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2016 Volvo XC90 Walk Around


For 2016, Volvo XC90 gets a whole new look. Although stretching a few inches longer and gaining passenger and cargo space, the new XC90 looks smaller, more wagon-like and less akin to a hulking SUV. It’s an elegant shape in profile with a classic luxury sedan’s long wheelbase and short overhangs. A broad grille recalls the 1960s-vintage Volvo P1800 sports car.

R-Design adds excitement with a monochromatic exterior color scheme, black grille, matte-gray five-spoke 20-inch or matte-black 22-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust outlets.

Interior

The 2016 XC90 is roomier than ever and very comfortable inside. Unlike some other SUVs that require drivers to climb up to a tall driving position, the new XC90, while taller than the average sedan, is more wagon-like with easy ingress and egress.

Once inside, occupants are treated to luxurious surroundings, with leather upholstery and supportive, comfortable seats.

Cargo space is 85.7 cubic feet, way more than that offered in the BMW X5, Audi Q7, or Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Cargo room behind the third-row seat doubles this year, to 15.8 cubic feet. However, the front passenger seat no longer folds flat for ladders and surfboards.

The Sensus Connect user interface and infotainment system display in the center stack uses a large, 9-inch vertically oriented touchscreen that allows pinch, tap and swipe commands. Volvo included a volume knob and a few other hard buttons but the screen does most everything else.

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