Be Smart, Check in Advance. CARFAX — Your Vehicle History.
CARFAX — Your Vehicle History Expert
Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.
CARFAX Vehicle History Reports contain over 28 billion historical records from 20 European countries, the US and Canada, which are updated daily with new information.
Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.
Privacy for Customers — Transparency over Vehicles
Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.
Second Hand — Not Second Best
Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.
But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.
CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
CARFAX was founded in the US in 1984 and expanded into Europe in 2007. Around 100 team members spread across six European offices process vehicle information from 22 countries.
Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.
We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.
Clean Retail Price
The MT clean retail price reflects a reasonable asking price by a dealership for a fully reconditioned vehicle (clean title history, no defects, minimal wear) with average mileage.
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- Well-built and spacious cabin
- Comfortable seats in the front and second rows
- Strong acceleration, especially in the XC90 T8
- Third-row seats are only good for small adults or kids
- One USB port in a luxury family crossover is unacceptable
Volvo XC90 Expert Review
The redesigned 2016 Volvo XC90 is all-new and rides on Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). It's powered by the Drive-E family of turbocharged four-cylinders — Volvo's new generation of engines. A new design language and interior design also debut in the XC90, which features a new grille, logo design, and optional "Thor's Hammer" LED headlights.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 is a three-row, luxury all-wheel-drive crossover with seating for up to seven passengers and serves as the brand's flagship.
The base engine in the 2016 XC90 T6 AWD is a super- and turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Those looking for more power should consider the XC90 T8 Twin Engine, the plug-in hybrid variant that combines the same four-cylinder I-4 in the T6 with an electric motor for a total output of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft. The only gearbox available in both models is an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is respectable, with the T6 achieving 20/25 mpg city/highway. The EPA hasn't tested the T8 yet.
The XC90's more upright dimensions means it has generous amounts of space for people and gear. There's 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 41.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and a maximum capacity of 85.7 cubic feet when the second and third rows are folded. Passenger space in the front and second rows is ample for five passengers, but the third row is best suited for children on long drives or adults in a pinch.
In addition to the standard front, front-side and three-row side curtain airbags, the 2016 Volvo XC90 comes standard with lane departure warning, and automatic forward emergency braking. As part of the Vision package, blind-spot warning and rear cross traffic alert are bundled with a 360-degree-view camera system. The Convenience package adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go function and lane keeping assist. A head-up display is available on all models as a standalone option. Buyers can also opt for a second-row booster cushion that increases the seating height for children so that the side curtain airbags can protect them in an accident.
Base XC90 models come standard with 40/20/40 split-folding second row, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, rearview camera, four-zone climate control, leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic moonroof, a 9-inch portrait-style infotainment touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Stepping up to the R-Design adds metal mesh interior accents, 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, paddle shifters, front seat cushion extender, leather-wrapped gearshift knob, and silver side mirror covers. The range-topping Inscription trim adds Linear Wood interior accents, a leather-clad key fob, memory function for the front passenger seats, 20-inch silver alloy wheels, and ventilated front seats. A 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system with 19 speakers is available as a standalone option.
Buyers can also opt for an air suspension that features Volvo's Four-C active chassis system in place of the standard Touring chassis. Comfort mode maximizes ride quality, while Eco mode lowers the crossover for better aerodynamics and fuel economy. Dynamic model lowers the crossover and firms up the chassis for better handling, and Off-Road mode raises the ride height for better ground clearance. There's also an individual mode that allows drivers to tailor the car's suspension based on their liking. At speeds above 62 mph, the air suspension lowers the XC90 to reduce drag and improved high speed stability. Owners can also lower the XC90 to make loading and unloading cargo and getting in and out of the car easier.
In a First Drive review, we said the 2016 Volvo XC90 is exactly the product Volvo needs. The interior is a highlight because of its impeccable build quality and high-grade leather, plastics, and wood, and uniquely textured metal accents. Front and second-row seats are extremely comfortable and offer plenty of support, but the third row is best suited for small adults in a pinch or children, since there isn't much headroom back there. Volvo's new infotainment system, which features a 9-inch portrait-style touchscreen, is user-friendly, intuitive, and functional thanks to smartphone- and tablet-like controls that make it less fussy to use. One drawback to the XC90's infotainment system is the lack of USB ports — there's only one in the entire car.
