2020 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Interior and Cargo

Volvo XC90 Hybrid Interior & Cargo Rating

2020 XC90 Hybrid Interior

A strong suit for the Swedes is the absolute attention to detail found in the cabin of their vehicles - and, understandably, even more so on their flagship SUV. With seating configurations for six or seven, depending on trim and your desired outlay inside, there is sufficient space for even taller passengers, with only the highest quality materials used throughout. The driver is spoilt with prime visibility, although rearward perspectives can be slightly more difficult based on the large dimensions of the vehicle and the third row of seats and passengers hindering the view. Ingress is effortless for the first two rows, and - after a long debate amongst designers regarding inboard armrests - both second- and third-row occupants will find getting into their seats relatively easy, too. The Momentum and Inscription trims can be had with either six or seven seats, although the six-seater option obviously creates a more spacious, roomy feel overall.

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Seating and Interior Space

For a mid-sizer, the XC90 feels roomier than many of its competitors. Front seat occupants are treated to 38.9 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom while they enjoy optional heated, ventilated, and massaging seats. Rear seats are heated only and offer 38.5 inches of headroom and 37 inches of legroom. Admirable, but not class-leading. Buyers can opt for a second-row bench of two captain's chairs, which annoyingly lack armrests in favor of easier access to the third row. Even the third-row can squeeze in smaller adults with 36.3 inches of headroom and 31.9 inches of legroom, but six-footers simply won't fit, a fact Volvo acknowledges openly. Opting for the captain's chairs gives third-row passengers a place to spread their legs.

2020 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Interior Dimensions:

Volvo XC90 Hybrid TrimsT8 Momentum Plug-In HybridT8 R-Design Plug-In HybridT8 Inscription Plug-In Hybrid
Headroom Front Seat38.9 in.38.9 in.38.9 in.
Headroom Back Seat38.5 in.38.5 in.38.5 in.
Legroom Front Seat40.9 in.40.9 in.40.9 in.
Legroom Back Seat37 in.37 in.37 in.
Shoulder Room Front57.7 in.57.7 in.57.7 in.
Shoulder Room Rear56.5 in.56.5 in.56.5 in.
Hip Room, Front56 in.56 in.56 in.
Hip Room, Rear56.5 in.56.5 in.56.5 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

The base Momentum trim is available with Charcoal or Blond leather with Black Ash Wood inlays on the dashboard and doors. Opting for the sportier R-Design trim adds perforated leather and swaps out the wood trim for Metal Mesh or optional Carbon Deco panels for $800. The most luxurious Inscription trim has its seats wrapped in expensive Nappa leather with either Linear Walnut or Grey Ash Wood inlays dressing up the cabin. Volvo made sure to cover almost all areas of the cabin with either leather, wood, or carpeting, meaning there are very few hard plastic surfaces left.

2020 XC90 Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

With the third-row of seats left in place, the XC90 Hybrid offers only 11.2 cubic feet of trunk space for your weekly grocery shop - it's not excessive, but it's enough room for all the kids' school bags too. But, the rearmost seats fold down flat (opening up 34.1 cubes), and the second-row stows away easily, too, opening up a grand total of 85.7 cubes of cargo volume. This is staggering in comparison to the 55.9 cubic feet in the RX Hybrid, and the near-60 cubic feet of the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid. Tesla's Model X comes closer to the mark with 81.2 cubes available in the back, and an additional 6.6-cubic-foot frunk. Still, what the XC90 has is impressive, and will go a long way to establishing the XC90 as a brilliant, useful family hauler.

For small items, there are ample nooks and crannies to make use of - numerous cupholders are available for your lattes in the front and back, and there is a well-sized glove box on the front passenger side. All the doors have large pockets, too, and even the back row gets access to small bins for knick-knacks.

2020 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

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2020 Volvo XC90 Hybrid Bed Size:

Volvo XC90 Hybrid TrimsT8 Momentum Plug-In HybridT8 R-Design Plug-In HybridT8 Inscription Plug-In Hybrid
Box Width (Wheelhousings)47.4 in.47.4 in.47.4 in.
Box Height (Area)35 in.35 in.35 in.

2020 XC90 Hybrid Infotainment and Features


Not only is the interior a useful space, but it's also quite plush - a three-spoke leather steering wheel is complemented by an Orrefors crystal gear shifter on our Inscription tester, and the steering wheel can be heated by means of a package add-on, which also equips the rear seats with heating. Four-zone climate control is standard, as are heated front seats that are also power-adjustable and feature memory settings with lumbar support. There are power side-bolsters on the Inscription models, too. Keyless entry and push-button start are standard for all trims, and stop/start technology is also a given. A hands-free power liftgate makes for added convenience by allowing easy loading into the back. A rearview camera, rear park assist, and automatic braking are all stock fitted across the range; together with blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, City Safety Avoidance, driver alert control, pilot assist, and lane keep assist, the XC90 is brimming with driver aids and thoughtful on-board technology.


Volvo's Sensus infotainment system is housed on a nine-inch, vertically-positioned touchscreen that is such a fingerprint magnet, Volvo actually includes a cleaning rag with the ability to turn the screen off for cleaning. But moving past the fingerprints, the system is highly intuitive to use, featuring a smartphone-inspired layout with minimal physical controls. You might think the lack of buttons would be irritating but Volvo executed it well. Previous model year Volvo systems suffered from a slow bootup time but a new processor has solved the issue as of 2019.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, though they are only able to take up around half of the nine-inch real estate. Music is played through a High-Performance audio system with 10 speakers and 224 watts on Momentum trims while R-Design and Inscription trims come with a 14-speaker Harman Kardon system with 600 watts. The piece de resistance is the optional Bowers and Wilkins system, which includes 19 speakers powering 1,400 watts. For $3,200, we can confidently say this is the best car stereo we have ever tested, and the Gothenburg Concert Hall experience it mimics is simply magical.

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