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02-10-2015, 11:32 AM
As of today the press test drives have started in Tarragona, Spain but there is an embargo until Thursday due to the World Car of The Year jurys test drives of the new XC90 being a finalist for the "Green car of the year" and " Car design of the year". We should be seeing articles about the test drives online starting Thursday.

02-10-2015, 11:50 AM
Good deal...thanks.

02-10-2015, 01:11 PM
Thank you for posting this Khaled. I had read this article earlier and it too said later in the week as well:

Volvo XC90 - report of the test run
Published February 10, 2015 12:41[email protected]

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Hey Jan-Erik Berggren, who is in Barcelona to run the new Volvo XC90.

Is it nerve-racking before the year's most exciting test drive?
- Yes, a little, actually. It's not every day we drive a brand new Volvo and we know what this car does the "new" Volvo. I have just come to the hotel south of Barcelona - about an hour's drive along the coast - after having had time for three hours in the new Mazda2. The car was also demonstrated in this neighborhood so I took the opportunity to run it well.

Are all Volvo cars on site too?
- Yes, there were three or four outside the hotel and some are placed around the hotel as decoration. It is an old sanatorium Volvo hired on for this show and they'll be here for three weeks with new guests every day.

What cars are you going to drive?
- It gets the XC90 T8, D5 and T6 and we'll run this afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Is all Volvo big shot there?
- Yes, I met the CEO Hakan Samuelsson when I got to the hotel. He had been out for a test run already and among other things he praised Volvo's new filvarnare with assistance. It will be interesting to test whether Hakan is right to praise. We will also have the opportunity to test new Sensus - Volvo's system for communication between driver and car via the big screen. Volvo says that this is the most modern in the market.

When can we bring some of your impressions of the car, ratings and other things?
- First on Thursday at 12:00 - and on our website. Volvo and Car of the Year jury has agreed on a so-called embargo on material for all the jury should have the same chance to catch drive the car. We are two juries here.

Volvo XC90 any chance of becoming Car of the Year 2016?
- Yes, I think so. About Sensus and protective keeps what Volvo promised so there is a lot of innovation. There is certainly a good option to go to the finals as one of the top seven cars.

02-10-2015, 01:13 PM
Glad to see they have a T8, a T6 and even a D5 to test drive.

02-10-2015, 01:36 PM
A friend of mine actually work as an independant journalist writing test drives for other big names in the industry and there was a private test drive in Detroit during the NAIAS. Journalists present were taken on a drive in Detroit with the 3 new models presented there.

He had very good words on the S60CC, V60CC in regard to the suspension. It reminded him a lot of the comfort of the XC60 he tested in the Fall. It was particularly interesting in the context of the Detroit roads that are in terrible shape. Made the AWD and more compliant drive quite relevant in that type of crappy urban road.

He actually got to ride in the third row of the Xc90 too. Him being rather short, he was surprised by the comfort he had there as an adult. Again, only great words in regard to the overall comfort. He brought up the reference to the Tesla MMI in initial impression but said the Tesla was like a "prototype quality" compared to what is in the XC90. Like comparing a Kobo reader to a new flagship smartphone or tablet (Ipad, or Nexus like). He was also quite impressed by the power while being driven with 7 adults inside too. He isn't sure the engine version they were in, but probably the T6 since the T8 is not being built yet right?

02-10-2015, 01:56 PM
If he remembers the color of the one he drove in we can probably figure out T6 or T8 based on what was there at the show. Glad to hear he had positive things to say based on his experience, thanks for sharing.

02-11-2015, 08:11 AM
First impression of the event:

02-11-2015, 06:57 PM
Another German article just published but no driving impressions yet. Pretty much same ol' same ol' with some pics.


Article translated using Google Translate:

