Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Road Test: Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Road Test: Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum

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Byline: EDWARD STEPHENS

IF you tend to buy your furniture from Ikea the chances are you will love Volvo's newest large SUV with its modern, clean cut Scandinavian styling.

The latest Volvo XC90 is an upmarket vehicle which offers seating for seven people, acres of internal space and the reassurance of fourwheel-drive.

If ever there was a car for the larger family it's the XC90.

The new generation model - the original was launched in 2002 - is a more upright, slightly squarer version ensuring here is no headroom problem for even the tallest of drivers.

Inside it's a class act with quality leather seating, trendy brushed metal panels and minimalist styling with few buttons or switches on view. Most of the functions are carried out via a nine-inch touchscreen which works like a tablet and controls everything from the internet to your radio station choice.

It's all very clever stuff and you soon get used to the format, although I couldn't help thinking at times it was not as intuitive or quick to use as a clearly labelled dashboard button.

The XC90, however, is a high-tech machine for the modern motorist.

This car was the basic Momentum model - there are three spec levels - but still came with everything from a head-up display to a self-parking system and automatic dip/main beam headlights not to mention a long list of Volvo's safety features and satellite navigation with European mapping.

And if that wasn't enough it had a built-in modem turning the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot so all passengers could connect their mobile devices.

This is a car which even recognises when it's due for a service and automatically books itself in with your local dealer.

Given the size of the XC90 - and it is a big car - it would be easy to assume it's powered by a large engine. …

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