Car of the Week: Volvo XC90

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Ever since its launch in 2002, the XC90 has been at the forefront of the SUV market. When it was first launched, the market was developing, but since then it has boomed, driven by those looking for a car with all-weather and off-road capability but with the highest standards of comfort. Volvo has mastered this with the XC90, and it has fast become one of the manufacturer’s most popular models.

With subtle and stylish looks, the exterior of the XC90 has changed little over the years, and neither has the ethos behind it. Since first rolling off the Swedish production line it has combined a comprehensive list of equipment with a luxurious interior, an ergonomic driving position and seven-seat practicality. If you have a large family and you’re searching for practicality, comfort and style, then look no further than the XC90.

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Volvo built the XC90 with an active lifestyle in mind, and there is particular attention to ‘real world detail’. A great example of this is the split tailgate at the rear that provides the perfect place to change shoes after a long hike, for instance. It may seem like a tiny detail, but for a busy family, subtle considerations such as these matter.

The XC90 boasts great comfort levels in the first two rows of seats, and there’s plenty of room for four adults or two adults and three children, as well as plenty of luggage space. Wind and road noise are also minimal in the cabin, while the padded, leather seats feel luxurious and are perfect for long journeys.

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As with any Volvo, safety is at the forefront of the car’s design, and the XC90 is certainly no exception, known for being one of the safest cars marketing its class. There’s a safety system for any conceivable scenario, from the side impact protection system; electronics anti-roll control, multiple airbags and seats designed to provide whiplash protection in the event of a collision.

The well laid-out dashboard includes simple controls for the excellent sound system which makes playing music simple whether on the radio, CD, USB or Bluetooth options. Other useful features include active cruise control system, traction control, trip computer and  reverse parking aid.

image007Despite the size of the car and a not-too-impressive turning circule, parking is still no chore, as the XC90’s all-round visibility is excellent. Plus, because of the split tailgate, you don’t need to leave too much room behind to access the boot after reversing into a space, as you otherwise might with an estate that has a conventional tailgate.

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This particular model, a 2.4 D5 (200) R Design is a 55 plate in Black Sapphire. With automatic transition, it has only done 31,555 miles since new. If you’re looking for a new family car that can handle off-road conditions as well as long motorway journeys then the XC90 could well be the car for you. Take a look here to see the full listing, or come and see our user reviews here to see what owners are saying.

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