2017 Volvo XC90 – If you are interested in a family-friendly high-end SUV, two of today’s top competitors are the 2016 Volvo XC90 and the 2017 Audi Q7. Both tout 3-row seats, brand new layouts, an impressive expanse of technology and smooth, comfortable rides. But which one is better? And which one should you get? To help you find out, we have created a close comparison of both versions, but first let us see what’s new with the Q7 and the XC90 for the most recent model year.
2017 Volvo XC90 Review
The Volvo XC90 is a midsize luxury SUV with 3-row seating. After going more than a decade with no major update, the XC90 is totally redesigned for 2016 with new styling, new powertrains, a revised inside and a long list of new features. Volvo’s new XC90 flagship offers both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options as well as two gas engine alternatives and a hybrid to suit many different customers. A luxurious inside with seat choices for either 5 or 7 passengers with room for cargo makes it a sound choice for a full-size SUV.
2017 Volvo XC90 Redesign
To be honest, Volvo doesn’t actually convert a finished XC90 into a T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid. There isn’t any team of Swedish robots ripping out Haldex hardware to make way for the 9.2-kWh battery pack that gets bolted into the driveshaft tunnel. Volvos Scalable Product Architecture was designed from the beginning to adapt the rear-mounted 87-hp AC motor that identifies the T8 from other XC90 models. Volvo calls this variant Twin Engine because it retains the 316-hp turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder that powers the T6. But the T8, in fact, has a third power source, a 46-hp electric motor that sits between the gas engine and the XC90s eight-speed automatic transaxle. Complete system output is 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.
2017 Volvo XC90 Driving Mode
Adjustable driving manners can be changed through a center console button with options of Relaxation, Eco, Dynamic, Off Road, and Person. They perform as expected, with Eco muffling responsiveness, Dynamic accentuating it, and Comfort supplying that happy medium most people would appreciate as the default option setting. Should you pick, you can customize settings for the Individual mode or switch to Off-Road for more adventurous excursions.
The start/stop function is one of the smoothest we’ve experienced, with no noticeable shudder. The only way you’ll understand the engine is off is if you happen to see the disappearance of the engine sound. This is tougher than you might think because engine sound is so nicely muffled. The cabin is really an escape, with a road, the wind, and engine sound all kept at bay. Even poor weather with heavy wind and rain was kept outside the windows, never interfering with conversation in the car.
2017 Volvo XC90 Interior
There is plenty of technology in the XC90, starting with a Sensus 9-inch touchscreen that is the focus of the dashboard. It’s big, and it might at first look like too much, but it turns out to be just right. Envision how simple it’s to use a tablet. You don’t need to consider it because the movements are all instinctive. The same is true for the Sensus.
Swipe left or right, scroll up or down, and pat on what you need to see. There’s no need to keep digging through endless menus with the Sensus. The screen’s size combined with its ease of use make it easier than what you’ll find generally in most autos. You can even use it with your gloves on, so your hands can stay warm when the weather is chilly. There are backup controls for select functions like sound on the steering wheel and one sole knob at the bottom of the display if that’s your setting.
A built-in hotspot makes sure you’re always connected, and discretionary Apple CarPlay lets you seamlessly obtain your phone. It’s tempting to pick up that little device when you’re driving, but having everything accessible on that enormous 9-inch screen removes the temptations of distracted driving altogether.
A head-up display enables you to adjust not only the positioning of the display, so tall and short drivers can see it but colors and brightness. It contains your speed in addition to the posted speed, a nice touch and one that will likely help you prevent a ticket when the speed limit drops out of the blue on unknown roads. Additionally, it reveals navigation and incoming calls, keeping the information displayed small enough that it never interferes with your view of the road.
2017 Volvo XC90 Price
As it pertains to pricing, there is no doubt the Volvo is a more attractive price than the Q7. While the Audi offers a few more standard features than the Volvo, they barely warrant its price increase: The Q7 begins at $55,800 with sending, while the Volvo starts from $45,000 with shipping.
2017 Volvo XC90 Video
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