The Volvo XC90 is the Swedish automaker’s flagship vehicle and the largest car that it sells in India. It has been on sale since Volvo entered India in the latter part of the previous decade. The SUV is characterised by its boxy design and large size. It is offered in the Indian market with the option of a single diesel engine as well as a single gearbox option.
The XC90 on the outside is characterised by a boxy appearance. The front is dominated by the large bowtie Volvo logo and the oblong shaped grille with a large slat-shaped design. Volvo has fitted the facia with a contrast coloured bumper which is body coloured on the edges near the fog lamps and a shade of silver in the middle below the logo and grille.
The side profile of the XC90 is divided into three sections and each one is highlighted by various kinds of lines running across them. The roof line curves to the back but gradually flows down the side. Volvo offers two kinds of wheels for the Indian market with the standard one being 18-inch units while the sportier versions are 20-inch units with a different kind of design.
At the rear the XC90 gets the Swedish automakers characteristic Christmas tree tail lamps which run from the roofline to the middle of the hatch door. There is a noticeable loading lip and silver accents at various places in the rear. It is available in five shades-electric silver, ice white, twilight bronze, ember black and metallic blue.
Interior and safety
The XC90 gets the standard Volvo interior that includes leather for the seats, combination of wood and high quality plastics for the dashboard and the infotainment system. The feature list is vast and includes the infotainment system, multi zone climate control and leather seats. This also includes a huge safety feature list which comprises multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, water repellent front windows, side impact protection system, seat belts with pre tensioners and this is just a handful of features from what appears to be a 25 item list of things both inside and outside.
The Volvo XC90 is powered by a 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel engine that produces 200bhp and 420Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four-wheels via a six-speed AT and an AWD system. Volvo claims that the engine will return an ARAI certified 14.7kmpl. It gets Macpherson struts in the front and an independent suspension with coil springs in the rear.
The XC90 competes with Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Audi Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne in the premium SUV category.