The 2016 Volvo XC90 T8

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After a cruel eject by Ford in 2010 in exchange for Chinese cash, the compelling Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid is stepping hard this year, obligated to give shine the new Volvo and settle firmly in the SUV market. This XC90 gives the idea in which direction is going to take Volvo from now, and thE SUV shines for its extraordinary range-topping powertrain, excellent

This XC90 gives the idea in which direction is going to take Volvo from now, and the SUV shines for its extraordinary range-topping powertrain, excellent efficiency, and top-notch materials. The new XC90 is the first Volvo built using the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) patented by the Scandinavian maker, and it is definitely giving us the idea of the reincarnation of Volvo in its next releases.

The XC90 is an SUV with a capacity of 7 people with three rows of seats and is expensive, fast, stylish, and flawlessly-crafted. It’s an exquisite creation by the Scandinavian maker. The XC90 has been awarded for been the safest car in Europe, and that is exactly what it was intended to do: deliver a fast, safe, and efficient option for customers, using a new, profitable, and on-demand niche, the hybrids cars.

Let’s review this SUV.

Powertrain and Performance

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Under the hood, the novelty is the twin engine equipped on it. It gets a 2.0 L four-cylinder petrol engine supercharged at the low-rev response and turbocharged for the higher-rev response, making 314 hp.

The combo is complete with an electric motor, mounted in the back and powering the rear wheels only. It use batteries located in the transmission tunnel and deliver extra 81 hp, and those batteries are charged by plugging. With both engines on, powertrain peaks at 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. An Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission allow the SUV a smooth transition between gears, giving it an incredible performance, rated from standstill to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds and a limited top speed at 132 mph.

This SUV is all-wheel-drive and has tons of driving modes selectable via a wheel on the center console. The driving modes are Off-Road, AWD, Save, Pure, Hybrid, and Power. The fuel efficiency is excellent for an SUV like this, rated in 20 mpg in city and 25 mpg in the highway.

The XC90 can work only with the electric engine for about 24 miles, and they are easily charged in 3 hours.

Design Line and Interior

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The exterior looks solid, opulent, and stylish. It has an unbearable squared-edged and well-addressed details that make this SUV shine aesthetically. The front fascia features a brilliant LED headlight with another LED foglights just at the bottom of the bumper almost hanging on the floor, with a huge grille and the iconic Volvo logo with the diagonal strap. A massive crossover with a sharp rear.

In the interior, you’ll be surprised in the instant you get in, and the room with 85.7cu-ft of cargo space. Everything is top-notch as expected, giving a simple and minimalist feeling all the way. Premium materials and features are on everywhere. Is roomy and the seats are a supreme blend with their headers futuristic designed.

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The knob and controls that allow you to change modes are outstanding and pretty approached to the details. The shift knob is made with dazzling crystal, crafted by 15 glassmakers, and every unit is individually crafted (luxury and prestigious right there). A huge infotainment emerges of the center with a massive 9-inch screen with different functions grouped in pages that can be swiped side to side. Also, the driver can see the speedometer and tachometer from an LCD display.

The Bottom Line

This incredible Scandinavian SUV is dazzling and has an extraordinary beauty. With no visible flaws, an outstanding performance, the room and cargo space, as well as the excellent efficiency, is going to drive Volvo to a real success.

Starting price at US$68.100.

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