The 2018 Volvo XC90 is a three-row luxury SUV with a powerful engine, a comfortable ride, an impressive list of standard features, and innovative safety features. This crossover remains true to the brand, providing a well-appointed interior, precise handling, and stability in any driving condition. New for 2018 is additional equipment that is now standard when it previously was optional, such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While there are many trim levels to choose from, the favorite is the T6 Momentum, which is an ideal balance of top of the line standard equipment, performance, and price point. There are, however, plenty about each of the XC90’s trim levels and features that are sure to please any driver. Newly updated, the 2018 Volvo XC90 is an example of elegant design and effortless practicality that will stand the test of time. Read more to discover what people love about the 2018 Volvo XC90.
A Smooth Engine and Comfortable Ride
The 2018 Volvo XC90 comes with three standard engine features: the T5, T6, and T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid. The T5 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The T6 comes with a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid has the same base engine as the T6 and adds an 87-horsepower electric motor. The total output of the T8 is 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, and recharging the electric motor takes about two and a half hours. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The ride is steady, stable, and comfortable, whether heading out on a long road trip or tooling around town.
“The exterior and interior quality and style rival other luxury SUVs going for tens of thousands more.”
“I am impressed by the 316 horsepower output especially at highway speeds and would describe the output as a solid V6 caliber.”
“This has a very strong engine with plenty of on-ramp and passing power. Fairly quiet even under hard acceleration. Shifts are smooth and it is hard to tell when the transmission is shifting.”
An Impressive List of Standard Features
With the 2018 Volvo XC90, there are different trim levels that offer a range of seating. The T8 Excellence seats four passengers, the T5 seats five total, and the T6 and T8 seats seven passengers safely and comfortably. This luxury crossover SUV comes in four trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence. Standard options on the Momentum T5, T6, and T8 models include adjustable drive modes, a hands-free power tailgate, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, keyless entry and ignition, leatherette upholstery, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat, and a 50/50-split third-row seat. State of the art technology includes a 9-inch central touchscreen, navigation system, voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone app integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
“First and foremost, the interior of the XC90 is in a class of its own. The upgraded contour seats are just amazing. It truly provides the best comfort in any car money can buy.”
“The interior design, and every element, has been so thoughtfully crafted around the driver, it is hard to believe that more people have not discovered Volvo.”
“The interior lighting is fantastic and I like the ability to change the colors as well as the strength of the lights. Back up lighting is superb.”
State of the Art Safety Features
With a reputation for safety, the 2018 Volvo XC90 continues to impress. Standard safety features include frontal collision warning and automatic braking, surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, and a child booster seat built into the center position of the second row.. The new XC90 also debuts what Volvo calls Run-off Road Protection, whereby if the vehicle goes off the road, the seat belts automatically tighten up and the seat cushions absorb impact energy if the vehicle comes down hard on its suspension. The Volvo On Call service includes emergency assistance, remote door locking and unlocking, automatic collision notification and stolen vehicle location.
“The XC90 gives you a warning if you are driving too close or if it senses a forward collision, and displays the current speed limit and warns you if you drive too fast.”
“The electronics and safety features are impressive.”
“I love the auto steering that helps you stay in your lane during normal everyday driving. It watches the road lines and applies corrective steering automatically if you start to drift.”