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2020 Volvo XC90

2020 Volvo XC90

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$48,350 — $63,100 MSRP
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6-7 Seats
21-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride quality with air suspension
  • Interior quality, design
  • Multimedia system usability
  • Visibility
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

  • Gas pedal lag
  • Body roll
  • Steering feel
  • Third-row access
2020 Volvo XC90 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Volvo XC90
  • Revised front styling
  • Three-row luxury SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Supercharged and turbocharged engine available
  • Plug-in hybrid drivetrain available
  • Pilot Assist driver-assist system

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2020 Volvo XC90 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Volvo XC90?

The XC90 is Volvo’s flagship SUV. It seats six or seven in three rows, depending on the second-row configuration. A 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, while a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 316 hp is available. Both engines work with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. 

Volvo also sells a plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 that can travel up to 18 miles on electric power alone, according to EPA estimates. Competitors include the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.  

What’s New on the 2020 Volvo XC90?

The XC90’s front-end styling has been refreshed, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel screen is now standard. The available six-seat interior is also new. 

What Features in the 2020 Volvo XC90 Are Most Important?

Standard convenience features include adaptive cruise control, a power liftgate, four-zone automatic air conditioning and a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade. Active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.  

Should I Buy the 2020 Volvo XC90?

The XC90 should be on your consideration list if you’re shopping for a three-row luxury SUV. It’s comfortable, refined and has a user-friendly multimedia system. It doesn’t offer the most athletic driving experience, and it can be difficult to access the third row, but the XC90 still impresses overall.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Beautiful and reliable vehicle.

by DanieT from Tallahassee, Florida on October 26, 2020

This car is gorgeous. The black and tan leather interior is beautiful. The lumbar support in the seats is amazing. The media center is easy to use and the backup camera is very nice. Love this car!!!!... Read full review

(5.0)

All you want in a luxury SUV

by Gloria & Pat from Kirkland, WA on October 14, 2020

Ride, handling, responsiveness, safety assists, pleasant interior and exterior is brilliant - I have the XC90 T6 Inscription with leather vented seats, heated, etc... I couldn't be more happy with the... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Volvo XC90 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum 7 Passenger

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

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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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