What Do Reviews Say About the Volvo XC90?


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Reviews for the 2016 Volvo XC90 on Edmunds.com are mostly positive, but some are mixed as well. The styling and luxury features are high points for most customers, while electrical issues, an underpowered engine and stiff ride quality highlight the negatives.

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Independent of model, reviewers of all three 2016 XC90 models (Momentum, Inscription and R-Design) are unanimous in their compliments and complaints.

Two customers on Edmunds.com complain of lingering electrical issues that dealerships couldn't remedy. These involve error codes, software problems, battery charge errors and gauges going blank, which are all potentially dangerous faults. Reviewers consistently emphasize the inability of dealerships and engineers to fix known problems. Another main concern is the engine choice; only the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available for all three models. Reviewers complain that this small motor provides very little performance at lower speeds and on hills and gets a mediocre 25 miles per gallon on the freeway.

Most reviewers praise the luxurious and comfortable interior. One reviewer expresses satisfaction that features that come standard on the XC90 are normally extras on other vehicles. These include heated leather power seats, a moon roof, touch-screen navigation, a rear-view camera and a frontal collision warning system. Customers note that the styling is very futuristic and that even the base model includes comprehensive features.

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