What Is It?
The 2016 Volvo XC90 is a seven-passenger large luxury crossover. It represents bold steps forward for both the Volvo brand and this vehicle segment itself, with innovative powertrains (including a plug-in hybrid), distinctive styling, an ultra-modern and high-tech cabin, and numerous safety advancements.
What's New About This Model? ?
The current XC90 dates all the way back to 2003, making it a dinosaur among competitors that have undergone one or two redesigns in that time period (let alone numerous new models introduced to the market in the last 10-plus years). As such, just about everything that can possibly be new about the 2016 Volvo XC90 is new. It retains the name, the same general shape and is still a seven-passenger luxury crossover with a safety-first emphasis, but that's about it. Even the Volvo emblem and the easily recognizable corporate grille have been tweaked.
How Big Is It?
The 2016 XC90 is wider and longer than before, but also lower, creating a more planted stance. It is bigger than a BMW X5, but smaller than an Audi Q7. Five seats will be standard, but three rows with space for seven passengers will be a popular option. According to Volvo, the rearmost row can comfortably accommodate those who are 5-foot-7 or shorter. This is quite generous among competitors like the X5 and Acura MDX, but less roomy than most non-luxury large crossovers.