Tuesday, 31 January 2017
REVIEW – Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription
Looks – 10/10
The XC90 is a handsome beast. This time around I was driving an Inscription model, which is more luxury than the sporty R-Design I tested previously. The basic body shape remains, with a smooth, sleek design. At the front the Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lights are a standout feature, and the square shape of the car is just rounded enough at the edges to balance out size and stature with sleekness. 20-inch alloys sit nicely under the arches. To the rear, twin exhausts are neatly integrated into the rear bumper. The smooth, sweeping lines on the boot blend nicely with the rear lights. A subtle roof spoiler completes a well-rounded body shape. Finished in Crystal White my test car looked very executive, and turned heads wherever it went.
On the inside the XC90 is in a world of its own. It might well be a bold claim, but I think this is one of the best interiors on sale today. Short of buying a Bentley, there are fewer more luxurious-feeling cabins in any car. My test car featured a walnut finisher to compliment the
Nappa leather interior. The multimedia screen is like an iPad mounted into the dashboard. The seats are sumptuous and welcoming. There are small details which make a big difference: there is a twist-knob to start the engine as opposed to the usual push button. The drive select wheel is a scroll and click. The T8 also gets a clear gear selector which sets it apart from other models. The interior just feels high end. It’s well built, and all the materials are of the highest quality. Put simply, it’s just a wonderful place to be.
Economy – 10/10
Fun – 10/10
And there you have it; the Volvo XC90 T8. The refinement and luxury is still there, and is complimented by some enviable fuel consumption figures. The 4WD system is slightly different in the T8, and this did affect the handling characteristics. I can really see the appeal of the T8, and for the amount of short journeys I do it would really save me some money on fuel. Prices for the T8 Inscription I tested start at £64,555 although stick a few options on it and you end up at the £73,830 of my test car. For more information head over to your local dealership or log on to the Volvo website. The XC90 T8; proving that powerful 4x4’s don’t need to be thirsty.
Total Score – 48/50