women love Volvo's XC90, they should remember that Volvo must love women. It did
a good job of designing a vehicle that would be appeal largely to the distaff
wouldn't want a sport utility from the company known for building the world's
safest vehicles, especially if it has drop-dead good looks, trendy amenities,
daytime running lights, whiplash protection seating, an affordable price, and
handles like a car.
not surprising that Volvo, with this distinctly untruck-like crossover, would
find a way to make it even more secure, besides building in world class occupant
cage strength and a three-row side curtain airbag system. Volvo has added a computerized
anti-roll system with a gyroscopic sensor that counterbalances any tendency toward
a tumble. It augments that with a dynamic stability function that includes traction
control to bring a vehicle back under control.
layperson's terms, it pulls you back from the edge.
XC90, an award winner during its '03 launch year, has added a few updates for
its second. In an oceanic mood, there are two new wheel styles, a 17-inch "Neptune"
alloy one and an 18-inch "Atlantis" alloy model. (Clearly someone must
have been on a Hawaii vacation when these names were dreamed up.) A new exterior
color "Ice White," is more reminiscent of Alaska.
there's an air quality sensor system, heated front seats. Outside weather sentinels
include rain sensor windshield wipers and headlamp washers. An infrared windshield
and laminated side windows separate the two.
XC90, in the mid 30s to 40s range, is powered by two engines. Standard is the
208 HP turbocharged 2.5 liter five cylinder. A twin-turbocharged 2.9 liter, 268
HP six powers the AWD T6. The XC90 also has added a level sensor and can tow 5,000
pounds with either engine, according to Volvo.
being the largest-ever Volvo, transverse-mounted engines open room for even more
space inside, where the 12-speaker premium Dolby sound system surrounds with a
wash of crystal clear sound.