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Volvo XC90 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 235 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Volvo XC90

  • Competitors outdo the 2007 Volvo XC90 when it comes to luxury and performance, but you won't find a safer, more kid-friendly premium midsize SUV.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Safe as a bank vault, plush ride, feels smaller than it is, high-quality interior materials, ample cargo room.

  • Cons

    Hefty curb weight drags down fuel mileage, third-row seating compromises second-row space.

  • What's New for 2007

    Volvo drops the 2.5T model in favor of the XC90 3.2, which offers considerably more power, thanks to a 235-horsepower, 3.2-liter inline…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (63 total reviews)

Xc90 beats vw touareg hands

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC90 3.2 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

I have owned my XC90 now for 4 months and what a great SUV. My last SUV was aTouareg and what a disappointment! It was the worst! It had a faulty transmission and when it would shift it felt as if the Whole car was going to break apart. VW Service was horrible, I would take it in and no one would do anything. Even after having the Transmission replaced it still did the same thing. My XC90 is great! From its smooth ride to better fuel economy, Hands down it is the better car both inside and out. The service I have received at my Volvo dealer is second to none. I have owned a BMW and Mercedes and in this case Volvo service even beats those two! Great Job Volvo

My first luxury vehicle

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC90 V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

This was my first SUV, and first luxury vehicle in general. I bought it because of the look and safety features, and those have not let me down. This is one SUV I would keep forever except for the fact that I typically only get 14 MPG. I do almost exclusive city driving however.

Our favorite that we've ever

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC90 3.2 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

We love the looks, drive, safety and reliability of this car !! Nothing negative to say !!

My first volvo

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC90 V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

This is my first experience with Volvo and for the most part it is a great one. The XC90 V8 is impressive and fun to drive. The styling of the exterior far out weights it competitors. I can no longer go back to the Japanese cars I drove in the past. They all now seem so cheap. I have had a few problems with my XC90: rattling noises (drive me crazy), front dash crackles during change in temperature (very common in Volvo's) but go away when temperature regulates and a strange transmission whine at 55 mph (being resolved). In Short I trusted the Japanese cars for their reliability, so that's why I chose the V8. Japanese (Yamaha)engine and transmission wrapped up in a luxury SUV. I love mine!!!

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See review at 6k miles.

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC90 V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

Now have 17K miles. Had to replace tires. No other problems. Ditto first review only better. Especially now that Volvo has discontinued the V8 engine. Big mistake. Much better then the six at the expense of only a few MPG. If your buying this for the MPG you can do much better. If your buying this just for the pleasure, comfort and fun of the powerful V8, you'd be hard pressed to find something better. Great world class vehicle.

Give credit to this is

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Vehicle: 2007 Volvo XC90 3.2 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

Handle's great and very good safty evan in very bad weather, Big blind spot in backing up> A wow and beutiful style gets lots of looks and questions asked of it, Just drives great and wonderful in ALL weather, this is not an off road or a all so fancy SUV. Volvo is a safe, powerful and beutiful SUV. Good job Volvo. Gas MPG is much better than those other very High end SUV's. It is a keeper..

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Full 2007 Volvo XC90 Review

What's New for 2007

Volvo drops the 2.5T model in favor of the XC90 3.2, which offers considerably more power, thanks to a 235-horsepower, 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine. A Sport trim for the XC90 V8 debuts as well. Exterior styling is slightly revised and all 2007 Volvo XC90s have body-color side moldings and door handles. Inside, there's additional metallic trim, and V8 models get upgraded instrumentation. New standard features include a tire-pressure monitoring system, an MP3 player input jack and a satellite radio-compatible head unit. New options include Volvo's new Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and adaptive bi-xenon headlights.


For parents who consider safety the top priority when shopping for an SUV, there are few better choices than the 2007 Volvo XC90. This midsize luxury SUV pioneered rollover avoidance technology when it came to market for the 2003 model year. It was also one of the first to provide side curtain airbag coverage for all three rows of seating, and its heavy-duty third-row seat is carefully positioned over the rear axle to ensure the largest possible crumple zone in the event of a rear-end crash. Crash test scores on the XC90 are strong, plus it's the only luxury SUV the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested to earn a "Good" rating for its head restraints' ability to prevent whiplash in rear impacts. In addition to its safety credentials, Volvo's SUV offers agreeable driving dynamics, high-quality cabin materials and the ability to seat up to seven -- all of which make it an attractive choice for buyers seeking upscale family transportation.

Volvo hasn't made many changes to the XC90 over the years, but 2007 brings a modest refresh for the company's SUV. All models now have body-color side moldings and door handles, which provide a polished look more befitting an expensive luxury sport-ute. More importantly, a new XC90 3.2 model with a 235-horsepower, naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine replaces the sluggish 2.5T model, providing a more viable alternative for buyers who don't want to pay the premium for the XC90 V8. Techies will want to take a look at the new safety options: The BLIS uses cameras mounted in the side mirrors to monitor traffic on either side of the XC90. When another car pulls into the SUV's blind spot, indicator lights alert the driver. Not quite as revolutionary, but still useful, are the adaptive bi-xenon headlights, which can swivel up to 15 degrees left or right to illuminate your path around turns.

