Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

An SUV Masterclass; Volvo's All-New XC90 Has Been Worth the 12-Year Wait

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

An SUV Masterclass; Volvo's All-New XC90 Has Been Worth the 12-Year Wait

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Byline: Vani Naidoo

Vital Statistics

Model: Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription.

Details: Five-door four-wheel-drive large luxury SUV.

Engine: 2.-0-litre four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged petrol generating maximum power of 235kW @ 5700rpm and peak torque of 400Nm @ 2200 - 5400rpm.

Transmission: Eight-speed geartronic auto.

Consumption: 8.5 litres/100km combined.

Bottom line plus on roads: From $100,950.

TWELVE years in the making, the new Volvo XC90 was awaited with bated breath. Expectation was high for this supreme family carrier for here was the first Volvo developed under the watchful eye of Chinese owner Geely, an $11billion investment that will have to show its hand from the start, effectively and without fuss.

It is all new, inside and out, engine and underpinnings, from the tyres up to the modern fashioned badge on an equally modern-look grille. The XC90 is longer, taller and wider than the outgoing model with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-litre petrol with both supercharger and turbocharger as tested here, and a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel, both coming with an eight-speed automatic.

Brimming with the best technological and safety features on offer, it is little surprise that it is more expensive too. At its heart though it remains that trusted family wagon: an SUV in which to make memories.

Comfort

Effortless luxury with beautifully soft materials, quality highlights and attention to detail is the lasting impression of this XC90 cabin. That, and the large 12.3-inch iPad touchscreen which fronts the infotainment system, a classy intuitive unit with excellent graphics that is super easy to use given the pervasiveness of swipe and pinch technology in our everyday lives. In combination with the widescreen TFT driver display, it offers a clear indication of Volvo's intention to not only stay on-trend in this digitally-charged world but to also lead the offensive as it has done so effectively in the past. …

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