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STYLING | 7 out of 10
overall design is getting a bit stale
V-8 version comes standard with 18-inch wheels for '08
Car and Driver
bigger, taller version of the popular XC70 wagon
Kelley Blue Book
new interior and exterior trim changes (V8 models)
The 2009 Volvo XC90 is aging well, but a refresh should come soon.
Motor Trend notes that in 2007, the SUV got “a new grille, bumpers, and taillights,” but retains 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." Available since 2005, the XC90 still looks fresh and well proportioned. Kelley Blue Book contends "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. Edmunds has a rare complaint for the XC90, remarking that its "overall design is getting a bit stale."
Car and Driver compliments the “first rate” cabin design. 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." Inside, the interior is well laid out and dressed in conservative-looking but expensive-feeling trim.
The basic shape of the 2009 Volvo XC90 is aging well—inside and out.