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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
If the alarm is set off, the S80 activates its "heartbeat" sensor that Volvo claims is sensitive enough to detect the beating of a human heart.
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Climate control adjustments that tailor heating and cooling better than most rivals'.
the audio controls are not intuitive, nor are those for the available navigation system, which is handicapped by a screen that powers up from the dashtop and washes out in bright light
Volvo has been ramping up features and equipment in the XC90 over the past several years; and seemingly in recognition that this model has a dated design, it keeps making the value portion of its appeal even stronger.
The 2013 model year is no exception. This year the XC90 gets standard LED running lamps and taillights, rain-sensor wipers, headlight washers, and new trims and finishes added to the standard-equipment list. Even in its standard trim the 2013 XC90 includes a Bluetooth hands-free interface, Sirius Satellite Radio, and new watch-dial instrumentation. Other standard goodies include leather upholstery, keyless entry, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control.
There's also a sporty R-Design package that nets you a number of cool items such as sports seats, brushed aluminum trim, and a fresh "Ixion" wheel design. Above that, Premier Plus and Platinum editions add more equipment, and a Climate Package brings heated front seats and an upgraded climate system. The Premier Plus gets active dual xenon headlights, a garage-door opener, and other upgrades, while the Platinum adds rear park assist and premium sound. A dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system remains available, while the optional navigation system comes with real-time traffic and a rear park-assist camera. Heated front and rear seats, massage and ventilated front seats, and other appearance upgrades can be had with Premier Plus and Platinum models.
The 2013 XC90 offers as many tech and convenience items as some luxury-brand models costing thousands more.