And the mood in the cabin?

NZ Autocar - - New Arrival -

While the ex­te­rior styling of the XC90 im­presses, it’s the in­te­rior that wins peo­ple over. It’s not that there’s any­thing wrong with the X5’s cabin, it’s all well made but a tad bor­ing with a generic, churned-out feel whereas the Volvo man­ages to cre­ate a crafted am­bi­ence. It’s clean and in­ter­est­ing and ev­ery­one feels com­pelled to paw the sur­faces. It’s func­tional too, with bet­ter stor­age than the BMW, while Sen­sus is an in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem done right. It’s easy to nav­i­gate and the screen is al­most dou­ble the size of that in the BMW, and iDrive is still a tad in­fu­ri­at­ing to use by com­par­i­son. The XC90 R-Design goes for a BMW-es­que all-black look in the cabin but adds enough car­bon and al­loy bits to save it from de­spair.

While the Volvo looks good, it’s also ex­cep­tion­ally func­tional; you’re able to fit a lot into its well-pro­por­tioned form. It’s eas­ier to climb aboard through the wider open­ing rear doors and there is more leg room too. The boot is wider and longer and you can carry up to six pas­sen­gers with those seats in the back not just for kids. The X5 is a sound five seater, while a third row can be op­tioned for a fur­ther $3700, though these are of the oc­ca­sional type.

Up front, the BMW com­fort seat is money well spent with sump­tu­ous sup­port and com­fort, un­sur­pris­ingly, and be­ing a BMW there is plenty of ad­just­ment to find your op­ti­mal driv­ing po­si­tion. The sporty seats in the Volvo are also sound, but could do with more pad­ding.

While the XC90 looks good in R-Design guise, we reckon the more el­e­gant look­ing In­scrip­tion bet­ter suits the per­sona of the XC90, the R tries too hard to be Ger­man. Along with the M kit, this X5 had some ad­di­tional M per­for­mance parts on each end, the car­bon bits adding lots of dol­lars but mak­ing lit­tle sense.

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