Volvo XC90

Spreading around legitimate luxury

"You’ve waited this long for a proper seven-seater, it’s time to make a change," said Issam.

Beautifully designed with those signature hammer lights."

"After the prosperous launch of the XC90, the S90 and V90 are on their way."

After its initial reveal in August 2014, and our first drive in Tarragona, Spain, it was time to test the new premium seven-seater SUV in Lebanon. We picked up our demo car from the official distributor in Lebanon, GAA (Gabriel Abou Adal), for a two-day drive.

You may or may not be familiar with it, so allow me to give you a quick brief on the all-new XC90. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is a three-row, luxury all-wheel drive crossover with seating for up to seven passengers, and serves as the brand’s flagship. Looking at the design cues from the Concept Estate, Concept XC Coupe and Concept Coupe show cars, the XC90 is an indisputably handsome SUV. When I jumped inside the cockpit I immediately noticed that it felt like the showroom of a modern Scandinavian furniture gallery. And that's what makes it feel special - the attention to every possible detail.

How does it drive? If you think about it, Lebanon is the country in which you need an SUV if you want to feel secure and safe on all the ruthless roads. So if you need an SUV in general, how does it feel to drive such an advanced SUV from Volvo? Handling is superlatively near excellent, if not pretty close to the Porsche Cayenne. The suspension got a considerable trial; the Lebanese roads are full of potholes and other tarmac fissures.

There are two petrol engines offered by Volvo. The T6 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with 320 horsepower and 400 Nm. The T8 is powered by the same engine, 2.0-liter turbocharged, but with a plug-in hybrid. It generates 320 horsepower (engine) and 80 horsepower (electric motor), which makes a total of 400 horsepower. The average distance on the hybrid is around 40 kilometers. Fuel consumption of the T8 is around 2.5 L/100 km and 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. Both engines are coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2016 Volvo XC90 lineup includes three trim levels:
-T6 Momentum comes with leather upholstery, four-zone automatic climate control with charcoal filter, 10-speaker 330-watt audio, 19-inch alloy wheels, and panoramic power sunroof
-T6 Inscription upgrades to Nappa leather, contour seats, walnut inlays, and ventilated front seats
-T6 R-Design (which didn’t make to the Lebanese market yet) substitutes 20-inch matte-gray five-spoke alloy wheels and sports trim

Verdict
After 13 seemingly endless years, you can finally buy a new Volvo XC90! Well, we are surely lucky to live in an era where the Swedish car manufacturer is at its turning point. Volvo has fully redesigned the XC90. And yes, the authenticity has been rewarded all around the globe, including by us at the ArabWheels Awards 2015. Check out your nearest dealer to request a test drive (I’m pretty sure it will end up in your garage).

Rivals: Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Range Rover
Pros: Ipad-like Sensus Connect infotainment screen, stunning and comfortable interior, first-rate safety, fuel-efficient
Cons: Sensus Connect infotainment can show too many options on screen and confuse some drivers
4.5 stars
one word: Swede

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