The Volvo XC90 has become a popular family SUV but is it as good as the first generation.
The Volvo XC90 second generation is still sold today but with production beginnning in 2015 it is approaching a decade old meaning there are plenty of used models on offer. The diesel and hybrid options have been popular in Europe although North American markets began preffering the petrol engine model but have been more tempted by the hybrid model over the production years,
The second-generation Volvo XC90 is built on the SPA platform in Torslanda, Sweden, which is expected to contiune to build the model even after the all-electric EX90 arrives, but only for sale in the USA and Canada along with other world markets that are unlikely to buy the all-electric model.
It will come as no surprise that the XC90 is a top performer in safety testing. Volvo scored a high score and full five stars in both NHTSA, Euro NCAP, and Aussie ANCAP. Euro NCAP notes the XC90 as a ‘Best in class’ performer.
A few items worth noting when considering which model to purchase is suspension, with regions that were offered with springs or optional air suspension finding the air system much more compliant. Althoug not everyone agrees and so see if you can find both to drive when looking around. Diesels were popular in early model years, but the PHEV has slowly taken a larger portion of the sales split
For our picks, a T6 model on a lower budget, or later T8 on a higher budget will likely serve owners best into the future, but note the common faults and make sure to buy one with a good history no matter which model you are looking for.