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2007 Volvo XC90

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$2,104 — $10,328 USED
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Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
17-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Abundant safety features
  • Power
  • Cargo versatility

The Bad

  • Small third-row seat

What to Know

about the 2007 Volvo XC90
  • New 235-hp six-cylinder
  • Optional 311-hp V-8
  • Seats five or seven
  • New blind-spot warning system

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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 theme...

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

What drivers are saying

4.3
49 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best car I have ever owned

by DaveCars on October 14, 2019

This car was not only luxurious but also held a lot of cargo and people when needed. Beautiful and spacious interior. High performance and very reliable. Read full review

(5.0)

Fantastic car

by chrisdb from Nashville on June 4, 2019

It has tons of room, and is amazingly comfortable. My family and I took tons of trips in this thing and even though it has over 185,000 miles, it still was dependable and great. I highly recommend. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2007 Volvo XC90 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XC90 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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