2010 Volvo XC90

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Volvo XC90. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Abundant safety features
  • Power
  • Cargo versatility

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2010 Volvo XC90

  • V8 R-Design discontinued
  • Six-cylinder and V-8 powertrains
  • Seats seven
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Rollover-resisting stability system

2010 Volvo XC90 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
This midsize luxury SUV has an available V-8 and seating for up to seven. Trim levels include 3.2, 3.2 R-Design and V8. All-wheel drive is standard on the V8 and optional on six-cylinder models. Competitors include the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Cadillac SRX.

New for 2010
For 2010, the XC90 drops the V8 R-Design trim and adds standard heated front seats, headlamp washers and rain-sensing windshield wipers to the V8 model. The base 3.2 also gains a standard third row seat and moonroof.

Exterior
The XC90 carries Volvo's familiar face — not the previous boxy angles, but the smoother, friendlier look that's been present since the early 2000s. The door handles and side mirrors are body-colored, and the mirrors incorporate turn signals. The roof rails are trimmed in black or aluminum. The R-Design trim changes the look of the grille and adds rear skid plates. The V8 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, also the narrowest.
  • Available 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front fog lights
  • Standard power, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating lenses


Interior
The dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes, as does the three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. Various console knobs have chrome ...
Vehicle Overview
This midsize luxury SUV has an available V-8 and seating for up to seven. Trim levels include 3.2, 3.2 R-Design and V8. All-wheel drive is standard on the V8 and optional on six-cylinder models. Competitors include the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Cadillac SRX.

New for 2010
For 2010, the XC90 drops the V8 R-Design trim and adds standard heated front seats, headlamp washers and rain-sensing windshield wipers to the V8 model. The base 3.2 also gains a standard third row seat and moonroof.

Exterior
The XC90 carries Volvo's familiar face — not the previous boxy angles, but the smoother, friendlier look that's been present since the early 2000s. The door handles and side mirrors are body-colored, and the mirrors incorporate turn signals. The roof rails are trimmed in black or aluminum. The R-Design trim changes the look of the grille and adds rear skid plates. The V8 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, also the narrowest.
  • Available 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front fog lights
  • Standard power, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating lenses


Interior
The dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes, as does the three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. Various console knobs have chrome coverings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is standard. The XC90 seats five people in two rows and a third-row seat is standard with the base model. It bumps seating capacity 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 101 cubic feet — the same as the X5. Cargo volume behind the third row is 11.1 cubic feet. The rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat. With all seats stowed, maximum cargo volume measures 85.1 cubic feet, which is the best of the group.
  • Available leather or premium leather seating
  • Available aluminum or real wood trim
  • Available massaging and ventilated front seats
  • Available Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Available rear seat refrigerator
  • 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. The R-Design model gets 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 pound-feet of torque
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard six-speed automatic with manual shift functionality


Safety
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 front cross member that makes for safer SUV-to-car impacts.
  • Standard front, side-impact 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 warning system



Latest 2010 XC90 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great family SUV

by Layla from Denton, TX on March 6, 2018

Super safe and reliable family car. Can accommodate up to 3 LATCH car seats across back bench, and two additional children in third row for a total of 7 passengers. Airbags in all three rows. Second ... Read full review

(5.0)

A solid 8 years of driving!

by Michael0713 from Dallas, TX on February 15, 2018

The Volvo XC90 is a solid performer, flawless 91K miles over the 8 years of ownership. Car has been extremely reliable but it was time to move on with a newer vehicle. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Volvo XC90 currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Volvo XC90 3.2

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Volvo
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    130-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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