Volvo XC90 Review
Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 was first introduced to the UK in 2003 and when we first tested one in 2004, we were highly impressed. Since our last Volvo XC90 Review in 2004 there have been quite a number of nips and tucks.

For our second outing we tested the XC90 D5 SE Sport to see if Volvo's offering can still compete within the ever competitive world of premium SUV's which now includes stiff competition from Audi's Q7 and the new BMW X5.

How It Drove - Performance

We now have a choice of three engines, two petrol - 3.2 Geartronic, V8 Geartronic and a Diesel D5, which can have a choice of either a Manual or Geartronic (automatic) gearbox.

The V8 is Volvo’s first V8 engine offering 315PS and 440Nm of torque (370Nm of which is available from 2000rpm), enough to allow the XC90 to sprint from 0-60mph in just 6.9 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 130mph.

The new six-cylinder 3.2-litre (3192cc) engine develops 238PS and 320Nm of torque, which translates into a 0-60mph time of 8.9 seconds with emissions of 281 g/km and a top speed of 130mph. It also comes as standard with Volvo’s six-speed Geartronic transmission.

We chose to drive the most popular engine choice and probably the most sensible, the five cylinder - 2400cc 20v, D5 turbodiesel, which develops 185PS and 400Nm of torque using common-rail direct-injection technology. It is fitted with a diesel particulate filter and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard or Volvo’s six-speed Geartronic (automatic gearbox) available as an option. The manual Volvo XC90 D5 gets from 0-60mph in 10.3 seconds and has a top speed of 121mph, whilst achieving an average of 34.0mpg on the combined cycle according to Volvo’s data. The automatic version which we drove does the 0-60mph sprint in 11.1 seconds and has a top speed of 118mph, with a combined cycle of 31.4 mpg, so there is little compromise in choosing the automatic gearbox, which is far more relaxing to drive than the manual.


Published : 30/09/07 Author : Melanie Carter

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