XC 90 2007-2015 D5 AT AWD Review
Volvo Auto India is emerging as one of the popular luxury car makers in India, which has numerous models in its portfolio. One of the splendid vehicle in its fleet is the XC90 SUV, which is available in a single variant. It is christened as Volvo XC90 D5 AWD and is powered by a 2.4-litre diesel engine that is capable of developing 200bhp in combination with a maximum torque output of 420Nm. It has DSTC anti-skid system, which is dynamic stability and traction control that further adds to its safety quotient. This SUV is bestowed with ergonomically designed seven individual seats, which provides maximum comfort. Apart from these, the manufacturer has installed several advanced equipments like an integrated 6-CD changer with MP3/WMA compatibility along with rear seat entertainment system including two individual screens. Apart from these, the manufacturer has installed vital driver support functions including Blind Spot information system along with park assist sensors for front and rear. At present, this vehicle competes with the likes of BMW X5 and Audi Q7 in Indian automobile market.
The external appearance is pretty decent like any other model in Volvo's portfolio. Although, it has some outdated exterior features, it still looks to be eye-catching owing to the class-leading body fit. To start with its front profile, it has a rectangular shaped chrome radiator grille that is engraved with prominent Volvo's insignia. It is complimented by two character lines given on the bonnet. The headlight cluster is equipped with a pair of projector style headlamps along with turn indicators. The front bumper has a set of glossy metallic strips along with an aluminum nudge guard . In addition to these, it also has a pair of LED daytime running lights. Its side profile is quite stylish and is accentuated by a lot of chrome treatment. Its B and C pillar have black sash tape, while the window surround gets chrome garnish. The door handles and ORVM caps are in body color, wherein the external mirrors are further equipped with side turn blinkers. The overall look of side profile is further augmented by a set of stylish alloy wheels, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres. Its rear has a signature taillight cluster with LED light pattern, which surrounds a large tailgate. The rear bumper is in body color and has reflectors along with a protective aluminum strip.
Its internal cabin is done up in off-black color scheme, which is further accentuated by sanded-silver along with R-design aluminum inserts. The three spoke steering wheel is decorated with aluminum inlays and has leather covering on it. Its cockpit has a stylish dashboard and is designed with walnut wooden trim. It is further equipped with aspects like a storage box, AC unit, instrument panel and an advanced central console with column stalked controls. The leather seats are ergonomically designed, have a center armrest in all three rows and head rests as well. Other utility based aspects are rear view mirrors, ashtray, tunnel console, accessory power sockets and lockable glove box unit. It comes with a total wheelbase of 2857mm along with an overall width of 2112mm that determines the leg and shoulder space inside.
Engine and Performance:
The car maker has equipped Volvo XC90 D5 AWD trim with a 2.4-litre diesel engine that is incorporated with a turbo charger. It is a five-cylindered engine with a total displacement capacity of 2400cc. This motor can develop a maximum power output of 200bhp at 3900rpm that results in a commanding torque output of 420Nm between 1900 to 2800rpm. This motor is paired with a six speed geartronic automatic transmission that distributes the torque output to all its four wheels in an AWD layout. It takes only about 10.3 seconds to reach a 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill and it can achieve a top speed of approximately 190 Kmph. It can deliver a peak mileage in the range of 14.70 kmpl, which is fairly decent.
Braking and Handling:
The manufacturer has paired ventilated disc brakes to all the four wheels, which are further loaded with superior brake calipers. This proficient braking mechanism is further assisted by the anti lock braking system along with emergency brake assistance system. Its rigid front axle is fitted with McPherson Strut along with anti roll bars, while the rear axle is equipped with independent multi-link system . The car maker has also installed a speed dependent steering system, which provides excellent response and simplifies handling of the vehicle.
This vehicle is bestowed with a number of advanced comfort features, which provides luxurious traveling experience. Its insides are equipped with highly comfortable seven individual seats among which, the front seats are fully adjustable. They are also incorporated with heating, ventilated massage and memory function as well. It is also blessed with a climate control unit featuring electronic controls, air quality system along with AC vents for middle and third rows . Apart from these, the company is providing several storage spaces including illuminated lockable glove box, cup holders and rear cabin storage pockets. In addition to these, this variant has features like cruise control system, park assist sensors for front and rear, electrically adjustable heated outside mirrors, power retractable door mirrors with ground lighting, power windows, speed dependent steering, music system and an integrated Bluetooth hands-free system as well.
This Volvo XC90 D5 AWD trim is equipped with several sophisticated safety aspects. The list includes 2-stage airbags for driver and passengers, whiplash protection for front seats, ISOFIX child seats, cut-off switch for passenger airbag and pyrotechnical pretensioners. In addition to these, this trim has emergency brake light, intelligent driver information system, anti lock braking, side impact protection, energy absorbing interiors, head restraints, remote control central locking, lockable wheel bolts and anti-submarining protection. Other safety aspects include dynamic stability and traction control, dual xenon lights, warning triangles, and water repellent front side windows.
1. Sophisticated safety and comfort features.
2. Performance, acceleration and pickup are good.
1. Price range is quite expensive.
2. There is scope to improve external appearance.