As luxury SUVs go, the Volvo XC90 feels more utilitarian than most, even with the requisite leather and wood in its cabin. It's more luxurious than a workaday Ford Explorer, but alongside competitors like the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Lexus RX 350/400h and Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the Volvo is noticeably less elegant. For those willing to give up some of the glitz, the XC90 compensates with kid-friendliness and the aforementioned arsenal of safety features. Children and teenagers can sit comfortably in both the second and third rows, and for families with toddlers, there's an integrated second-row booster seat that slides forward to allow for closer contact with parents. If these qualities fit with your idea of the perfect premium-brand sport-utility vehicle, the 2007 Volvo XC90 merits serious consideration.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A midsize luxury SUV, the 2007 Volvo XC90 comes in three trims: 3.2, V8 and V8 Sport. The XC90 3.2 seats five and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, wood interior trim, an eight-way power driver seat with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker stereo with a CD player and MP3 player input jack, and a PremAir-coated radiator to minimize ozone emissions. The V8-powered XC90 adds a third-row seat for seven-passenger capacity and comes with a self-leveling rear suspension, leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, a power front-passenger seat, an integrated child booster seat in the second row, a separate rear air-conditioner, upgraded instrumentation and a sunroof. The V8 Sport adds unique exterior trim, a firmly tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, quicker steering, heavily bolstered front seats and a sporty steering wheel.

Save for the aluminum trim, all of the standard V8's features can be added to the 3.2 model by selecting the Premium and Versatility packages. XC90 V8 buyers can opt for the Touring Package, which provides a wood steering wheel, leather-wrapped gearshift knob and 18-inch wheels with or without a chrome finish. Individual options include an upgraded Dolby Pro Logic II sound system, a navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens.

Powertrains and Performance

Engines correspond to the model name. The 3.2 model comes with a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine rated for 235 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque. The XC90 V8 model gets a 4.4-liter V8 good for 311 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. XC90 3.2 models come standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive (AWD) available as an option, while AWD is standard on the V8. An XC90 V8 takes 7.6 seconds to hit 60 mph. Towing capacity for both models is approximately 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy ratings are average for this class of vehicle, ranging from 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway for a front-drive 3.2 to 15/20 for the XC90 V8.


Standard safety features include a full menu of side airbags to protect the heads and torsos of outboard occupants in all three rows, seatbelt pre-tensioners in all seating positions and anti-whiplash front seats. Integrated into the standard stability control system is Roll Stability Control, which uses a gyro sensor to calculate the SUV's roll speed and angle; if it's determined that a rollover is imminent, the stability control system is activated. In the event the vehicle does roll over, an inflatable curtain covers all three rows. Other standard safety items include a tire-pressure monitoring system and Volvo's On-Call telematics.

Options include bi-xenon headlights that swivel up to 15 degrees left or right to help you see around turns, and the BLIS, which uses mirror-mounted cameras to monitor vehicles entering the XC90's blind spots and warns the driver via indicator lights. Additionally, the Convenience Package bundles rear parking sensors and power-activated child-safety locks for the rear doors.

In NHTSA frontal-impact crash tests, the 2007 Volvo XC90 earned a full five stars for protection of the driver and four stars for the front passenger. In side-impact tests, it earned a perfect five stars across the board. The Volvo was named a "Best Pick" in IIHS frontal-offset crash testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

Although interior accommodations aren't as sumptuous as those of some competitors, the XC90's cabin is attractive, comfortable and ergonomically correct. Total cupholder count is 12. In models equipped with a third-row seat, the center position in the second row has an integrated child booster cushion that slides forward, allowing for close contact between parents and tykes. Legroom in the third row is better than in many competitors, although the second row is a little cramped as a result. Cargo capacity tops out at a generous 93 cubic feet; all rear seats fold flat, as does the front passenger seat. Although a pollen filter is included on all XC90s, selecting the Convenience Package will net you the Interior Air Quality System (IAQS), which uses a more sophisticated carbon filter to clean up the air coming into the cabin.

Driving Impressions

Buyers can expect adequate acceleration from the 3.2 model, while the Volvo XC90 V8 will appeal to those seeking brisk response at the expense of some fuel economy. Except for the V8 Sport version, the XC90 rides on the same underpinnings as most of Volvo's sedans. Appropriately, ride quality is soft and comfortable and though it lacks the silky quality of the Lexus RX 350 and the sport-sedan demeanor of a BMW X5, this Volvo offers an appealing blend of comfort and handling that will satisfy most drivers. Those whose preferences run more towards athletic handling should consider the aptly-named V8 Sport. This jock of the lineup turns into corners crisply and remains flat and composed even in quick transitions, like those encountered on a twisty back road.

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