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5 out of 5 stars

Perfect Blend of Tech and Luxury

Texas Pilot BB, 02/08/2020
2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric plug-in hybrid 8A)
27 of 27 people found this review helpful

We bought the XC90 T8 6 Seat Inscription. So much has changed since our 2013 XC90 was manufactured. Compared to the previous interior, Volvo has truly stepped up the design and you now feel like you’re in a true luxury car. The seats are very comfortable, the leather is supple and the inlays and trim are elegant. The shift knob is made of Swedish Crystal which is an elegant touch. The exterior styling is, in my opinion, at the top of the competitors...not to rounded off and not too boxy. The grill has been refreshed slightly and looks elegant without being too gaudy like some other manufacturers. Pure electric mode gives me a range of over 20 miles which is perfect for trips to the store and back or to drop off the kids at school. Compared to solely electric cars, acceleration is sluggish in pure electric mode. Put it in hybrid mode and it is remarkably quick. The primary reason I bought this car was to keep my family safe. Google the independent crash tests by IIHS and compare to the BMW or Audi and you can see for yourself the design of the XC90 is safer. Volvo also has a marketing video touting the engineering that went into making this the safest SUV in the road. I’ve owned Audi’s, BMW’s and Lexus vehicles and this is, hands down, the best car I’ve owned. It perfectly balances styling, eco-driving, and comfort without making a sacrifice for safety. The only negative I will mention is the passenger cup holders in the six seat configuration seem like an afterthought and will likely be broken by my kids...but that should not stop anyone from seriously considering the 2020 XC90.

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2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

JB, 09/03/2021
2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid T8 Inscription 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric plug-in hybrid 8A)
48 of 50 people found this review helpful

Two months in of which one month in the shop for repairs. A faulty "module" that's responsible for switching between electric and fuel. Basically the car arrived with a faulty module, was not tested by the dealer, leased to me and promptly returned by me. It took two more modules to finally get a good one. So far that is. Because after owning 12 Volvos during my life so far, this should have been the crown jewel. Instead I hear myself saying; don't get this one. Me? I was born in a Volvo. Yet, here we go. The car is definitely unreliable. It sputters. And when it works it really does. Should a nearly $80K car give you that feeling?

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3 out of 5 stars

Electronic nightmare

Gran01, 01/13/2021
2020 Volvo XC90 T5 R-Design 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
26 of 27 people found this review helpful

Our NEW Volvo XC 90 has been in for service 5 times since purchased. So far everything has been an electrical problem...AC won’t turn on, screen goes blank, blinkers out, brights won’t work, mirrors won’t adjust, phone calls out and rings and you can’t cut it off, AC won’t turn on...worth mentioning twice when you live in Texas. Twice, these things have gone wrong right before a road trip, being the main reason we bought it. My list is extensive. Very inconvenient! They do resolve the problem each time but this is not what we expected with a luxury brand new vehicle. We contacted Volvo USA but they are unwilling to help in anyway. This is our fourth Volvo, never before have we experienced such issues. Customer service??

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5 out of 5 stars

Superb

richardc020, 12/20/2019
2020 Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
41 of 44 people found this review helpful

I've the 2019 T5 bought brand new now at 6000mi (I commute by train thus few miles in car) and what a truly superb luxury SUV. I got it namely for seating 7 and stellar renowned safety with style, but all of the owner experience has been immaculate. The buying was a special remotely arranged one to avoid the typically horrifying day of haggling and lies at the dealership, but I went with overseas delivery to have no-haggle pricing and a preferred buying experience. The customization to my needs and wants was complete. Seller communications were completely confidence increasing and the ownership experience has been even better. The app literally does it all with remote start, warming, monitoring, security, logs, and everything with the same distinctly full Volvo design and style cues. The Swedish ideals of just enough ("lagom") are seen with just 1 screen and 6 buttons on the console. The famous Sensus system's speed, full integration, and immense central pleasure enhance the lovely seats, spacious airy cabin, panorama sunroof (standard!), lovely finishings, and clearly superior build quality. Drive experience is great inside the city where we live and outside where we go bi-weekly. The power is snappy and significant with torque available even at highway speeds from the 2.0L turbo-charged engine mated to 10-speed transmission. Finely self-tuning drivetrain smartness adds to the immense amounts of smartness everywhere to entertainment to seamless security (all the fancy stuff quickly becoming widely available in other makes and makers) to the aforementioned app. It's a superb vehicle.

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5 out of 5 stars

Great SUV - good price/value ratio

teNY123, 07/27/2020
2020 Volvo XC90 T5 R-Design 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
21 of 22 people found this review helpful

We looked around at different three-row luxury and non-luxury SUVs: BMW X5/X7, Atlas, Audi Q7, Lexus RX/GX and Mercedes. For the money, it’s hard to do a lot better. Sure, BMW was more fun to drive, but the X5 had little 3rd row was tiny, x7 was ridiculously large and priced as such. Audi was nice, but expensive when optioned, Lexus 3rd row was small and MB was very expensive. Volvo struck that sweet spot of feeling luxurious enough, priced well enough and a functional 3rd row backseat. It’s even marginally fun to drive (as much such a car this size can be). The leather is very nice and seats are supportive, most of the tablet functions are easy enough to get to with a good amount of customization. Wonderfully roomy, but doesn’t feel huge even in our constantly double-parked NYC streets. We got one off the lot that has the integrated center booster and I didn’t realize how nice it is. Our little one loves it. Also note - few cars have a real anchored middle seat. This one does - so even without using the booster you can fit 3 kids/car seats across. This can be a huge plus if you have 3 children. The booster just makes our life easy. The safety of Volvo is just the icing on top of it all and one of the biggest factors for us. The moonroof is big and adds airiness to the cabin, the in-door shades in the second row are great, and the sound system is excellent even though it’s not the $3,200 B&W option. Engine may be a T5, but I honestly never feel the need for more power, except of a little turbo lag in the first half a second, which it makes up for quickly afterwards. Some of the things I would like better (cons) is the road noise is a little high for a car in this price range, the gas mileage could be a little better and I wish Apple CarPlay would display on the driver dash and Heads-up display. Seems like such an easy thing to do that would really add to the experience. All in all though, we could not find a better balance of price, luxury, safety and overall value. We actually look forward to driving this car every time even with it being a 3 row suv. It puts a smile on our face which says a lot to me as a former GTI driver. Very happy customer so far.

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