The all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 has accustomed – with a new look, new autogenous and new technology galore.
To access in this apple with a amazing akin of albatross and accent already placed on your actuality is article usually aloof for bairn royalty.
The bounded barrage of the 2016 Volvo XC90 should, then, be advised as the accession of a new king, as the actually revised seven-seat ancestors SUV is after a agnosticism the best important archetypal in the Swedish brand’s 88-year history.
Important because it is the aboriginal new car to be wholly developed with the affiliation of Chinese buyer Geely aback its buyout of Volvo in 2010. Important because the new Scalable Product Architecture that underpins the XC90 will drive all approaching archetypal development beyond the range, not apathy that Volvo needs to realise the $11 billion advance fabricated in developing this car. And important because the previous-generation XC90 was the biggest-selling archetypal for the cast in abounding key markets, so this one has big shoes to fill.
Whichever way you cut it, this is a lot of albatross placed assimilate one car.
However, in our apperception the best important role of the new XC90 is that of agent for a cast who has helped body so abounding memories. Memories crafted with cars address the albatross of accustomed ancestors of families cautiously and securely.
Growing up, a Volvo was consistently the ‘Ward Family’ car. There is a photo of me continuing abutting to a amber 245 on the shores of Loch Ness, attractive for monsters in the aboriginal 80s. There was an orange 240 acreage at one point and a dejected 264 at another.
A bearing later, and now I accept a photo of my own babe ‘driving’ our 2009 Volvo XC90 aback she was about a year old.
And so the new XC90, a car developed for the abutting bearing of Volvo families, loaded with the albatross of accustomed not alone its adored cargo, but the style- and technology-focussed advance of the brand, has arrived.
It brings with it some world-first assurance technology that will advice drive the brand’s aggressive ambition of aught fatalities in Volvo cars by 2020.
Safe Positioning Capability, a run-off-road aegis system, senses if the car has larboard the tarmac, for archetype if a disciplinarian has collapsed asleep, and tightens the seatbelts for all occupants to advice brace for a asperous landing.
The auto-brake at amphitheater arrangement will automatically stop the car should you about-face beyond into advancing traffic. This is accumulated with the accepted city-safe AEB braking technology and rear blow ascertain and cross-traffic active (optional on the Momentum alternative at $1275), to aftermath what Volvo claims is the world’s safest affluence SUV.
The old archetypal was with us for 12 years, and while there are audible administration ancestry agitated over to the new car, this is actual abundant a avant-garde booty on an old formula. Insert Kirk vs Picard allegory here.
The 2016 XC90 is best (4950mm v 4807mm), added (2008mm v 1936mm) and lower (1776mm v 1784mm) than the previous-generation car. It’s still shorter, but is now wider, than the new Audi Q7 and fills its accommodation well.
In fact, Volvo afresh won the ‘Best of the Best’ architecture accolade for the new XC90 at the all-embracing ‘Red Dot’ architecture awards in Germany this year.
Even the key is a curiosity — presented to new owners in a admirable box, with the captivated covering of the fob analogous the autogenous colour of the car. A nice touch, and article that helps the car footfall up to a accomplished new level.
On the outside, the aerial glasshouse and boycott adenoids are still there, but the beauteous new LED headlights which affection the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ active lights are the aboriginal glimpse of the technology and architecture accomplishment that has gone into the new ’90.
Initially the XC90 will be offered in two variants — Momentum and Inscription — in a best of 11 colours (metallic acrylic is a $1750 option). The adventurous R-Design adaptation arrives in Q4, 2015, and brings two absolute colours with it, Passion Red and Bursting Dejected Metallic, ensuring no one mistakes you for annihilation abroad on the road.
Read our detailed, abstracted appraisement and blueprint adventure here.
All cars affection colour-coded caster arches, with the top-spec Inscription accepting a chrome-accented grille and arresting active band on the side. Auto alpha at 19-inches on the Momentum (which can be down-sized to 18-inches for no cost) and 20-inches on the Inscription. There are upgrades accessible if you are so inclined, the R-Design acclaimed as alms a 22-inch amalgamation for a abundant $3825 extra.
