The 2007 Volvo XC90 is one of the safest midsize premium SUVs on the market. The XC90 lacks the elegance and driving thrills of many of the rivals in this crowded segment. All this indicates the XC90’s place in the SUV world: a very safe and utilitarian luxury vehicle for family oriented buyers.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Volvo XC90 3.2, Volvo XC90 V8, Volvo XC90 V8 Sport
For 2007, the XC90 3.2 replaces the 2.5T, showing a noticeable upgrade in power. A Sport trim for the XC90 V8 also joins the lineup. Exterior styling shows slight revision for all models of the 2007 Volvo XC90, which now feature body-colored side moldings and door handles. In the cabin, additional metallic trim has been added, and V8 models feature upgraded instrumentation. New standard features include a tire-pressure monitoring system, an MP3 player input jack, and a satellite-radio-compatible head unit. New options include Volvo's new Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and adaptive bi-xenon headlights.
The 2007 Volvo XC90 midsize luxury SUV comes in three trims: 3.2, V8, and V8 Sport. The XC90 3.2 features 17-inch alloy wheels, while the XC90 comes with a self-leveling rear suspension and a sunroof. The V8 Sport adds a firmly tuned suspension, unique exterior trim, and 19-inch wheels.
Most of the standard V8’s features can be added to the 3.2 by selecting the Premium and Versatility packages. The Touring Package can be added to the V8, providing 18-inch wheels.
The 3.2 features wood interior trim, cloth upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker stereo with a CD player and MP3 player input jack, and a PremAir-coated radiator to minimize ozone emissions. The V8 adds a third-row seat for seven-passenger capacity along with leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, a power front-passenger seat, an integrated child booster seat in the second row, a separate rear air-conditioner, and upgraded instrumentation. The 2007 Volvo XC90 V8 Sport has quicker steering, heavily bolstered front seats, and a sporty steering wheel. The Touring Package adds a wood steering wheel and a leather-wrapped gearshift knob. Individual options include an upgraded Dolby Pro Logic II sound system, a navigation system, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens.
Performance & Handling
The 3.2 uses a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine producing 235 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The XC90 V8 contains a 4.4-liter V-8, making 311 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both engines mate to a six-speed automatic transmission. XC90 3.2 comes standard with front drive, with all-wheel drive optional (and standard on the V8). The XC90 V8 goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. Towing capacity for both versions of the 2007 Volvo XC90 reaches 5000 pounds.
Handling feels soft and comfortable unless drivers choose the V8 Sport, which offers athletic handling.
Standard safety features on the 2007 Volvo XC90 include a tire-pressure monitoring system, Volvo's onCall telematics, a full complement of side airbags to protect the heads and torsos of outboard occupants in all three rows, seat belt pretensioners in all seating positions, and anti-whiplash front seats. Roll Stability Control integrates into the standard stability control system. This feature uses a gyro sensor to calculate the SUV's roll speed and angle; if it determines the imminence of a rollover, the stability control system activates. In the event of a rollover, an inflatable curtain covers all three rows.
Optional safety gear choices include bi-xenon headlights that swivel up to 15 degrees left or right to improve the driver’s vision around turns, and the BLIS, which uses mirror-mounted cameras to monitor vehicles entering the XC90's blind spots and warns the driver via indicator lights. The Convenience Package adds rear parking sensors and power-activated child-safety locks for the rear doors.
In NHTSA tests, the XC90 receives five out of five stars for all but one test where it earns four out of five stars. In IIHS testing, the XC90 earns the highest rating of “Good"" on all but one test where it receives the second-highest rating of “Acceptable"" for structure/safety cage. The XC90’s safety cannot be overstated; it should be a first choice for buyers who want a midsize premium SUV that emphasizes safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo XC90 3.2: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Volvo XC90 V8: 13/19 mpg city/highway
Volvo XC90 V8 Sport: 13/19 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride
- Handles like a smaller car
- Interior materials
- Cargo room
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Third-row seating takes up too much space
Class leader for safety and kid friendliness; class slacker otherwise.
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