2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid

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2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid
2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid

Key specs

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The good:

  • Interior materials quality, quietness
  • Responsive dashboard touch-screen
  • Roomy second row
  • Advanced safety features standard

The bad:

  • Hesitant acceleration from a standing start
  • Head-up display image disappears when wearing polarized sunglasses
  • Lack of third-row headroom
  • Bland exterior styling

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Redesigned for 2016
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • Supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Integrated second-row booster seat available

2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

After a protracted rollout that included a reveal of the interior and details on powertrains, Volvo has finally unveiled the next-generation XC90’s exterior. It’s all here, now, and much of it reads like a concept car. But so did the original XC90, which debuted gyroscopic rollover detection and was among the first SUVs with three-row side curtain airbags.

That was more than 12 years ago.

The new XC90 gets some all-new tech in the safety arena like you’d expect from a Volvo, but it may be the powertrain and interior opulence that woos luxury shoppers.

The 2016 XC90 boasts automatic intersection braking if it detects that you’re trying to turn in front of a car that’s coming too fast, as well as protective occupant measures — like seat belts cinching up — if you run off the road. Another U.S. first is a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with a supercharger and a turbocharger, available on the XC90 T8.
The XC90’s new face departs somewhat from Volvo’s current cars, which employ taller headlights and a horizontally oriented grille. The XC90 gets a waterfall grille with vertical bars, though it still bears the brand’s trademark diagonal crosspiece. Volvo’s arrow-and-circle logo gets its own remake, dropping the blue “Volvo” overlay for an inset, colorless piece that spells the brand’s name inside the circle.

The headlights feature bold, T-shaped daytime running lights that Volvo likens to Thor’s hammer. The Norse gods roll in rimmed-out style, apparently, because the XC90’s wheels measure up to 22 inches in diameter — matching the Cadillac Escalade Platinum for some of the largest factory wheels you can buy. In back, the taillights follow Volvo’s tradition, snaking around the rear window.
The XC90’s seven-seat cabin eschews the Swedish automaker’s floating center stack, which has characterized its U.S. cars since the mid-2000s. In its place is a more horizontal, stacked dashboard with plenty of touch-sensitive controls. Lush materials include a gearshift made from Orrefors crystal and real leather along the dash.

Three passengers fit in the second row, with a two-seat third row that Volvo says is suitable for passengers up to 5 feet 7 inches tall. A Bowers & Wilkins premium stereo features an air-ventilated subwoofer — one of the first such placements in a car, Volvo says.
Under the Hood
Volvo’s supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder, which made its U.S. debut in the 2015 S60 sedan and XC60 SUV, serves as the base engine in the XC90. It makes 316 horsepower and works through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A higher, T8 trim is actually a plug-in hybrid and uses a 60-kilowatt electric motor to drive the rear wheels, while the supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder runs the front wheels. Combined output is about 400 hp and 472 pounds-feet of torque, Volvo estimates. With a full charge, the electric motor is capable of powering the XC90 for around 25 miles in a driver-switchable EV mode.
Touting the XC90’s features as the “most advanced standard safety package on the market,” Volvo says the new SUV boasts five times the ultra-high-strength steel of its predecessor. Standard features include a run-off occupant protection system, which cinches the front seat belts if you leave the pavement unintentionally. Specially designed front seats aim to mitigate spinal injuries, too.

A standard auto-braking feature can stop the XC90 if you attempt to turn in front of an oncoming car that’s moving faster than you thought. Other features include a blind spot warning system, next-generation Roll Stability Control, seat belt pretensioners in all seven seats — not just the front seats, as is the norm — and rear-facing radar that detects an imminent rear impact and tightens the seat belts to properly position occupants. The XC90’s forward collision warning system, which includes auto-braking, can now detect cars, cyclists and pedestrians; it also works at night, Volvo says.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


Volvo XC90 Hybrid -Nicest Car I every driven!

I love driving this vehicle. It had 2 engines . Front Gas powered and Rear Electric Powered. There is immediate power from stopped on starts without hesitation. Has 5 different modes from eco and Hybrid to All Wheel Drive and SPORT mode. Mileage is great at approx 27 to 29 MPG. Plug in recharge is both 110V and 220V so you can plug it in ANYWHERE. The ride as my wife states is like butter.....what ever that means It is SMOOTH and quiet. Has lots of power for pulling trailer / 22 ft Boat and for passing quickly. Love all the safety features from 360 cameras and automatic brakes and side warning alarms. It even steers itself so you stay in your lane and don't wander. Exceptional Car.


3 Month Honest Review

So I wasn't a big Volvo fan but when I saw the new XC90s I did a double take. It's a slick looking vehicle especially from the front, the back...ehh it's still growing on me. It actually looks smaller than the SUV is. I purchased a 2016 T8 Inscription which has 400hp and 467 lb. ft. of torque. This is my first hybrid and I must say that I have iffy feelings about it. I added a 240V outlet in my garage to charge the car much quicker than the standard 110V outlet which takes 8+ hours. With the 240 it takes a max of 2 hours. From the 2 hour full charge the SUV gets 18 miles range of electric cruising. I was expecting better, I have a hill coming out of my development every day and when going downhill and towards the freeway literally less than a mile my mileage every morning is down to the 12-13 marker range (once I get on the freeway half a mile away) from the full charge and this isn't even using pure electric mode which I rarely use. For the majority of the time I use Hybrid mode. The SUV is well built but it?s also super heavy which you can most certainly feel when going over bumps in the road. It will remind you that you are carrying a heavy battery in the vehicle which feels awkward and very thumpy fairly often. Aside from that when you have it in performance mode, this baby really moves. Now, it?s not a SRT8 Jeep Grand Cherokee but it?s decent, that is until the battery is gone which depletes super fast in performance mode. Yes, it has regenerative braking which charges the battery when you brake or the engine brakes however it?s nowhere near enough energy needed to generate electric power to go a somewhat decent distance. I have yet to even squeeze a mile out of regenerative braking. The key fob is really neat looking with leather and buttons on the side. It was designed for exclusivity and to prevent accidental pressing of the key fob while in your pocket. To me the keys along the side of the remote feel cheap and it?s a little annoying trying to press them, maybe it's just me and my big hands. Another thing that I find just downright asinine is the fact that the car needs to be plugged in, in order to precondition or warm up or cool down the car. The car will not remote start unless plugged in which makes no sense especially on days like today when I am at work with no charging station and the temperature is 16 degrees?. In conclusion the XC90 is a solid, abundantly tech rich luxury vehicle. Yes, luxury vehicle now with the appointments and interior that's second to none. I would certainly purchase another one, I would NOT purchase another T8 Hybrid though especially considering the premium over the T6. It's just not worth the price in my opinion.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volvo
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 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
5 years/unlimited miles , upgradeable up to 10 years
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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