If safety is paramount for you, there is quite literally no safer car on the market right now than the Volvo XC90.
What Car? recently gave this large SUV its first ever Safety Award – but there are plenty more reasons to buy this five-star car. Here are seven of them.
7. Hybrid cost savings
London-based owners will enjoy being able to escape the congestion charge in the petrol-electric T8 hybrid XC90, which will run for up to 24 miles on electric power alone.
6. Classy comfort
The cool ‘interior design’ look of the XC90 is backed by a great driving position with wide adjustability in the driver's seat and steering wheel and well placed pedals.
5. Real seven-seater
Some seven-seat SUVs only qualify for that description if you only do short journeys. The XC90's third-row seats are fine for smaller adults.
4. Visibility and manoeuvrability
High seats and big windows mean team up with a range of parking aids (sensors, cameras and a semi-autonomous parking assistant) to ease your city driving.
3. Cargo space
The Volvo has one of the largest boots in the big SUV market. For even more space just fold away or move all five of the rear seats.
2. Kit rich
With standard cruise control, leather seats, parking sensors, satellite navigation and climate control, the entry-level Momentum version leaves you short of nothing important.
On top of a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and six airbags, every XC90 has city braking and road sign recognition tech, with options including blind spot monitoring.
If you can’t run to £46,850 for the new XC90, you can pick up a high mileage diesel version of the previous model for as little as £2500. Family users will appreciate the comfy cabin and seats and decent safety spec.
With £20,000 to spend you can get into a 2013 2.4-litre D5, which is our recommended gen-1 XC90.
This is a large and complex car, and running costs will reflect that. If a diesel XC90 won't start, it may have gearbox problems.