• (4.3) 36 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $3,692–$11,580
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-19
  • Engine: 235-hp, 3.2-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2007 Volvo XC90

Our Take on the Latest Model 2007 Volvo XC90

What We Don't Like

  • Small third-row seat

Notable Features

  • New 235-hp six-cylinder
  • Optional 311-hp V-8
  • Seats five or seven
  • New blind-spot warning system

2007 Volvo XC90 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Volvo's first sport utility vehicle, the 2003 XC90, came amid doubts about SUV safety, particularly with regard to rollovers. Thanks to an array of advanced safety features — seat belt pretensioners for all seats, side curtain-type airbags that stay inflated longer during a rollover, and an electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology — the XC90 largely avoided the concerns that plagued its competitors.

For 2007, Volvo adds more safety features to the XC90: headlights that swivel to better illuminate corners, a rearview camera and a Blind Spot Information System that can alert drivers to nearby vehicles.

Other enhancements include an all-new 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine (a V-8 is still the top choice) and some minor styling revisions.


Exterior
Most onlookers won't distinguish a 2007 XC90 from the 2006 model. Both have the same familiar Volvo face — a diagonally bisected grille with scalloped headlights. The 2007 XC90 frees sections of the lower bumper from the black plastic cladding attached to older models, but it's hardly a dramatic rescue. The redesigned taillights have lower clear portions but maintain the same shape.

The door handles and side mirrors are now body-colored, and the mirrors incorporate turn signals. The roof rails are trimmed in black or aluminum, and optional wheels measure 18 inches in diameter.

All-wheel drive is standard.


Interior
The dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes, as does a three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. Changes for 2007 are minor: An optional backup system now includes a rearview camera that maps the XC90's projected path on a dashboard screen. Various console knobs get chrome surrounds, and the new Sovereign Hide leather upholstery is said to have a softer feel than last year's not-so-sovereign hide.

The XC90 seats five people in two rows. An optional third row bumps capacity up to seven, but it's a tight squeeze in back (Volvo recommends the third row for occupants 5 feet 3 inches or shorter). A built-in child-safety seat in the second row adjusts forward up to 12 inches to keep children closer to adults up front.

The rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat. With all seats stowed, maximum cargo volume measures 92 cubic feet in five-seat models and 93.2 cubic feet in seven-seat models.


Under the Hood
A 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine produces 235 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque. It replaces last year's turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that made 208 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque. An optional 4.4-liter V-8 generates 311 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines use a six-speed-automatic transmission.

When properly equipped, the XC90 can tow up to 5,000 pounds.


Safety
Offering unmatched safety in its segment, the XC90 comes loaded with four-wheel disc, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control. RSC, now shared with various Ford, Mercury and Lincoln SUVs, anticipates impending rollovers with a gyroscopic sensor. It can attempt to avert them by cutting torque and applying individual brakes.

Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags for all three rows of seats are standard, with the latter designed to stay inflated longer in rollovers. All seat belts include pretensioners that cut slack in the event of a collision. Most seat belt systems include this provision only in the front seats.

The XC90 also receives Volvo's Blind Spot Information System, which debuted on several 2005 models. BLIS adds a small camera to each side mirror to measure movement in the driver's blind spot and activate warning lights on the A-pillars when necessary.

New xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights automatically rotate up to 15 degrees based on steering wheel input to illuminate corners better than conventional headlights.


Consumer Reviews

(4.3)

Average based on 36 reviews

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Beautiful ride. Never a problem.

by Harley12 from New York. NY on October 3, 2017

Works well on ski trips up north with full load of people and equipment. Drove many times to South Florida.

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2007 Volvo XC90 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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