The 2020 Volvo XC90 Hybrid is available in three trim levels, namely the Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. All feature the same 2.0-liter twin-charged powertrain connected to an electric motor for outputs of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft. All seat seven as standard, with the top and bottom trims optionable as six seaters.
Being well-specced from the base level, the Momentum comes with a full house of safety features that carries over to the other models, too. This includes the Pilot Assist suite, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear collision warning, automatic braking, and lane keep assist. It rolls on 19-inch wheels and a panoramic roof is stock fitted. Inside, four-zone climate control, leather seats, and a high-performance ten-speaker sound system can be found. The nine-inch Sensus screen is also standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moving to the R-Design adds mostly cosmetic changes, with bespoke exterior trim, wheels, and bumpers, and the interior featuring perforated leather and an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system with 14 speakers. The top-end Inscription adds active bending headlights, ventilated Nappa leather seats, and power side bolsters to the front perches.
Although the levels of luxury and the quality of materials warrant a sturdy price tag, the range of XC90 Hybrids are still expensive - especially in comparison to rivals from Lexus that start at $46,750. The base model T8 Momentum has an MSRP of $67,000, with the R-Design bumping costs up to $72,700. At the top of the range, the T8 Inscription has a sticker price of $73,300, with the entry-level model and the range-topper requiring an extra $500 to equip the six-seater package. These prices exclude a destination charge of $995, as well as any taxes, licensing and registration fees. With options, our test model rang in at $85,790 delivered.
For $500, the Momentum and Inscription trims can be optioned to have six seats instead of seven. Additionally, a heated rear seat and steering wheel package can be bought for $750 to warm the rear-seat passengers too, as well as the wheel beneath your hands. The Advanced Package is available for $2,450, and will add a graphical head-up display, full LED headlights with active bending lights, a surround-view camera, a headlight cleaning system, and front parking assist. Exclusive to the Inscription trim, the Luxury Package adds a heated steering wheel, a Nubuck headliner, massage function to the front seats, and heating for the back perches - it costs $3,100.
A few standalone options are also noteworthy, including a $200 Park Assist Pilot, Adaptive Air Suspension for $1,800, and a posh Bowers and Wilkins Premium sound system at $3,200.
After having experienced every model in Volvo's lineup, our stance remains that the Inscription trim is the one to buy over the similarly-priced but sportier R-Design. All of the R-Design models sacrifice Volvo's fabulous massage seats and ride on a stiffer chassis that hurts the ride comfort. In our opinion, sporty SUVs are better left to the Germans while Volvo perfectly executes on providing a flawless luxury experience.
We'd opt for the slightly less practical (but more accessible) six-seater XC90 T8 Inscription for $73,800. From there, we'd add must-have packages like the $3,100 Luxury Package to get seat massaging, Four Corner Adaptive Air Suspension for $1,800, and the Bowers and Wilkins Premium Sound for $3,200. As described, the XC90 will set you back around $83,540.