2022 Volvo XC90 Review: The Luxury SUV, Scandinavian-style

In a sea of similar midsize luxury SUVs, the Volvo XC90 still stands apart.

Review QuickTakes:

Equipped with three rows of seats and capacity for up to seven passengers, the 2022 Volvo XC90 is the company’s flagship SUV. The design is now seven years old, but it doesn’t look dated thanks to timelessly handsome styling. It comes with traditional gas engines or a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) powertrain, and all but the most affordable model includes standard all-wheel drive.

What’s New for the 2022 Volvo XC90?

Volvo made few changes to the 2022 XC90. Navigation is standard for all models, and Volvo reserves the sporty R-Design trim for the XC90 Recharge PHEV lineup. Otherwise, the XC90 carries on while Volvo readies an electric replacement for the model.

2022 Volvo XC90 Price and Configurations

For the 2022 model year, Volvo XC90 prices range from the low $50,000s to the mid $70,000s, and the crossover SUV comes in T5, T6, and Recharge T8 model series.

The T5 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). A turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine powers the T6 and pairs with standard AWD. The Recharge T8 features a plug-in hybrid powertrain supplying 18 miles of electric-only range before switching to gas-electric hybrid operation. It includes electronic AWD.

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Volvo sells the 2022 XC90 in four trim levels:

Volvo XC90 Momentum — Available only for the XC90 T5 and T6, Momentum trim equips the SUV with 19 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and front and rear park-assist sensors. Inside, the XC90 Momentum features simulated leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, a four-zone automatic climate control system with PM 2.5 filtration, and a 12.3 inch digital instrumentation panel. The 9 inch touchscreen infotainment system adds standard navigation this year and continues to offer smartphone integration with Apple and Android support, Wi-Fi access, and wireless smartphone charging.

Volvo also equips every 2022 XC90 with numerous driver-assist and collision avoidance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert with automatic rear braking. Oncoming Lane Mitigation is also standard, helping XC90 drivers avoid collisions with oncoming vehicles.

Volvo XC90 Inscription Expression — Available only for the Recharge T8, this trim provides a more affordable pathway to owning the PHEV model. It is essentially the same as the Momentum trim described above.

Volvo XC90 R-Design — This year, Volvo limits R-Design trim to the XC90 Recharge T8 lineup. It features Inscription Expression equipment plus sporty exterior styling, 20 inch alloy wheels with a 5-spoke design, mesh-pattern aluminum interior trim, and upholstery combining textile, simulated leather, and premium leather. It also includes a premium sound system.

Volvo XC90 Inscription — You can equip the XC90 T6 and XC90 T8 with Inscription trim. It builds on Momentum and Inscription Expression with 20 inch alloy wheels in a 10-spoke design, premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a premium sound system.

2022 Volvo XC90 Review: Is the 2022 Volvo XC90 a Good SUV?

Safety sells the Volvo XC90, which earns a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But this SUV offers more to people than just favorable safety ratings. Appealing looks, a minimalist interior dripping in Scandinavian style, exceptionally comfortable front seats and second-row rear seats, and third-row rear seats supplying room for up to seven people are also convincing arguments in favor of this Volvo. Plus, nods to both sustainability and electrification draw progressive-minded people to the XC90, while the sporty Recharge T8 R-Design is both powerful and rewarding to drive.

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Volvo XC90 Competitors for 2022

The 2022 Volvo XC90 is a midsize, three-row luxury SUV that faces numerous rivals. They include the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Cadillac XT6, Infiniti QX60, Land Rover Discovery, Lexus RX L, and Lincoln Aviator. Some people might also cross-shop it against loaded versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L or the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE when equipped with optional third-row seats.

Volvo XC90 Features

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While safety is an excellent reason to consider the XC90, this luxury SUV is also stylish, comfortable, and enjoyable to drive. Notably, the Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 PHEV model is powerful and fuel-efficient and travels 18 miles on electricity before operating as a hybrid vehicle. Cargo space is generous, too, measuring up to 85.7 cu. ft.

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2022 Volvo XC90 Safety Features

  • Automatic Braking After Collision — Standard feature brings the XC90 to a stop as soon as possible following a collision to avoid secondary impacts
  • Pedestrian, Cyclist, and Large Animal Detection — Standard detection capability with forward-collision warning and automatic braking response
  • Intersection Autobrake — Standard feature automatically brakes the SUV when the driver attempts an unsafe left turn across traffic
  • Run-off Road Mitigation — Standard lane-keeping assist feature actively steers to prevent the XC90 from departing the road
  • Pilot Assist — Standard feature combining adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assistance for hands-on semi-autonomous highway travel

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2022 Volvo XC90 Technology

  • Infotainment system — Standard 9 inch touchscreen with navigation, satellite radio, and Wi-Fi access
  • Smartphone connectivity — Standard support for Apple and Android devices
  • Digital instrumentation — Standard 12.3 inch display panel
  • Care Key — Standard feature allows the owner to set a lower maximum vehicle speed for younger drivers
  • Head-up display — Available feature*

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2022 Volvo XC90 Specs

  • T5: 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, 250 hp, 258 lb.-ft.of torque
  • T6: 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder, 316 hp, 295 lb.-ft.
  • T8: 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder, 34 kW integrated starter generator, rear electric motor, 11.6 kWh battery pack, 400 hp, 472 lb.-ft.
  • 8 speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • EPA fuel economy: 23-25 mpg in combined driving (T5); 22 mpg (T6); 18 miles of electric range and 27 mpg (T8)

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2022 Volvo XC90 Interior

  • Four-zone automatic climate control — Standard feature
  • Air Quality System — Standard feature with PM 2.5 filtration
  • Wool blend upholstery — Available feature* made, in part, using recycled materials
  • Illuminated crystal gear shift — Available feature*
  • Premium high-end audio system — Available feature* with 19 speakers

*Availability is subject to specific trim level selections

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Christian Wardlaw
My first word was “car.” That’s what I’m told, anyway. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with them. The design. The engineering. The performance. And the purpose. I’m a car enthusiast who loves to drive, but I’m also most interested in the cars, trucks, and SUVs that people actually buy. Anybody can tell you that a sports car is fast. What you need to know is whether or not you should buy that new SUV, and why. My life purpose is to help you make that decision.