2009 Volvo XC90 Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$37,000-$47,550
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What Changed for 2009:

  • Standard power child safety locks for the rear doors on the 3.2 model
  • New Convenience Plus package includes Volvo Navigation System with real-time traffic, blind-spot information system (BLIS), powerretractable outside mirrors, rear park assist on 3.2 model
  • New Galateia 19-inch wheel package includes 19-inch \"Galateia\" alloy wheels, speed-sensitive power steering and body-colored fender extensions on 3.2 model
  • Optional Volvo dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system includes larger 8-inch screens, revised remote control and foldable headphones on 3.2 model
  • New 3.2 and V8 R-Design models add R-Design interior and exterior design elements
  • XC90 V8 Sport model discontinued
Overview
The Volvo XC90 was introduced in 2003 as the first SUV in the manufacturer's lineup, designed to compete against the BMW X5, Infiniti FX and Volkswagen Touareg. Unlike the competition when it debuted, the midsized XC90 offered up to 7-passenger seating. A comprehensive list of standard safety features set the XC90 apart, including an ultra high-strength Boron steel-reinforced passenger compartment. At its introduction, the XC90 was available with a choice of turbocharged 5- or 6-cylinder powerplants. Those were eventually replaced with a normally aspirated 6-cylinder engine and a Yamaha-sourced 8-cylinder engine. The XC90 received a mid-life facelift in 2007 when the front and rear fascias were restyled and the interior appointments upgraded. For 2009, the biggest change is the addition of the 3.2 and V8 R-Design models, which add a long list of R-Design elements to the XC90s. The V8 Sport model has been discontinued for 2009. A second-generation XC90 was rumored for the 2010 model year, but financial trouble at parent Ford Motor Company could delay the redesigned model.

All 2009 Volvo models are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile comprehensive Volvo New Car Warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty. Volvo On-Call Roadside Assistance is standard for the first four years of ownership.

Model Lineup
There are four Volvo XC90 models for 2009: XC90 3.2 front-wheel drive, XC90 3.2 R-Design front-wheel drive, XC90 V8 AWD, and XC90 V8 AWD R-Design. The XC90 3.2 is offered with 6-cylinder power while the XC90 V8 features an 8-cylinder engine.

Standard equipment on all models includes power windows and locks; dual-zone electronic climate control; memory feature for the power driver's seat; electronic climate control; tire-pressure-monitoring system; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; flat-folding 40/20/40-split second-row seat; and a high-performance 160-watt, 8-speaker, MP3-capable audio system. For the V-8 AWD model, additional standard features include leather seating surfaces (optional on the 3.2 model). Otherwise, all standard features are the same on the 3.2 and V8 models; the difference between those two is the engine size.

The XC90 3.2 offers several option packages: Climate package, Convenience package, Premium package, Technology package, Galateia 19-inch Wheel package, and Versatility package (which requires the Premium package). The 3.2 R-Design also offers all of the above packages, excluding the Premium, Galateia, and Versatility packages.

The Climate package includes heated front seats, headlight washers, and a rain sensor function. The Convenience package adds Volvo's navigation system, power retractable rearview mirrors, rear Park Assist, and an interior air quality system. The Galateia Wheel package adds 8 x 19-inch alloy wheels, speed-sensitive steering, and body-colored fender extensions. The Premium package includes leather seating surfaces, a power glass sunroof, power passenger seat, and an in-dash 6-disc CD changer. The Technology package features Volvo's premium Dynaudio sound system, dual high-intensity-discharge headlamps with Active Bending, Sirius satellite radio, and rear-seat headphone jacks and audio controls. The Versatility package (requires the Premium package) adds third-row leather seats, third-row air conditioning, the Nivomat self-leveling suspension, and a second-row integrated child booster cushion.

The V8 model is available with the same climate, convenience and technology packages, but adds an Executive package. The Executive package adds 19-inch \"Alastor\" alloy wheels, massaging/ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, wood inlays, wood steering wheel, different tailpipe, and a Rainsensor function and softer leather interior materials.

For 2009, Volvo has added the R-Design models to the XC90 lineup. R-Design is the sporty moniker for the Volvo brand, and on the XC90 3.2 includes performance-tuned suspension and steering, R-design exterior grille and badges, unique watch dial instruments, leather-upholstered third-row seats, exclusive exterior colors, and silver roof rails among other features. The R-Design V8 adds split dual exhaust tips and 20-inch \"Cratus\" wheels in addition to the R-Design elements mentioned for the 3.2.Stand-alone options on 3.2 models include AWD with Instant Traction, and either a wood-trimmed or leather-wrapped steering wheel. Metallic paint is optional for all XC90 models.

