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PERFORMANCE, ELEGANCE MAKE VOLVO XC90 A WINNER

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It is one of the finest vehicles we have driven in years. Thoroughly redesigned for 2016, the XC90 blew our mind away with, not just its outward appearance, but also the fresh power train and an amply lush cabin.
Under the hood resides an all-new T6 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged and supercharged engine putting out 316 horsepower @ 5700 rpm and 295 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. You cannot find a smoother transmission than the 8-speed Volvo engineers have installed in the luxury SUV. And the start-stop feature (automatic engine stop when the vehicle halts) ensures substantial savings in fuel and weight. The front-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle can take off 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds and reach top speed of 130 mph.
The fresh suspension with more aluminum parts than its predecessor gets a front double wishbone with coil springs and rear integral axle. One can always count on the electric power-assist rack-and-pinion steering for an unparalleled driving experience. Drive modes available are comfort, eco, dynamic, off-road and individual.
Our XC90 was equipped with the optional $4,000 R-Design trim, which meant an R-Design front grille and lower spoiler, LED headlights and the Thor hammer-like daytime running lights, alloy wheels, etc. The well-appointed interior gets an adaptive 12.-3 inch digital instrument panel. Cargo capacity is a remarkable 85.7 cubic feet of space overall with 41.8 cubic feet behind the second-row 40/20/40 seat and 15.8 behind the third row. Volvo Sensus infotainment, with a distinct vertical 9-inch display touch screen, is essentially made up of four tiles: navigation, media, phone and user-defined. Activate one and watch it expand while keeping the other tiles visible for future use. Also included are panoramic moon roof, 10-way power front seats, four-zone auto climate control, and power tilt/telescopic steering column and tailgate.
The Chinese-owned but Swedish-made car company is legendary for safety. Continuing the tradition, the XC90 gets dual front and side airbags, driver knee airbag, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, anti-whiplash front seats, rear park assist and camera, side impact protection system, dynamic stability and traction control, City Safety (brakes automatically to help prevent a rear-end collision), tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
As we said at the outset, this Volvo is special, unique in every way. For a 4,627-pound vehicle, it is an exceptionally powerful and poised ride, thanks to an all-new engine, suspension and chassis. The XC90 is a fantastic combination of performance and style that should appeal to potential luxury SUV buyers who can afford to spend $50,000 and beyond.

XC90 (AWD)
Wheelbase: 117.5 inches
Length: 194.8 inches
Fuel capacity: 18.8 gallons
City: 20 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Web site: www.volvo.com

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