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Review: Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid charges into lead
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Mark Phelan - June 8, 2016


With vehicles like the 2016 XC90 T8 Inscription plug-in hybrid SUV, Volvo could give the rest of the auto industry an inferiority complex. After all, the Swedish brand famous for boxy looks and stellar safety essentially took five years off after Ford sold it to Chinese automaker Geely.

So where does Volvo get off, taking a half-decade sabbatical between new vehicles and then introducing SUVs that make other luxury brands’ best efforts seem barely relevant?

The XC90 seven-passenger SUV mopped the floor with Germany, Japan and Detroit’s best efforts last year. It won a shelf-full of accolades, including the Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards.

As other automakers went back to their drawing boards, Volvo followed up this year with a model that sets the benchmark for plug-in hybrid family haulers.

The XC90 T8 — T8 designates the hybrid powertrain, which Volvo also calls “twin engine” — adds a lithium ion battery and a pair of electric motors to the conventional model. The result is higher power and fuel economy, but significantly more weight and cost. The hybrid is only available in all-wheel drive. Prices for the T8 start at $68,100. The hybrid compares best to the up-level $55,400 XC90 T6 Inscription, a stinging price premium.

I tested a loaded XC90 T8 Inscription. Features included voice recognition, wood and leather trim, a simple iPad-style touch screen, pedestrian and cyclist detection and avoidance, automatic low-speed braking, Bowers & Wilkins audio, navigation, blind-spot alert, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure assist, Bluetooth phone and audio compatibility, Apple CarPlay and much more. It stickered at $83,010. All prices exclude destination charges.

In many ways, the XC90 T8 has no competition...

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I'm seriously considering an XC90 T6 as replacement for my Grand Cherokee.

The T8 - while technically very interesting - is no choice for me due to its price - our lousy lease-offer, to be exact. If I'm not mistaken, the monthly payment for a loaded T8 is north of $1,300 which is certainly not for me.

However, for the current $800/month I'm paying on my Jeep, I could get a very well equipped T6 Momentum+ with all options available at that trim-level (and those are quite a few!). I'm pretty sure that's what I'm going to do next spring.
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Volvo's hopes for S90 flagship
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Volvo Car USA expects to sell about 15,000 of its new S90 flagship in a full year and capture about 5 percent of the midsize import sedan segment.

Volvo estimates the S90, which goes on sale next month, will compete in a segment of about 300,000 vehicles, said Anders Robertson, product manager for the 90 cluster at Volvo Car USA. The 90 family includes the XC90 crossover that went on sale last year, the S90 sedan and its T8 plug-in electric variant, the V90 station wagon, V90 Cross Country and most likely a long-wheelbase model...

...In the United States, Volvo will launch three other 90 variants next year: the V90 station wagon, the V90 Cross Country and the T8 plug-in hybrid sedan. Volvo did not provide timing or pricing for the other models. The company expects to sell about 1,000 station wagons annually in the small segment in which very few Europeans compete, Robertson said.

The V90 Cross Country, which rides higher than the station wagon or sedan, will replace the XC70 that goes out of production this year, Robertson said. Volvo sells about 5,000 XC70s a year in the United States and hopes sales of the new Cross Country can reach that level, he said.

Another model is possible -- an extended-wheelbase S90 primarily for China where similar sized E-class and 5-series cars are sold. Although that car's size will approach that of vehicles in the next larger segment, Volvo will not compete with the Mercedes-Benz S class or the BMW 7 series because that segment is so small, said Peter Mertens, senior vice president of r&d for Volvo Car Corp.

But Volvo won't rule out a crossover larger than the XC90 that would compete with the Mercedes-Benz GL or upcoming BMW X7 when it completes its product cycle renewal in three years, Mertens said...

...reflects Volvo's goal of "relaxed confidence"...

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I would seriously consider this fine S90 sedan if it wasn't for the fact the nearest dealer and Volvo mechanic is 130 miles away. When I called the internet manager of that dealership he said they would provide a loaner anytime I needed it and Volvo would tow me if necessary to the nearest authorized dealership no matter how far. Still, if I had a real problem car or, heaven forbid, a lemon, such a distance would be impossible for me. But I give Volvo credit, I think they got it right with this car. Now lets see if a 4 banger (supercharger and turbo notwithstanding) will resonate with the luxury sedan segment.
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I would seriously consider this fine S90 sedan if it wasn't for the fact the nearest dealer and Volvo mechanic is 130 miles away. When I called the internet manager of that dealership he said they would provide a loaner anytime I needed it and Volvo would tow me if necessary to the nearest authorized dealership no matter how far. Still, if I had a real problem car or, heaven forbid, a lemon, such a distance would be impossible for me. But I give Volvo credit, I think they got it right with this car. Now lets see if a 4 banger (supercharger and turbo notwithstanding) will resonate with the luxury sedan segment.
I hear you -- nothing drives home the size of Texas like car trouble. On Memorial day we broke down just south of Sonora, TX (and I10 town in W Texas). That was after already covering 90 miles in the middle of even more of nothing, and we barely had any signal to call for a tow to Sonora -- a town of 3 streetlights and 4 mechacnics .... 4 hours away from Austin ...

All this says -- I do not blame you for not wanting a new car that requires 5 hours of driving juts to get to the dealer and back.
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I have been to Sonora and know what you mean. It is wonderful deer hunting and the Texas Hill Country is very beautiful but if you get stranded it might be a while before they get to you. It makes me appreciate my Mercedes dealer who is 40 miles away. If I need an oil change or anything else I simply call them up and they come out to get the car, leaving a nice loaner for me to use until they return my car (they usually leave a nice little C class). They bring back my car all nice and washed, I tip the driver nicely and he remembers me the next time. What a convenience and time saver which now days is more important to me than money - and yes, MB are expensive and so is the cost of repairs and service.

Although I am now looking at several 2017 sedans (S90, XF, MKZ/Continental and LaCrosse), the E class is looking better and better not only because of the excellence of the brand and model but also because of the superb dealership experience I have had over the past four years.
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Volvo V90 to Start at $49,950
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posted by Sebastien Bell on 8 February 2017

...Available in two trims, the V90 R-Design will start at $49,950, while the Inscription will start at $51,950.

Both come standard with the T5 drive train that sends 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. Both are also available with T6 drive train that sends power to all four wheels and produces 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque for $6,000 more.

The R-Design and the Inscription trims both come with Volvo’s 8-speed automatic transmission, but the while the R-Design comes with a sport chassis, the Inscription comes with Volvo’s dynamic chassis.

The real differences have to do with luxury. Nappa leather, ventilated seats, and more comfortable seats are all the sole remit of the V90 Inscription...
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They really need the AWD on the T5 as well.

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The V90 is a very handsome wagon.
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