Powertrain
The 2009 Volvo XC90 is offered with two different engine choices. The base engine is a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder rated at 235 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. In standard trim, it powers the front wheels only. Optional with the 6-cylinder engine is an electronically controlled AWD system with Instant Traction. Either 3.2 driveline choice comes with a standard 6-speed \"Geartronic\" driver-adaptive automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy estimates for 2009 are identical for both drivelines: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. The XC90 V8 models are equipped with a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 311 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. It shares the same 6-speed automatic transmission as found on the 3.2 model, but with a slightly different final drive ratio for better off-the-line performance. With the larger powerplant, EPA fuel-economy estimates for 2009 are 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway.

The Volvo XC90 is built on a unibody platform with independent front and rear suspension. The front employs a MacPherson strut and coil spring design, while the rear features a multi-link setup with coil springs. A Nivomat self-leveling rear suspension is optional on the 3.2 models, and standard on the V8 models. Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard across the lineup. The V8 models feature standard electronically controlled all-wheel drive with Instant Traction. That system is available as a stand-alone option for 3.2 models. Standard on all XC90 models is Volvo's Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system that helps keep the vehicle moving on its intended path in the event of wheelspin or understeer or oversteer situations, Volvo says.

Safety
In addition to a high-strength Boron steel-reinforced passenger compartment, all 2009 Volvo XC90s offer a comprehensive array of safety features. Dual-stage front air bags (SRS) and Volvo's standard Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side air bags (SIPS Bags II) help protect front passengers from injury. An Inflatable Curtain (IC) extends the length of the passenger compartment to protect all three rows of occupants. All seat belts are equipped with 3-point inertia-reel belts with automatic pre-tensioners, and every XC90 comes standard with stability and traction control, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. The ISO-FIX attachment for rear-facing child safety seats is standard on all models with an integrated child booster seat

What Changed for 2009:

  • Standard power child safety locks for the rear doors on the 3.2 model
  • New Convenience Plus package includes Volvo Navigation System with real-time traffic, blind-spot information system (BLIS), powerretractable outside mirrors, rear park assist on 3.2 model
  • New Galateia 19-inch wheel package includes 19-inch \"Galateia\" alloy wheels, speed-sensitive power steering and body-colored fender extensions on 3.2 model
  • Optional Volvo dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system includes larger 8-inch screens, revised remote control and foldable headphones on 3.2 model
  • New 3.2 and V8 R-Design models add R-Design interior and exterior design elements
  • XC90 V8 Sport model discontinued
Overview
The Volvo XC90 was introduced in 2003 as the first SUV in the manufacturer's lineup, designed to compete against the BMW X5, Infiniti FX and Volkswagen Touareg. Unlike the competition when it debuted, the midsized XC90 offered up to 7-passenger seating. A comprehensive list of standard safety features set the XC90 apart, including an ultra high-strength Boron steel-reinforced passenger compartment. At its introduction, the XC90 was available with a choice of turbocharged 5- or 6-cylinder powerplants. Those were eventually replaced with a normally aspirated 6-cylinder engine and a Yamaha-sourced 8-cylinder engine. The XC90 received a mid-life facelift in 2007 when the front and rear fascias were restyled and the interior appointments upgraded. For 2009, the biggest change is the addition of the 3.2 and V8 R-Design models, which add a long list of R-Design elements to the XC90s. The V8 Sport model has been discontinued for 2009. A second-generation XC90 was rumored for the 2010 model year, but financial trouble at parent Ford Motor Company could delay the redesigned model.

All 2009 Volvo models are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile comprehensive Volvo New Car Warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty. Volvo On-Call Roadside Assistance is standard for the first four years of ownership.

Model Lineup
There are four Volvo XC90 models for 2009: XC90 3.2 front-wheel drive, XC90 3.2 R-Design front-wheel drive, XC90 V8 AWD, and XC90 V8 AWD R-Design. The XC90 3.2 is offered with 6-cylinder power while the XC90 V8 features an 8-cylinder engine.

