Commenting on the award, Auto Express’s editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler, said: “Last year’s Auto Express Car of the Year wins its category once again, in spite of strong competition. The Volvo XC90 is a fantastic SUV with its combination of style, quality, space and efficiency. It has all the safety kit you’d expect from a Volvo, but also a level of kit that you might not – it’s a seriously advanced car, which keeps it on top of the class.”
The XC90 is a fantastic flagship to the current Volvo line-up. It was the first car to use Volvo’s all-new SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, designed to offer the highest levels of technological sophistication and safety, while being developed from the outset for electrification. The benefit of such development is that none of the seven-seat versatility and practicality is lost when you opt for the petrol-electric T8 Twin Engine version (and I will be driving this later in the year, too).
Every XC90 is luxuriously equipped as standard, including a nine-inch touch screen control system that provides access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps, two-zone climate control with Volvo’s CleanZone air-filtration system, LED headlights and a tailgate that you can open simply by waving your foot beneath the bumper.
As you would expect from a Volvo, the amount of safety equipment is equally impressive. As standard, every XC90 comes with Pilot Assist – Volvo’s semi-autonomous drive technology, which takes care of the steering, accelerator and brake inputs to keep the car in its lane up to 80 mph – and fully automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large-animal detection.
Jon Wakefield, Acting Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: “To be awarded the Best Large SUV title at the Auto Express New Car Awards is a huge achievement – but to win it for the second year running is a testament to the XC90’s continuing excellence. The XC90 is a hugely important car for Volvo, both in terms of what it shows we are capable of and where the company is headed, and for the car to win this prestigious award again demonstrates just how exceptional the first of the new generation of Volvo models really is.”