Get the V8 version
XC90 V8 is a phenomenal value for the money. Bought used XC90 V8 exactly one year ago, and we put over 20k miles on it so far (with a couple hundred of those being hard desert off roading). Fantastic vehicle and is surprisingly fuel efficient for a V8 SUV. We average 19 MPG on road trips and 15 MPG for around town. Very comfortable cruiser.
I have owned a 2008 XC90 V8 for about 4 years.
Worst vehicle ever owned in my entire life. I am a volvos driver for about 30 years from 240 DL, 740 GLE, 850 GLT, XC90 6 cylinders and the V8 to be the worst with every kind of problems. Finally, it is in my driveway with a broken transmission. The best one so far was the XC90 6 cylinders. My family loves Volvos but now we are very disappointed about that one.
Fully loaded XC-90
A safe, solid vehicle that is excellent in snow. Plenty of room and comfort for a large family. Third row seat and roof rack are helpful.
Very strong, very reliable.
This car is perfect for families, or for folks who like to travel a lot. Very powerful. This is the best car I have ever driven in the snow.
Love Love My XC90
This is my 2nd XC90. I love this car. I love the look and the utility . Super love the reliability. Traded my old XC90 for another XC90. This is my forever car.
Most reliable and safe car. Bluetooth enabled.
Great condition and still drives very smoothly. So much space yet midsized. Very comfortable. Can’t imagine how we would have gotten on all these years without it.
Great SUV, But there are significant problem areas
I own a lot of Volvo's , but this is my first xc90 (v8 Sport, loaded). Replaced my '10 MB 350 BluTec which blew up. Problem areas (and it can cost a ton of money)- Radiator leaks into trans cooler. Once that happens the tranny is toast. Happened to me within a few weeks of my buying. In the end, it was about a $6k ordeal. Also, the front engine cover idler pulley stud often breaks. Another $1k++ repair. Upper Strut mounts are also a problem. Especially passenger side. Replace only with HD IPD. Fuel economy isn't great, but what can you expect from a v8 SUV weighing nearly 5k lbs. Despite all the problems (I think some of the problems were anomalies--except radiator, there's a SB on it) it is a very good SUV.
King of the road
I drove many SUVs the Volvo xc90 v8 is comfort reliable and I feel I drive a tank but needs aerodynamic , the AWD is not reliable on off-road, so complex in maintaining, check engine every time, gearbox is too bad after 100 miles, leather crack, dashboard so classic and the front design so bad shape even the new model
Tank of a car
These are the most solid SUVs on the road. Compared to other brands, they can take a pounding and last forever. I personally like 2008 and later as I don?t want to mess with a timing belt, but they?re all great. As with any car, there can be some quirky and scary looking errors, but almost all are relatively minor sensor issues that can easily be fixed or replaced.
Great safe and reliable car!
This car is great for families on the go with the 3rd row seating. Love the safety of Volvo?s. This is my second XC 90 and I really enjoy driving it.