Standard equipment on all models includes power windows and locks; dual-zone electronic climate control; memory feature for the power driver's seat; electronic climate control; tire-pressure-monitoring system; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; flat-folding 40/20/40-split second-row seat; and a high-performance 160-watt, 8-speaker, MP3-capable audio system. For the V-8 AWD model, additional standard features include leather seating surfaces (optional on the 3.2 model). Otherwise, all standard features are the same on the 3.2 and V8 models; the difference between those two is the engine size.

The XC90 3.2 offers several option packages: Climate package, Convenience package, Premium package, Technology package, Galateia 19-inch Wheel package, and Versatility package (which requires the Premium package). The 3.2 R-Design also offers all of the above packages, excluding the Premium, Galateia, and Versatility packages.

The Climate package includes heated front seats, headlight washers, and a rain sensor function. The Convenience package adds Volvo's navigation system, power retractable rearview mirrors, rear Park Assist, and an interior air quality system. The Galateia Wheel package adds 8 x 19-inch alloy wheels, speed-sensitive steering, and body-colored fender extensions. The Premium package includes leather seating surfaces, a power glass sunroof, power passenger seat, and an in-dash 6-disc CD changer. The Technology package features Volvo's premium Dynaudio sound system, dual high-intensity-discharge headlamps with Active Bending, Sirius satellite radio, and rear-seat headphone jacks and audio controls. The Versatility package (requires the Premium package) adds third-row leather seats, third-row air conditioning, the Nivomat self-leveling suspension, and a second-row integrated child booster cushion.

The V8 model is available with the same climate, convenience and technology packages, but adds an Executive package. The Executive package adds 19-inch \"Alastor\" alloy wheels, massaging/ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, wood inlays, wood steering wheel, different tailpipe, and a Rainsensor function and softer leather interior materials.

For 2009, Volvo has added the R-Design models to the XC90 lineup. R-Design is the sporty moniker for the Volvo brand, and on the XC90 3.2 includes performance-tuned suspension and steering, R-design exterior grille and badges, unique watch dial instruments, leather-upholstered third-row seats, exclusive exterior colors, and silver roof rails among other features. The R-Design V8 adds split dual exhaust tips and 20-inch \"Cratus\" wheels in addition to the R-Design elements mentioned for the 3.2.Stand-alone options on 3.2 models include AWD with Instant Traction, and either a wood-trimmed or leather-wrapped steering wheel. Metallic paint is optional for all XC90 models.

Powertrain
The 2009 Volvo XC90 is offered with two different engine choices. The base engine is a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder rated at 235 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. In standard trim, it powers the front wheels only. Optional with the 6-cylinder engine is an electronically controlled AWD system with Instant Traction. Either 3.2 driveline choice comes with a standard 6-speed \"Geartronic\" driver-adaptive automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy estimates for 2009 are identical for both drivelines: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. The XC90 V8 models are equipped with a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 311 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. It shares the same 6-speed automatic transmission as found on the 3.2 model, but with a slightly different final drive ratio for better off-the-line performance. With the larger powerplant, EPA fuel-economy estimates for 2009 are 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway.

The Volvo XC90 is built on a unibody platform with independent front and rear suspension. The front employs a MacPherson strut and coil spring design, while the rear features a multi-link setup with coil springs. A Nivomat self-leveling rear suspension is optional on the 3.2 models, and standard on the V8 models. Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard across the lineup. The V8 models feature standard electronically controlled all-wheel drive with Instant Traction. That system is available as a stand-alone option for 3.2 models. Standard on all XC90 models is Volvo's Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system that helps keep the vehicle moving on its intended path in the event of wheelspin or understeer or oversteer situations, Volvo says.

