Pairing two powertrain options, T5 and T6 denominations indicating turbocharged and twin-charged four-cylinder engines respectively, and three specification levels of Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription, the non-hybrid XC90 lineup comprises six trim configurations. Adding to the customization, T6-equipped Momentum and Inscription variants can be had with six seats while all other configurations boast seven. The T5 powertrain is available with both front and all-wheel drivetrains, while the T6 is exclusively all-wheel driven.
For the most part, standard equipment is comprehensive across the range, with full-LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, quad-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, and a portrait-orientation infotainment screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, HD Radio, and Bluetooth functionality. A 12.3-inch digital display caters to instrumentation, while a comprehensive driver-assist suite includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, semi-autonomous functionality, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
With a plethora of powertrains, seating configurations, and specification levels, the Volvo XC90 covers a broad price range. At a base level, the T5-equipped Momentum carries a base price of $49,000, increasing to $55,600 for the T5 R-Design. Both can be upgraded to AWD for a fee of $2,500. The cost of a Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum is pegged at $56,950 for the seven-seater and $57,450 on the six-seater while the MSRP of the T6 R-Design is $62,650. The T6 Inscription asks $63,250 for the seven-seater and an extra $500 for the six-seater. The plug-in hybrid Recharge can be had in three trims, the Recharge Expression starting at $63,450, the R-Design for $69,150, and the Inscription at $69,750. The six-seater adds $500. Pricing excludes Volvo's destination charge of $995 and hybrid prices do not include incentives or possible tax rebates.
Despite being absolutely jam-packed with features, a few key packages exist to sweeten the deal further. A Climate Package adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and heated windscreen washers for $750, while the $2,400 Advanced Package includes a head-up display, 360-degree camera, and ambient interior lighting, diminishing in price to $1,700 and $1,500 on the upper trims due to certain features being included already. On the Momentum, a Harman Kardon 14-speaker sound system is an $800 standalone option. Both the R-Design and Inscription can be upgraded with a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system at $3,200, the Park Assist Pilot for $200, or four-corner air suspension for $1,800. Exclusive to the Inscription is the $,1700 Lounge Package, adding a massaging function for the front seats and a Nubuck headlining.
Due to the size of the XC90, we'd immediately recommend steering clear of the less powerful T5 engine and instead opt for the T6. This gives you an impressive amount of power, but without the exorbitant cost of the plug-in hybrid Recharge. From there, it's all about what equipment you want. The Momentum is already well equipped if you're looking for something special on somewhat of a budget, but the Volvo XC90's charm is in its luxury. For that reason, we'd suggest springing for the seven-seat T6 Inscription. We'd spec the Denim Blue premium paint, the Amber leather upholstery, and both the Advanced and Lounge packages. The air suspension is a must-have for the best possible ride quality, and the Bowers & Wilkins sound system simply can't be recommended enough. All in, it's an MSRP of $72,095 excluding destination.
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