2018 Volvo XC90 Chicago IL

2018 Volvo XC90
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2018 Volvo XC90 at Patrick Volvo

The 2018 Volvo XC90 Sport Utility Vehicle is a premium-grade crossover with triple seating variations, for between 4 to 7 people, depending on model choice. For 2018, the Volvo XC90 gets some additional equipment as standard such as an adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (previously available as an add-on feature) are now standard as well. This is an excellent choice for high-level comfort and ride-quality, not to mention materials and feature-richness. Let's take a moment and explore the attractive elements of the 2018 Volvo XC90.

Engine Performance

  • T8 hybrid gets 400-hp at 600 rpm via 2.0L Twincharger gas/electric engine
  • T5 gets turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (250 hp, 258 lb-ft)
  • T6 uses a turbo 2.0-liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine (316 hp, 295 lb-ft)

Safety Features

  • Lane Departure Warning & Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Backup Camera & Parking Sensors

Vehicle Design

  • Sunroof; Navigation; Bluetooth
  • 3rd Row Seating, with available open-pore walnut wood trim
  • Sensus-- Volvo's new infotainment system

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What powers the 2018 XC90?

For standard equipment, the T5 Momentum gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and uses an 8-speed automatic transmission. The T6 incorporates a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with a supercharger that makes 316-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The T8 Plug-In Hybrid uses the same engine, but it installs an 87-hp electric motor. Full output capacity for the set is 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. With a 240-volt charging station, total recharge time for the pack takes as little as about two and a half hours.

What are some of the design elements of the 2018 XC90?

Owners are given a choice between the Momentum, the luxury-based Inscription, the athletic R-Design, and Excellence trim levels and those have 1 of 3 varying model types: the T5, T6, and the T8 Hybrid. In the T6 and T8 models, There's room for 7 people in the well-appointed interior, with cavernous and comfortable seats (except the T8 Excellence with 4-seats). Base-level T5 models are 5-seat vehicles and have an option for AWD. The Momentum version has standard features like 9" touchscreen, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and a backup camera. It carries on the standard feature list with 8-way power front seats (with power lumbar), a 50/50-split 3rd-row seat, and driver-seat memory settings. Tech items on the Momentum abound, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, 19-inch wheels, a 10-speaker sound system, a Pilot Assist partially autonomous driving mode, heated front seats, and Bluetooth compatibility. The R-Design is the sporty version of the XC90, while the Inscription and Excellence are more luxury-focused with equipment such as ventilated front seats and an adaptive air suspension. T8 Momentum models also see extra cabin lighting as well as LED adaptive headlights. The leather upholstered R-Design grade brings 20" alloy wheels, specifically catered exterior parts and matching grille, sport seat, aluminum mesh cabin accents, a sport steering wheel with shift paddles, lighted step plates. The XC90 Inscription has signature wheels and a matching interior/exterior trim. It also has rear side window shades and ventilated front seats with adjustable side-bolsters. The T8 Excellence model politely demurs to boast, however, it is chock-full of premium features, and is only an option in the T8 setting. Standard on every seat is ventilation, heat, and massage, and there are captain's chairs with footrests! Both a touchscreen controller and heated/cooled cupholders are standard, and there are options to get 21-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension, a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and even a mini-fridge!

Are there Package options?

Via various packages, drivers can add, contingent on model availability, a head-up display, headlight washers, automated parking assist, a built-in second-row child booster seat, 20- to 21-inch wheels, and a 12-volt power outlet. Popular packages include the Momentum Plus package, the Luxury package (Inscription), and the Convenience package, among others. There are excellent Packages as well as standalone items buyers can select from. Some of the generally appreciated items on an XC70 already would be a speed-compensating volume control, gas-pressurized shock absorbers, body-colored door handles, rain-detecting variable intermittent wipers, cornering lights, a 330-watt amp, a valet function, and even a voice activated dual-zone front automatic air conditioning!

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Volvo XC90

For safety, there are several features, plus, the NHTSA Crash Test Results are in! It's 5 stars in every category, including the Overall Frontal Barrier, Overall Side, Combined Side Rear Seat, and Side Barrier Passenger Rear Seat categories. To accomplish this level in the ratings, the 2018 Volvo XC90 incorporates many items, such as outboard front lap & shoulder safety belts, a low tire pressure warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-Off Road Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, dual-stage driver & passenger seat-mounted side airbags, ABS, Driveline Traction Control, and more. Essentially, Volvo prides itself in being a solid car in the safety department, and extends its expertise directly to the drivers of the 2018 XC90! Why not give us a call here at Patrick Volvo (888) 471-5417 and we'll talk further about your interest in this amazing vehicle!

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