absorbers have stiffer rebound rates and the anti-roll bars are stiffer (front +0.5mm; rear +1.0mm) to offer a high level of stability when cornering. The speed dependent steering has also been adapted to offer a quicker steering response. Furthermore, Volvo’s self-levelling system, Nivomat, has been fine-tuned to offer great stability and driving control.
The question is does this make any difference to how the XC90 SE Sport handles and the answer is yes - when we drove a Volvo XC90 T6 SE back in 2004 it all seemed a little vague - cornering was a considered affair. The sports chassis setup seems to make a lot of difference, the vagueness has been dampened down and the car feels far more controlled- sure there is still body roll but you have to remember that this is a 4x4 with a high centre of gravity.
The ride is very compliant especially on the mixed and poorer road surfaces of Ireland where we tested the XC90.
The XC90 utilises Volvo’s AWD (All Wheel Drive) system, during normal driving conditions the XC90 delivers most of its power to the front wheels, automatically without driver interaction distributing power between the front and rear wheels for the best possible grip in all conditions. It can even feed more power to the rear wheels as you pull away to improve acceleration. Once moving, power is then balanced between front and rear, reducing drive to the rear wheels when not needed, and helping to reduce fuel consumption.
Volvo XC90 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volvo XC90 D5 SE Sport|
|Colour||Titanium Grey Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||38.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 30/09/07)||£42,140 As Tested|