Buyer's Guide

2022 Volvo Xc90
Select a Different Model (11 Available): Recharge T8 Inscription Expression Plug-in Hybrid 6-Seat AWD
Fuel Economy $ 58 / 53 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 16/86 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 6/6
Horsepower 390@6,000
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  • Stand-out yet understated exterior styling
  • Upscale interior with comfortable seats
  • Great safety scores


  • Four-cylinder only engine options
  • Slightly busy, brittle ride
  • Doesn't get Volvo's latest infotainment system

Introduced as Volvo's first SUV for the 2003 model year, the XC90 continues to showcase the brand's approach to luxury SUVs. When the second-generation XC90 made its debut for 2016, it brought engineering and technological innovations that underpin today's Volvo models. Available in six- or seven-passenger capacities, with a series of four-cylinder powertrains to choose from, the XC90 was our 2016 SUV of the Year.

What's New

  • Updated exterior styling removes visible tailpipes
  • Built-in navigation becomes standard on all trims
  • Headlight cleaning system and integrated compass removed as standard equipment
  • Minor content adjustments in Advanced and Climate packages

What We Think

As segments grow and see new nameplates enter, it's uncommon for older vehicles to maintain a competitive position. Yet that's exactly what the XC90 does, still placing near the top of our luxury three-row SUV rankings after more than five years on the market.

This big Volvo still sets an example for luxurious design and quality. Its exterior is low-key yet eye-catching, with chiseled details and excellent proportions. Inside the quiet cabin nearly every touchpoint feels expensive, and the seats are supremely comfortable. But there's little compromise to functionality. The XC90's third row is large enough to accommodate adults, although ingress and egress can be a bit tricky.

Drivers seeking outright performance may be dissuaded by the XC90's I-4-only engine options, but those provide reasonable acceleration and efficiency. The T8 plug-in hybrid model is the quickest and has 18 miles of all-electric range. Still, the XC90 isn't exactly sporty, and ride quality suffers on models shod with large wheels. As other 2022 Volvo models get a new Android-based infotainment system, the XC90 sticks with the brand's older in-house setup.

Nevertheless, the XC90 is nice to look at, drive, ride in, and live with. It remains one of our top choices in the luxury three-row SUV segment.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Every XC90 uses a 2.0-liter I-4 engine, available in different states of tune. Regardless of which you choose, an eight-speed automatic transmission is used.

Model: T5 FWD and T5 AWD

  • Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo I-4 - eight-speed automatic
  • Power: 250 hp/258 lb-ft of torque
  • EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 21/30 mpg city/highway FWD; 20/28 mpg AWD

Model: T6 AWD

  • Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4 - eight-speed automatic
  • Power: 316 hp/295 lb-ft
  • EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 19/27 mpg

Model: Recharge T8 eAWD

  • Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4 + electric motor, eight-speed automatic
  • Power: 400 hp/472 lb-ft combined
  • EPA-Rated Fuel Economy and Range: 26/28 mpg; 18 miles total EV mode range; 520 miles combined city/highway range 

A Glimpse at the Next-Gen XC90?

This generation of XC90 likely has a few years left before it's redesigned. That's fine—some newer competitors feel like they're still catching up. Yet Volvo may have already shown what to anticipate from a next-gen XC90. The Concept Recharge is a proper crossover, blending SUV and wagon styling cues. 

More important than its looks is its hardware, which is designed to be upgradable and replaceable as technology advances. That backs up Volvo's sustainability mission, as it lets the car keep with the times and avoid obsolescence. Whether or not any of that will make it to production remains to be seen, but it's a typically out-of-the-box idea from Volvo.

Safety Ratings and Features

From early on in its development, safety has been a high priority for the XC90. We expect the 2022 model to carry the excellent safety ratings it earned last year and in years before. The 2021 XC90 earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, the highest possible score. The IIHS deemed it a 2021 Top Safety Pick+, the best accolade available. 

Driver-assist and active safety features include forward collision warning, front and rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beams and windshield wipers. Adaptive cruise control and enhanced lane keeping aid, which Volvo calls Pilot Assist, is standard on all XC90 models.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Volvo made the XC90's third row reasonably spacious. Even a few inches of advantage over the Audi Q7 makes it more usable. Yet that doesn't come at much reduction in cargo capacity.

Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 XC90: 80.3/49.6/21.8 cubic feet
  • 2022 Q7: 69.6/35.7/14.2 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 XC90: 40.9/37.0/31.9 inches
  • 2022 Q7: 41.7/38.8/29.2 inches

Headroom (first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 XC90: 38.9/38.5/36.3 inches
  • 2022 Q7: 39.9/38.8/35.9 inches


Every XC90 is equipped with a 12.3-inch digital gauge display and a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. Unlike in some other 2022 Volvo models that get the brand's latest Android-based infotainment interface, the XC90 carries on with the older Sensus system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity are included, as is built-in navigation for 2022. The USB charge ports are supplemented by a wireless device charger. 

A head-up display and 360-degree view parking camera system are among the available tech upgrades. The standard audio system integrates 10 speakers, while 14-speaker Harman Kardon and 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium setups are available.

Recommended Trim

Our main issue with the sport-inspired R-Design and luxurious Inscription trims is that the basic Momentum trim is so good. True, you miss out on the R-Design's sporty looks and higher-performance, yet stiff, suspension tune. Nor do you get upscale features like perforated leather seating upholstery or a 14-speaker audio system. But the Momentum trim still has lots of useful standard equipment, like four-zone climate control, a digital gauge display, adaptive cruise control, and a moonroof. Starting at just over $50,000, we think it's the one to get.

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  • MPG (EPA): 20/28 CITY/HWY
  • Seating: 6-7
  • Safety (NHTSA): 5 stars

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Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo & Supercharger 2.0 Liter
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Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (AW TG-81SD)
Recharge T8 Inscription Expression Plug-in Hybrid 6-Seat AWD
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$0 1.99% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Volvo announces Special APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$2000 Volvo announces a Loyalty Bonus Cash offer on select models for current Volvo or Saab owners or lessees when leasing a new eligible model. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$1000 Volvo announces a Retail Loyalty Bonus Cash offer on select models for current Volvo or Saab owners or lessees. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$500 Volvo has announced a 0% APR Bonus on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022
$500 Volvo has announced a Purchase Bonus for select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2022