Volvo's new super- and turbocharged I-4 provides more than enough power to haul the XC90 around. When the drive mode selector is put into Power mode, the crossover comes alive and is more aggressive. The XC90 T8 PHEV is more impressive than the T6 model when it comes to performance thanks to the addition of an electric motor, and it blends power from both sources seamlessly. In a straight line, the extra torque from the electric motor makes the XC90 T8 feel downright quick, especially in Power mode. In EV mode (Pure mode in Volvo-speak), the XC90 T8 can travel around 20 miles before the gas engine kicks back in. Both versions of the XC90 handle relatively well despite the car's size, with well-controlled body motions; however, when pushed too hard around corners, the crossover can feel tippy. The XC90's 9.3 inches of ground clearances means it should be able to go off the beaten path without drama, especially with its standard all-wheel-drive system.
Volvo offers a European Delivery program, called Overseas Delivery, for all its vehicles, allowing buyers to customize their vehicles. A few perks included are access to exterior and interior colors only available in the European market, 14 days of road insurance in the European Union, Switzerland and Norway, complimentary hotel for one night, a Swedish meatball lunch at the Factory Delivery Center, and two round-trip tickets between the U.S. and Denmark, Norway, or Sweden. Vehicle prices are also discounted and are slightly lower than buying a car from a North American dealer. Volvo also waives the destination fee when ordering a vehicle via Overseas Delivery.
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The Swedes don’t know luxury in the American sense. Scandinavian culture shuns overt displays of wealth and indulgent lifestyles. The notion of modesty and humility is so engrained in Swedish society that there’s a word, Jantelagen, to describe the scorn reserved for those who flaunt personal success. Of course, a $55,000, seven-passenger luxury crossover is hardly the people’s car. But relative to the status and image that come standard with a German SUV, the self-conscious Swedish influence makes the 2016 Volvo XC90 as humble as they come in this segment.
If nothing else, the Swedish way of thinking creates a luxury crossover that’s pleasingly, intriguingly different from anything the German competition sells. The XC90’s engine fires to life with the twist of a knob rather than the press of a button. Volvo’s new Sensus infotainment system eschews an iDrive-like control knob for a vertically oriented touch screen that’s as close as it gets to factory-installing an iPad in the dashboard without being sued by Apple (or buying a Tesla Model S). There’s an Off-Road setting in the drive selector, but Volvo buyers are more likely to be interested in the company’s “Run-off Road Protection” crash test, which highlights the new “Safe Positioning” function by pulling the vehicle down into a drainage ditch before launching it airborne off the embankment of an intersecting driveway.
A Future Full of Four-Cylinders
Volvo’s new Drive-E engine family tops out with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which isn’t much motor when you consider that the XC90 weighs between 4600 and 5200 pounds. To make two liters feel like three and a half, a turbocharger and a supercharger inflate the so-called T6 engine’s peak power and low-end responsiveness for a total output of 316 horsepower and a zero-to-60 run in the low six seconds. Married to a polished eight-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive, the T6 delivers the no-drama, easygoing authority that you’d expect from a brand that’s more closely aligned with comfort than sport.
The only shortcomings are the same ones that plague all modern, boost-dependent engines with an abundance of gear ratios. There’s no in-gear passing power, so even modest acceleration starts with a pause as the gearbox shifts down and boost builds. Pressure chargers also make for thirsty engines, and the indicated 17-mpg average seen during our test drive is likely closer to an owner’s reality than Volvo’s claim that the XC90 will deliver best-in-class fuel economy when the EPA numbers come in.
The uplevel T8 Twin Engine is the no-compromise upgrade that allows you to have your fuel and burn it, too, assuming the estimated $5000 premium doesn’t compromise your ability to make the payments. This plug-in hybrid makes 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque and earns a 59-MPGe combined rating from the EPA.
