in 2012 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $26,761 - $30,814
Original MSRP: $38,400 - $44,300
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2012 Volvo XC90 Interior

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The XC90's seven-passenger cabin is comfortable, although it’s not as luxurious as that of its competitors and its third row is only for kids. However, the XC90 also costs less than many of these competitors, so it’s not surprising that the cabin isn’t as nice.

  • "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 Volvo XC90 offers seating for seven with a standard third-row. Overall, reviewers find the seats comfortable, although most think the third row is 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 a power driver’s seat with memory and a power passenger’s seat. Reviewers mention that rearward visibility is hampered by the back seat headrests.

  • "The front bucket seats are comfortable, with good, adjustable lumbar support. And Volvo leather is some of the best around.” -- New Car Test Drive
  • "(Front seat) Headroom and legroom are ample on cushy chair-height seats. Little lateral bolstering means occupants slide around during spirited driving. The standard memory power seat and manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel easily situate most drivers.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Difficult access to third-row seat." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Reviewers find the XC90’s cabin comfortable and attractive, but some say its audio and optional navigation systems are hard to use.

The base XC90 is well-equipped for its low base price. It comes with automatic 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, Bluetooth and a USB/iPod interface.

Shoppers can opt for either a portable navigation system or Volvo’s integrated navigation system, but reviewers note that the in-dash navigation’s screen isn’t great. Other options include heated front seats, an interior air filter and a Volvo premium sound system.

  • "The materials and finish inside are very good, and functionality rates almost as high, despite some Volvo-specific quirks.” -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The gauges and most functions are stylish and handy. The climate controls are mounted low but are simple to operate. However, operation of the audio and navigation systems are not intuitive. The latter 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. It provides 85.1 cubic feet with the back two rows folded down, which is one of the most spacious cargo areas in the class. Reviewers like the pop-up grocery bag holder in the cargo area, complete with hooks and an elastic strap for securing your items.

  • "The large liftgate doesn't rise quite high enough to clear a 6-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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