2016 Volvo XC90 T6

Elegant, Modern Scandinavian Design. Luxurious seven-passenger SUV.

  • Likes
  • Interface touch screen
  • quality build
  • Dislikes
  • No electric steering column controls
  • no paddeshift

A new design for the 2016 model year, the flagship Volvo XC90 benefits from thoughtful craftsmanship and a host of advanced, efficiency-minded technologies. The XC90 T6 is powered by Volvo's supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. The XC90 delivers 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while claiming class-leading fuel economy. We've previously tested this engine in the much-smaller S60 sedan, and while the XC90 is no flyweight sports car, the boosted 4-cylinder should be adequate for getting it up to speed.

The XC90 also features all-wheel drive and a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. Steering feel, throttle response and transmission settings can be adjusted via a drive mode selector. The electric power steering firms up on the highway to deliver more stability. As befits a large SUV by Volvo, the XC90 is as thoroughly safety-conscious as any passenger vehicle on the road. New features include road edge detection and the latest generation of Volvo's City Safety with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

Notable options for the 2016 XC90 T6 include a 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and adaptive cruise control. Volvo's excellent Sensus infotainment system is standard, with an iPad-like large central touch screen that, unlike the touch screens in some cars, actually behaves like a responsive tablet interface and not like an ATM. Sharing more in common with a luxurious crossover than an SUV, the XC90 makes a great family vehicle. Its generous 85.7 cubic feet of cargo space makes it a natural choice for grocery runs and road trips, while its comfortable seating for seven passengers makes it a viable alternative to minivans.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, 12-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty, 3-year/36,000-mile scheduled maintenance

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Specs

Base Price: $48,900

As Tested: $48,900

  • 6.1 sec
  • 0-60
  • 316 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 130 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged inline-4
  • Horsepower: 316 hp
  • Torque: 295
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 4,627 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 117.5 in
  • Length: 194.8 in
  • Width: 79.1 in
  • Height: 69.9 in
  • Brakes: Front and rear ventilated discs
  • Suspension: Double-wishbone front, multilink rear
  • Traction: Stability control standard with roll-stability
  • 0-60 mph: 6.1 sec
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Safety: Volvo City Safety standard

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