It's hard to refer to the XC90 3.2 as a base model. There's simply nothing basic about this deservedly popular SUV.
It shows some minor cosmetic changes (more inside than out) for 2007, as the major changes are waiting for the vehicle's scheduled overhaul a couple of years from now.
Safety is still numero uno with every Volvo. Even this lowest-priced XC90 comes standard with Roll Stability Control and Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, as well as the Side-Impact Protection System and Rollover Protection System. This is no cheapie, nor should it be, and Volvo loyalists are happy to pay what it takes to get the best for their families.
Other standard equipment includes fog lights, daytime running lights, and mirror-mounted turn signals. These features help to improve safety, but it doesn't stop there: look closely for a teardrop-shaped feature at the base of the side-mount mirrors. It is, of all things, a camera, a component of the new BLIS (Blind-spot Information System), which uses digital imaging to detect things in the car's blind spots. Upon detection it triggers a warning light to alert the driver. Pretty amazing.
If you're really taken with helpful gadgetry, opt for the impressive bi-xenon headlights, which anticipate curves in the road and swivel up to 15 degrees to shine around the bends.
The XC90 3.2 is the first Volvo released with the much-anticipated I-6 engine, which was developed to replace the 2.5-liter, 208-hp of previous years. The state-of-the-art I-6 provides 235-horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque with no loss of fuel economy despite its larger size, thanks to keen technology. The engine is transversely mounted, saving space and therefore enhancing the car's life-saving crumple zones.
Fans of either transmission type will be satisfied, as the 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission can also be shifted manually in situations when that is preferable (when towing, on curvy or snowy roads, or just to better feel what the engine can do).
To fully load your XC90, go for the big-dollar options of the Navigation System and Dual-Screen Rear Seat Entertainment System. You can also opt for 18-inch wheels on this vehicle.