2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid

2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Review: Lifted Luxury Limo

by Sebastian Cenizo

Luxury SUVs don't come much more capable of offering ultimate sophistication and style than the Volvo XC90. With the T8 models reviewed here, you get a hybrid powertrain that produces a combined total of 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option and delivers power to all four wheels. Heated seats are standard on all models, along with quad-zone climate control and various convenience features that enhance family-friendly comfort, but at the top of the range, you can have just a three-seat layout to make you feel like you're traveling in business class. Even with such impressive luxury features, handling is respectable, and safety is a major plus point, with numerous driver aids included on each variant. The XC90 is one of our absolute favorite SUVs that gets better every year, so let's see what the 2019 model has to offer.

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2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 XC90 Hybrid?

Numerous updates have been made for the 2019 model year, including standard heated seats, an updated infotainment system, quad-zone climate control, and reshuffling of some feature options. An Advanced package is a new offering that includes an automatic parking system, a surround-view camera, and a head-up display. The R-Design and Inscription trims are also treated to a Harman Kardon sound system.

Pros and Cons

  • Impressive handling
  • Great ride quality
  • Powerful drivetrain
  • Numerous standard safety features
  • Plenty of standard convenience equipment
  • Only capable of towing 5,000 lbs
  • Options get expensive
  • Short electric-only range

2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid T8 Momentum
2.0-liter Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$67,000
Hybrid T8 R-Design
2.0-liter Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$71,950
Hybrid T8 Inscription
2.0-liter Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$73,050
Hybrid T8 Excellence
2.0-liter Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$104,900

XC90 Hybrid Exterior

The front of the XC90 is instantly recognizable thanks to the signature Thor's Hammer LED running lights, while a concave grille and various chrome accents that include round dual-exit exhaust tips help the XC90 stand out. R-Design models get a redesigned front fascia and various other sporty styling elements such as oblong tailpipes. 19-inch wheels are standard, but you can have bigger wheels too, with 21s standard on the top trim. A panoramic sunroof also features.

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Dimensions

The XC90 is a relatively large vehicle, measuring 194.9 inches from end to end with a wheelbase of 117.5 inches. Height creeps in under 70 inches at 69.9 while width with the mirrors folded in measures 79.1. Curb weight is considerable too, and can start anywhere from 5,068 to 5,366 lbs depending on the seating configuration. Ground clearance with the standard spring suspension measures 9.4 inches while the optional adaptive air setup can go from 8.9 to 10.5 inches. Approach, break-over, and departure angles measure 23.8, 21.3, and 23.3 degrees respectively.

  • Wheelbase 117.5 in
  • Height 69.9 in
  • Max Width 79.1 in
  • Front Width 66.0 in
  • Rear Width 66.1 in

2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Exterior Colors

  • Magic Blue Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Osmium Grey Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic
  • Denim Blue Metallic
  • Electric Silver Metallic
  • Bursting Blue Metallic
  • Ice White
  • Passion Red

XC90 Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

All T8 or hybrid variants of the Volvo XC90 are capable of producing up to 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. This comes from a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder that is both turbocharged and supercharged and an electric motor that powers the rear wheels. An eight-speed automatic gearbox directs overall power to each corner of the XC90, giving it impressive all-weather ability and traction. This kind of power figure makes it something of a performance SUV, with the sprint from 0-60 mph dispatched in 5.3 seconds. That impressive grunt keeps you going to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. With just the electric motor in play, you can still exceed 70 mph on the freeway. This is a well-refined power plant, offering good initial response, strong acceleration, and delightfully smooth gear shifts.

  • Engine
    2.0-liter Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The XC90 is an excellent cruiser, with a firm but supple ride that absorbs bumps with ease, while still retaining the ability to take corners with minimal body roll. It stays stable yet provides comfort, and these qualities are further enhanced with the available air suspension setup. On the top-spec Excellence model, you even get low-noise tires and additional noise insulation, ensuring that nothing gets in the way of your drive being as relaxing as possible. The steering is accurate and the wheel well weighted, but as is common with most electric setups, there isn't much in the way of communication and feel. When it comes to slowing down, the regenerative braking system is not too intrusive and it's relatively easy to come to a smooth stop.

XC90 Hybrid Gas Mileage

Thanks to a 10.4 kWh battery pack, the XC90 T8 can run for 17 miles on electric power alone. On gas alone, the XC90 achieves an official EPA figure of 27 mpg on the combined cycle, with the 18.5-gallon gas tank thus returning an estimated range of 500 miles. With both the electric and gas motors at work, the vehicle achieves a score of 55 MPGe from the EPA. Full charge can be achieved in as little as three hours with a 22 kW fast charger.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
* 2019 Volvo XC90 T8 Momentum eAWD Plug-In Hybrid

XC90 Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

In standard configuration, the XC90 seats seven, with the third row proving relatively easy to get into, but slightly short on headroom and legroom besides for young children. The second row is far better in this respect, and the power-adjustable front seats offer impressive support and comfort even over long journeys, with all body types able to find a good driving position. If you want ultimate rear-seat comfort, the Excellence model comes as standard with four seats for excellent comfort, or you can spec a three-seat configuration for the ultimate in lounging style and luxury.

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 38.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.5 in

XC90 Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

With all seven seats in place, cargo area measures just 11.2 cubic feet, but that is enough for a pair of full-size suitcases to be stacked. Fold the third row in its 50/50 split and you get 34.1 cubic feet. With the 40/20/40 seats of the second row out of the way, you get a massive 85.7 cubes. Rivals like the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and Lexus RX Hybrid lag behind considerably, with less than 60 cubic feet of volume.

