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2020 Volvo XC90 Overview

Volvo’s XC90 is a sensible yet stylish approach to family transportation. For 2020, Volvo refreshes the XC90 with a redesigned grille, new wheel and color options, and new interior options.

The three options from last year carry over. The T5, a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, makes 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The T6 adds a supercharger to that mix, yielding 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. The T8 is a high-performance plug-in hybrid and puts down 400 hp and 472 lb-ft. All come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The T5 is available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), while the T6 and T8 come standard with AWD. As of this writing, official fuel-economy numbers haven't been released.

The XC90 has a swanky cabin and is available in four trims with distinctive design schemes. As of 2019, three rows come standard, but for 2020, you can swap in second-row captain’s chairs, dropping capacity from seven to six. The Momentum trim offers a solid value with synthetic leather upholstery, a proximity key, a panoramic sunroof, and a hands-free tailgate. The R-Design trim features bold styling details and niceties like illuminated door sills. The Inscription adds heated and cooled front seats. The Excellence trim is basically a livery trim, with four heated, cooled, and massaging seats and a cooled glovebox. For 2020, Volvo adds a new wool-blend upholstery to the options list. The infotainment features include a 9-inch touchscreen, a 10-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and Spotify music streaming.

While the 2020 model hasn't been crash-tested, the 2019 model earned Good scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to these confidence-inspiring results, the XC90 gets a reversing camera, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking. Oncoming lane mitigation is newly available as an option.

The 2020 Volvo XC90 competes with the likes of other 3-row SUVs like the Acura MDX and the BMW X5.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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