2016 Volvo XC90 Review Jan 21, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The 2016 Volvo XC90 is all new, and gives you the chance to enjoy a luxurious ride that seats seven passengers in comfort. Compared to some of the other SUVs in this segment, the Volvo is humble and self-conscious but is still luxurious enough for those who need the latest features or want a mildly flashy vehicle.
Starting It Up and Driving
Starting the XC90 shows how this SUV stands out from the crowd. While most luxury models start with a push-button start system, the Volvo has you twist a knob to start it up. It is even possible to take this premium vehicle on tougher terrain thanks to the Off-Road setting on the drive selector. All modes have steering that is nicely weighted.
Getting to Know the Engines
The Drive-E engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder known as the T6, and while it may not seem like much on paper, you have to keep in mind that it has a supercharger and a turbocharger. These elements help boost output and acceleration. In fact, expect to take a little over six seconds to get from 0 up to 60 mph and enjoy 316 horsepower. The eight-speed automatic transmission helps it stay smooth while the standard all-wheel drive ensures that you have maximum traction in any situation. There is also a T8 Twin Engine (pictured above) that is a plug-in hybrid. This will give you 400 horsepower along with 472 pound-feet, all while getting 59 MPGe.
One thing you notice when behind the wheel of the XC90 is its incredible ride comfort. This is the first vehicle to show off the Scalable Product Architecture known as SPA from Volvo. In the future, this architecture will be found across the lineup. Instead of relying on traditional coil springs, this design has a multi-link rear suspension featuring a single composite leaf spring that transversely spans the control arms. There are also optional adaptive dampers and air springs that boost handling and ride quality.
No Volvo XC90 review is complete without touching on Sensus, the clever infotainment system. The controls on it closely resemble those found on Apple devices, making the 9-inch touchscreen incredibly intuitive. The system only has seven buttons plus a volume knob, but no more is necessary as the map lets you double tap or pinch to zoom. Best of all, the system has an incredible amount of processing power, so you never have to wait for the screen to load when you tap or swipe.