She’s not cheap, fellas– but the 2017 XC90 T8’s as-tested price from well within the seventies gets drivers access to the latest in high-tech electrification via a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 400 horsepower.
There’s also , nearly 500 lb.-ft of torque, AWD, and fuel consumption on par with a Honda Civic– and all from a two-litre four-cylinder, supercharger, turbocharger, battery and motors.
No replacement for displacement? Seems Volvo begs to differ (though the last-gen XC90’s 4.4 litre Yamaha V8 was pretty fricken sweet).
Performance? Driven gently, not only do you get massive globs of torque, right now, that gush the 2017 XC90 ahead with just a millimeter or two of throttle, but it does that all without making much of a peep at all– thanks to the whisper quiet motors.
Hammer down, and the gas engine and electric systems go full speed ahead. The motorized torque gets you moving instantly, as the gas engine’s supercharger, and then turbocharger get up to speed. There’s no powercurve either: you just get quietly plowed into your seat, immediately. And at full throttle, you don’t even need to pause your conversation.
It’s enjoyed from a unique cabin designed to hit above its price point, with futuristic displays, playful use of wood and stitching and metal and accenting, and among the best seats you’ll visit all day. The atmosphere is warm, relaxing and inviting, and totally unique. If you want a luxury cabin that focuses more on materials and build quality than tech and buttons, this is what you’ve been looking for.
Check out the full video review via www.autoTRADER.ca, the sticky, and some photos below.
2017 XC90 T8: The Sticky
Engine: 2-litre four-cylinder, supercharged, turbocharged, hybrid drive, 400 horsepower
Drivetrain: AWD with all-elecric rear axle
Observed Mileage: 8.9L/100km (that’s less than I put through the new Civic!)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Features: LED lighting, panoramic sunroof, climate controlled seats, navigation, air suspension, 360-degree camera system, push-button start, parking assist
What’s Hot: V8 pavement consumption with four-cylinder fuel consumption, handsome looks, uniquely luxurious cabin, comfortable, roomy, high quality feel throughout
What’s Not: heater performance in cold weather, big wheels can diminish ride quality
Starting Price (XC90): $55,650
Starting Price (XC90 T8 Inscription): $75,750