2014 Volvo XC90 Review, Feature and Images – The Volvo XC90 got fresh styling and a revised interior for the 2013 model year, the most significant updates since the seven-passenger SUV was launched as a 2003 model. The XC90’s appearance was previously freshened for 2007, and sporty R-Design models joined the lineup for 2009. Because it’s been in the Swedish automaker’s lineup for so many years without a full redesign, Volvo’s largest sport-utility is dated, compared to rival premium-level SUVs. Reviewers liked the 2014 Volvo XC90’s upscale interior, but they said rivals have more powerful engines, more spacious cabins and more intuitive tech features.
The 2014 Volvo XC90 comes standard with a six-cylinder engine that critics said feels underpowered. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard and reviewers found that it works fairly well, but commented it can downshift slowly at times. The 2014 XC90 gets up to 16/25 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA, which is low for the class. Most auto journalists said the XC90 has communicative steering and is composed when cornering. Critics reported that the brake pedal feels numb.
Reviewers said the 2014 Volvo XC90’s interior is well-constructed with quality materials. They wrote that the first-row seats are comfortable and supportive but that the second and third rows are rather cramped. Overall cargo space is good for the class, but there is very little room behind the third row. Standard features include leather seats, an eight-speaker stereo system, an integrated booster seat in the center second-row seat, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control and rear parking sensors. Heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, a rear-seat entertainment system, an upgraded stereo system and navigation are available. Auto writers reported that the navigation system isn’t user-friendly.
Safety features on all models include dual-stage frontal and side-impact airbags for front passengers, and curtain-type head-protection airbags for all outboard seats. A rollover protection system senses an impending vehicle rollover, tightens the seatbelts and deploys the curtain airbags. The seats feature Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System, which moves them back and downward if the vehicle is hit from behind, reducing neck snap. Rear park assist is standard on all models. Active safety features include advanced four-channel antilock brakes, an electronic stability program, and Roll Stability Control, which uses a gyroscopic sensor to reduce the possibility of a rollover by applying brakes and modulating engine power. The 2014 Volvo XC90 earned Top Safety Pick Plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a lobbying organization for the insurance industry.
The 2014 Volvo XC90 comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, rear parking sensors and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include a backup camera, blind spot monitoring, an upgraded stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system and a navigation system.
Some critics say the XC90 has intuitive controls, but others note that the optional navigation system is difficult to use, and that its display washes out easily in bright sunlight.