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2014 Volvo XC90 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Volvo XC90 was new.


Interior: 7.4

Reviewers say the interior of the 2014 Volvo XC90 is well-built and features premium materials. They are also impressed with the front seats, which they think are some of the most supportive and comfortable in the class. However, automotive journalists write that the second- and third-row seats are small for a luxury midsize SUV. Maximum cargo space is good for the class with the second and third rows folded, but some test drivers note that there isn’t much cargo room with all seats in use. Some critics note that the XC90 has user-friendly controls, while others think that they could be arranged better.

  • "The 2014 Volvo XC90 boasts a stylish interior that looks especially sharp done up in the available upgraded leather upholstery and genuine wood trim." -- Edmunds
  • "Materials look nice, and assembly quality is very good." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The 2014 Volvo XC90 seats up to seven in three rows of seats. Leather seating is standard and heated front seats are optional. The XC90 also offers a built-in booster seat in the center second-row seat. Test drivers agree that the front seats are some of the most comfortable and supportive among luxury midsize SUVs, but they say that the second-row seats are small compared to the XC90’s rivals’. Critics think that the third-row seats are very cramped, and that accessing them can be a pain, even for children.

  • "Supportive side bolstering, plush padding and creamy leather trim make for some of the most comfortable front seats in its class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Second- and third-row passengers will find things a bit more cramped, however, especially compared to the more spacious digs offered by a number of competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Access to the 3rd row is very difficult, even for the kids who would be most comfortable back there." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "A standard third-row seat allows for a maximum seating capacity of seven, but it's a tight squeeze in back." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

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.

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  • "While most gauges and controls are well-placed and user-friendly, the optional navigation system has an outdated design that is further hampered by unintuitive controls located on the back of the steering wheel or on a separate remote control." -- Edmunds
  • "The Volvo XC90's interior layout strays from the typical form-over-function designs of its competitors. While it can be outfitted with warm wood and sumptuous leather, XC90 designers focused primarily on clever ergonomics and distinguishable controls." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The audio and navigation systems in particular are rather confusing. The navigation screen is hard to read in bright light." -- Consumer Guide


The 2014 Volvo XC90 has 85.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 43.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 8.8 cubic feet behind the third row. The XC90 has a good amount of overall cargo space for the class, but SUVs like the Acura MDX offer significantly more cargo space behind the third row. Automotive journalists are disappointed with the amount of cargo space available when all seats are in use, but they think the XC90’s tailgate/liftgate combo makes loading cargo easy because it has a two-piece split opening.

  • "However, there are just 8.8 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seat, a reality that will make it difficult to carry seven passengers and their luggage without using a rooftop cargo carrier." -- Edmunds
  • "Loading cargo is quite easy thanks to the ‘clamshell’ tailgate that opens in two pieces. Unfortunately, the upper part doesn't rise high enough to clear a 6-footer's head." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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