Power in the 2010 Volvo XC90 comes from a 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine or a 311-horsepower 4.4-liter V-8, with a six-speed automatic. Six-cylinder models come with either front- or all-wheel drive, while all V-8 models have AWD. Both of these powertrains are shared with the S80 sedan; the base engine is smooth and rather eager, though it won't deliver if you really want to move fast with a full load. On the other hand, the V-8 has a rumbling, sonorous personality that's unexpected in a Volvo; it's a bit faster but more of a gas-guzzler. One of the major trump cards of the XC90, though, is its towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds.
But even with the V-8, the XC90 feels very quick, though it still doesn't feel overtly sporty. It's mostly a matter of the steering, which is responsive but not engaging; in either of the model, the body stays in check, even in quick maneuvers.