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CAR REVIEW
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Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription: Stylish SUV
   
The Volvo XC90 sports utility vehicle has for years successfully competed with rivals such as the Audi Q7, BMW X5, and Mercedes ML. This is largely thanks to the vehicle’s appealing style and high safety and comfort level.

For a year now the second-generation XC90 has been available. This, in addition to remarkable style, offers even greater comfort and an even higher safety level.

Fans had to wait 12 years for the new-look Volvo. The first-generation XC90 was unveiled during the Detroit Motor Show in January 2002. The second-generation model was unveiled last fall at a special show in Stockholm, Sweden.

The new-look XC90, with a length of 4.95 meters and the largest in the Volvo range, resembles its predecessor stylistically: the same massive body, plenty of glass in the passenger cabin, and with similarly shaped headlights and taillights.

The 2.98-meter wheelbase makes for a spacious and functional interior. Five adult passengers can travel in the car in comfort, and if the need arises two more can be accommodated on optional third-row seats that can be folded down and hidden away in the floor. A luggage compartment of 671 liters is available in the five-seat arrangement or 310 liters with seven people on board. With the back seats folded down, its capacity increases to 1,868 liters. The floor is flat, but access to the luggage compartment is made slightly difficult by the fact that the load floor is quite high.

The interior is spacious not only thanks to the large body and wheelbase, but also because the engine is transversely placed under the hood. The four-cylinder gasoline engine takes up little space, and its specifications will satisfy even the most exacting drivers. The 2.0-liter unit, equipped with two turbochargers, delivers an astonishing 320 hp. A maximum torque of 400 Nm at 2,200 rpm makes it possible to accelerate the Volvo from standstill to 100 kph in just 6.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 230 kph. Of course, there are vehicles in which such acceleration and speed are taken for granted, but these are mainly sports cars, not a juggernaut like this that weighs well over 2 tons. Another strong point about this engine is that it has acceptable fuel economy—at 9.5 liters/100 km on average in the test drive (7.7 liters/100 km according to the producer’s technical data)—for its capacity and weight.

Power is transmitted to all four wheels by a smooth eight-speed sequential automatic transmission that can also work as a stick shift. Next to the ignition there are small knobs for selecting the driving mode: Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Individual and Off Road.

The XC90 I test-drove offered a full range of passenger comfort and safety features, from leather upholstery, heated and electrically adjustable seats to a top-quality Bowers&Wilkins audio/CD, a navigation system, distributed electronic air-conditioning, parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, and ABS/ESP, WHIPS, SIPS, City Safety and BLIS systems. With this array of goodies, the price tag is more than zl.320,000.

Bartosz Grzybiński