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Before the Test Drive – Volvo XC90 D5 AWD Momentum

With a pending test drive of the Volvo XC90 D5 AWD Momentum, here are my thoughts about the car before getting behind the wheel.

What is the Volvo XC90 D5 AWD Momentum all About?

The Volvo XC90 has been a popular 4×4 in the UK for many years. But as more and more competition has come to market over the years the XC90 started to look like a good freshen up was needed. And it seems Volvo have taken note and brought out a brand new XC90, the car is bang up to date.

The new Volvo XC90 T6, exterior

Looking at the pictures, on the outside the car has a fresh new look. It still keeps characteristics of its classic shape but has a very stylish new front-end to help it compete in its now busy market. It’s not only the looks that have been updated either, the car is now packed with technology to drive itself, auto brake to avoid collisions and lots of features to entertain the passengers.

The new Volvo XC90 D5 driven in Tarragona, Spain

The new Volvo we have on test is the D5 AWD Momentum, the car has options such as Parking Camera 360 Surround View, Intellisafe Pro and 19″ 6 Spoke Turbine with 235/55 tyres.

The new Volvo XC90 T6, exterior

The car is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that creates 225bhp and 470Nm of torque. The XC90 uses an 8-speed automatic gearbox putting the power to all 4 wheels, getting the car from 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds.

Expectations – Volvo XC90 D5 AWD Momentum

To match the new body shape, I really want the car to wow me. I think the car should really stand out from the crowd, I want it to look impressive and capture people’s attention when travelling down the street. I feel the car looks more futuristic than most and I hope this rings true in person.

The new Volvo XC90, exterior

A lot of the hype around the car has come from updates around the infotainment system. Volvo has put a lot of effort into a large screen that houses all the central controls in one place, removing clutter from the dashboard and allowing clever software updates to improve the car as time goes on. My only hope for these exciting new features is that they are easy to use and respond instantly to the touch, rather than being distracting to the driver.

The all-new Volvo XC90 re-conceives way drivers operate their cars by dispensing with the normal array of buttons and replacing them with a large tablet-like touch screen.

The interior of the XC90 will be based on Volvo’s lounge concept which has been configured to really ooze luxury and create a place to relax. We will have to wait and see but I hope that Volvo have introduced lots of elements from this concept.

The XC90 Lounge Concept takes luxury, space and convenience to a new level.

Lastly the XC90 is supposed to be a big 7 seater car, it needs to be easy to use and comfortable on the road. I hope that the all new XC90 has made good improvements from the previous model and comes up to the standard that we have come to expect from large SUVs.

The new Volvo XC90 D5 driven in Tarragona, Spain

For now we will have to wait and see. We have the car on test for one week which should be a great opportunity to fully test out the car.

Supplied by: Volvo

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