Volvo XC90

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How much does the Volvo XC90 cost to run?

The 2.0L diesel is the most economical Volvo XC90 to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency. Compared to the competition in the 4x4 segment, it’s the car that’s going to have the most negative impact on your monthly budget.

The Volvo XC90 2.0L diesel costs £160.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band F.

It does almost 49 MPG on average, which means it will cost £13.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Jaguar F Pace 2.0L diesel and the more thirsty BMW X5 2.0L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 33, which is lower than the Jaguar F Pace 2.0L diesel, but higher than the Range Rover Velar 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Hyundai Santa Fe has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model2.0L diesel2.4L diesel3.2L petrol4.4L petrol
mpg48.7 - 49.631.4 - 34.423.3 - 24.620.9
emissions149 - 152215 - 239269 - 289317 - 322
tax£160.00 - £200.00£325.00 - £555.00£570.00£570.00
insuranceGroup 33 - 40Group 33 - 42Group 41 - 42Group 43 - 44

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Volvo XC90: How big is the boot?

The Volvo XC90 SUV has a bigger boot than the estate (it can hold 451 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the SUV to take one pushchair and 2 large bags or 3 large bags. While the estate takes just 2 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Land Rover Discovery SUV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 6 large bags with its 889 litres.

Is the Volvo XC90 easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Mitsubishi Shogun), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill just over three quarters of the space.

This car is actually 26mm longer than the average street space, so parallel parking will never be easy.

Which Volvo XC90 has the best performance?

The fastest Volvo XC90 from 0-60, is the 4.4L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 440 lbs/ft torque and 315 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Jaguar F Pace 2.0L diesel, which will beat your Volvo XC90 to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model2.0L diesel2.4L diesel3.2L petrol4.4L petrol
zeroTo627.810.3 -
torque470 - 480400 - 420320440
bhp225 - 235185 - 200238 - 243315

What size caravan or trailer, can the Volvo XC90 tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Volvo XC90 2.0L diesel which has 480 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 2700kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.