Обзор Volvo XC2014 90 года

The Volvo XC90 got fresh styling and a revised interior for the 2013 model year, the most significant updates since the seven-passenger SUV was launched as a 2003 model. The XC90’s appearance was previously freshened for 2007, and sporty R-Design models joined the lineup for 2009. Because it’s been in the Swedish automaker’s lineup for so many years without a full redesign, Volvo’s largest sport-utility is dated, compared to rival premium-level SUVs.

For 2014, Executive C-pillar emblems and floor mats are added to the XC90 3.2, and 19-inch Galateia alloy wheels are newly optional. A folding front passenger seat is added to the Premium Plus model, which loses its Sovereign Hide soft leather seating surfaces (now an option). Premium Plus trim equipment now is standard on the XC90 R-Design, which features a folding front passenger seat, digital compass, Homelink remote garage door opening, and grocery bag holder.

Each XC90 comes standard with leather upholstery, a power glass sunroof, rear park assist and third-row climate control. An integrated center booster cushion adds versatility to the second-row seat and eliminates the challenges associated with installing a separate child seat.

2014 XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels are swathed in Sovereign hide soft leather seating surfaces and red wood inlays. A red wood steering wheel is available for XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels.

The 2014 XC90 R-Design features a fully color-coordinated exterior plus LED daytime running lights and taillights. Ixion alloy 19-inch wheels amplify its sporting appeal. The R-Design features a sport-tuned suspension and steering for an enhanced driving character, plus a unique R-Design grille, leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logo on the front seats, an R-Design steering wheel, watch dial instruments and floor mats.

The Volvo XC90 is available only with a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Developing 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, the 2014 Volvo XC90’s six-cylinder engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Volvo XC90 are 16/22 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined for front-wheel drive models; and 18 mpg Combined for all-wheel drive.

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We’ve found that the XC90 rides comfortably, handles well and is easy to park. It boasts more cargo space than many competitors. Its tow rating of 3,970 pounds is enough to haul light boat trailers, personal watercraft and snowmobiles, but not cars and horses.

Дополнительный полный привод работает плавно, без ущерба для экономии топлива, и это действительно приветствуется, когда погода портится. Покупатели, которым не нужен полный привод, могут выбрать XC90 с передним приводом.

Competitors to the Volvo XC90 include the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350 and the Volkswagen Touareg. Good value alternatives include the Buick Enclave, Ford Flex and Hyundai Santa Fe. Volvo buyers might also consider the XC70, which features a more contemporary design in a slightly smaller, sportier package.

Модельный ряд

Volvo XC90 comes with a 3.2-liter inline-6 and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional ($2,000).

XC90 3.2 ($39,700) includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with driver-seat memory settings and lumbar adjustment, 40/20/40-split second-row seats with built-in center child booster seat, a 50/50-split third-row seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, a trip computer, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. The eight-speaker audio system includes a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, and an iPod/USB port. Each XC90 also comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated mirrors, a sunroof, roof rails, rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors and keyless entry.

Premier Plus trim ($41,200) adds adaptive xenon headlights, a red wood-trimmed gearshift knob and inlays, a folding front passenger seat, and a rearview mirror with built-in compass. The Platinum model ($43,900) adds a rearview camera, navigation with real-time traffic info and a premium 12-speaker, 650-watt Dolby Pro-Logic II surround-sound audio system.

XC90 3.2 R-Design ($42,700) includes 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a sport-tuned suspension and steering, a self-leveling rear suspension, unique exterior and interior styling cues, distinctive leather upholstery, unique gauges and a sport steering wheel. Also includes are a folding front passenger seat, digital compass, and Homelink remote garage door opener. Premier Plus is now the standard trim level. The R-Design also is available in Platinum trim ($45,400), featuring a navigation system with real-time traffic and a 650-watt, 12-speaker Dolby Pro-Logic II surround-sound audio system.

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Options for the XC90 include a Climate Package ($700) with heated front seats and an Interior Air Quality System; a rear-seat DVD system with two headrest-mounted eight-inch color screens ($1,800); and a Blind spot monitoring system ($700).

Safety features on all models include dual-stage frontal and side-impact airbags for front passengers, and curtain-type head-protection airbags for all outboard seats. A rollover protection system senses an impending vehicle rollover, tightens the seatbelts and deploys the curtain airbags. The seats feature Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System, which moves them back and downward if the vehicle is hit from behind, reducing neck snap. Rear park assist is standard on all models. Active safety features include advanced four-channel antilock brakes, an electronic stability program, and Roll Stability Control, which uses a gyroscopic sensor to reduce the possibility of a rollover by applying brakes and modulating engine power. The 2014 Volvo XC90 earned Top Safety Pick Plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a lobbying organization for the insurance industry.

