The 2013 Volvo XC90 is one of the more compact vehicles capable of carrying up to seven, thanks to its car-based design, which clearly puts the priority on passengers. So it makes an ideal alternative to those who otherwise might spring for a larger truck-based SUV, or a minivan, to have enough seats.
Provided you're in one of the front two rows, the XC90 has plush seats that live up to the standards of those in Volvo sedans, like the S80, providing enough comfort and support so that you won't be achy after a long day of driving. We've found ingress and egress easy, too, thanks to the vehicle’s height and wide door openings.
The third row, while it's doable for adults—and it definitely works for those occasions when you need another position to get another couple of children home from practice—isn't all that spacious. Entry and exit to the third row is more the issue than the space itself, as the second-row seats can be adjusted forward to help. Fold the third row forward, and cargo space can be expanded to a flat 85 cubic feet.
Comfort itself is great, thanks to good ride quality, with less pitchiness and side-to-side motion than in many other crossovers, and cabin materials are impressive, providing plenty of pleasing soft-touch materials, even though they're a little stark at first glance. For 2013, XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum models get softer Sovereign hide seating surfaces as standard equipment.