2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design

The ABBA of SUVs. A top-tier, luxury SUV with safety and design in mind.

  • Likes
  • Solid handling
  • Elegant style inside & out
  • Dislikes
  • Fuel economy

Enter the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design swanky station wagon. For 2016, Volvo’s stately full-size SUV gets the brand’s sporty R-Design treatment, adding sportier bodywork and unique wheels, along with a sport suspension tune that helps the already agile 2016 XC90 corner with even more stability and poise. Of course, the XC90 R-Design retains the award-winning interior and exterior styling and outstanding safety features that have made it so popular.

The XC90 is a uniquely Swedish SUV, and its design eschews gimmicky complex curves, plastic add-ons and trendy, impractical swoops and sweeps. Instead, it presents a completely reasonable elegance with great sight lines and a commanding presence on the road.

The powertrain of the Volvo XC90 is about as complicated as its name. Despite the “T6” designation, which nominally stands for “Turbo 6-cylinder,” the XC90 T6 actually comes with a 4-cylinder -- but a 4-cylinder that has both a turbocharger and a supercharger. The belt-driven supercharger starts boosting the engine at low rpm, helping to give the illusion of a big engine with lots of torque. Then at higher revs an exhaust-driven turbocharger takes over, boosting the little 2.0-liter mill all the way to the 300 horsepower mark. The result is an EPA-rated 22 mpg overall, somewhat impressive considering the XC90 is a 2+ -ton SUV that can accelerate through the quarter mile in 15-seconds flat. It also earns a ULEV-II rating for air pollution and smog.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, 12-year corrosion warranty, Volvo roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $49,800

As Tested: $49,800

  • 20 / 25 mpg
  • EPA
  • 5.3 sec
  • 0-60
  • 316 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Horsepower
  • 132 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter In-line 4-Cylinder, Supercharged & Turbocharged Engine
  • Horsepower: 316 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Torque: 295 lb-ft torque @ 2200 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed geartonic automatic transmission with start/stop
  • Curb Weight: 4,394 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 117.5 in
  • Length: 194.8 in
  • Width: 84.3 in
  • Height: 69.9 in
  • Brakes: Front and rear ventilated discs
  • Suspension: 4-corner Air Suspension with FOUR-C Active Chassis
  • Traction: All-Wheel-Drive with Instant Traction
  • 0-60 mph: 5.3 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 176 ft.
  • Top Speed: 132 mph
  • EPA City: 20 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 25 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 23 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Safety: IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

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