• (4.8) 5 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $5,524–$17,012
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 16-17
  • Engine: 235-hp, 3.2-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2009 Volvo XC90

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Volvo XC90

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult access to third-row seat
  • Dated cabin materials
  • Uncommunicative steering at low speeds
  • Droning V-8 exhaust on the highway

Notable Features

  • Six-cylinder and V-8 powertrains
  • Seats five or seven
  • Blind-spot warning system
  • Rollover-resisting stability system

2009 Volvo XC90 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
This midsize luxury SUV has an available V-8 and seating for up to seven. Trim levels include 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design (a new sporty trim), as well as V8 and V8 R-Design. All-wheel drive is standard on the V8 and V8 R-Design, and it's optional on the six-cylinder. Competitors include the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Cadillac SRX.

New for 2009
The XC90 is now available with an R-Design appearance package on some models. A new optional Executive Package (on V-8 models) adds premium leather and heated front and rear seats, plus ventilation and massaging functions for the front seats.

The XC90 carries Volvo's familiar face — not the boxy angles of yore, but the smoother, friendlier look that's been present since the early 2000s. Door handles and side mirrors are body-colored, and the mirrors incorporate turn signals. The roof rails are trimmed in black or aluminum. R-Design trims change the look of the grille and add rear skidplates. The V8 trim adds twin dual exhaust pipes.

The vehicle is 189.3 inches long and 74.7 inches wide. It's the shortest of its competitors and, with the exception of the SRX, is also the narrowest.

  • Available 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front fog lights
  • Standard power heated mirrors with turn signals
  • Standard power moonroof (optional on base 3.2)
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating lenses

The dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes, as does a three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. Various console knobs have chrome coverings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is now standard. 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.

Passenger volume comes in at 102.4 cubic feet — the same as the X5. Cargo volume behind the third row is 8.8 cubic feet. The rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat. With all seats stowed, maximum cargo volume measures 93.2 cubic feet, which is the best of the group.
  • Available cloth, leather or premium leather seating
  • Available aluminum or real wood trim
  • Standard automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Standard audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional 650-watt, 12-speaker audio system
  • Optional dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system
  • Optional navigation system with real-time traffic

Under the Hood
The XC90 has two powertrain offerings, including a rare-for-Volvo V-8. When properly equipped, the XC90 can tow up to 4,960 pounds. R-Design models get a sport-tuned suspension with thicker front/rear stabilizer bars and firmer springs and struts.
  • 235-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • 311-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 with 325 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available front- or all-wheel-drive systems
  • Standard six-speed automatic with manual shift functionality
  • Standard self-leveling rear suspension (optional on base 3.2)
  • Standard speed-sensitive power steering (optional on base 3.2)

Offering unmatched safety in its segment, the XC90 comes loaded with safety features. One notable feature, especially on an SUV, is the standard Roll Stability Control, which attempts to stop a rollover once it's started by cutting torque and applying individual brakes. There's also a lower frontcross member that provides for safer SUV-to-car impacts.
  • Standard front, side and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system with brake assist
  • Standard electronic stability and traction control
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional blind spot information system

Consumer Reviews


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Volvo XC90- Awesome!

by Super SUV! Love Xena! from Seattle WA & LA CA on December 10, 2012

Purchased a great used XC90, to not absorb the depreciation, yet still get the undying Volvo quality. It delivers, and was a great deal at less than half of the $50K new. A great Roadtrip mobile, good... Read Full Review

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2009 Volvo XC90 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
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
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.


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Free Scheduled Maintenance


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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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