Наружный круговой осмотр

The Volvo XC90 looks like a Volvo SUV should. For 2013, XC90 got color-coordinated exterior trim and silver highlights around the front bumper and taillights. The mirrors on the XC90 3.2 are finished in silk matte. The XC90 3.2 R-Design gets full exterior color coordination.

XC90’s angular styling says old-school Volvo. In side view, the XC90’s roofline rakes upward dramatically from the windshield to a high horizontal plane, with the arc of the top echoed by the curve of the roof rails. A high beltline enhances the typical visual image of a tall SUV, and creates the feeling of a protective cocoon inside. The rear glass is inclined toward the front of the vehicle, which shortens the roofline a bit and tidies the profile.

Its basic stance gives the XC90 a well-planted look and promotes handling stability. Its wheelbase is long, but the overhangs are short, so the body doesn’t extend very far past the wheels. It has a wide track as well. Despite its height, the XC90 has a lower center of gravity than many SUVs.

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All XC90s feature side mirrors with integrated LCD turn signals to warn drivers in your blind spot of your intentions. Active bi-xenon headlights are available, which generate brighter light and swivel up to 15 degrees off center in the direction of travel to better light up the turns.

The rear hatch is split into two sections, with a larger, upper glass portion that swings up and a lower, steel gate that drops down. The split-line between the two is about waist high, so if you’re just stowing the groceries or dry cleaning, you might not need to drop the tailgate. Larger objects require opening both halves, so this clamshell hatch has its strength and weaknesses. On the plus side, the upper glass liftgate lifts and closes easily, and because it’s smaller, it’s less likely to bonk you or someone else on the head when you raise or lower it. Liftgates on some SUVs are hard to raise due to their weight and the angles involved, but that’s not the case here. The little tailgate also keeps groceries and other cargo from rolling out when you open the hatch.

Sporty R-Design models are dressed up with bright roof rails, additional brightwork on the front skid plate, silk-matte caps on the outside mirrors, and a racy rear bumper with quad exhausts and important-looking air outlets. By comparison, the optional Cratus 20-inchers are downright ordinary, despite the deliberately uneasy asymmetry of their own five spokes.

Внутреннее освещение

XC90 вместителен и удобен. Установив двигатель сбоку (поперечно) поперек шасси, Volvo создала кабину с вместительностью и гибкостью минивэна внутри относительно компактного экстерьера.

Чтобы сесть на водительское сиденье XC90, требуется небольшая ступенька, хотя удачно расположенные поручни облегчают посадку. Однако эти алюминиевые дверные ручки не так эффективны. Они довольно узкие и, кажется, сделаны для людей с маленькими руками (в отличие от толстого обода руля).

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Материалы и отделка салона очень хорошие. Кожаная обивка приятная, а толстый руль обтянут богатой цепкой кожей. Передние ковшеобразные сиденья удобные, с хорошей регулируемой поясничной поддержкой.

Высота над головой в XC90 исключительна благодаря высокой линии крыши, а большие окна создают ощущение простора с превосходным обзором вперед. Однако упор Volvo на безопасность имеет в этом отношении свои недостатки. Большие высокие подголовники ограничивают видимость вперед для пассажиров второго и третьего ряда сидений. Что еще более важно, подголовники могут уменьшить то, что водитель видит в зеркале заднего вида. Еще одна небольшая неприятность — постоянное отражение в лобовом стекле от большого сабвуфера в верхней части приборной панели.

The instrument panel is canted upward toward the windshield, creating a stronger cockpit effect than one finds in the typical sport-utility vehicle. The gauges are simple and easy to read, and are illuminated in white. Window switches are on the doors, right near the fingertips when the driver’s left arm lies on the armrest, requiring no hand or wrist contortion to operate. Other controls are concentrated in one of two spots: on easy-to-use stalks flanking the steering wheel, or in the stack rising from the center console.

On the center stack, you’ll find some Volvo-specific quirks. The switches that direct airflow for the climate controls are fashioned with an icon that looks like a seated person. Push the person’s feet and all air flows through the floor vents; push the head, and air flows toward the windshield. The audio controls are even more unusual, with a twisting knob that cycles through menus and a keypad that looks like telephone buttons. They all work quite well, once a user gains some familiarity. Nearly all are large and easy to locate, even at night.

Расположение сидений и грузов внутри XC90 чрезвычайно универсально. Шесть из семи сидений складываются, включая сиденье переднего пассажира, что удобно для перевозки длинных предметов, таких как лестницы. Не менее впечатляет легкость, с которой сиденья сдвигаются, складываются, меняются и исчезают.

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Многоместное сиденье второго ряда разделено на 40/20/40, и каждая секция выдвигается вперед независимо, регулируя количество места для ног во втором и третьем рядах. Подголовники не нужно снимать, когда сиденья сложены. Консоль между передними сиденьями легко снимается, позволяя центральной части второго ряда скользить вперед между передними ковшами и сразу за ними. Благодаря встроенной опорной подушке для этого сиденья ухаживать за малышом стало еще проще.

