in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,740 - $27,700
Original MSRP: $37,700 - $47,500
MPG: 15 City / 22 Hwy
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2010 Volvo XC90 Interior

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The XC90's kid-friendly seven-passenger cabin is comfortable, although it’s not as luxurious as competitors. However, remember that the XC90 also costs less than many rival SUVs.

  • "The XC90's cabin was penned as Volvo was transitioning to its current sleek design aesthetic, and it has stood the test of time remarkably well. Materials are of almost uniformly high quality, and controls are stylish yet intuitive, though the XC90 lacks Volvo's trademark ‘waterfall' center stack that's available on the brand's newer vehicles." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin is handsome and well assembled, but suffers from a few low-grade plastic panels." -- Consumer Guide.


The 2010 Volvo XC90 now offers seating for seven with a standard third-row seat. Overall, reviewers find the seats comfortable, although most say the third row cramped for anyone but children. The rear seat comes with an integrated booster cushion that allows a child to sit high enough for both the seatbelt and head restraint to give proper protection.

Standard on the base model is cloth upholstery, a power driver’s seat with memory and a power passenger’s seat. Heated front seats are standard on V8 AWD models.

  • "In particular, the company is emphasizing the XC90's exclusive third-row seat, which enlarges passenger capacity to seven versus the XC60's five. We can't argue with that, but it's important to note that the XC90's third row compromises second-row legroom, so it's not all roses." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "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

Interior Features

Reviewers find the XC90’s cabin comfortable and the controls easy to use, but say the materials simply aren’t as refined as those of competitors. But the XC90’s affordable base price might make up for that shortcoming.

The base XC90 is surprisingly well-equipped for its price. It comes with electronic climate control, air conditioning vents and controls for the third row, a power glass sunroof, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise/audio controls, HD Radio, and a USB/iPod music interface.

The XC90 offers plenty of family-friendly options. A rear seat entertainment system with dual DVD players comes with two seven-inch LCD monitors and wireless headphones, so kids can watch two different DVDs at the same time. On the V8 AWD model, you can even get a specially designed refrigerator to keep your refreshments cold. Other options for all models include Bluetooth, a portable navigation system, and Volvo’s DVD navigation system with real-time traffic.

  • "The stereo sounded like a premium system and offered lots of clever settings." -- CNET
  • "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


Cargo capacity is a big plus for the XC90. The 2010 model provides 85.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That’s one of the most spacious cargo areas in the class, and it beats out what more expensive competitors offer.

The XC90 has a dual split tailgate with a lower section that’s the same height as the load compartment floor. This makes loading easy and creates a stable platform that you can use to access cargo on the roof. Another nice standard feature is a pop-up grocery bag holder in the cargo area, complete with hooks and an elastic strap for securing your items. Volvo even offers dealer-installed accessories such as a bench with a seat cushion and a picnic table.

  • "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

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