The XC90 apparel its admeasurement and appearance well, and looked chic in all the (safe) colours presented at the barrage — decidedly the ‘Luminous Sand Metallic’ car looked abundant bigger and added exceptional in the metal than it does in the brochure.
However you acquisition the alfresco though, the interior, decidedly up front, can alone be declared as superb.
The use of absolute wood, blubbery carpeting and double-stitched covering accumulated with brushed aluminium apparatus and admirable jewel-like dials lift this car in a way we can analyze alone to aftermost years absolution of the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class — it is a bold changer.
For the disciplinarian and advanced passenger, the XC90 is a costly and adequate babysitter to credibility unknown. The seats are adequate and electrically adjustable in all models, the frame-less rear eyes mirror looks plucked from a Vogue Living shoot and the 12.3-inch iPad-like centre assemblage affectation appearance high-resolution cartoon and a (mostly) automatic interface that feels anon accustomed to anyone from the iPhone generation.
The ‘sensus’ technology touchscreen works with fingers, fingernails, alike gloves and will be offered with Apple CarPlay as an advantage after this year (early body cars after will be able to accept the arrangement via an extra-cost update). The arrangement has a live-update adequacy (using your adaptable buzz as a abstracts connection) and will activity added applications, such as alive music and area advice (ie: TripAdvisor) over time.
The baby council caster (although bigger than the ol’ side-plate in the Peugeot 308) is accurately counterbalanced in your easily and the multifunction TFT apparatus affectation is altogether ill-fitted to the blow of the blueprint and techno feel of the car.
Move aback to the boilerplate row, and the XC90’s DNA charcoal the same. Despite that adorable cockpit, this is a commuter car.
The seats are all still alone flat-foldable and are on balustrade to acquiesce added (or less) leg allowance for both centre and third rows. The covering is bendable and comfortable, and there is still affluence of head, knee and toe allowance for adults.
The quad-zone altitude ascendancy interface in the Inscription archetypal is a admirable TFT display, with air vents on the B-pillar as they were in the aboriginal car.
The boilerplate bench offers an chip booster bench beanbag as able-bodied as fold-down arm blow with cupholders.
There is a distinct 12-volt ability aperture at the rear of the centre console, but decidedly no USB allegation credibility for either of the commuter rows. Given ‘devices’ are appealing accepted accessories for today’s road-tripping Volvo family, some added charging adequacy (there is a USB anchorage in the centre console) would be nice.
Moving to the third row is easy, acknowledgment to the tilt/slide bench mechanism. I’m not activity to win any Olympic medals for flexibility, but begin it accessible abundant to ascend in and out of. Accouchement should actually animation in there.
Adults ability acquisition it adequate to configure the Volvo as a six-seater (2 2 2) by folding the middle-centre bench collapsed and acceptance added knee allowance for the aback row, but that’s on that one day you accept a sextet of awkward six-foot blokes in the car. For the blow of the time, there is abundant allowance to accumulate pre-teens happy, forth with cupholders, vents and a accumulator accommodation with a accurate abruptness beneath the lid.
Onto the cossack which now has a power-operated tailgate in all models (Inscription offers a abracadabra foot-waving sensor), but does abroad with the air-conditioned breach aperture of the old car. Allowance is up by an absorbing 202 litres to 451L, and although there is no appropriate abode for it, the burden dark will now fit in the cossack aback you charge to catechumen from bristles to seven seats in a hurry.
Running the car in bristles bench approach offers a 1102L cossack (up 487L on the old car) and aback the burden dark is in place, it works in a air-conditioned two-stage action, and doesn’t abjure all the way to the rear seats unless you actually intend it to. Fold all the seats collapsed and you get a whopping 1951L of burden space.
Models able with air abeyance (a $3760 option) acquiesce the rear acme to be aloft and bargain from a button on the central of the boot. Great for acceptable low endless to accelerate into the back, or in my case, acceptance Grandma’s aged Labrador a added affected hop-up into the back.
There’s a space-saver additional and hidden accumulator box beneath the floor, but no chic powered rear seats like you’ll acquisition in the new Audi Q7 and Ford Everest. A disposable ‘doggy blind’ burden net is additionally included.
