Volvo XC90 : The Future of Driving

The all-new Volvo XC90 is the Swedish automaker’s latest SUV, and it’s a big step forward for the company. The Volvo XC90 SUV is available in three different versions: the Momentum, the Inscription and the R-Design.

All three versions come with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the R-Design also offers a supercharged and turbocharged V6 engine.

2022 Volvo XC90 Review

Pros

  • Elegant interior and exterior styling
  • Precise handling
  • Spacious second- and third-row seating
  • Available plug-in hybrid system provides strong acceleration and high fuel economy
volvo xc90 2022
volvo xc90 2022

Cons

  • Weak acceleration and real-world fuel economy in non-hybrid models
  • Some touchscreen controls can be difficult to use

What’s new

  • Navigation system now standard on all models
  • R-Design trim level, only available with Recharge powertrain
  • Part of the second-generation XC90, introduced in 2016

The 2022 Volvo XC90 is the largest and most expensive model in the automaker’s lineup. After major improvements for the 2020 model year we’re looking at this three-row SUV with fresh eyes. The plug-in hybrid version in particular went from a hard pass to a must-have seemingly overnight.

Volvo’s Next Generation XC90 Will Change the Way You Drive

And Top-notch interior materials a pleasing ride and interesting powertrain options, The Volvo XC90 should be on the bucket list of anyone looking for a mid-size three-row luxury SUV.

volvo xc90 2022
volvo xc90 2022

Of course there will be some rival models on this list. You’ll want to check out the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60. Both are family-friendly SUVs — just like the XC90 — with some new features and style added in a complete redesign for 2022. Audi Q7 and Lincoln Aviator are great choose also. But overall the XC90 holds its own and should easily satisfy shoppers looking for a spacious and elegant luxury SUV.

Volvo XC90 models

The 2022 Volvo XC90 is a three-row midsize luxury SUV. It comes with one of three available powertrains that Volvo calls the T5 T6 or Recharge. Those powertrains can then be matched to one of three trim levels that affect the number of features the XC90 is equipped with. The trim level is the momentum (called Inscription expression of the Recharge powertrain) R design and inscription.

volvo xc90 hybrid
volvo xc90 hybrid

The XC90 comes with one of three available engines:

  • The T5 features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower 258 lb-ft of torque).
  • The T6 upgrades to turbocharged and supercharged versions of this engine (316 hp 295 lb-ft of torque).
  • The Recharge uses the same engine as the T6 but adds an electric motor and battery pack (400 hp 472 lb-ft combined). It’s a plug-in hybrid system and you can go about 18 miles on full electric drive before switching to regular gasoline power.

volvo xc90 hybrid 2022

Volvo Announces the Future of Driving with the 2022 XC90

All XC90s come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The T5 comes standard with front-wheel drive with optional all-wheel drive available. All other XC90s come standard with all-wheel drive.

Seven-passenger seating is standard although the T6 and Recharge powertrains in Momentum/Inscription Expression or Inscription trims can have a six-seat configuration and second-row captain’s seats.

Momentum (an inscription expression called XC90 Recharge)

Volvo xc90 2022 interior

This base trim level comes with:

Volvo xc90 2022 interior
Volvo xc90 2022 interior
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights (turns the steering wheel for better curved lighting)
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Driver’s seat memory settings
  • Heated front seats (all-wheel drive only)
  • Faux Leather Upholstery (T5) or Leather Upholstery (T6 and Charge)
  • 9-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Wireless charging pad

Volvo’s Next Generation XC90 Will Change the Way You Drive

Forward Collision Mitigation (warning you of an impending collision and applying the brakes in some cases)

Blind spot monitor (will alert you if a vehicle in the next lane is in your blind spot)

Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Volvo and the car in front)

Volvo xc90 2022 interior
Volvo xc90 2022 interior

Lane Keeping System (makes slight steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in the lane)

Rear traffic alert (warns if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle’s path when reversing)

Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)

Momentum/Inscription Expression trim levels are available in several packages and standalone options. They include:

Advanced package

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the XC90 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in sight on the windshield)

Climate package

  • Heated front seats (front-wheel drive only)
  • Heated rear seats (AWD only)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Air ionizer (helps to further filter and clean the air in the cabin)
  • 20- or 21-inch wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Integral booster cushions for outboard rear seats

R-Design (Recharge only)

The R-Design is positioned as a sporty XC90. For Recharge powertrains only R-Design adds:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Black exterior trim
  • Illuminated doorsills
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Front sports seats with thigh bolster extension and heating
  • Passenger-seat memory settings
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear sunshades
  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
volvo xc90 reviews
volvo xc90 reviews

Volvo Announces the Future of Driving with the 2022 XC90

Unless the Momentum trim optional features listed above are already included the R-Design is available with all but 21-inch wheels. Other options include:

  • 22-inch wheels with performance tires
  • Air suspension (adapted to provide greater ride comfort or sportier handling)
  • Automatic parking system (driving into a parking space without driver intervention)
  • 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system

Inscription (T6 and Recharge only)

Inscription builds on Momentum with more luxurious features and adds the following:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Illuminated doorsills
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Heated and ventilated front seats with thigh bolster extension and side bolster adjustment
  • Passenger-seat memory settings
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Rear sunshades
  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

Inscription is available unless all functionality on the Momentum/Inscription Expression decoration has been included. Other options include:

Lounge package

  • Massaging front seats
  • Simulated suede headliner
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Air suspension
  • Automated parking system
  • 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system
  • Wool blend interior (eliminates front seat ventilation)

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