The Volvo SUV Quick Showroom Guide
The XC40 compact SUV lines up with the mid-sized XC60 and the large XC90.
Every Volvo SUV shares common DNA – such as distinctive Scandinavian design, stunning interior quality, ingenious practicality, advanced connectivity, powerful yet efficient powertrains, and class-leading safety technologies.
Each Volvo SUV, however, also has a unique character and appeal. Here, I Roll provides a helpful guide to the Swedish company’s trio of premium sports utility vehicles:
As befitting a flagship SUV, the XC90 is a supremely versatile and luxurious vehicle – accommodating up to seven people in a spacious, lavishly appointed and superbly crafted interior.
The XC90 was designed from the ground up to be a true seven-seater SUV, distinguishing it from competitor models that squeeze a third row into what is inherently a five-seater model. This ensures the XC90’s comfort and ergonomics aren’t compromised for any occupant.
The second row’s three individual seats each slides and reclines to enable maximum comfort, while two third-row seats provide easy ingress/egress and ample space for passengers.
If cargo is a priority, the XC90 further demonstrates the flexibility of its cabin through the ability to fold both rows of seats completely flat.
A theatre-style seating arrangement for the two rear rows – positioned higher than the seats in front - ensures better visibility for passengers.
That includes younger occupants, with the middle row featuring an integrated booster cushion if they have outgrown a child seat.
The Volvo XC90 is available in four trim grades, yet even the first option – Momentum – is generously equipped.
Standard comfort features, for example, include four-zone climate control, electric front seats, keyless entry, 360-degree surround-view camera, and Volvo’s CleanZone cabin-purifying system.
A suite of advanced active safety technologies comprises adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist semi-autonomous steering, semi-automatic parallel/perpendicular parking system, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping aid.
Above: The four-seat interior of the Volvo XC90 Excellence.
The pinnacle of the range is the four-seat XC90 Excellence. With two individual seats in the rear matching those in the front (pictured above), the Excellence is an SUV you may want someone else to drive so you can focus purely on the first-class comfort.
A display on the centre console dividing the rear seats allows passengers to adjust the heating and position of their perforated fine nappa leather-accented seats, as well as the temperature of the Excellence’s refrigerated compartment.
The compartment can hold two 750ml bottles and features two handcrafted Swedish Orrefors crystal glasses. Another reason you may want someone else to drive for you!
Above: Volvo XC60 R-Design T8
The latest XC60 builds on the outstanding success of the original model – establishing itself as Australia’s most awarded luxury SUV in 2018.
Volvo Cars’ mid-sized premium SUV passed intense, week-long scrutiny from highly experienced judges to win one of Australia’s most coveted motoring awards: 2018 Wheels Car of the Year.
The Drive team from Fairfax’s Sydney Morning Herald and The Age voted the XC60 its 2018 Best Luxury SUV Under $80,000 (its second consecutive win in the award), as well as its pick for its Safety Innovation award, and the XC60 was named Australia’s Best Cars 2018 AWD SUV in the $65,000-$125,000 category.
The Volvo XC60 was also awarded 2018 World Car of the Year.
Whether you opt for the Momentum, Inscription or R-Design trim grades, the XC60 combines a beautifully constructed cabin exuding contemporary Scandinavian design and luxury with intuitive controls and connectivity, ground-breaking intelligent safety systems, and an enjoyable dynamic drive.
All-wheel-drive is standard across the range, and there is a broad choice of powertrains comprising five turbocharged petrol or diesel engines.
The sportier XC60 R-Design takes performance to the next level with an optional T8 AWD drivetrain that pairs a turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine with electric motors for impressive acceleration – yet also minimises fuel consumption through its ability to be motivated by battery power alone.
A high level of equipment is provided from the very start of the XC60 range, with the Momentum’s comfort features including leather-accented upholstery, electric front seats, 12.3-inch digital driver display, 9-inch Sensus touchscreen, keyless entry and start, alarm, and an automatic tailgate.
Every XC60 features Volvo’s segment-unique integrated booster cushions in the outer-rear seats.
Active safety systems include Adaptive Cruise Control with additional semi-autonomous driving Pilot Assist function, lane keep aid, blind spot monitoring, and collision warning.
Volvo’s industry-first City Safety autonomous emergency braking system extends its capabilities in the XC60 with a Steering Support feature, which can help drivers avoid an obstacle on the road.
Find out more about the Volvo XC60 here.
Above: Volvo XC40 Momentum with optional 19-inch wheels and no-cost optional contrasting white roof.
The First Ever XC40 – voted 2018 European Car of the Year and 2018 Car of the Year by leading Australian motoring outlet CarSales – is designed to complement modern urban lifestyles with its stylishly formed compact dimensions and large array of ingenious storage solutions.
Whether you need to find a place for smartphones, laptops, tablet devices, umbrellas, shopping, drinks bottles, or credit cards, the XC40’s clever interior caters for almost anything.
Volvo created larger front door pockets, for example, by omitting audio speakers from this common spot and instead developing a word-first dash-integrated subwoofer.
The glove box incorporates a fold-out hook as a convenient place to hang a bag, while more hooks are positioned on the boot’s fold-up divider.
The interior also defies the XC40’s city-friendly proportions with plentiful passenger space and a handy 479-litre boot.
There’s nothing compact about the XC40’s list of inclusive features, either. The range-starting XC40 Momentum, for example, is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, auto-dimming rear-view and side mirrors, electric driver’s seat, digital radio, wireless charging, and 9-inch Sensus touchscreen system with navigation and high-performance audio.
Front and rear sensors aid parking in the tightest spots, while further intelligent safety systems standard on every XC40 comprise that can help keep you safely within your lane, detect vehicles in your blind spot, alert you to traffic when reversing out of a perpendicular parking spot, brake automatically if necessary to help avoid of frontal collision, and warn other drivers if they’re closing on your Volvo too quickly – and even apply the brakes when at standstill to help reduce whiplash injury in the event of being hit from the rear.
Each trim grade is matched perfectly to its own distinct powertrain, with the range-leading R-Design T5 AWD equipped with the sportiest of three turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
As the most expressive Volvo yet, the XC40 is available with a contrasting roof colour on the Momentum and R-Design trim grades. There’s also an Amazon Blue exterior rel="noopener noreferrer" paint exclusive to the XC40.
Find out more about the Volvo XC40 here.