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2022 Volvo XC90 Review: Specs and Pricing

2022 Volvo XC90


The 2022 Volvo XC90 is a good option if driving agility isn't your main concern while looking for a mid-size luxury SUV. It offers a tonne of flair and safety technology. Even if its far-back seats aren't the roomiest, it's best suited for families as the only three-row vehicle in Volvo's lineup. Even so, the inside is among the most attractive in the class, which also includes the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne.

Although both options are more convenient to drive, they are also significantly more expensive. The XC90 is also available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which offers 455 horsepower, quicker acceleration, and 36 miles of all-electric range, in addition to two four-cylinder options. We included the 2022 XC90 on our Editors' Choice list because it is one of the most enjoyable upper-class, three-row Utes, regardless of the powertrain.

What has changed for 2022?

New basic features and updated option packages are added to the 2022 XC90 series. Standard built-in navigation is an addition to the Momentum base model. Every XC90 loses standard features like the high-pressure headlamp cleaner and compass in the rearview mirror, but they acquire a revised rear bumper with disguised exhaust points. A 360-degree video system, a head-up display, and an improved air filtration system are now included in the Advance package.

The heated steering wheel, heated back seats, and headlamp cleaner are now included with the Climate package. Models that previously had a leather-wrapped steering wheel now have one without leather. Volvo has also stopped making leather key fobs and the center console's drive-mode roller (modes are now exclusively selectable via the touchscreen). The all-electric driving range of the SUV has increased to 35 miles in plug-in hybrid Recharge variants thanks to a more powerful electric motor and a larger battery.

2022 Volvo XC90: Pricing

The base price of the 2022 Volvo XC90 is $49,900. That's roughly average for a luxury midsize SUV, but the XC90's higher trims may easily cost more than $70,000.

Which one to Purchase?

Our recommendation is to choose the stylish and well-equipped Inscription trim level with the T6 designation and 316 horsepower turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It boasts numerous features that buyers of luxury SUVs are likely to put high on their list of priorities. This consists of a Harman/Kardon audio system, ventilated front seats with massaging features, 20-inch wheels, a fully digital gauge cluster, a fully digital gauge cluster, a fully digital gauge cluster, statelier exterior detailing, and a Nappa leather interior.

2022 Volvo XC90: Interior and Comfort

The interior of the XC90 is a masterwork of the style. We wish there were more cars like this one, from the appealing design to the high caliber of the materials. Even though the third row has greater legroom than its competitors, adults won't be content in it; nonetheless, preteens might be convinced if the trip is brief. The XC90's wide, boxy appearance aids in moving cargo, but the interior spaces aren't as spacious as those of some rivals.

2022 Volvo XC90: Connectivity

All XC90s come equipped with a classy, 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that looks like a tablet. Every model is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is an optional feature. More redundant hard buttons could be added to the system to make it better.

2022 Volvo XC90: Engine and Performance

Three different variants of the XC90 are available, each of which plays off of Volvo's 2.0-liter turbo four. Only the 250-hp turbocharged engine (T5 designator) is available with front-wheel drive; however, all-wheel drive, which is standard on all other models, is also an option. The more potent T6 version boosts the turbocharging system with supercharging to produce 316 horsepower. The Momentum and Inscription fueled by gas come standard with this configuration.

The turbocharged four-cylinder is used in the 455-hp plug-in hybrid XC90 (Recharge T8 Extended Range designation), which also has two electric motors and an outside charging connection. It is also the quickest of the group, reaching 60 mph at our test track in just 4.5 seconds. All XC90 engine options come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and have a 5000-pound towing capacity, which is decent but not exceptional for a car of size. The Volvo leans slightly around curves, as do many cars in its class, but its steering reactions are precise, and the wheel has a nice heft that falls between feather-light and heavyweight. Our test vehicle handled most road conditions well and offered a comfortable, insulated ride thanks to the optional air suspension. Minor flaws are shown by some clattering from the chassis over extremely sharp bumps; this is one of the car's few flaws otherwise.

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