2011 Volvo XC90 Styling

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With the exception of one minor refresh, the 2011 Volvo XC90 has carried through with essentially the same look as when it was first launched; while it still looks good from a distance, the design is starting to look dated, especially on the inside.

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.

The design of the Volvo XC90 is looking dated inside, but it still holds up well from the outside.

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