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2017 Volvo XC90 Review

The 2017 Volvo XC90 sits in the bottom half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. Its base four-cylinder turbocharged engine comes up short on power for a vehicle of this size, and the ride can be rough over uneven surfaces. This Volvo also has a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious interior design
  • Excellent cargo and passenger space
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • High fuel economy
  • Ride quality waivers over rough roads
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Volvo XC90's #11 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Volvo XC90 has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.6
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Volvo XC90 Overview

Is the 2017 Volvo XC90 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Volvo XC90 is a good choice among used luxury midsize SUVs. It has near-perfect safety ratings and an abundance of standard active safety features. Inside, there’s an elegant interior with premium materials, spacious seating, and expansive cargo room. However, the XC90’s base engine is too weak.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 25 professional evaluations for this 2017 Volvo XC90 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Volvo XC90?

There are 123 listings on our site for the 2017 Volvo XC90. Prices start at $42,600 and top out at $66,800, with an average list price of $50,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Volvo XC90 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Volvo XC90 are estimated to be $31,000. That’s slightly below average for the luxury midsize SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XC90?

The 2018 Volvo XC90 has a starting price of $46,900. While you’ll probably pay less for a 2017 model, the 2018 has some advantages. It comes standard with several active safety features, including standard adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The 2018 XC90 also has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Give the new model a close look before you buy a used model.

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There are some good new luxury midsize SUVs that match the average price of a used 2017 XC90. Some that top our rankings are the 2018 Lexus RX 350 (starting price of $43,470), the 2018 RX 350 Hybrid ($45,895), and the 2018 Audi Q7 ($49,900).

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Which Model Year of the Volvo XC90 Is Best?

The Volvo XC90 was completely redesigned for 2016. There’s no need to purchase the 2017 model unless you want the Excellence trim that debuted that year. This trim comes with a rear-seat center console with a beverage cooler and a touch screen with heating and other controls. You also get a massaging function for all four seats.

We don’t recommend earlier models. There was no XC90 in 2015, but the 2013 and 2014 models simply can’t compete with 2016-and-newer XC90s when it comes to features and style.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Volvo XC90?

The 2017 Volvo XC90 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Volvo XC90 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 XC90 has four open recalls involving curtain air bag bolts that may fail, seat belt components that may detach, a seat belt buckle that may separate, and an air conditioning drain that could affect air bag deployment.

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Which Used Volvo XC90 Model Is Right for Me?

There are four XC90 trims: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence. Each adds different styling as you work your way up the line. Volvo split these up further with three more configurations: T5, T6, and T8.

The base XC90 T5 Momentum trim offers a good combination of price and features with its standard navigation system, 9-inch touch screen, rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and more. You’ll need an XC90 with the stronger T6 engine if you want a third row, or choose the hybrid T8 for maximum fuel efficiency.

The R-Design trim has distinctive wheels and a new grille. Apple CarPlay compatibility and the 12.3-inch gauge cluster display are standard. The Inscription also adapts more conservative exterior styling.

The new-for-2017 Excellence trim is available only in the T8 hybrid configuration with a luxurious four-seat arrangement. The two rear seats are modeled after the front seats and are separated by a center console with a beverage cooler and a touch screen that controls heating, reclining, and the cooler’s temperature. All four seats feature massage and ventilation functions in the Excellence trim.

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What Does Volvo's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volvo offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. All certified pre-owned Volvos come with an unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty providing exclusionary coverage until five years from the new-car purchase date. Additional coverage is available for a fee. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like mobile app connectivity, 24-hour roadside assistance, towing, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

Volvo’s CPO program is one of the better ones available from a luxury automaker. Infiniti, Lexus, Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover are the only programs that are more robust.

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How Safe Is the XC90?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the XC90 a 2017 Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all five safety categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the XC90 five out of five stars in frontal and side crash tests, along with four stars in the rollover test.

All 2017 XC90s come standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road sign detection, forward collision warning, and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

Available features include blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive pivoting headlights (which follow steering wheel inputs), automatic parallel and perpendicular parking. An available adaptive cruise control system matches your speed and following distance to the vehicle ahead of you, and it provides steering adjustments to keep you centered in your lane. 

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2017 Volvo XC90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo XC90 or 2017 Acura MDX?

The 2017 Acura MDX and the XC90 share many similar standard features, including forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and touch-screen infotainment systems. Both can also tow 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. The XC90 has available Apple CarPlay, though, and it boasts a more luxurious interior and a standard navigation system. The MDX doesn’t support CarPlay. Both vehicles have low predicted reliability ratings, but the MDX’s lower operating cost estimates give it the slight edge.

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo XC90 or 2017 Audi Q7?

Unlike the XC90, the 2017 Audi Q7 comes standard with all-wheel drive, which isn’t available for the base XC90. The Q7 also has adept handling that remains composed around corners. In most other ways - cabin quality, operating costs, and predicted reliability – the Q7 and XC90 are similar. However, the Q7’s better performance earns it our recommendation.

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2017 XC90 Performance

How Does the 2017 Volvo XC90 Drive?

Considering its size, the 2017 XC90 has minimal body roll and stays stable through turns. However, it can deliver a muddled ride. The ride is pleasant on well-paved surfaces, but the trip gets bouncy on rough pavement. Some XC90 T6 and T8 models have an air suspension setup with adjustable driving modes that improve ride quality.

The 2017 XC90 is available with three different turbocharged engines. The base T5 engine is a 250 horsepower four-cylinder that feels slightly underpowered for the XC90’s heft. The T6’s supercharged and turbocharged 316-horsepower engine is a better bet. The best of the bunch is the 400-horsepower T8, which combines the twin-charged T6 engine with an electric motor. All models come with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2017 Volvo XC90 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base XC90 T5 (front-wheel drive) has an EPA rating of 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive pulls that rating down to 22/25 mpg city/highway. The XC90 T6 models get 20/25 mpg city/highway.

The XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid is one of the most efficient SUVs in the luxury midsize SUV segment, returning 25 mpg between city and highway driving. It can also travel for up to 14 miles using electric power only.

2017 Volvo XC90 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 Volvo XC90 can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

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2017 XC90 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 XC90 Seat?

There are three seating configurations for the 2017 XC90. The T5 has five seats, while the T6 and T8 models seat seven. The top-of-the-line T8 Excellence model only has room for four, with a second-row beverage cooler and console between the seats.

All seats are comfortable and supportive, even for long drives. The rear seats slide back and recline. All except taller adults should find the available third row spacious, which is common in this segment.

Power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, front-seat power-adjustable cushion extensions, and massaging and cooling seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Volvo XC90?

The 2017 XC90 features full LATCH equipment in each of its outboard second-row seats. The middle position has an upper tether only. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the XC90’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable, noting that the LATCH connectors are located deep in the seat cushion or are hard to find.

2017 Volvo XC90 Features

The XC90’s infotainment system features a 9-inch vertically mounted touch screen that responds to smartphone-like gestures. Standard features include navigation, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include Apple CarPlay, four-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch gauge cluster display, and a center console with a beverage cooler and a touch screen that controls heating, reclining, and the cooler’s temperature.

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2017 Volvo XC90 Dimensions

Volvo XC90 Cargo Space

The XC90’s cargo capacity is among the best in the luxury midsize SUV class. There’s 15.8 cubic feet of space behind the available third row, 41.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and 85.7 cubic feet with both rows folded.

2017 XC90 Length and Weight

The 2017 Volvo XC90 is 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,519 to 5,112 pounds, depending on how it is equipped.

Where Was the 2017 Volvo XC90 Built?

Volvo manufactured the 2017 XC90 in Sweden.

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