in 2009 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $16,916 - $26,101
Original MSRP: $37,000 - $47,550
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2009 Volvo XC90 Interior

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The XC90 comes in either a two-row (five-seat) or three-row (seven-seat) configuration. Its cabin is kid-friendly and comfortable, according to reviewers, although not as luxurious as competitors.

  • "The XC90 is easier to get out and put away than any other seven-seat 4x4, and the cabin offers more storage space than the Mercedes ML-Class or BMW X5." -- Car Gurus
  • "The cabin is handsome and well assembled, but suffers from a few low-grade plastic panels." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The well-insulated cabin is impressively quiet. Sit in the driver seat and the gauges and controls are conveniently wrapped around you. There is a feeling of being in just the right position to drive: feng shui, Swedish style." -- Edmunds


The Volvo XC90 offers seating for five, but buyers can add a third-row seat, increasing the seating capacity to seven. Overall, reviewers found the seats comfortable, although the second row is a point of contention.

  • "The front bucket seats are good, especially with adjustable lumbar support, and Volvo leather is some of the best around." -- Cars.com
  • "Volvo has done a wonderful job of maximizing this vehicle's convenience as a people-hauler. Up to four adults and three children can easily travel in relative comfort." -- Road and Track
  • "Not until the third row (optional) does the most voluminous of Volvos fail, due to legroom tight enough to push any adult's limbs inward in a pelvis-crushing fashion. Kids will survive with all organs intact, but suffer from a myopic worldview from the tall wall formed by the second row bench." -- Automotive.com
  • "The XC90 provides plenty of space between the rear window and the back of the heads of the rear passengers and plenty of legroom, too." -- Car Gurus
  • "Second-row entry and exit are impeded by rather narrow doors that should open wider. Room and comfort in the 2nd row is OK for two adults but not for three. Very tight passageways squeeze 3rd-row access except for small kids, who are best suited for the tight accommodations there anyway." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The XC90 3.2-liter model comes with cloth seating, duzl-zone climate control and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Though the base XC90 offered a high amount of comfort and entertainment features when it was new, options that take it into true luxury territory quickly added up.

  • "Inside, the R-Design package bundles aluminum pedals, leather upholstery, aluminum center stack and door inlays, and special chronograph-style instrumentation with blue dials." -- Edmunds
  • "The gauges and most controls are stylish and handy. The climate controls are mounted low but are simple to operate. However, the audio controls are not intuitive, nor are those for the available navigation system, which is handicapped by a screen that powers up from the dashtop and washes out in bright light." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's hard to think of a more ergonomically sound cabin than the XC90's." -- Automobile.com
  • "The stereo sounded like a premium system and offered lots of clever settings." -- CNET


Reviewers agreed that thanks to lots of storage nooks and power outlets, the interior of the 2009 Volvo XC90 is very kid-friendly. The interior offers great flexibility, particularly in seat arrangement and cargo capacity.

  • "The XC90's rear-seat compartments are less barebones than in many SUVs." -- Road and Track
  • "The large liftgate doesn't rise quite high enough to clear a six-footer's head, but teams with a short lower tailgate for easy loading. Cargo space is limited behind the 3rd row, but all rear seats fold easily to create a flat load deck and class-competitive volume. Many rivals have more small-item storage in the cabin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo volume behind the third row is 8.8 cubic feet. The rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat. With all seats stowed, maximum cargo volume measures 93.2 cubic feet, which is the best of the group." -- Cars.com

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