It’s hard to argue we at Cars.com didn’t thoroughly enjoy our time with our Best-of-2016-winning Volvo XC90 — we put more than 22,000 miles on it in less than a year of ownership in our long-term test-car fleet, which also happens to be more than we’ve put on any other vehicle we’ve bought. But as our Brian Wong points out in his review — which debuts at No. 3 on this week’s top five most popular reviews — that was in 2016, and the XC90 now faces new and more recently updated competition. It was time for Volvo to update its flagship SUV. And update it Volvo did, but subtly.
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“There are some exterior styling changes, including a new concave grille, restyled front and rear bumpers, new wheel designs and some new color options,” writes Wong. “Roof rails, 19-inch wheels and integrated tailpipes are also standard now. R-Design models add gloss-black accents for the side mirrors, window trim and the roof rails. Aside from the grille, the changes will be hard to pick out — the XC90 was quite handsome before and still is, unrelated to these tweaks.
“Inside, the changes are more substantial. A 12.3-inch display is now standard as the driver’s instrument panel, and the XC90 is now offered in a six-seat configuration with captain’s chairs for the second row. This no-brainer addition was always a curious omission for the XC90, which launched a four-seat edition of the SUV before this. The blind spot warning systems adds automatic braking as well.
“I tested two XC90s: a plug-in hybrid T8 Inscription model and a T6 R-Design, the sportier of the two with more aggressive styling and a gas powertrain. I was glad I got to drive both of them, because each model revealed something different about the updated XC90.”
You can find out how the refreshed 2020 Volvo XC90 performed by clicking on the link below for Wong’s full review.
Among our top five videos, only our First Drive of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and drag-strip test of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody carry over into this week from the last, but the videos were our first and second most popular, respectively. In third place we have the full results from our 2019 Compact SUV Challenge, while fourth place features yours truly wearing a ridiculous shirt and talking about the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Taking fifth place is our First Drive of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
Check out the top five reviews and videos of the week below.
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