The third-row bench seats two. Getting into the third row is easier than in many SUVs, because sliding and flipping the second-row seats is a breeze. Of course, with the second row positioned for adult-sized legs, there’s only enough legroom in the third row for kids. Still, it’s a cozy and convenient little world with a storage console, cup holders, and separate climate controls and headphone jacks.

Storage for smaller items, particularly in front, is lacking, as it often is with Volvos. The door pockets are narrow and the small center console compartment is slim and difficult to access. If you slide a few CDs into the slots, there’s no more room at all.

Когда дело доходит до груза, XC90 может перевозить больше вещей, чем многие его конкуренты. Со сложенными пассажирскими сиденьями XC90 предлагает 85.1 кубических футов грузового пространства, больше, чем доступно в BMW X5, Acura MDX или Cadillac SRX. Даже со всеми тремя рядами сидений в Volvo есть место для двух или трех сложенных друг на друга спортивных сумок за третьим рядом.

Кроме того, XC90 легко вмещает длинные предметы. Опускание центральной части сиденья второго ряда открывает 9.5 футов беспрепятственного пространства между приборной панелью и задней дверью багажного отделения, и это относится к установленному сиденью третьего ряда благодаря пространству для прохода между спинками сидений. В результате XC90 может взять с собой на пляж четырех серферов и две длинные доски. Это хорошее транспортное средство для ловли форели, потому что оно может вмещать оснащенные девятифутовые нахлыстовые удилища, что позволяет рыболову перемещаться в новое место, не ломая их.

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Впечатления от вождения

The Volvo XC90 is pleasant to drive, but it won’t throw you back in your seat when pushing the throttle hard. The 3.2-liter inline-6 lacks the immediate rush of acceleration generated by some higher-performing power plants, although it has enough power to haul kids and groceries around town. The torque flows evenly, meaning there is more even acceleration at any engine speed; and typically for an inline-6, it feels smooth in nearly all circumstances, from idle to full-throttle acceleration.

The 6-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on all XC90s includes a Geartronic manual shift feature that lets the driver shuttle up and down through the gears, if he or she is feeling racy. Furthermore, it can be useful for efficient shifting in hilly terrain.

Экономия топлива по оценкам EPA составляет 16/22 миль на галлон по городу / шоссе для всех моделей XC90. В среднем мы расходовали 20 миль на галлон при движении по городу и автостраде.

Полный привод работает бесперебойно и является хорошим вариантом для водителей, живущих в снежном и дождливом климате. В нормальных условиях с хорошей тягой 95 процентов мощности двигателя приходится на передние колеса. Если эти колеса теряют сцепление с дорогой, многодисковая муфта начинает перенаправлять мощность на задние колеса с максимальным распределением 65 процентов на задние колеса.

The XC90 handles bumpy roads with dips and gullies well, without crashing loudly or bottoming when driven hard. It doesn’t offer the sporty handling of a BMW X5 or Infiniti FX35, but some of us prefer it. The Volvo’s power rack-and-pinion steering is on the heavy side, and not particularly quick in sharp curves, yet the XC90 doesn’t wallow or sway excessively under hard cornering. The electronic stability system stepped in a few times when we were thrashing down a particularly ornery road, and applied the brakes at one wheel without cutting engine power. It worked as intended, and helped keep the XC90 going where we intended, even while driving at a rate few owners would care to undertake.

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Ride quality in the standard XC90 is very good: stiff at the wheels but not in the cabin. It doesn’t exactly absorb the ridges and bumps, because you feel the suspension working over them, but it doesn’t transfer any harshness to the arms or seat of the pants, either. Speed bumps in particular are interesting: It’s as if the suspension challenges them and hammers back, protecting us from jouncing even when we hit them at excessive speed.

The R-Design model comes with stiffer shocks, springs, and sway bars, and 19-inch wheels. This setup delivers a sharper response to steering inputs and tighter control of body motions, at the expense of some ride quality relative to the standard 3.2.

The brake pedal in the XC90 can feel a little soft until the driver gets familiar. Once that occurs, the XC90 stops smoothly and progressively, and very quickly if necessary, with no drama. All XC90s halt with substantial 13.2-inch discs up front and 12.1-inch discs in back.

Резюме, цены, характеристики

The Volvo XC90 packs a lot of space into a manageably-sized vehicle that’s quiet and comfortable. Performance comes across as smooth, though less than vigorous. Fuel economy is so-so; but then, this is a relatively heavy seven-seater. XC90 is overdue for a complete redesign.

Корреспонденты NewCarTestDrive.com Сэм Мозес, Ларри Эдсолл, Митч Маккалоу, Дж. П. Веттраино и Лаура Бурштейн внесли свой вклад в этот отчет.

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