I had the pleasure to testdrive this SUV-luxury car, Volvo XC90. You know, the first thoughts when you see the car: how to drive this tractor? Well, I was surprised in everything.
First, the design and engineering. Volvo XC90 (VOLVB:SS) is a car for outdoors, gardening and sports lovers. It has pleanty of space to take your items with you. And most important: the car is so brilliant with safety and engineering & hybrid solutions that you are amazed. Wheter your journey is in the city or in the countryside, this car is taking all needed actions and informing you when needed. And the designers have done their best in the quality and design inside the car with luxury materials like crystal and leather.
The so called City Safety recognises other cars, pedestrians, bicycles and large animals like mooses in the dark, and brakes automatically if needed. Pilot Assist helps you to keep the car in the middle of the road during long-distance driving. And Driver Alert informs you when a coffee break is needed. All these functions are based on the Volvo´s target for 2020: no injuries in a Volvo car.
Second, energy. This test car was also a plug-in-hybrid, which allows you to drive with electric power for about 35-40 kilometres. I first thought that you notice this kind of switch, but no. The driving was easy with both and you do not even notice the change during the drive.
Otherwise the average consumption is less than in average in the same size of other cars due to the electric power. According to the Volvo´s technical information, the consumption would be in this kind of a car: 2,1 litres per 100 kilometres due to the integrated system and the Co2 would be 49 g per kilometer.
Third, solutions for Drivers. The central operating panel is a touch panel (like in Tesla´s cars) and it allows you to integrate your iPhone or Android-phone to the service desk. This allows you for example to use Apple CarPlay with your own music, messages, podcasts, audiobooks from your own mobile phone. It is working well, altough the panel is having quite a many fingerprints, so maybe in the next series, they might use some kind of new material in this?
Finally, yes, this car is not too big for ladies, this car is using hybrid efficiently and this car has high-tech solutions for safety. The overall experience of driving is very good and the usability of functions is also very good.
Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD, plug-in-hybrid
Petrol/electric, automatic gear, four-wheel drive
Kilometres with electric power: 35-40 km