Volvo XC90 2.0 B5P 250 Core 5dr AWD Geartronic

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 33.2 mpg
  • 5 door suv
  • 198 g/km CO2
  • 198 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 33.2 mpg Fuel efficiency
  • 7.7 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 250 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

Volvo's second generation XC90 is a seven-seat luxury SUV that's already given key rivals like Audi's Q7 and the Land Rover Discovery a lot to think about. Safe, efficient, clever, practical and stylish, this car continues to position the Swedish maker as a credibly prestigious automotive brand. Now, it's better still, thanks to the introduction of mild hybrid engine tech.

Background

Here's the car that began Volvo's modern era, the second generation XC90. This large luxury SUV established new standards for the brand when this model was originally announced back in 2014 and the company's recent move towards full electrification will re-set those standards once again. The improved XC90 model we're going to look at here, a range announced in the Spring of 2019, has reflected that trend with fresh mild hybrid technology. Plus the line-up's got a light update. Time to take a fresh look at this car. The key change to the range is the inclusion of mild hybrid 'B5' diesel and petrol engines that together replace the conventional D5 diesel that the majority of buyers of this SUV previously chose. Otherwise, things are much as they were. All XC90s continue to provide the sort of proper full-sized seven-seat versatility that few rivals can credibly offer and a cool, authentic brand of Scandinavian charm that's really quite appealing. It all sounds promising doesn't it? Time to put this car to the test.

Driving Experience

When it comes to the XC90 range's mild hybrid 'B5' petrol and diesel engines, most buyers will prefer the 235hp diesel unit over the 250hp petrol version, but either way, the drivetrain set-up is the same, based around a 48-volt battery, a 'KERS' kinetic energy recovery system and an 'ISG' integrated starter-generator. Every time you brake or take your foot from the throttle, the 'KERS' set-up captures surplus energy and stores it as electricity in an extra battery provided in the boot. That additional electricity can be used to boost acceleration, help the stop/start system or power ancillary functions. The objective here wasn't to provide Prius-like periods of electric-only driving but instead make the engine more efficient via smoother transitions between driving, cruising and resting. That's all been aided by revisions to the automatic gearbox and the implementation of the brand's first brake-by-wire system. As before, across the range, there's the option of an 'Active Four-C Chassis' package, which gives you four-corner adaptive dampers and electronic air suspension. Handling strikes a good balance between comfort and agility; cruising refinement meets the required executive standard; and there's the potential for a mild amount of off road prowess. A standard 'Pilot Assist' system offers a degree of highway-orientated autonomous driving technology. And you might be interested to know this car can tow up to 2,700kgs.

Design and Build

Only very minor visual changes feature with this revised version of the MK2 model - tiny tweaks to the bumper and the air intakes. There's also a slightly redesigned front grille, which as before features Volvo's traditional Iron Mark logo at its centre and will be finished in either black or silver, depending on trim level. We liked the front-of-cabin experience served up by this XC90 when we first tested it back in 2015: we still do. This interior is simple, elegant - and very uncluttered, with only eight buttons on the fascia. The remaining functions you'd normally access through confusing rows of little switches on the dash have been relocated into menu options that lie behind the big, easy-to-use icons you'll find on a smart 9-inch infotainment colour touchscreen that's presented portrait-style on the centre console. You'll glimpse more hi-tech screen technology through the three-spoke wheel courtesy of Volvo's 12.3-inch Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display. Otherwise though, this cabin's an aesthetic triumph, immaculately made and full of premium touches like the diamond-cut start/stop control switch and the slatted cover for this centre dash. This genuine seven seater features innovatively designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers in both the second and third seat rows. Even the third row can seat an adult up to 170cm tall. As for the boot space on offer, well that's inevitably going to be a little restricted with all seven seats in place, though even in this configuration, you still get 397-litres of luggage space. Fold the 3rd row and you can load up to 1,102-litres, if you pack to the roof.

Market and Model

Sales of this car in our market are split 50:50 between fleet and retail and prices start at around £60,000 for the base B5 petrol model. There are three trim levels - 'Core', 'Plus' and 'Ultimate'. If you want the B5 diesel, you'll need at least 'Plus'-spec, which means needing to spend at least around £65,000. Whatever XC90 derivative you select, all models have seven seats and come with AWD, with that drive provided through an eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox from a four cylinder 2.0-litre engine offered in four very different forms. Safety provision is industry leading. No one's ever been killed in the UK in an XC90 and it's unlikely that will change.

Cost of Ownership

The vast majority of XC90 buyers will opt for the B5 mild hybrid version of this car - probably the diesel variant. As you'll know if you've read our 'Driving Experience' section, both petrol and diesel B5 models use powertrains electrified via brake-by-wire energy recovery and enhanced by Volvo's advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system. This set-up claims to offer drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving. Sounds promising; let's get to the figures, all of which assume activation of the Drive Mode system's most frugal 'Eco' setting. Here, an 'Eco-Coast' function will automatically be activated for highway use, disconnecting the engine so that you're merely travelling on your car's kinetic energy: a prod on the throttle is all that's necessary to restore normal powered motion. Anyway, to the stats: an XC90 B5 diesel manages a combined cycle fuel figure of up to 39.7mpg and CO2 return of up to 185g/km. Even the B5 petrol variant puts out no more than 197g/km of CO2 and manages up to 32.4mpg. That's a very class-competitive showing.

Summary

This will be the last ever large Volvo to use diesel power, but at least it does so more efficiently in this revised version of this MK2 model. The volume B5 diesel version will easily out-sell all the other variants combined and we can see why. There are no driving downsides for its mild hybrid tech and the electrification makes a decent difference to cleanliness and frugality. Plus if you really don't like fuelling from the black pump, there's always a petrol B5 option. Of course, this Volvo's not perfect. There are still sharper-handling choices and more capable off roaders in this sector. In balancing its own blend of virtues though, this XC90 sets its own class standard and in doing so, establishes a family benchmark amongst luxury SUVs that rivals struggle to match. Company founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson would have liked this car. More importantly though, if you're shopping in this segment, we think you will too.

  • Handsfree power tailgate opening and closing
  • Power operated tailgate
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • High performance sound, 2x USB Type C in front and 2x USB Type C in rear, 10 speakers/220W output
  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome window surround
  • Integrated roof rails in silver
  • Piano black waterfall front grille
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Visible VIN plate
  • 12V socket front tunnel console, rear passenger compartment and cargo area
  • 2nd Row centre armrest with and cupholders
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Front and rear aluminium tread plates
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illumination lockable glovebox compartment
  • Leather faced upholstery
  • Load protection net
  • Luggage compartment divider with grocery bag holder
  • Outboard armrest with cupholder and storage for third row passengers
  • Semi automatic load cover
  • Underfloor luggage compartment storage
  • 7 three point seatbelts
  • City safety with steering support includes pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection and front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage driver/passenger airbags
  • First aid kit
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Power child locks on rear doors
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Care key with user defined top speed
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Keyless drive includes keyless entry and keyless start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Private locking for glovebox and tailgate
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 198
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 13.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 12.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 8.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 20.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 22.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 33.6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Badge Power: 250
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: B5P [250] AWD
  • Coin Series: Core
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 40E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Engine Power - BHP: 250
  • Engine Power - KW: 184
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: True
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style: 6 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Height: 1776
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4953
  • Wheelbase: 2984
  • Width: 2008
  • Width (including mirrors): 2140
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 71
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2790
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1856
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 302
  • Max. Loading Weight: 755
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2035
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8

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