TheCarConnection.com researched road tests from across the Web on the 2008 Volvo XC90 and finds that the basic SUV shape is aging well, inside and out.
Available since 2005, the XC90 still looks fresh and well proportioned. Kelley Blue Book thinks "the XC90 looks like a bigger, taller version of the popular XC70 wagon” and points out that "all the familiar Volvo styling cues are present, including the raised-V hood bulge and the elongated taillights running the length of the D-pillars." Cars.com says the XC90 has the "smoother, friendlier look that's been present since the early 2000s" in the latest Volvos. Motor Trend notes that in 2007, the SUV got “a new grille, bumpers, and taillights,” but took note of the XC90’s "stealth image." Road & Track says "to further accentuate the sporty nature and to create a sleeker appearance, the car is not fitted with roof rails, although these are still available as an option." Edmunds had a rare complaint for the XC90, saying its "overall design is getting a bit stale."
Inside, the interior is laid out well and dressed in conservative-looking but expensive-feeling trim. Cars.com states, "the dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes, as does a three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls.” Kelley Blue Book also notes that "tending towards understated, the interior is tastefully appointed and very user-friendly." Car and Driver compliments the “first rate” cabin design.