The new Volvo XC90 SUV will be more than ever. With more safety, more fun, more sleek design features - but especially with more high tech. The display in the cockpit now has iPad proportions. Tesla says hello.
One has to do it once. Learn from the others. Of those who has never taken a quite serious. Because they make everything somehow different, rethink familiar things - and a new look. There is talk of Volvo. This is the learner. And of Tesla , which is the brand of the automotive industry will learn a lot. Learning needs.
Unlike the pack
The new Volvo XC90, we were allowed to take a close look at Gothenburg is so different than other SUVs. And it is not only the elegant look that inspires. Not even the fine details or infinitely many safety features, the rollover to rear collision protection. It is the display in the cockpit, which sits in the oversized center of the dashboard. Easy focused on the driver, it provides with a diagonal of 22.8 centimeters phenomenal (see Apple iPad Air: 24.6 cm.) And touch controls all the advantages of a tablet computer - and makes the operation of the vehicle for intuitive fun.
[Volvo XC90]
Michael Görmann for PLAYBOY
Result: The cockpit with only a few buttons, and yet, all functions can be selected with a few clicks. Because the screen size allows it to keep available all important menus next to each other. After the Tesla Model S, the Swedish noble-roader offers the most advanced infotainment and so on-board computer system. No wonder that even 48 hours after the presentation last fall, the first 2000 cars were blind ordered. In May, he goes on sale.
LED headlights as "Thor's Hammer"
[Volvo XC90]
Michael Görmann for PLAYBOY
The front now adorn LED headlamps, whose T-shape is reminiscent of "Thor's Hammer". And at the plate Volvo uses "hot-formed boron steel", the hardest claims to steel that is currently available on the vehicle.
Also, the radiator grille, the designers have lifted. The characteristic brand angled stay now has exactly the same angle as the right-facing arrow above the Volvo logo. Die-hard feminists will not calm down. They regularly send letters to fire the Group and denounce an alleged machismo because of the logos on.
Because what they do not know (or ignore): The Volvo circle with the arrow is not only the commonly used symbol for virility, but also the symbol for the chemical element iron . And that is a proverbial Sweden tanks only fair.
[Volvo XC90]
Michael Görmann for PLAYBOY
Volvo XC90 T6 AWD
Length x Width x Height: 4950 x 1931 x 1775 mm
Weight: 2025 kg
Sprint 0-100 km / h: 6.9 s
V-Max: 230 km / h
Type of engine, cylinders: R4
Displacement: 1969 cc
Power: 320 hp
Torque: 400 Nm
Power to weight ratio: 6.33 kg / hp
Price: 57,700 EUR

02-11-2015, 08:19 PM
Thanks. Nice to see a new pic of the instrument cluster that's isn't in "demo mode"

02-11-2015, 10:17 PM
I think I'm almost as nervous as the Volvo brass. I've been building this car up for both myself and my friends/acquaintances who will listen, and by tomorrow at this time the first impressions of the journalists will be out there.

That being said, I have to say that I'm going to take what I read with a grain of salt. Case in point - for fun I test drove both a Durango & Explorer Sport this past weekend. Lots of journalists like the Durango, while many of the same said the Sport drives like a minivan. My back-to-back experience had me preferring the Explorer by a wide margin. So regardless of what these informed journalists say, I'm going to care the most about my own seat time when the opportunity rises. That said, I hope the reviews are awesome!

02-12-2015, 05:13 AM[email protected]

The first one in Swedisch:

"There was a time when Volvo itself felt they could not compete with BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
Those days are over. Volvo is now in the finest premium class.
The new Volvo XC90 is the best in many categories - in others, there are things to work with." (

02-12-2015, 05:26 AM

And the always critical Germans wrote:

"With its high-quality, made with love the Volvo SUV is back impressively at the Nobel brands. The XC 90 has style and technology in order to survive in the world of Mercedes and Range Rover."

About the T6:
"Its 320 hp can easily keep up with the six-cylinder competitors, given 6.5 seconds to 100 km/h, and sound just as credible as the 230 km/h top speed. But from 200 km/h (!), the drive is struggling with the heavy weight, and during acceleration the four-cylinder sounds rough, which penetrates particularly ear since the Volvo is otherwise at soothing tranquility." (

02-12-2015, 05:52 AM

And the first one in English

"The wait for the new Volvo XC90 has been well worthwhile. Debuting a whole new platform and efficient four-cylinder-only engines (one with plug-in hybrid tech), it has the style and quality to match Audi, BMW and Land Rover in the premium SUV segment, with new levels of safety – as you’d expect from Volvo."

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02-12-2015, 05:52 AM
Orders now 16,000 for the new XC90

02-12-2015, 07:18 AM
Here's AutoCar's impression:

02-12-2015, 08:12 AM
Top Gear:

Don Nicce
02-12-2015, 08:46 AM
Swedish auto motor & sport: nyheter%2F20150212%2Funik-provkorning-nya-volvo-xc90-imponerar

(Trough Google translate.
Original text, in Swedish:

They have a slighly different approach.
First they convey the first impressions from a few members of the WCOTY-jury, who has been driving the new XC90 ahead of the other media. Later "ams" will add their own impressions - and give more info on all available engines - during the day.