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XC90 Hybrid Infotainment and Features

Features

As standard, the XC90 features adaptive cruise control with traffic sign recognition, LED headlights, quad-zone climate control, heated seats, a hands-free power tailgate, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, rear collision alert, post-collision braking, a driver alert monitor, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Ventilated and massaging front seats, a panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled rear cupholders, and even a beverage cooler with a pair of Swedish Orrefors champagne flutes are available, as are features like adaptive LED headlights with auto high beams, a 360-degree camera, automatic parking, adaptive air suspension, and a head-up display. A 12.3-inch digital driver display is also available.

Infotainment

The infotainment system in the Volvo XC90 is Volvo's Sensus setup with a nine-inch vertically-aligned touchscreen display. Along with standard voice control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and USB ports, you can have navigation. Thanks to a software update, the system is now almost flawless, with easy to understand controls and an intuitive interface. As standard, you get a ten-speaker sound system, but a 14-speaker Harman Kardon setup is also available, as is a Bowers and Wilkins 19-speaker surround sound system. Also available is a 13-inch rear touchscreen.

XC90 Hybrid Problems and Reliability

Thus far, the XC90 has been subject to a pair of recalls, the first of which was issued in November 2018. This pertained to a failure to send the location of the vehicle in the event of a crash. The second incident was announced in March of 2020, and was for automatic emergency braking that would not engage.

Should anything go wrong during the ownership period, the XC90 is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty, with battery and hybrid powertrain components covered for double that period. Three years or 36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance have been included too.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

XC90 Hybrid Safety

The XC90 has scored impressively in crash tests, with the NHTSA awarding a full five stars. The IIHS mirrored these sentiments with a Top Safety Pick award for 2019 and top scores of Good in all six tests.

Safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, hill start assist, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, rear collision alert, post-collision braking, a driver alert system, and traffic sign recognition. Also available are front parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, automatic parking, adaptive LED headlights, and a head-up display. Eight airbags are also included as standard, with frontal, side-impact, knee, and curtain airbags.

Verdict: 🏁Is 2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid a good SUV?

The XC90 offers something for pretty much every taste, with the base model providing plenty of space and practicality, as well as numerous features. The R-Design gives a sportier look and feel, and the top trims add further luxury with exquisite Nappa leather upholstery and even features like ventilated and massaging seats, a bottle cooler with its own crystal champagne glasses, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Fuel economy is excellent, available cargo space is at the top of the class by a considerable margin, and the infotainment system is brilliant. Furthermore, a long list of standard safety features is included and every model comes with heated seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, and LED headlights. While pricing on the XC90 is certainly on the premium side, the package that you get is well worth the money.

🚘What's the Price of the 2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid?

The Volvo XC90 starts at a base price of $67,000 for the Momentum model, before a $995 destination charge and any additional fees or rebates. The R-Design starts at $71,950, while the Inscription costs $73,050. The range-topping Excellence model, exclusively available on this hybrid XC90, costs at least $104,900, although a fully loaded model with all available options will likely cost in excess of $120,000.

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🚗What Volvo XC90 Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

Our pick of the bunch here is the Inscription model. In addition to the standard features found on the base model, you also get massaging and ventilated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof. The base model is good, but not as luxurious as this one, while the R-design, with its stiffer suspension sacrifices some comfort. The Excellence model is vastly more opulent than any other, but it's also ridiculously expensive and sacrifices practicality in the pursuit of supreme rear passenger comfort. Thus, the Inscription, with its relatively affordable pricing, impressive standard features, and greater option availability over the base model, is our pick for comfortable and practical family ferrying.

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2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Comparisons

Lexus RX Hybrid Lexus
Tesla Model X
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Volvo XC90 Hybrid400 hpTBC$67,000
Lexus RX Hybrid 308 hp31/28 mpg$46,800
Tesla Model X TBC$79,990

2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid vs Lexus RX Hybrid

The Lexus RX Hybrid is a much more affordable alternative if you're looking for an electrically-assisted luxury mid-size SUV. It starts at a little over $46,200, but produces less power. The 3.5-liter V6 hybrid power plant in this produces 308 hp and 247 lb-ft, lagging far behind the XC90's 400 horses and 472 lb-ft of twist. In addition, the Volvo is equipped as standard with almost every available safety feature and offers better handling ability than the boat-like Lexus. However, the Lexus RX Hybrid offers a combined mpg figure of 30 and has a larger fuel tank. If you're looking for a comfy and fuel-efficient luxury SUV, the RX is tempting, but we'd rather opt for the Volvo with its better luxury features, more comprehensive standard safety systems, and impressive handling and performance.

See Lexus RX Hybrid Review

2019 Volvo XC90 Hybrid vs Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X is a similarly premium SUV, but as it's fully electric, the price is higher than that of the Volvo XC90 T8, starting at almost $85,000. However, it doesn't offer the luxury features that the Volvo does. It doesn't feature massaging or ventilated seats, a bottle cooler, or quad-zone automatic climate control. What it does offer is a unique set of Falcon Wing rear doors, a simple but futuristic design philosophy, and electric motors that produce the equivalent of 518 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque - in the regular version. The Performance model is even more insane, with 761 hp and 730 lb-ft of torque. This makes it a far quicker and faster alternative. However, you can't seat more than five in the Model X as comfortably as in the Volvo. For us, we'd prefer a better all-round package, and the Volvo delivers exactly that.

See Tesla Model X Review

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