Very Comfortable, Extremely Practical
Unlike the majority of seven-seat vehicles, the XC90’s third row is actually suitable for adults, a feature that further boosts its business-friendly credentials. In fact, all seats are full-size, and plenty of head and legroom is available for each traveller. The cabin is well soundproofed, ensuring that external noises – and engine sounds – are kept to an absolute minimum. The driver is provided with a power-adjustable seat, which allows him or her to quickly establish a comfortable position. An array of stowage spaces are provided throughout, and, with all seven seats in place, boot volume stands at a not-inconsiderable 451 litres. With all but the first row of seats folded, cargo capacity rises to a very useful 1,951 litres.
It goes without saying, but Volvo’s flagship SUV comes with Euro NCAP’s maximum five-star crash test rating. You’ll even notice that the car’s safety belts feature the legend ‘Since 1959’ – this was the year that Volvo launched the three-point seatbelt. Passengers are contained within a high-strength boron-steel compartment, which offers the first line of physical defence. A full suite of airbags are provided throughout, adding yet more protection for each occupant. The car comes with all the driver aids you would expect – and more. Volvo Pilot Assist II features too, a semi-autonomous system that, among other things, uses Adaptive Cruise Control to keep the vehicle in lane.
A keyless system provides the driver with easy access to the car. Inside, a nine-inch, profile-oriented, high-definition Sensus display is situated at the centre of the car’s dash, directly adjacent to the steering wheel. The touchscreen takes, perhaps, an hour to fully get to grips with. It’s time well spent, however, because operating it soon becomes second nature, with pinch-and-swipe gesturing making it very simple to use. The dashboard has a pleasingly minimal look, featuring only eight buttons that are simple to identify, and operate. A ten-speaker sound system (including DAB radio) and Sensus Navigation System are included as standard too. Also featured is a configurable TFT screen, which replaces old-fashioned dials, and provides navigation graphics and information.