Test Drive: 2016 Volvo XC90 D5 AWD

Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription 2015_test drive_01Volvo has really taken a big step forward with the new Volvo XC90. Not only this new model shows Volvo’s new exteror and interior design, it also features new powertrain and safety technologies. Volvo XC90 is also the first model built on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

The most noticeable design details of the new Volvo XC90 are the new iron mark on the grille, larger bonnet, T-shaped light, sharpened shoulders and the new rear lights. If you want even more elegant or sportier look for your car, there are already R-Design and Inscription options available. The new Volvo XC90 also comes with a range of wheel sizes up to 22 inches.

The interior of the car gives very luxurious and relaxed feeling. The most amazing feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console. It is used to control all-new in-car system. The interior combines materials such as finest Nappa leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

Volvo XC90 can be specified with a four-zone climate system with individual settings for the occupants in the front seats and in the second row. There is also one of the best audi systems available for the new Volvo XC90. It features a 1,400 W Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers. It also includes one of the first air-ventilated subwoofers in a car. Integrated into the car body, it turns the whole interior space into a giant subwoofer.

The new Volvo XC90 offers a range of two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains. The top of the range is the XC90 T8 Twin Engine, which combines a supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor offering a nice combination of power and clean operation. It provides 400 horsepower with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 59 g/km. The range also offers two petrol engine options. The first is a T6 engine with supercharger and turbo with 320 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. The second is a T5 with 254 hp and 350 Nm. All engine versions come with Volvo Cars’ 8-speed automatic transmission.

We took a test drive with the Volvo XC90 D5 powered by a twinturbo diesel engine. Even though the displacement of this four-cylinder engine is just two litres, it provides 225 hp and 470 Nm. With the diesel engine, the Volvo XC90 isn’t sporty but very enjoyable to drive thanks to the engine’s huge torque and great 8-speed automatic transmission. This D5 is also fuel efficient. The fuel consumption of the Volvo XC90 D5 AWD is just 5,7 l/100km.