Since its introduction in 2002, the Volvo XC90 upscale sport utility has earned more than 100 awards around the world including “SUV of the Year.” From the start, automotive reviewers praised the XC90 for resolving the complaints many buyers had with the truck-like qualities of early seven-seat SUVs. The XC90 successfully matched the roominess and ruggedness of its full-size competitors while delivering the elegance, comfort, road manners and signature safety of a premium Volvo sedan. The Volvo XC90 takes all those winning virtues to the next level for 2013 thanks to a comprehensive renovation both inside and out.
The 2013 Volvo XC90 benefits from the most significant refurbishment since the model’s debut with Volvo designers incorporating 322 unique changes to the vehicle. Of course, the XC90 will continue to provide the same stellar advantages it always has in terms of capability, luxury, all-weather performance and superior value. Here’s a detailed look at some of the highlights among the new changes, as well as an overall profile of the premium seven-seat SUV from Volvo.
Volvo offers the new 2013 XC90 in two versions: The value-laden 3.2 model and the enthusiast-oriented R-Design.
In either guise, the XC90 features a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder making 240 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque. The engine’s variable geometry intake system ensures instantaneous power delivery when you dip into the throttle and strong acceleration through the rev band. Long recognized as a steward of the environment among premium automakers, Volvo also equips the XC90 with fast-response emission control technology, helping it meet stringent Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) emissions standards.
Power flows to the front wheels through a standard six-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission, which offers a Winter Mode and the option of shifting gears for yourself. All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction is available for drivers looking for even stronger grip and enhanced handling in all conditions.
No one questions the commitment to safety demonstrated in every vehicle Volvo makes. The XC90 is no exception to the rule, offering a wide spectrum of passive and active safety systems. Inside, occupants are protected by such advances as a Boron Steel Reinforced Passenger Compartment, a Rollover Protection System and a ring of lifesaving airbags.
On the road, cutting-edge driver-aid technology protects you and your passengers at speed. Dynamic Stability and Traction Control leads a list that also boasts Roll Stability Control and four-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes with Emergency Brake Assistance and Electronic Brake Distribution. Underscoring the carmaker’s dedication to keeping its customers safe, for the past four years in a row, the XC90 has earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Along with unmatched safety, the XC90 also keeps you and your family happy over the long haul with a fore-and-aft sliding, 40/20/40-split second-row seat, as well as 85.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo room.
Leading the list of new features for 2013 is an array of exterior refinements, starting with LED daytime running lights, a redesigned silver front-bumper bar and LED brakelights and light guides. Enhancing the already sleek lines of the XC90 are body-colored-coordinated doorsill moldings, wheel arches and front and rear bumpers. Chrome adorns the side-mirror caps while the roof rails are now silver with matching silver footers. The 3.2 model also gets new THALIA 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, new Sanded Silver inlays join the broad mix of standard amenities, along with instrument and audio-display lighting done in white, a three-spoke sport leather steering wheel and a leather strap on the rear tailgate.
Befitting its status as an SUV for driving enthusiasts, the R-Design features distinct updates that emphasize its sporty nature. These include a new high-gloss black-mesh grille, matte-chrome mirror caps and side-window frames and IXION 19-inch diamond-cut aluminum wheels.
For 2013, the Premium Plus trim level on the 3.2 model gains Sovereign Hide Soft Leather trim, Red Wood inlays and a Red Wood gearshift knob. The package also includes a HomeLink® integrated garage door opener, a digital compass mounted in the rearview mirror and Active Dual Xenon Headlights (standard on the R-Design).
The Platinum trim level continues to offer all the same features as Premium Plus, along with a 650-watt Volvo Premium Audio System with Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround-Sound, a navigation system with Map Care, Real-Time Traffic and Voice Control and a Rear Park Assist Camera.
Rain Sensor Windshield Wipers join the list of standard features on both models, as do headlamp washers. New additions to the standalone options list include a Red Wood steering wheel (on 3.2 models equipped with the Premium Plus or Platinum Trim Packages) and 18-inch SITULA aluminum alloy wheels (available on the base 3.2 only).
Yet one more value advantage: Service intervals are increased from 7,500 miles to 10,000 miles for 2013, and the XC90 now uses full synthetic motor oil, which offers superior engine protection.
Following a thorough evaluation of the XC90, editors at Popular Science magazine announced, “From the boron-reinforced roof, to the technology monitoring occupants, to the anti-rollover system, the XC90 actually has managed to swing the technology pendulum in favor of SUVs as compared to conventional sedans. It does this with an elegant, long-lasting design and a highly functional interior package. In short, it does almost anything you would want a vehicle to do…” Come write your own glowing review by contacting us to schedule a test drive of the new 2013 Volvo XC90 full-size premium crossover.