The 2005 Volvo XC90 marks Volvo's first venture into the SUV arena and brings along with it, to the shock of many, a V-8 engine. The XC90 remains the largest vehicle to date available from the Ford-owned Swedish carmaker. It makes no sacrifices in the safety department, but digital gadgetry could use a bit of help. That aside, the XC90 provides a fun drive yet keeps you feeling safe and secure for the trip with innovative technology that prevents rollovers. If you want a safe SUV, the XC90 may be your vehicle.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter I-5, 4.4-liter V-8, 2.9-liter I-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual, five-speed automatic with auto-manual, four-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Volvo XC90 2.5T, Volvo XC90 T6, Volvo XC90 V8
Big news for the 2005 Volvo XC90 concerns the availability of a V-8 engine. The XC90 V-8 version also sports new 18-inch wheels, a graphite-gray grille, and twin exhaust pipes. All models get new, improved Rainsensor wipers with flat blades and a standard HomeLink transmitter.
The 2005 Volvo XC90 measures 188.9 inches long overall with a 112.6-inch wheelbase. Wide track dimensions enhance stability. Styling features include tall taillights, an accentuated V-shaped hood, and an upright egg crate grille.
Inside the 2005 Volvo XC90, consumers find a plush cabin with a combination of leather, plastics, and a brushed aluminum trim. The driver finds everything he needs within reach and well-placed. The stereo and cruise controls sit conveniently on the steering wheel. All the seating, back seats included, feels extremely comfortable. For additional cargo room, the back seats individually fold flat and disappear into a large cargo area.
A parking assistant comes standard and warns not only of taller objects, but even detects curbs. A six-disc CD-changer stereo system comes standard; however, it lacks an auxiliary jack for an MP3 player and Bluetooth cell phone integration. An air filtration system, in addition to typical air-conditioning, uses sensors and activated carbon to block pollen and smells you might encounter along the road. It even counteracts carbon monoxide, rendering it harmless.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Volvo XC90 star remains the dual-overhead cam, 4.4-liter, V-8 engine. It doles out 311 horsepower mated with the six-speed automatic transmission. Volvo offers a manual option, but even professional drivers find it difficult to achieve better acceleration. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds. Able to achieve 30 to 50 mph in just 2.6 seconds, it still maintains a relatively quiet interior.
Volvo's middle name is safety and the 2005 Volvo XC90 makes no exception to its rule. The safety features start with the simple things such as daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, two front headrests, and three rear headrests. Other safety features include a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, emergency braking assist, passenger airbag occupant-sensing deactivation, front and rear seat belt pretensioners, and a driver/passenger head restraint whiplash protection system. Volvo also offers traction control, stability control, and brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo XC90 2.5T: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Volvo XC90 T6: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Volvo XC90 V8: 13/19 mpg city/highway
- V-8 performance
- Cargo space
- Interior quality
You Won't Like
- Turbocharged T6 engine doesn't match SUV needs
- Third-row seating spills over into second-row space
An excellent option for style, comfort, and safety.
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