The new car’s ancestors accreditation assemblage up, so what’s it like on the road?
We collection the 235kW/400Nm 2.0-litre twin-charged T6 Petrol adaptation in Inscription trim (on 20-inch auto and with alternative air suspension).
From rest, the T6 pulls confidently and actually feels ‘bigger’ than a four-cylinder. Use the diamond-cut drive approach selector to about-face to Dynamic, and the aplomb changes to a faculty of coercion as the big Volvo gathers acceleration quickly.
It’s a abbreviate ride though, that antecedent access of activity cone-shaped off into a added ’dignified’ pace, but actually abundant for country overtaking and burghal adventurous that will no agnosticism ample the activity of the XC90.
Fuel burning of the T6 is claimed at 8.5L/100 in a accumulated cycle. That’s actually lower than the old 8.8L/100km claimed with the antecedent XC90’s D5 diesel. Our drive bend saw burning boilerplate about 10.2L/100km, but we attending advanced to spending added time with the car to see a accurate real-use figure.
In burghal cartage the stop-start arrangement is bland and at rest, with the agent off, the XC90 feels actual quiet. We abstinent aloof over 60dB on a bland burghal A-road and up to 75dB on coarse-chip country anchorage at 100km/h.
That said, with the alternative 1400W, Bowers & Wilkins ($4500) 19-speaker stereo arrangement and activating complete agreement software on the centre touchscreen, the alfresco babble — or the babble of chattering accouchement — are anon forgotten.
Through a country touring loop, the XC90 remained solid and composed over best alley surfaces. A few acrid potholes beatific a slight jar through the council wheel, but in a articulation area abounding accuse that advice with the alley has been dulled, it’s not a bad affair to actually feel the bumps aback you hit them.
The council is ablaze at low speeds, authoritative the big Volvo accessible to cross about anchored cars and bound car spots. Plus, the axis amphitheater has been bargain by about a metre, authoritative those supertanker-like three-point turns of the old car turns a lot beneath common.
It hasn’t got the aforementioned akin of activating acknowledgment and ‘sporty’ administration as the BMW X5 (which I currently own), but it doesn’t actually matter. We all apperceive that the XC90 will absorb best of its time in and about burghal suburbs — from the shops, to the school, to Saturday morning sports — so ride abundance and affluence of active is what is important here.
Our analysis car was adapted with the alternative IntelliSafe Abetment amalgamation (part of a $4000 disciplinarian abutment pack, or accessible alone for $2600) which includes radar-guided cruise control, a lane-keeping aid, cartage chain abetment as able-bodied as a 360-degree parking camera and heads-up display. It is a appealing key package, and completes the technology alms of the accepted car, but should it actually be an advantage at this level?
Volvo accompaniment that abutting to 30 per cent of pre-orders already accommodate this package, and that about 70 per cent of antecedent Australian orders are for the top-spec Inscription D5, advertence that price, up a whopping $20,000 on the old model, isn’t actually the better affair for buyers.
This amount access puts the XC90 in the aforementioned bracket as the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. All cars which acclimated to sit ‘above’ the XC90 both in acquirement application as able-bodied as ‘social status’.But the new car is now actually in the aforementioned league.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 isn’t the best able car in the segment, nor the best ‘engaging’ to drive, but that absurd autogenous with its adorable alloy of abstracts and ancestors axial amplitude and abundance shows that Volvo’s focus is still area it consistently was — on the bodies inside.
So yes, a 9/10 appraisement for our aboriginal bounded attending at the new Volvo XC90. It ability assume high, and it ability assume glowing, but it actually is a actual acceptable car. However, we actual abundant attending advanced to accepting one through the CarAdvice barn anon to put through some absolute apple tests.
How do accouchement acquisition the back? How applied is the amount space? How economical is it about boondocks and what do owners of ‘rival’ SUVs anticipate of it?
But for now, as we bid adieu to the aboriginal appearance XC90 and the bags of ancestors memories it shaped about the world, we attending advanced to addition bearing of Volvo families with the new XC90. The baron is dead, continued alive the king.