02-12-2015, 09:32 AM
Looking foward to more review on T8... UK media seems like D5 which is not coming to U.S. anyway.

02-12-2015, 10:53 AM
Just read this one (via Google Translate) which sums up alot of various reviewers opinions:

Volvo XC90 - here are the scores from international magazines
The international press is gathered in Spain to finally test drive the new Volvo XC90. The tension is of course great for the XC90 is the model that will "save Volvo," eagerly awaited in many markets. Here we have gathered the impressions of some of the first international newspapers that tested the XC90.

Volvo XC90 - here are the scores from international magazines
Engine press is in place in Spain to test drive the new XC90. Below we have collected some of the most important international newspapers.
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By Pär Brandt ,Today, 17:34

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The launch of the new XC90 is now entering a new phase in that the international press had their first opportunity to test drive the car. Spain usually offer decent weather and is about as far south as you can get without excessively long flight times. Volvo has chosen Calafell eight mil outside Barcelona, ​​for its international launch and where it is right now 13-14 degrees at midday.

The claim that the Volvo XC90 is important can be described as the decade during operation. It is in this segment they reaped their best successes and XC90 is a very strong model name in all key markets. Unfortunately scrapped plans for a new generation quite early (it was not good enough) and old XC90 therefore had an abnormally long life cycle, the entire twelve years. Especially in the North American market is the new XC90 highly sought after, like the model that is most in need right now. XC90 is also available in a segment where it is possible to get decently paid, providing a profit margin that is difficult to get out of the smaller models.

Below we have collected some of the first scores for the test runs around Barcelona. The Swedes have a tendency to get home blind and therefore may require both praise and criticism from the international press corps to see how good the XC90 really is.

Autocar is one of Britain's most important automotive magazines which are also read by many Americans. Matt Prior describes XC90 car "Volvo can not afford to fail" and it has not even been made.

Matt Prior on British Autocar do not sit on the jury for Car of the Year but he is still included in the first group of journalists who get to test drive the new XC90 in Calafell, outside Barcelona . Matt drove the Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription and bases its rating on the model.

Matt Prior begin with a subtitle that says "New XC90 is as important as a new car can ever be. Volvo can not afford to fail, and it has not even done". He notes that the new XC90 is basically a brand new car, and a completely custom car built on Volvo's self-developed platform.

The lack of buttons is palpable and most are clustered around the touch screen where Volvo finally created a system that is perceived as just as fast as modern smartphones, according to Matt Prior. There are pros and cons with touch screens but Matt says that you should have a touch screen, it is one that is available in the XC90 as you want. The interior is impressive spacious and feels like it just becomes more and more enjoyable in the long run.

Offroad Driving is nothing like the Volvo talking about, says Matt Prior, but he still finds evidence that the car can wade in 45 inches deep, and 24 inches of ground clearance. In addition, the XC90 approved for a towing capacity of 2700 kg in the UK, a not unimportant role for the caravan and horse owners.

Matt Prior like road maintenance, praises control of their sensitive and linear gearing with a steady feeling in my situation. XC90 is no small car and it puts understood their tracks. But Matthew writes that the XC90 is not developed to the Nürburgring and it is only beneficial.

The noise level is generally low and the diesel engine, D5, you will not hear much. Matt thinks that the automatic gearbox is a bit too hesitant at downshifts and also can be too quick to switch it up, but Volvo says that there is some adjustment work there and later will also get shift paddles on the steering wheel.

In the last paragraph summarizes Matt Prior their impressions and writes that if one likes the basic idea of the XC90, which will also like how the new car carries out its mission. Old XC90 was generally good at most things and new XC90 makes everything even better, in a more sophisticated way. It's easy to feel very good about this car, says Matt Prior.

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Georg Kacher working at German Auto Bild and are also part of the jury for the "Car of the Year". He describes the new XC90 as a Swedish castle.
German Auto Bild part of the jury for the "Car of the Year" and Georg Kacher leaves its first test drive report of the XC90 T6 .

The title of Auto Bild says: "The Swedish castle" and Georg Kacher think that Volvo design-wise position themselves between the Audi Q7 and BMW X5, which is not surprising the Volvo's chief designer Thomas Ingenlath previously worked for Volkswagen.

