View Local Inventory
SAVE

2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid

$44,774 — $59,762 USED
Sport Utility
7 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
 — 
Compare 3 trims

Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.5) 2 reviews

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
2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid
  • 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.
Exterior
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 ha...

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.
Exterior
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.
Interior
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.
Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.5
2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)
(5.0)

Volvo XC90 Hybrid -Nicest Car I every driven!

by Steve Preston from Duluth,Mn on April 25, 2018

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 ... Read full review

(4.0)

3 Month Honest Review

by CarCzar261 on December 20, 2016

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 ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Volvo XC90 Hybrid T8 Momentum

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

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
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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

Latest 2016 XC90 Hybrid Stories

Change year or vehicle

All Model Years for the Volvo XC90 Hybrid

0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

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 Hybrid 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker