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Volvo XC90 2023 Review

Volvo XC90 2023 Review

Volvo XC90 2023 Review

Volvo XC90 2023 Review  The various trim levels of the 2023 Volvo XC90 have been given fancier names. Core, Plus, and Ultimate have replaced Momentum and Inscription as the available levels of customization, respectively. Volvo has abolished its gas-only T5 and T6 engines and replaced them with four-cylinder-turbo B5 and B6 mild-hybrid powertrains in an effort to convert its complete lineup into an electric one. This move was made in an effort to change its entire lineup into an electrified one. In addition, Volvo has introduced three new metallic exterior colors: Bright Dusk, Platinum Grey, and Silver Dawn. However, the company has eliminated six paint options that were previously available as options. The exterior of the XC90 now comes in two new color schemes: Bright and Dark. The Dark motif replaces all chrome or glossy trim elements with high-gloss black components. The heated steering wheel, back seats, and a headlamp cleaning system are all included in the brand-new Climate package, which is only available on Core models. A new Lounge kit, which is available on Ultimate models, has a nubuck suede-like headliner and front seat backrests that massage the driver and front passenger. New a la carte options include a head-up display, a Harman Kardon audio sound system, wheels measuring 20 inches for the Core trim, and wheels measuring 21 inches for the Plus trim.

The Performance, the Engine, and the Transmission

Volvo has electrified several of the XC90's engine options in an effort to improve the vehicle's fuel economy. Even though a completely electric version of the XC90 is not currently available, the base model, the Core, is equipped with a 48-volt electric motor that is attached to a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This configuration results in a combined output of 247 horsepower. The output may be increased to 295 horsepower by upgrading to the B6 engine, which is optional on the Plus trim level but comes standard on the Ultimate trim level. Not only is the 455-horsepower T8 plug-in hybrid XC90 Recharge the most powerful of the bunch, but it is also the most efficient, earning an EPA-estimated 66 miles per gallon equivalent. Every single XC90 comes standard with all-wheel drive as well as an automatic transmission with eight different gear ratios, regardless of the trim level or the powerplant.

Towing Capacity as well as Payload Capacity

Those who are interested in towing boats, trailers, and other toys should be aware that not every XC90 is capable of pulling the maximum amount of weight that the model is rated to tow, which is 5000 pounds. Even while every XC90 equipped with the 295-horsepower B6 powerplant and every XC90 PHEV is capable of pulling that much, the base Core model's 247-horsepower B5 motor is rated for 4,000 pounds. It makes no difference to these ratings whether you're driving a six- or seven-seater XC90; it's all about the powerplant.

Economy on fuel and actual miles per gallon

The XC90 gets fuel-economy ratings that are comparable to those of many of its six-cylinder competitors, with the exception of the plug-in hybrid engine that comes standard on the T8 model. The EPA estimates that the B5 powertrain with 247 horsepower will achieve 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the B6 powertrain with 295 horsepower will get 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the interstate. According to the EPA, the XC90 Recharge T8 has a fuel efficiency rating of 66 miles per gallon equivalent and can go up to 36 miles on battery power alone. During our real-world highway fuel economy test at 75 mph, the XC90 Recharge did not live up to its EPA rating. It earned only 58 MPGe and was only able to drive 29 miles on battery power alone. Visit the website of the EPA for further details on the XC90's efficiency in terms of fuel consumption.