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STYLING | 7 out of 10
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Car and Driver
new interior and exterior trim changes
overall design is getting a bit stale
The 2010 Volvo XC90 is styled essentially the same as when it was launched, but its lines are aging well, inside and out.
Motor Trend points out that XC90 got “a new grille, bumpers, and taillights” in 2007 but notes that the vehicle still maintains its nondescript styling. 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." On sale in the United States since 2005, the XC90 still looks fresh and well-proportioned. Kelley Blue Book observes "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." Edmunds has a rare complaint for the XC90, remarking that its "overall design is getting a bit stale."
The interior is dressed in conservative-looking but expensive-feeling trim and switchgear, and it's well laid out. The only quibble is the limited space in the third row, which relegates this section to smaller children only. The same can be said for the interior, which Car and Driver describes as “first rate.” 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."
The 2010 Volvo XC90 is conservatively styled but still attractive inside and out.