We test the most interesting new cars. This time: Volvo XC90, Swedish SUV for defensive contemporaries

Without a large SUV today is no premium brand. Volvo has built with the XC90 a technically good, in some points even superior car. Infotainment and driver assistance systems, including emergency braking system with elk detection (no joke), are also no better at Audi, BMW and Mercedes. At up to 130 km / h, the XC90 is almost autonomous. However, the price for the D5 (235 hp diesel, 8-speed automatic) with at least € 55,000 premium.

THE LOOK

Volvo drivers are considered to be prudent and defensive contemporaries who do not have to notice. With the XC90, Volvo chief designer Thomas Ingenlath is taking this into account: inside us outside the big Swede renounces unnecessary gimmicks – except for the daytime running lights, called “Thors Hammer”. The simple, bright interior is high-quality and elegant. The body, which consists of 90 percent of high-strength drill steel, does not see the 2.1-ton empty weight. Elegant design highlight: the frameless interior mirror.

THE DRIVING

The optional XC90 is an easy-to-handle and easy-to-use XC90. The start-up weakness of the bi-turbo diesel is concealed by the ZF automatic. The D5 is audible a diesel, but never loud. Brakes and the agile steering make the vehicle size forget.

THE DIGITAL EXTRA

The 9.9 inch touchpad dominates the eight-button central console. Apple car play makes the XC90 to the iPhone on wheels, even if not every function at the same time. But you can ask Apple’s voice recognition Siri for advice.

WHAT THE MANUFACTURER SAYS

“Perfect for demanding riders looking for adventure with their off-road vehicles – inside and outside the city: the Volvo XC60 is all-wheel drive (AWD) ready for use on all roads and in all weather conditions.”

WHAT THE MANUFACTURER REJECTS

For the XC90, the same as for any SUV of this class: The car can not really do better, which a large combination like the new Volvo V90 could not also, with less weight and consumption (XC90 D4: 8 to 9 liters).

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