Safety
In addition to a high-strength Boron steel-reinforced passenger compartment, all 2009 Volvo XC90s offer a comprehensive array of safety features. Dual-stage front air bags (SRS) and Volvo's standard Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side air bags (SIPS Bags II) help protect front passengers from injury. An Inflatable Curtain (IC) extends the length of the passenger compartment to protect all three rows of occupants. All seat belts are equipped with 3-point inertia-reel belts with automatic pre-tensioners, and every XC90 comes standard with stability and traction control, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. The ISO-FIX attachment for rear-facing child safety seats is standard on all models with an integrated child booster seat
Available Trims for the 2009 Volvo XC90
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name I6 (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 37000.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name I6 (FWD 4dr w/Sunroof) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 37000.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name I6 (FWD 4dr w/Sunroof/3rd Row) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 37000.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name I6 (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 37000.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name I6 (AWD 4dr w/Sunroof) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 37000.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name I6 (AWD 4dr w/Sunroof/3rd Row) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 37000.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name I6 R-Design (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 38205.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name I6 R-Design (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 38205.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name V8 (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 46300.00 Engine 4.4L/269 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name V8 R-Design (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 47550.00 Engine 4.4L/269 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
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INTERIOR
  • Front reclining bucket seats
  • 8-way pwr driver seat w/adjustable lumbar, 3-position memory
  • Flat-folding front passenger seat
  • Flat-folding 40/20/40 split 2nd row seat
  • Head restraints at all seating positions
  • Textile seating surfaces
  • Front center armrest
  • Plush front/rear floor mats
  • (12) cup holders
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/illuminated cruise & audio controls
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Pwr windows-inc: front auto-up/down, anti-trap feature
  • Central pwr locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Security alarm system w/battery backup
  • Ignition immobilizer
  • Dual-zone electronic climate control (ECC)-inc: 2nd row vents
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Illuminated lockable glove box
  • Dark wood inlays
  • (3) 12V pwr outlets
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear reading lamps
  • Front footwell entry lights
  • Cargo area lights
  • Interior cabin light delay feature
  • Dark wood shift knob
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Cargo area grocery bag holder
  • Pwr passenger seat
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • 2nd row integrated booster cushion w/sliding feature
  • 3rd row leather seat
  • 3rd row air conditioning w/separate controls
  • 2nd row integrated booster cushion
  • R-Design leather seating surfaces
  • R-Design front/rear floor mats
  • R-Design steering wheel w/illuminated cruise & audio controls
  • R-Design watch-dial instrumentation
  • R-Design aluminum inlays
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Aluminum shift knob
  • 8-way pwr passenger seat w/adjustable lumbar
  • Sapeli wood steering wheel w/illuminated cruise/audio controls
  • Watch-dial instrumentation
  • Sapeli wood inlays
  • Sapeli wood shift knob
EXTERIOR
  • 18" x 7" "CAMULUS" alloy wheels
  • P235/60R18 Michelin MXM4 all-season tires
  • Tempa spare
  • Black roof rails
  • Color-keyed bodyside moldings
  • Halogen headlights w/auto-off
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear fog light w/auto-off
  • Safe Approach & Home Safe security lighting
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/memory, puddle lights, integrated turn signals
  • Variable intermittent front wipers
  • Rear wiper/washer -inc: automatic function in reverse when front wipers on
  • 70/30 dual-split tailgate
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Pwr glass moonroof w/sliding sunshade, auto-open
  • 19" x 7.5" "VULCANIS" alloy wheels
  • P255/50R19 Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season tires
  • Silver roof rails
  • Color-keyed fender extensions
  • R-Design grille
  • R-Design silk matte mirror caps
  • 18" x 7" "SITULA" alloy wheels
  • C-pillar caps
  • Front/rear eyeliners
  • 20" x 8" "CRATUS" alloy wheels
  • P255/50R20 Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season tires
MECHANICAL
  • 3.2L DOHC 24-valve I6 engine
  • 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission w/OD, winter mode
  • Front wheel drive
  • Stainless steel front skid plate
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel ventilated pwr disc brakes
  • Nivomat self-leveling rear suspension
  • Electronically-controlled all wheel drive w/instant traction
  • R-Design tuned suspension
  • Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • R-Design tuned steering
  • 4.4L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
  • R-Design rear skid plate
  • R-Design split dual exhaust
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) -inc: emergency brake assistance (EBA), electronic brake distribution (EBD)
    • Dynamic stability & traction control (DSTC)
    • Roll stability control (RSC)
    • Pedestrian protection
    • Front cross-member for SUV-to-car impact compatibility
    • Boron steel reinforced passenger compartment
    • Daytime running lights
    • Driver/front passenger dual stage airbags -inc: occupant weight sensor
    • Side impact protection system (SIPS) -inc: driver/front passenger side-impact airbags, front/rear side inflatable curtains (IC)
    • 3-point seat belts -inc: pretensioners for all seating positions
    • Front seat belt force limiters
    • Overhead-mounted seat belt reminder lights
    • Pwr child safety rear door locks
    • Rear window deactivation
    • ISO-FIX child seat attachments
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Roll-over protection system (ROPS)
    • Collapsible steering column
    • Driver/front passenger whiplash protection seating system (WHIPS)
    • Anti-submarine seats
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: 160-watt amp, (8) speakers, HD Radio, aux input, USB connection
    • Sirius satellite radio prep
    • Rear seat audio controls

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