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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I6 16 22 $36,096 $38,400
AWD 4-Door I6 16 22 $36,096 $38,400
FWD 4-Door I6 R-Design 16 22 $37,788 $40,200
AWD 4-Door I6 R-Design 16 22 $37,788 $40,200
AWD 4-Door V8 14 21 $45,120 $48,000
AWD 4-Door 35i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 35i 16 23 $42,595 $46,300
AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $47,930 $52,100
AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $50,230 $54,600
AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $47,655 $51,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,096
$42,595
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,400
$46,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$640 / month
$772 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Volvo XC90 has aged gracefully and now is more feature-packed than ever; however, its poor fuel economy tarnishes an otherwise superb vehicle. The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 36.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 102.4
Second Hip Room (in) 54.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 60.0
Third Leg Room (in) 30.1 NA
Second Head Room (in) 38.4 39.3
Passenger Capacity 7 5
Third Hip Room (in) 44.5 NA
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 58.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.0 40.0
Third Head Room (in) 35.5 NA
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in) 54.1 NA
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 36.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 31.1 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.9 65.0
Wheelbase (in) 112.6 115.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 32.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.7 76.1
Track Width, Front (in) 64.3 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.9 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 189.3 191.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 44.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 70.2 69.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 49.3 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 43.3 21.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 79.5 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 85.1 61.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) 22.5 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 8.8 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.2 x - TBD - 13.7 x 1.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.1 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 22.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.9 19.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0 42.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P235/65R18 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/65R18 255/55R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 397 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 596 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3970 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3970 6000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4751 4960
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 11.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 210
Engine
Displacement 3.2L/195 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 235 @ 6200 300 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas I6 Turbocharged Gas I6
Fuel System EFI DI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 236 @ 3200 300 @ 1200-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56 2.11
Trans Type 6 8
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again Geartronic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 3.14
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.06 3.15
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.16 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Automatic, Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.15 4.71
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name Volvo XC90 BMW X5
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Integral
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 10.4 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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