Volvo XC90 2018

What we love

  • The space –  Loads of room for a large family
  • The safety features – Volvo know how to keep their passengers safe

Room for improvement

  • The awkward ISOFix points in the rear seats – other models in the Volvo family have very easily accessible ISOFix points hidden behind small covers – but for some reason it isn’t available in this XC90
  • The lack of lockable and out of sight storage

A large 7 seater, 4×4 vehicle which is good for a growing family

The XC90 is a large SUV with the option of fold away third row of seats., which can be used for seat belted child seats.  It’s a big vehicle, good for a growing family, loaded with safety features as you would expect. Fantastic driving position as you are high up with the advantage of an automatic gear box. Its not cheap at around £50K, for a brand new one, but you may consider a lease or the reliability of Volvo means its a good second hand purchase

EuroNcap 5 star rating

Boot Size

The boot size is huge with the 3rd row of seats lay flat, and you’ll have no problem packing for a fortnight  in this car.  Although with the seats up you can still get a pram and small luggage in place, you won’t be able to get enough luggage for all 7 passengers. .

On this model the boot has key less entry, by swinging your foot under the rear of the car – just remember to keep the kids away, check there’s no one parked to close to your boot and always step back otherwise you’ll could stop it suddenly or get hit by the boot.

Storage

The XC90 has  decent cup holders, with 2 in the front and 2 in the 3rd row, however the middle row needs the armrest to be dropped down and its limited in the size of bottles it will hold safely.

There is storage throughout  the car, with centre console space. The door pockets in the front and rear would hold a bottle and an iPad, but it would be visible from the outside of the car.

The glove box, isn’t lockable, but also stores the handbook in a recess.  The front seats have mesh bags for the rear passengers to safely store and see what’s available.

Lights

The front seat passengers benefit from interior lights, including a map light for the passenger, which won’t distract the driver.

The middle and 3rd row also has lighting that can be manually turned off if needed.

When the boot is opened there is  good lighting, which isn’t obscured by luggage.

Guide me home lights are available, but not automatic so its necessary to read the manual to learn how to switch them on.

Locks

This car benefits from keyless entry – as long as the car key is in close proximity to the car, it can be in your coat pocket, leaving your hands free for the shopping or children.

The child door  locks are quick and simple to activate.

 

Windows

The rear windows do open fully so you may want to take advantage of the lock feature on the drivers door panel to prevent tiny fingers pressing them open at 70 mph on the motorway.

This model has the optional extra of courtesy windows, which are tinted in the rear and the boot.

Noise & Visuals

Airbags – If using a rear facing child seat the airbag must be deactivated, to do this pull out the lever and turn to the off position, you will be asked to confirm this by pressing the O on the steering wheel.  For all other forward-facing passengers, the airbag needs to be activated, including a child seat.

Noises:

Radio- sound can be switched between the front and rear

Sat Nav –  can be muted or turned down

Doors –  they don’t ping when door is opened whilst engine running, but will warn you if it isn’t closed properly if the car starts to move off

Parking sensors – these are good for car parks, as you’ll hear a warning sound to tell you a pedestrian is behind you – but if you also want you  can turn them off and just use the camera view – which will help keep your passengers asleep.

Seatbelt warning – similar to the doors there is a visual display and it will only ping when actually moving and the seat is occupied

Airbag warning – a visual symbol displayed to the driver

Tech

This model has 12 volt  charger points in the front (including USB) rear and boot.

Parking cameras are an optional extra – but they are very good with 360 view as well as the option to swap between the front and rear camera.

The sat nav is easy to use and great for location control – either postcode,  pin point near a identified location or a point of interest.

The car will even tell you where the nearest fuel station is if you ‘ve not spotted your tank is very low.

Fitting Child Seats in this car

This vehicle is an iSize vehicle, which means you can fit an iSize child seat into it without having to consult a compatibility list. For older safety standards ECE R44.04 and R44.03, you can fit them but you’d need to check the car seat manufacturers  compatibility listings first.

All the seats in the vehicle (including the two third row pop up seats) can be used to fit a seat belted child seat, apart from the second-row middle seat, which according to the manual, can only be used for specific vehicle, restricted or semi-universal category.

There is the option to have this seat with an integrated child seat for a child 15kg+.

 

For ISOFix child seats, the seat must conform to R44 and the vehicle model must be listed on the child seat manufacturers approved vehicle list.  Only the two out bound seats on the second row can be used to fit an ISOFix child seat.

For i-Size child seats again only the two out bound seats on the second row can be used to fit an i-Size child seat. So you wouldn’t get three seats across the second row, unless your vehicle had the integrated child seat for use by children 15Kg+

 

The tether/anchorage points for your car seats are located on two of the passenger seats, the back of the 2 rear outbound seats,  and for extended rear facing car seats with  tether straps, the Volvo also has designated tether loops on the back the front seat, next to the seat runners/ close to the floor.

ISOfix Points: these are a little awkward to find as they are located in the back seats, where the back and base of the vehicle seat meet, you need to feel between the gap for them. The logos indicate approximately where you will find them.

 

Belt Fitment

The seat belt buckles are imbedded into the vehicle seat cushion, which will help fitting a child seat and  so buckle crunch shouldn’t occur, they also don’t obstruct the ISOFix points which is good, when you need to hold the seat in with the ISOFix and the child with the seatbelt.  Seatbelt lengths are good and easily fit around a rear facing infant carrier.

Other

Head restraints: These can’t be removed however they are fairly flat so don’t impede too much when fitting a seat belted child seat.

Leg space in Rear Seats: In the second row this is good, You can drive with the seat pushed back and still have lots of leg room for a rear adult passenger .  The third row however is a little restricted for a tall adult, better for younger or shorter people.  The second row does however slide to allow for more room in the third row if required, or more boot space.

The doors are big and open wide so it’s easy to get a child seat in and out of the second row.  Access to the third row is a little restricted, although the second-row seats do fold flat so you can pass seats through to the back.  Access to the middle second row seat isn’t too bad but would be difficult if you had two rear facing seats in the outbound seats. Headroom is good as well

Volvo XC90 2018

A large 7 seater, 4×4 vehicle which is good for a growing family

The XC90 is a large SUV with the option of fold away third row of seats., which can be used for seat belted child seats.  It’s a big vehicle, good for a growing family, loaded with safety features as you would expect. Fantastic driving position as you are high up with the advantage of an automatic gear box. Its not cheap at around £50K, for a brand new one, but you may consider a lease or the reliability of Volvo means its a good second hand purchase