Volvo is known for making quality and safest cars on the planet. If you’re considering buying a family car, then I think, Volvo is a great company to start with. Company’s new car in the segment is Volvo XC90 SUV, gained popularity as soon as it got launched. In a matter of time, it became the most talked family car of the year. This car is perfect match of safety, performance and stability on the roads. Family cars need some extra features, which could be hard to find in normal cars, but this car has got things which even some family cars lack. Let’s head towards the detailed review of this beast.
Performance: Being a family car, it is quite a performer. The engine has capacity of 2-litre with twin-charge producing maximum torque at 400Nm@2000rpm and maximum power at 235kW@ 5700rpm. With that power, this car can catch up 100 km/hr in 6.4 seconds, maintaining the fuel consumption to fairly economical in the segment. If you’re running it on mixed cycle, it can run 100km/ 8 litres. Engine gives power to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with peddles on the steering wheel. Haldex all-wheel-drive system makes it easier to go on any type of road comfortably, with stability. You can change the settings by the drive mode switch. Throttle, steering, traction and economy settings can be altered according to the type of roads and situation.
Steering and Suspension: when the car is big, the type of suspension and steering used really matters. RACK & PINION – POWER ASSISTED steering make it extremely easy to turn around in the city and take sharp cuts. Turning radius of the car is 11.8 meters, which guarantees some sharp turns. Front suspension is Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Gas damper with Anti roll bar and rear suspension being a Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper with Anti roll bar. Collectively, they do an outstanding job in balancing the car in vigorous roads. At high speeds, the suspension absorbs jerks due to sudden turns and brakes. Volvo has done a great job in overall experience of the car.
Features: When you see the car on the outside, it looks sporty, due to detailed head lamps. The car is designed sharply and given a muscular look. Talking about the interior, it is fitted with 12.3 inch touchscreen, to change various controls and navigation. For music, it has Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system (optional) which could be your family companion in long drives.
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There is sunroof, and rear sits for kids that are comfortable enough. The driver support is there in the car, which includes tons of features like lane departure warning, steering assistance, frontal-collision warning. 360-degree camera helps in making the parking easy. On off roads, adaptive cruise control helps a lot. Other features like heads-up display and speed-limiter functions to the standard city-safe pre-collision braking which could help you in fast city life. You can detect blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert makes it easier to let you know the whereabouts. You see, this car is full of features, and it is a great deal and value for money. To make it safer, the company has installed 8 air bags.
Space: it feels like truck in there when you step in this car. This car is spacious and at the same time, packed with features. Behind the third row, you can find space up to 436-litre for boot, that means, you can carry that extra luggage with your family. When two passenger rows folded, you get 2427-litres of space. You can split second and third row 40:20:40 and 50:50 to make enough space for people and luggage.