The handsome, cool car for forward-thinking people…The new Volvo XC90’s imposing, sculpted yet somehow-sleek presence masks a masterclass in top-quality technology, as Volvo again set new standards for large, three-row SUV efficiency, comfort and safety. It stunned the world when it came on the scene and the world came to appreciate Volvo’s renaissance in design language, in technological innovation and its benchmark interiors of quality.
The impressive XC90 is available with a range of trim and options from the introductory Momentum, the sporty R-Design to the luxurious, deluxe Inscription.
The interior of the Inscription is not only beautiful — it’s absolutely gorgeous. It has expensive-feeling materials and fabrics that you want to touch, to feel, like a silk scarf or a cashmere sweater. Volvo is recognised as a world-leader when it comes to seats – among other things — and in the XC90 I felt as snug as in a cashmere sweater! The cabin has genuine walnut wood trim and soft, brown Nappa leather everywhere and drilled-metal stereo speaker grilles. The clean and simple dashboard design with its large iPad-like centre screen exhibits elegant lines, and again everything is pleasant to the touch. Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, which controls everything on the sharp nine-inch touchscreen, puts out astounding sound from the premium Bowers & Wilkins Hi-Fi system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard. The open-grain wood reminds you of real nature, the dials and buttons provide satisfying clicks, and the supportive leather seats make sitting in traffic a scene of relaxation, not frustration.
In the cabin, there is a feeling of openness and interior space is another area where the XC90 excels. On the outside, it’s shorter and narrower than some — all the better for driving and manoeuvrability — but it is larger on the inside when it comes to legroom and headroom; the glass area is large and gives wonderful panoramic visibility.
The XC90 has lovely driving dynamics and with the twin-charged T6 powertrain delivering lots of horsepower and torque you’ll never want for power. The driving experience is in my opinion just right. The steering is light, parking is easy and the handling balance is perfectly competent for streets, highways and such challenges as busy interchanges. With the various safety systems providing a watchful eye, and great visibility out of the big windows, day-to-day commuting barely ruffles the XC90.
The XC90 now comes standard with more ‘Intellisafe’ safety technology as well, including automatic pre-collision warning and braking, and Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology with adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera, parking sensors, self-parking, lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring.
How does Volvo remain distinctive? By paying equal attention to good design, exterior and interior, using quality materials like Nappa leather, by respecting the environment and even improving it, and, most importantly, by proclaiming its vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in or by a Volvo car.
ENGINE Two-litre T6 supercharged and turbocharged DOHC, 16 valves, variable valve timing.
MAX POWER 320 hp (235kW) @ 5,700.
MAX TORQUE 400 Nm/295 lb-ft from 2,200 rpm.
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 6.3 secs.
DRIVELINE Geartronic 8-speed shiftable smooth automatic with responsive All-Wheel-Drive (AWD).
EXTERIOR The impression created by this handsome, tough-looking Swede was totally impressive and achieved without gimmicks or weird styling. The new XC90 is a straight guy with just a hint of sleek fashion in the slightly sloping bonnet and flared rear fenders; the grille is bold and honest, ‘Thor’s Hammer’ distinctive LED daytime running lights to reflect current cinema blockbuster hits and legendary Scandinavian power.
INTERIOR Beautifully detailed, top quality leather and wood trim give the XC90 unmatchable elegance; distinctively Volvo style, with more room than anybody else, positively asserts calm reassurance; beautiful dashboard and excellent centre screen, as large as an iPad, proclaim the modern era where car and phone are seamlessly interconnected; fabulous Bowers & Wilkins Hi-Fi; CleanZone emphasises clean environment aims.
SAFETY/SECURITY If you really want and believe in safety, you’ve come to the right place. Volvo continues to introduce ‘World First’ safety features adding to the industry-leading visionary technologies preventing accidents and protecting all those involved; check it out at the showroom on Khalifa Street.
There is currently a special promotion on right now with XC90 prices starting from QAR189,900. You get 5 years / 75,000 km free service (whichever comes first) with an unlimited milage free warranty. DOMASCO offer many financing options over a period of up to 4 years, with no bank approval required.
Khalifa Street is where you can touch, and feel, a new Volvo for yourself; staff will be happy to arrange a test drive of the new Volvo XC90 Inscription or introduce you to any of its stylish cars and SUVs. Just call 4424 6860 or visit the official Volvo website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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