Santa’s Top Car For 2016: Volvo XC90 Dec 29, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
If you’re like us, more than a few people wished for a new car parked in the driveway on Christmas Day. Nordic luxury and top-tier engineering made the Volvo XC90 Santa’s Top Pick for 2016. But we all know that Santa has driven an eight- or nine-reindeer sleigh for decades, maybe centuries. What why did he buy himself a new car for Christmas?
Well, it all began like this: it turns out that a few good little boys and girls asked for a 2017 Volvo XC90 this year—in fact, Volvo’s growth has been driven by strong demand for the new premium model. When Santa took his sleigh down to the Volvo factory, he was so smitten with the new XC90 that he decided to order one for himself in cherry red, with furry, snow-white seats. (Special order, you understand. These don’t come on just any Volvo. There are twelve colors available, however, including Cherry Red.)
Room for Lots of Toys
Since Santa carries an immense load when he leaves the North Pole, he had to make sure that the Volvo XC90 had plenty of cargo space. When he learned that there was a whopping 85.7 cubic feet of space with the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats folded down, he was impressed and promised the designer a little something extra in his stocking this year.
Smooth as a Sleigh Ride
Of course, with the seats all folded down like that, there isn’t room for the five adults or seven elves inside as there would be otherwise. (But since he can’t go without his head elf, Skippy, there’s still a nice comfy front seat for him.) The ergonomically designed front seats upholstered in fine Nappa leather (on leading trims) are adjustable and some have lumbar adjustments, too, ensuring a comfortable ride clear around the world. Santa and his elves also appreciate the optional heated front seats, especially when they first start out from the North Pole.
Power and Economy
With seven gas-powered trim levels to choose from and three gas/electric hybrids, Santa’s only problem was deciding which one to take on his annual trip around the world. Optional all-wheel drive will decrease economy but is useful for driving on snow and ice. Santa appreciates that Volvo puts all their cars through the “moose crash test” to ensure they are safe on northern roads. Moose, elk, and Santa’s reindeer can rest easy—as can anyone in the car when a lost reindeer springs out onto the road. Under most conditions the four-cylinder turbocharged engine and eight-speed transmission will provide great fuel economy, which is really crucial when you’re flying over the vast Pacific Ocean.(Yeah, Santa’s Volvo will fly, but only thanks to the reindeer team hitched to the front bumper. Don’t try this at home!)
Santa and Skippy will enjoy listening to Christmas music played through the 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system. They’ll both stay toasty warm with the two- or four-zone climate control while they’re traveling in the colder regions of the world. Then they can switch to the air conditioning while cruising through Florida, Arizona, and the Southern Hemisphere where it’s summer at Christmastime. The center console, glove box, and door bins offer plenty of room for snacks, maps, and the ever-present gift list that Santa never leaves home without.
If you heard an extra load thump on your roof or saw headlights shining into your bedroom window, don’t worry—it was just Santa driving his new Volvo XC90 and getting ready to pass out presents.