The XC90 has a rather butch, tall-wagon look that's only slightly rounded at the corners. A smooth shoulder line runs the length of the body, leading to taillamps much like those of Volvo's cars, while in front the grille is more upright and less integrated with the bumper than in, say, the new S60. It's the toughest-looking Volvo ever, from the outside. For 2011, the only styling change is that all XC90s get silver roof rails.
Inside is where the XC90 design now really shows its age. While the rest of the Volvo model line now features a 'floating' center stack—a thin panel that houses audio and climate controls, with an open area and storage just behind—the XC90 has Volvo's former-generation instrument panel, with a wider center console and solid center stack. Otherwise, it's dressed in rather conservative-looking (except in some nice two-tone combos) but expensive-feeling trim and switchgear.