2017 Volvo XC90

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Volvo XC90. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality with air suspension
  • Interior quality, design
  • Touch-screen multimedia system
  • Visibility
  • Optional sound system's performance

The Bad

  • Third row hard to access
  • Accelerator lag
  • Body roll
  • Numb steering

Notable Features of the 2017 Volvo XC90

  • LED headlights now standard
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • Supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Integrated second-row booster seat available

2017 Volvo XC90 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Redesigned last year, the XC90 is Volvo's flagship SUV. It seats five people in two rows or seven in three rows, depending on the model, and comes with front- or all-wheel drive. It's powered by a choice of four-cylinder engines, one of which is supercharged and turbocharged. A plug-in hybrid version is also offered. Competitors include the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

(Skip to details on the XC90 Hybrid)

New for 2017
Most versions now have Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, which mirrors select iPhone apps on the XC90's dashboard screen. LED headlights are now standard and a new Luxury Package available for Inscription models features a Nubuck headliner and roof pillars, leather grab handles, leather sun visors and massaging front seats.
Significant Standard Features

  • 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Navigation system
  • Power moonroof
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 316-hp, supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • All-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats 
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Air suspension
  • 22-inch alloy wheels

XC90 Hybrid
The plug-in hybrid drivetrain of the XC90 Hybrid uses an electric motor to drive the rear wheels while a super...

Vehicle Overview

What it is: Redesigned last year, the XC90 is Volvo's flagship SUV. It seats five people in two rows or seven in three rows, depending on the model, and comes with front- or all-wheel drive. It's powered by a choice of four-cylinder engines, one of which is supercharged and turbocharged. A plug-in hybrid version is also offered. Competitors include the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

(Skip to details on the XC90 Hybrid)

New for 2017
Most versions now have Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, which mirrors select iPhone apps on the XC90's dashboard screen. LED headlights are now standard and a new Luxury Package available for Inscription models features a Nubuck headliner and roof pillars, leather grab handles, leather sun visors and massaging front seats.
Significant Standard Features

  • 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Navigation system
  • Power moonroof
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 316-hp, supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • All-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats 
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Air suspension
  • 22-inch alloy wheels

XC90 Hybrid
The plug-in hybrid drivetrain of the XC90 Hybrid uses an electric motor to drive the rear wheels while a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine runs the front wheels. Total system output is 400 hp and 472 pounds-feet of torque, according to Volvo. With a full charge, the electric motor is capable of powering the XC90 Hybrid for about 25 miles in a driver-switchable electric-vehicle mode.

For 2017, the XC90 Hybrid gains Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity as well as a limited-edition high-end Excellence trim level. The four-seat Excellence model features heated, ventilated and massaging seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and a rear beverage cooler with two crystal glasses.

What's Special

  • Supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Capable of electric-only driving up to 75 mph, according to Volvo
  • Charges in about four hours, according to Volvo

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Latest 2017 XC90 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Technology and Design

by Melissa from Fresno, CA on September 20, 2018

The technology you get in the XC90 is purely impressive based on what you pay for. Comfortable and a pleasure to drive. The Volvo was definitely an upgrade from the Range Rover I previously had. Read full review

(4.0)

Nice car, but...

by John Thomas from Glenwood on August 10, 2018

Great car for 2 passengers. Too compact in the back seats. Drive great. Good safety features. Wished it has better leg room for back passengers. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Volvo XC90 currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

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
acceptable
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
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

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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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