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2017 Volvo XC90 Walk Around


The XC90 presents a fresh approach to Volvo’s long-standing traditions. Visually contemporary and timeless, the body is serenely elegant and wholly unpretentious, nearly the opposite of some flashier competitors. Classic SUV design is evident, but integrated with aerodynamic contours and crisp lines.

As a bonus, the XC90 doesn’t appear to be as large as other seven-passenger SUVs. Generous expanses of glass help to draw the eye away from the tall bedsides, which are inevitable in larger SUVs. The windshield is only moderately slanted. Front overhang is shorter than that of some notable rivals.

Interior

Spacious for up to seven occupants, the XC90 cabin veers away from the norm, as seen in Japanese or German brands. Few, if any, competitors have managed to merge judicious design with lush detail work, in so adept a manner.

Carefully stitched leather upholstery melds with textured metal and optional matte wood, conveying a hint of soothing Scandinavian furniture. Seats promise sublime comfort, with those in front adjusting in a variety of angles. Second-row seats can slide fore and aft.

Two adults can fit in the third row, though leg space might be limited.

Because each row is a tad taller than the one ahead, everyone gets a good view, helped by big side windows. The standard panoramic sunroof can provide an additional shower of light.

On the dashboard, the Sensus 9.0-inch touchscreen is quite intuitive, easy to use, and promptly responsive. Controls feel crisply confident, and graphics are readily legible.

Road noise and wind sounds are largely stifled, helping to convey a sense of calmness. Bigger wheels emit more noise than the standard 18-inchers. Not everything is ideal. Only one USB port is available, while sunvisors are oddly basic.

With all seats upright, cargo volume totals 15.8 cubic feet. Fold the third row flat, and space grows to 41.8 cubic feet; then to 85.7, if second-row seatbacks are down.

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