New Volvo XC90 India review, test drive

    Volvo’s flagship SUV, the XC90 comes with a lot of promise and a competitive price tag. We take it for a spin.

    Published on Sep 09, 2015 01:28:00 PM


    However, what we didn’t like is the firm ride at low speeds, as the suspension crashes through some sharp-edged potholes. While some of this firmness might be because of the 20-inch wheels, the suspension in particular feels a bit tight-kneed. The handling is quite safe and predictable, body control is good in Dynamic mode and there is less of float that you would expect in a vehicle so big.

    Should I buy it?

    The XC90 is already off to a good start. Volvo’s Gothenburg plant in Sweden is running a third shift to cater to global demand and The brand has seen plenty of success here too. Volvo says it already has 266 pre-delivery bookings in India. The Swedish carmaker seems to have finally got it right with the XC90. As a package it is brilliant, and is competitively priced as well at Rs 77.90 lakh for the top-spec inscription trim. 

    As things stand, the XC90 offers a lot of bang for your buck, and as an overall package it seems to hold a lot of promise. The diesel engine is a delight, the interiors are probably the best seen on any luxury SUV, also the car is nice, easy and effortless to drive. The cabin has a modern air to it and the Inscription version offers quite a decent value too; especially considering the equipment on offer.

    Yes, the ride is a bit stiff-kneed at low speeds, the gearbox can be slow and getting in and out of the third row needs plenty of contortions, but the new Volvo XC90 is a breath of fresh air and a hugely capable luxury SUV you should seriously consider, if you are in the market for one.   

    Selvin Jose

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