Georg Kacher impressed by the multimedia system that reacts fast and intuitive. The keys that are making the system more clearly than, for example Tesla Model S and those who had had an iPad recognize themselves. In contrast, Kacher disappointed on the steering wheel which contains far too many buttons.

T6 engine in the XC90 has no problems keeping up with its six-cylinder competitors, like Georg Kacher. The task of 0-100 in 6.5 seconds feels believable even if the four-cylinder engine bellowing little osnyggt at full acceleration. The åttastegade automatic gearbox feels good and although the T6 is witty guesses Kacher that diesel engines are most popular.

Kacher also think that the electric power steering is a bit too easy, but is probably perfect for the American market. The air suspension does a good job, even though the test car rolls on 21-inch wheels with low profile tires. The chairs at the back is only aimed at children, says Kacher.

The conclusion that Georg Kacher pulls in a test drive report is that the XC90 is built with love and impresses with its high quality. Volvo is back on suvmarknaden and new XC 90 has the style and technology needed to survive in a world dominated by Mercedes and Range Rover. New Volvo XC90 feels like a fine Swedish castles.

Massimo Nascimbene, in Italian Quattroruote, have driven both the D5 engine and hybrid version T8.
Massimo Nascimbene, the Italian Quattroruote, reports from the test drive in Spain and he has managed to achieve both XC90 D5 engine and hybrid version T8.

Massimo Nascimbene begins with the interior of the new XC90, which he thinks is almost superfluous luxury in its details. But it is an impressive sight as the driver encounters. The start button is not scarce, but a rotary control, which reduces the risk of error, says the security conscious Swedes. Massimo Nascimbene especially like the centrally located, large touch screen that looks like a tablet and has three main groups.

D5 model runs Massimo Nascimbene with air suspension (which is optional), and 20-inch wheels. It gives a floating feeling of comfort, despite the large wheels but Nascimbene are not as impressed with the sound of the engine in the four-cylinder D5. More a sense, then performance and power enough. The steering feels a little light, like Massimo Nascimbene, but reacts quickly.

The hybrid version T8 is the flagship, says Massimo Nascimbene, with its combination of electric motor and petrol engine with both turbo and compressor. The power is impressive and the car feels very spirited, without noticeable delay. The hybrid system does not inhibit in any way and it feels no variations in the braking system, as it can be on some models when the energy must be recycled.

Jaco Bijlsma working on Dutch Autovisie and had the opportunity to test drive both D5 and T8 model of the new Volvo XC90.
Jaco Bijlsma the Dutch Autovisie part of the jury for Car of the Year and was thus among the first who had the opportunity to test drive the new Volvo XC90, both D5 and T8.

Unlike most others had Jaco Bijlsma a larger saltiness in their grades and was, for example, not as laudatory when it came to the touchscreen and its features, especially the navigation system. In contrast, he praised interior quality and the luxurious feel inside the XC90.

All the cars at the launch were equipped with air suspension and it can be adjusted in three settings: Comfort, Eco or Dynamic. Jaco Bijlsma notes in his test drive report that there are very big differences between them, especially for T8 model that completely changes character. Comfort Location is very convenient and manages the two-ton car well, as is the case in Dynamic mode. The air suspension fits this car very well.

Volvo engineers says that there are still some minor adjustments on the XC90. T8 model feels quiet and strong, even D5 model does its job pretty good but not impressive. Jaco Bijlsma will therefore be thoughtful about the weaker D4 engine can handle his task, but such was not the place for a test drive.

02-12-2015, 11:12 AM
Thanks Paradox.

I believe the Swedish AMS is a bit cherry-picking some criticism ;-)
Jaco Bijlsma wrote about the D5: "The D5 has a quite excellent drive and is in all respects tuned just right." About the T8 he wrote "Volvo is serving pre-production models only. The powertrain will be tuned better later-on and also the chassis tuning and steering must still get a final adjustment. But the T8 drives already silent and strong, so that can only get better".

02-12-2015, 12:06 PM
0 - 200 km/h (125 mp/h) with a XC90 D5

02-12-2015, 12:28 PM
The 4-banger didn't seem to have much trouble getting to 125MPH. Nice video.

02-12-2015, 12:30 PM
The 4-banger didn't seem to have much trouble getting to 125MPH. Nice video.

