A powerful performance
Under the bonnet of the Volvo XC90 you can choose to have a diesel engine, a petrol engine, or a combination of petrol and electric. All editions are all-wheel drive, and all have eight-speed automatic transmission. The D4204T23 diesel is a four-cylinder twin turbo engine with PowerPulse technology which accelerates from 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds, yields 49.6mpg and has CO2 emissions of 149g/km. The turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine moves you from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, returns 34.9mpg and emits CO2 at 184g/km. The electric and petrol engine races from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds and gives an impressive 134.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 49g/km.
Serious about safety
Volvo’s vision is that “no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020”. The company’s Intellisafe program is working towards achieving this goal, by developing and introducing new safety technology, such as forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection, and by using high-strength boron steel safety cages in the construction of new Volvo vehicles. Pilot assist reduces the risk of collision by keeping a set distance between you and the car in front. Alternatively, you have the option to set it to maintain a fixed speed. Pilot assist also helps to ensure that you stay in your lane, with subtle steering inputs as required to keep you within the white lines.
The R-Design Difference
The top-of-the-range R-Design comes with a sport package to create an even more dynamic look for the luxury SUV. 20-inch alloy wheels have a unique diamond-cut pattern, or you can upgrade to 22-inch matt black alloys. A distinctive front grille and spoiler are also exclusive to the R-Design. The cabin combines luxury with sporting style, and is crafted with premium-quality materials. Special touches inside include sculpted sports seats, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel, and steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles for that racing-style feeling. The drive is special too, thanks to the lower and firmer sport chassis which hugs the road.