2013 Volvo XC90 – Review

2013 Volvo XC90 – Review
03 Sep 2013

Volvo XC90 300The XC90 is a SUV from the house Swedish multinational auto manufacturing company Volvo that was launched in 2003. Since 2003, the Volvo didn’t made any major updates to the XC90 however, for the 2013 model year, Volvo made a statement “ the most significantly updated XC90 since its launch a decade ago”. The new upgraded 2013 Volvo XC90 received bold styling features and so it become fairly competitive luxury SUV. After getting updates, the XC90 got great appreciation from the folks because the SUV is now consider among one of the best SUVs offering comfortable interior space for passenger and luggage.

Exterior Styling and Attributes

The seven passenger XC90 Volvo is available in two trims, the 3.2 and the Sportier R-Design. The exterior of the XC90 is now bold and aggressive that features fog lamps, rain sensing windshield washers, heated side-view mirrors, rear privacy glass, headlight washers, a sunroof, rear parking sensors and roof rails. Volvo also added standard LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. The 3.2 trim distinguishes with a silver front bumper bar, silk matte exterior rear-view mirrors, Chrome taillight trims and 18 inch Thalia alloy wheels.

The R-Design adds complete color co-ordinated exterior, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and 19 inch lxion alloy wheels.

Comfort, Utility and Luxury

The inside of Volvo XC90 a long list of key features is offered for the comfort and convenience of seven passengers. The standard interior features on Volvo XC90 include dual zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, trip computer, cruise control, auto dimming rearview camera, eight way power front seat with driver seat memory function and lumbar adjustment, front seats are fold flat, 40/20/40 split second row seats, 50/50 split 3rd row seat, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, eight speaker audio system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, USB/iPod interface.

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The R-Design XC90 adds unique styling touches with distinguishing leather upholstery, sports steering wheel and unique gauges.
Opting for optional Premier Plus Package, Platinum package and Climate Package adds a number of technologically advance features to the interior and exterior of the 2013 XC90.

Safety

Standard on both XC90 Vlvo 2013 trims include front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, anti-whiplash front seats, stability control and child booster seat built in the second row. On all XC90 trims the blind spot warning system is optional.

Drivetrains

A 3.3 liter in-line 6 engine is offered to the V0lvo 2013 XC90 that delivers 240 horsepower and 236 lb ft of torque with a towing capacity of 3,970. A six speed automatic transmission with manual shift control and front wheel drive are standard while all wheel drive is optional. The acceleration from 0-60 mph is 8.7 seconds and the EPA rated fuel economy is 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

Pricing and Availability

The Volvo 2013 XC90 3.2 trim has MSRP from $39,700 and the R-Design trim MSRP from $42,500 and is available for sale now.

Competition

The full size SUVs market is loaded with a number of impressive options that any potential buyer must consider before making a decision. The key rivals of the Volvo XC90 2013 include Buick enclave, Ford Flex, Acura MDX and Audi Q5.

Pros

  • Upgraded exterior looks cool
  • Affordable compared to rivals
  • Lots of new interior features
  • Optional AWD

Cons

  • Tight third row
  • Instrument panel is dated
  • Poor cargo area when 3rd row seats are in place

The Verdict

The Volvo XC90 2013 is an upgraded and very affordable SUV available in the segment that features lots of impressive equipments. The SUV buyers must consider this competitive alternative befor making a decision.

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