And that was the diesel. All the reviews I've read thus far had much praise for the power output from the T6 as well.

02-12-2015, 01:13 PM
Looking foward to more review on T8... UK media seems like D5 which is not coming to U.S. anyway.

T8 review, albeit a small one:

We test drive Volvo XC90: "Very much again!"
Right now test drive Eric Lund, the new Volvo XC90 in Barcelona. A detail of the hybrid version of the Volvo XC90, called T8, causing him to react: "It may sound like a diesel engine." A7czoxOiJoIjtpOjk5OTk7czoxOiJjIjtpOjA7czoxOiJzIjtp OjA7czoxOiJrIjtzOjQwOiIxN2U5ZGQzMzlkZTkzNjljNDQyOW NmMzUwMTE2MjI2ZTA4YjY5ZmQwIjt9

We test drive Volvo XC90: "Very much again!"
The Volvo XC90 is roomy and the interior is nice to be in - especially in the evening, according to Eric Lund. "Gearshift knob from Orrefors is very beautiful," he says.
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The Volvo XC90 is praised by international newspapers
Test: New Volvo XC90 feels safe and reliable

Eric Lund writes for the TT news agency and Auto Motor & Sport.
The first trial reports of Volvo's most important model in a long time begins fall into. Test drive event going on right now in Barcelona. We have already published two test drives of the Volvo XC90 and here comes another one, from Eric Lund, who writes for the TT news agency and Auto Motor & Sport.

What are you running anyway?
"I've been driving the XC90 T8 lamps."

And how does it feel?
"It is very new to familiarize themselves! As a motoring journalist I'm used to it but here it is formidable very new to explore. The interface for the infotainment system, the hybrid drivetrain ... Volvo has, however, indicated that T8 the cars are not fully developed, it is thus förserieexemplar. "

How is it run?
"When the gas hard noticed that there sits a four-cylinder engine under the hood, it sounds four cylinder simply. As it stands idle lets it hard, almost like a diesel. But on the other hand, it may well be completely silent thanks also to the electric motor. "

"Maybe, I think the car is moving slightly clumsily over some bumps. All cars here have air suspension. But this is therefore the pre-series and I have not driven very much yet. Otherwise, it feels tight and nice to drive."

Read all about the new Volvo XC90 in Auto Motor & Sport 5/2015, available to read on the Web already tomorrow, February 13th! In stores February 19th.

02-12-2015, 01:29 PM
Nice video with English comment:

02-12-2015, 01:46 PM
Less friendly from the telegraph:

02-12-2015, 01:57 PM
Less friendly from the telegraph:

Overall it seemed like a positive review, especially at the end and regarding the things that really mattered. And the things he complained about I actually thought were strengths (i.e. high roofline).

02-12-2015, 01:57 PM
Less friendly from the telegraph:

I think the new xc90 is universally praised, its just that the T6 sound is a little loud and course and the transmission somewhat hesitant. The journalists claim that volvo will work on these two issues; hope they perfect them so the new Xc90 will be the undisputed king of the SUVs!

By the way the new chassis seems to be really sophisticated, looks promising for the low riding sedans...

02-12-2015, 01:57 PM
Here's another British review from AutoExpress.

02-12-2015, 01:59 PM
I think the new xc90 is universally praised, its just that the T6 sound is a little loud and course and the transmission somewhat hesitant. The journalists claim that volvo will work on these two issues; hope they perfect them so the new Xc90 will be the undisputed king of the SUVs!

By the way the new chassis seems to be really sophisticated, looks promising for the low riding sedans...

A few journalists have mentioned a 4-cyl whine, which, I actually think they're mistaken since what they're hearing is the supercharger whining at lower revs. The whine from the Drive-E T6 has been pretty audible from the outside in the S60s and XC60s with that engine.

02-13-2015, 10:00 AM
Another review, in english:

02-13-2015, 11:00 AM
Less friendly from the telegraph:

The negative points seem a bit nit-picky. Which, is something consistent along their reviews. Though, they rated the XC90 4/5 stars and just below it you see that the best-rated SUVs listed all have have scores 8/10 with the Porsche Cayenne (curiously) getting a 7/10 rating.

02-16-2015, 03:01 AM
And here ('s another English review of the all new XC90

Plus another one ( They really are glowing reviews. The comparison with the Range Rover comes up more than once.