The T8 uses the same dual-boost four-cylinder as the T6 but removes the driveshaft connecting the front and rear axles so the central tunnel can accommodate a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. An 80-hp electric motor at the rear returns all-wheel-drive capability, while a smaller electric machine between the transmission and the block starts the engine, captures electricity during braking, and provides additional power during acceleration. A full battery charge should deliver about 20 miles of pure electric driving range. In our hands, the XC90 T8 reported an average of 27 mpg over a 90-mile drive that began with a full battery.
The electric motors smooth power delivery and enliven off-idle response compared with the gas-only T6. The T8 offers extra dollops of everything you want in a range-topping engine: refinement, power, and efficiency. The downside of this through-the-road hybrid system is that the engine’s 295 lb-ft of torque (plus that of the small front motor) is routed entirely through the front wheels. Goosing the throttle from a standstill invokes a slight wiggle of torque steer and a subtle scramble for traction that’s evocative of a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
Riding on Air
The XC90 offers our first taste of Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that will ultimately underpin everything from the next S60 mid-size sedan to a possible flagship sedan above the S80. Development of SPA began in the days of Ford ownership, so it’s not surprising that the XC90 employs a multilink rear suspension with an integral link similar to the designs used in the Ford Fusion and Mustang, the Jaguar XE, and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Volvo’s design differs in that it uses a single composite leaf spring transversely spanning the two control arms instead of a pair of coil springs.
Unfortunately, we can’t comment on how that setup rides or handles because our test cars were fitted with $1800 worth of air springs and adaptive dampers that eliminate the rear leaf spring. Thus equipped, the XC90 delivers a compliant ride with competent handling. The selectable Dynamic mode cinches down a slight side-to-side rocking we experienced with no noticeable effect on ride quality, while accurate, nicely weighted steering makes the XC90 drive smaller than it is. Our only grievance with the chassis is a slight metallic clatter over big inputs such as speed bumps that suggests too much compliance in some of the bushings.
A Quick Poll of Sensus
The Sensus infotainment system is quite clever, in part because millions of Americans will be familiar with the basic controls before ever using it. There’s an Apple-like home button just below the 9.0-inch touch screen, and below that is a volume knob and just seven buttons, three of which are required by law. On the map, you can pinch or double tap to zoom. From the home screen you swipe left for a panel of vehicle settings or swipe right to cycle through the audio sources and open apps such as weather or an efficiency monitor. The home screen displays four informational tabs—navigation, audio, phone, and the most recently used app—that expand for full functionality when tapped. Climate controls occupy the lower edge of the display regardless of which screen you’re viewing.
Yet the smartest aspect of Sensus isn’t the user interface, but the hardware. By providing enough processing power to keep up with your swipes and taps, Volvo excels where several have failed. Pay attention, Cadillac.
Modesty in Pricing
Perhaps the most significant distinguishing trait between the Volvo XC90 and the German competition is that the Swedes apparently missed the memo on bilking customers with a laundry list of options. (We recently spec’d a particularly sporty and desirable XC90 R-Design with just a few add-ons for $59,755.) Starting at $49,895, the XC90 includes a panoramic sunroof, passive entry, four-zone automatic climate control, lane-departure warning, forward-collision alert, and rear park assist as standard equipment. All cars are also equipped with the complete Sensus system and divinely comfortable 10-way power-adjustable front seats wrapped in real leather. So while the Volvo XC90 isn’t the best way to tell your neighbors that you’ve made it, it might be the best way to reward yourself sensibly if you have.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door hatchback
BASE PRICE: T6 Momentum, $49,895; T6 R-Design, $53,895; T6 Inscription, $55,495; T8 (est), $62,000
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged, supercharged, and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 316 hp, 295 lb-ft
HYBRID ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged, supercharged, and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 316 hp, 295 lb-ft; permanent magnet synchronous AC electric front motor, 46 hp, 111 lb-ft; permanent magnet synchronous AC electric rear motor, 80 hp, 177 lb-ft; combined power rating, 400 hp, 472 lb-ft; 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 117.5 in
Length: 194.8 in
Width: 79.1 in Height: 69.9 in
131/15.8 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est):
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 5.8-6.1 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 15.7-16.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.5-14.8 sec
Top speed: 143 mph
FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
EPA city/highway driving (T6): 19/27 mpg
EPA combined driving (T8 plug-in hybrid): 59 MPGe
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