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2010 Volvo XC90 Preview

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Rob Rothwell
Not a lot of changes are in store for Volvo’s highly popular XC90 crossover for 2010. This highly versatile rig gains additional practicality, with the addition of a third row seat as standard equipment across the model line-up rather than as an option. And that line-up is broken into three distinct trim levels with adjusted lists of standard equipment for 2010.

The entry-level XC90 AWD is tagged at $51,995. That money nets a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, electronic climate control, dynamic stability and traction control, power driver’s seat, Homelink and an 8-speaker audio unit.

In Volvo’s words, XC90 Luxury begins at $58,995. The extra coin adds a sunroof, leather seating, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, active headlights, speed sensitive steering and rear parking assistance.

Both these trim levels are powered by Volvo’s 3.2-litre in-line 6-cylinder engine, producing 235 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The power is managed by a 6-speed automatic transmission before its dispersal to all four wheels.

A $3,000 R-Design option package will upgrade the wheels to 19-inch while adding exterior styling enhancements, sport exhaust tips, aluminum inlays plus unique leather seats, side-view mirrors, steering wheel and gearshift knob.

The top-of-the-line XC90 delivers 311 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque from its 4.4-litre V8 powerplant.

This Executive class version of Volvo’s CUV spoils its occupants with plenty of comfort and convenience, including a premium sound system and wood inlays. However, along with the big spoil comes a big price tag of $69,995. A navigation system, dual-screen rear seat entertainment and dedicated rear seat air conditioning are optional.

Rob Rothwell
Rob Rothwell
Automotive expert