2023 Volvo XC90 price and specs, updates detailed

The flagship Volvo XC90 has received running changes, and price rises, for the 2023 model-year, including a new Google-based infotainment system as well as an improved plug-in hybrid system for the top-shelf Recharge variant .

As before, there are four variants on offer though now with a new naming structure. Gone are the old Momentum, Inscription and R-Design trim levels, replaced with Plus, Ultimate Bright, and Ultimate Dark names respectively.

Key changes include an Air Purifier and power-folding rear headrests (previously optional) as standard across the range, as well as the fitment of Volvo’s latest Android Automotive infotainment system with app connectivity and over-the-air (OTA) software updates.

Ultimate variants also score a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats as standard equipment, and there are new exterior colours available.

All models have been subject to price increases, amounting to $4500 for B5 and B6 versions, and $3000 for the T8 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid.

Pricing

  • 2023 Volvo XC90 Plus B5: $92,990 (+$4500)
  • 2023 Volvo XC90 Ultimate B6 Bright: $102,990 (+$4500)
  • 2023 Volvo XC90 Ultimate B6 Dark: $104,990 (+$4500)
  • 2023 Volvo XC90 Ultimate T8 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid: $121,990 (+$3000)

Prices exclude on-road costs

Powertrains

A total of three powertrains are available depending on variant, including two petrol engines with mild-hybrid assistance, as well as a turbocharged plug-in hybrid. All are four-cylinder units.

The entry-level B5 features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine hooked up to a 48V mild-hybrid system. Outputs are rated at 183kW (5400-5700rpm) and 350Nm (1800-4800rpm), with 0-100km/h taking a claimed 7.7 seconds.

Stepping up to the B6 engine variant adds an electronically-driven supercharger (dubbed E-Charger), which bumps outputs to a healthier 220kW (5400rpm) and 420Nm (2100-4800rpm). Volvo claims 0-100 takes 6.7 seconds.

Finally, the T8 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid is again a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine (now minus the supercharger) hooked up to a plug-in hybrid system incorporating a rear-mounted electric motor and lithium-ion battery.

Outputs are rated at 233kW (6000rpm) and 400Nm (3000-45000rpm) for the petrol engine, and 107kW (15,900rpm) and 309Nm (0-3280rpm) for the e-motor. Combined, Volvo quotes 340kW and 709Nm with 0-100 taking a claimed 5.3 seconds.

All versions of the Volvo XC90 in Australia are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Unlike the wider range the T8 Recharge’s AWD system uses the petrol engine to drive the front axle and the e-motor at the rear, for electrified all-wheel drive.

Efficiency

B5 and B6 versions of the Volvo XC90 claim to use 8.2L/100km on the combined cycle. Emissions are rated at 187g/km (CO2) for the B5 and 186g/km for the B6.

Meanwhile, the T8 Recharge PHEV quotes combined fuel use of 1.8L/100km, though achieving that figure requires a full charge of the 18.8kWh battery.

Volvo Australia quotes a zero-emissions driving range of up to 77 kilometres for the XC90 T8 Recharge, and an emissions rating of 77g/km of CO2.

All models are fitted with a 71-litre fuel tank.

Dimensions

The Volvo XC90 measures 4953mm long, 2008mm wide 1773mm tall, with a 2984mm wheelbase.

Boot space is a quoted 680 litres for B5 and B6 versions, and 610 litres for the T8 Recharge.

As for towing, XC90 B5 and B6 models are rated to to up to 2400kg (braked), with the T8 Recharge quoting 2350kg.

Servicing and Warranty

The XC90 is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Further, hybrid models are covered by an eight-year battery warranty.

Maintenance is required 12 months or 15,000km. Three years of maintenance will set you back $1750, while five years is priced at $3000.

Safety

The current-generation Volvo XC90 wears a five-star ANCAP safety rating, but only for diesel models sold between September 2015 and January 2022 – so the latest range is therefore unrated.

ANCAP’s safety rating was based on 2015 Euro NCAP testing, which is now expired under Euro NCAP’s new seven-year validity policy.

It scored 97 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 72 per cent for pedestrian protection, and 73 per cent for safety assist.

Standard safety features include:

  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control incl. Pilot Assist
    • Stop&Go function
    • Lane centring
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Forward and Reverse
    • Pedestrian, Cyclist and Animal detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic assist
  • 360-degree cameras
  • Front, rear and side parking sensors
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill descent control

Standard Equipment

XC90 Plus B5 highlights:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels (NEW design)
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Powered tailgate with kick opening
  • Blond headlining, walnut trim
  • Leather-accented upholstery
  • Powered, heated front seats
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Rear sun blinds
  • LED headlights
  • Fog lights
  • 12-inch digital instrument binnacle, head-up display
  • 9.0-inch Android Automotive infotainment system (NEW)
  • Satellite navigation (Google Maps, NEW)
  • DAB+ radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Power-folding door mirrors
  • Surround-view cameras
  • Air purifier (NEW)
  • Power-folding rear headrests (NEW)
  • USB-C ports (NEW)

XC90 Ultimate B6 Bright adds:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated steering wheel (NEW)
  • Heated rear seats (NEW)

XC90 Ultimate B6 Dark adds:

  • 22-inch alloy wheels
  • R-Design exterior styling
  • Black side mirrors
  • Perforated Nappa leather upholstery
  • Charcoal headlining
  • Crystal gearshift

XC90 Ultimate T8 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid adds:

  • Air suspension with Active Chassis
  • Bowers and Wilkins premium audio
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Available Tailored Wool Blend upholstery* (NEW, $NCO)

*made from 30 per cent responsibly produced wool and 70 per cent polyester with contrasting white piping

Option Packages

Lifestyle Package with Harman Kardon: $3900 (XC90 B5 and B6 variants)

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Harman Kardon premium audio

Lifestyle Package with Bowers and Wilkins: $6450 (XC90 B6 variants)

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Bowers and Wilkins premium audio

Climate Package: $750 (XC90 B5)

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear seats
  • Headlight high-pressure cleaning

Colours

  • Onyx Black
  • Crystal White
  • Denim Blue
  • Thunder Grey
  • Platinum Grey
  • Silver Dawn
  • Bright Dusk

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