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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Materials are first-rate, ergonomics straightforward
Volvo's sport-ute rides on a unibody platform that gives it a solid and car-like feel
Car and Driver
it's easy to get in and out of the XC90 Volvo
Kelley Blue Book
The 2010 Volvo XC90 has amazingly comfortable front- and second-row seats; however, the third-row is best suited to young children.
Capable of carrying up to seven, the 2010 Volvo XC90 is the ideal alternative to trucklike SUVs and boring minivans. Its second-row seats can be adjusted to maximize cargo space or passenger room; along with the front row, it's spacious and comfortable. Unfortunately, the third row, which has been made standard for 2010, is cramped and should be used as a final alternative.
Kelley Blue Book remarks that "the driver and passenger relax in a comfortable pair of bucket seats featuring built-in whiplash protection." For all but the back-row passengers, it's easy to get in and out of the XC90. Kelley Blue Book claims "the tall ride height does not translate into a tall step-up height...making entry and exit similar to getting in and out of a car." According to Cars.com, there are "rear 40-20-40 split-bench seats.” Edmunds notes that "cargo capacity is 43.3 cubic feet with the third seat folded and it expands to a generous 85 cubic feet with both rows folded."
Most reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com, however, say the now standard third-row seating is suitable for small children only. Kelley Blue Book predicts you won't like the 2010 Volvo XC90 if "you're all about maximum interior space," because the "third-row seat is not well-suited for adults." Cars.com agrees, citing "difficult access to third-row seat" and "a tight squeeze in back."
Reviewers generally agree on the high quality of the cabin’s materials. Edmunds says that "materials are first-rate, ergonomics straightforward and the overall design consistent with the hip, minimalist look Volvo has utilized with great success for a decade." They predict "the addition of standard sapele wood trim in the V-8 model should please those who have found past XC90s a bit austere." Autoblog agrees, explaining that inside the 2010 Volvo XC90 "a blue-lit instrument cluster joins some additional badging, a leather wrapped steering wheel and an aluminum center stack to boost the premium feel." Kelley Blue Book isn't as enamored, pointing out that "there is a lot of gray plastic and leather inside the XC90 Volvo, although a smattering of wood trim helps warm things up a bit."
Car and Driver reports that driving a 2010 Volvo XC90 is "a relatively quiet experience.” However, Cars.com doesn't like the "droning V-8 exhaust on the highway."
Passengers are pampered, thanks to the use of high-quality materials and a surprisingly silent and pleasurable ride for an SUV.