I never thought I’d be an SUV kinda gal. I love my minivan and I love my smaller cars for commutes without the kids, but after driving my MIL’s SUV around for the past few days I have to say, I may be swayed to get one myself.

I’ve been eying the Volvo XC90 because it has so many cool features that make it seem a little less big bulky SUV and more family vehicle with luxury in mind.

Who the Volvo XC90 works for

  • Big families or families that need third-row seating
  • Families on the go with lots of stops during the day
  • Buyers looking for a minivan alternative that offers spacious seating for 6 or 7 passengers
  • Professionals who carpool and want a luxury car
  • Buyers who need all-wheel drive capability
  • Buyers who want the luxury and safety that Volvo promises

How much do I need out of the piggy bank?

The nice thing about Volvo is that each trim level is inclusive of a number of features to fit any budget; then, you can add a few packages that add more luxury, technology and drive capability to the car if you’d like to have some extras or the added stuff is in your spending plans.

The four different trims are:

  • Momentum, the base model, which has a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, leatherette upholstery, hands-free liftgate, multiple drive modes, a suite of active safety features and pilot assist semi-autonomous driver assistance with adaptive cruise control, is $47,700
  • R-Design, which adds sporty style details, a premium Harman Kardon sound system and the large 12.3″ display screen that has won the hearts of critics and customers, starts at $54,950
  • Inscription, which adds more luxury including premium design details, Napa leather upholstery, a premium Bowers & Wilkins sound system, and hill descent assist, starts at $61,750
  • Excellence, the top of the line, is the highest priced trim package, adding the most powerful 400PH plug-in hybrid engine, head up display, a crystal Orrefors gear shift knob and massaging front seats, starts at $104,900
  • Among the engine choices, all-wheel drive adds $2,500; upgrade to the 4-cylinder turbo 316 horsepower AWD engine for $6,100; upgrade to the 400 horsepower AWD plug-in hybrid, which has a range of 19 miles on a full charge, for an additional $6,100
  • Among the option packages are Heated Seats and Steering Wheel ($750), the Advanced Package with 360-degree surround view camera, park assist pilot that steers you into a parking spot–both perpendicular and parallel– while you control speed, head up display and active bending headlights ($2,500) and the Luxury package that adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and massaging front seats ($3,100).

What I love about the XC90

One of my favorite things about the XC90 is that the hybrid model gets up to 62 MPGe! I never thought I’d get that kind of gas mileage with an SUV, but here we are.

In addition to the excellent gas mileage, there is room for seven to travel in comfort. Lots of space is important since we are a family of six. Plus there is 85.7 cu.ft. of cargo space as well.

When you are hauling around six people you need room for everyone’s stuff or any trip you take is going to be a bust.

Designed to help keep you safe

From seats tested on dozens of different body types to an automatic braking system that helps protect pedestrians, the XC90 is designed to keep you safe whether you’re in the car or not. It even monitors your blind spots and gently assists your steering to help you avoid collisions.

Explore the features

Discover the XC90, the SUV that is the epitome of modern Scandinavian design, luxurious Swedish craftsmanship and innovative technology.

Learn more by visiting your Volvo Dealer and take a test drive today!

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