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Volvo XC90 2021

The 2021 Volvo XC90 range of configurations is currently priced from $97,900. Our most recent review of the 2021 Volvo XC90 resulted in a score of 8.5 out of 10 for that particular example.

Carsguide Senior Journalist Richard Berry had this to say at the time: The XC90 Recharge makes a lot of sense for a family with a couple of kids, who live and spend most of their time in the city and surrounding suburbs.

You can read the full review here.

This is what Richard Berry liked most about this particular version of the Volvo XC90: Outstanding fuel efficiency, Spacious and practical, Effortless to drive

The 2021 Volvo XC90 carries a braked towing capacity of up to 2400 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Volvo XC90 2021 Price and Specs

The Volvo XC90 2021 is currently available from $97,900 for the XC90 B6 Inscription Mhev up to $134,990 for the XC90 Recharge Phev.

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B5 Momentum Mhev SUV 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO $72,500 $91,630
B6 Inscription Mhev SUV 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO $80,800 $102,190
B6 R-Design Mhev SUV 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO $82,500 $104,280
D5 Inscription (awd) SUV 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $82,000 $103,620
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Volvo XC90 2021 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Volvo XC90 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Which popular mid to large SUV is best for a family?

    This is a really interesting question, because most car-makers tend to quote their products’ luggage capacity in litres, rather than a set of dimensions in each direction. Even then, it’s not that simple as there are different methods fort calculating the cubic capacity of a load space, and the two methods are not readily comparable. It’s also a bit of a con-job, because a figure in litres mean very little to most people, while actual measurements in centimetres would be much more relatable.

    In any case, since you obviously have two kids with cellos and school-bags, it’s clear that you’ll also need the rear seat for at least one passenger, so you need to find a vehicle that either has enough space in the rear with the first two rows of seats in place, or a car that has a split-fold rear seat to allow longer loads (like a cello or two) to pass from the luggage area into the rear seat space. The good news there is that many (if not all) SUVs do, in fact, have this split-fold seat, and that will surely accommodate even a full-sized cello which, after a bit of scratching around, I discovered is about 121cm long.

    If, however, you need to occupy the whole rear seat with passengers, then you need to find an SUV that is wide enough to accept the cellos loaded across (or diagonally across) the car. That won’t be easy, because most vehicles just aren’t that wide inside. Even a conventional full-sized car-based Holden or Ford utility (which aren’t being made any longer) is only about 1400mm wide. And if you check out something like a Hyundai Santa Fe, it’s load area with the third row is feats down is just 1080mm at its narrowest point. Even the huge Hyundai Palisade is just 1111mm across the narrowest point of its load area. There will be areas where the space is wider, but that narrowest point is usually between the rear wheel-arches.

    I’ll also take a punt and suggest that the cellos in question are either in carry-bags or even hard-cases which would add even more to their length. So you might find it very difficult to find anything that will accommodate a 1.2 or 1.3 metre cello lengthways in the luggage area without resorting to folding down half the second-row seat. Even a big car like a Volvo XC90 has just 1220mm of load length with the rear seat in place, and mid-sized station-wagons typically have less than a metre between the tailgate and the rear seat. The best idea might be to make a short-list of cars you’d be happy with and then visit the relevant showrooms with a tape measure (or even a cello) in your hand.

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  • Are the any issues with the transmission or engine in the 2009 Volvo XC90 diesel?

    There are many variables that can determine how reliable or or otherwise a vehicle can be, especially one that's 11-years-old. A full Volvo dealer-stamped service history, careful owners and pure luck all play a role here, and should be a prerequisite. 

    Research shows that the XC90's D5 diesel engine's injectors have been known to fail, and this can be an expensive fix. This may or not be associated with power-loss issues.

    Blown turbos, electrical faults and overheating problems have also been reported multiple times.

    Some earlier XC90s have been known to suffer from complete transmission failure, reportedly preceded by "strange" noises before bringing the car to a total stop. It seems regular full transmission servicing really reduces the instances of this happening, so again, insist on a fully-stamped service book from authorised Volvo dealers or specialists. 

    While not strictly speaking mechanical, the Volvo's sunroof can leak, and this can become very costly to rectify. Neglecting this problem can then lead to electrical failures and water ingress damage inside the cabin.

    Our research shows the XC90 D5 of your vintage is no more likely to break down than most European rival luxury SUVs of the same period, which is reasonably good news, though Japanese alternatives do perform better generally.

    We hope this helps.

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  • Volvo XC90 2008: Is more than 200,000km a worry?

    You’re right to be concerned about buying a car with a high mileage.

    While it’s tempting to buy a car that was once out of our financial reach now that the price has down to a point you can afford it you have to think about the future rather than the now. How long do you plan to keep it, and how many kays will it do while you own it. If you plan to keep it three years it will have close to 300,000 km when you want to sell it. You have to ask yourself if you can afford to have it repaired if something goes wrong. Volvos are no better or worse than other European cars, but like all European brands they tend to be more expensive to repair when they break down. Buying secondhand is not like buying new when all the cars are the same. All secondhand cars are different, they’ve been driven by different people, they’ve been subjected to different climates and road conditions, they’ve been serviced at varying frequencies by different service mechanics, some factory trained, some backyarders, some have done more kilometres than others, etc., etc.

    The best advice is to buy the best car, with the lowest odometer reading, with the best service history, that’s been owned by the fussiest owner.

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  • is the Volvo XC90 worth the extra money over A Mazda CX-9?

    The Volvo XC90 is a terrific luxury SUV, one that offers plenty of high-end technology and luxury appointments, plus with enough room for seven adults if need be. It's an inescapable fact that the Volvo is on the expensive side - if you consider a petrol engine version with sporty styling - the T6 R-Design would be the go-to option - and at about $105,000 before on-road costs and options, you're likely to see a lot of value in a like-for-like comparison against the Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD (which is about $65,000 before on-road costs, and there are hardly any options to choose). 

    The Volvo doesn't excite the senses as much as a Mazda CX-9, and if that's important to you, then we'd suggest the Japanese seven-seat SUV is the better option. But it is hard to argue against the Volvo's driveway cred, and if you can afford it without stretching the budget, then it's definitely worth a test drive. 

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Volvo XC90 2021 Interior

Maybe it’s the minimalist styling which has kept the XC90 looking cutting edge, because even the interior looks like the inside of a very expensive psychiatrist’s office with those leather seats and the brushed aluminium trim.

The vertical display is still impressive even in 2021, and while fully digital instrument clusters are in everything these days the XC90’s has a prestigious look and matches the rest of the cabin in its colours and fonts.

Volvo XC90 2021 Colours

Colours include: Savile Grey, Ice White, Crystal White, Bright Silver, Onyx Black, Denim Blue, Thunder Grey, Pebble Grey and Birch Light.

  • Ice White
  • Savile Grey
  • Crystal White
  • Bright Silver
  • Onyx Black
  • Denim Blue
  • Birch Light
  • Pebble Grey
  • Thunder Grey
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Volvo XC90 2021 Towing capacity

The Volvo XC90’s towing capacity ranges from 0kg to 2400kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Volvo XC90 Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
B5 Momentum Mhev SUV 2.0L,Hyb/PULP,8 SP AUTO 2400kg
D5 Momentum (awd) SUV 2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2400kg
T6 Momentum (awd) SUV 2.0L,PULP,8 SP AUTO 2400kg
D5 Inscription (awd) SUV 2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2400kg
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Volvo XC90 2021 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2021 Volvo XC90 are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 2008mm x 1776mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Volvo XC90 2021 Dimensions  include 1776mm height, 1923mm width, 4953mm length.
Volvo XC90 Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
B5 Momentum Mhev SUV 1776x1923x4953 mm 223 mm
D5 Momentum (awd) SUV 1776x2008x4953 mm 238 mm
T6 Momentum (awd) SUV 1776x2008x4953 mm 238 mm
D5 Inscription (awd) SUV 1776x2008x4953 mm 238 mm
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Volvo XC90 2021 Accessories

The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, so is the nine-inch vertical centre display for media and climate control, there’s also sat nav, a Bowers and Wilkins 19-speaker stereo, wireless phone charging, four-zone climate control, power adjustable front seats, proximity key with auto tailgate and LED headlights.

Volvo XC90 2021 Seats

Volvo XC90 2021 Seats

Volvo XC90 2021 Boot Space

The Volvo XC90 2021 SUV has a boot space size of 651 Litres.
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Volvo XC90 2021 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2021 Volvo XC90 will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Volvo XC90 Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
B5 Momentum Mhev SUV 275x45 R20 275x45 R20
D5 Momentum (awd) SUV 275x45 R20 275x45 R20
T6 Momentum (awd) SUV 275x45 R20 275x45 R20
D5 Inscription (awd) SUV 275x40 R21 275x40 R21
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Volvo XC90 2021 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2021 Volvo XC90 is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Volvo XC90 currently offers fuel consumption from 1.8 to 8.5L/100km. The Volvo XC90 is available with the following fuel types: Hyb/PULP, Diesel and PULP.

Volvo XC90 Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
B5 Momentum Mhev SUV 2.0L,Hyb/PULP,8 SP AUTO 8.2L/100km
D5 Inscription (awd) SUV 2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 5.9L/100km
D5 Momentum (awd) SUV 2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 5.9L/100km
T6 Inscription (awd) SUV 2.0L,PULP,8 SP AUTO 8.5L/100km
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Volvo XC90 2021 Speed

Acceleration is rapid at 5.5 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint.