Bottom line: You can buy all over the Volvo XC90 SUV line and be happy. You don’t have to spend $73,000 or $100,000. If you seldom carry more than four passengers, you need not spend the extra money for a T6 or T8. Ride, acceleration and handling: The XC90 T6 AWD Inscription gets good marks in all areas. But it is the entire package, with all options, that is exceptional. You would not want to buy this one for drive feel alone. Head-turning quotient: It is stunningly beautiful.
Body style/layout: The T6 Inscription is a full-size, luxury, all-wheel-drive sportutility vehicle available in three seat accommodation sizes — T5, T6 and T8 — and four trim levels — base Momentum, sporty R-Design, plush Inscription, and plusher-than-thou Excellence. Engine and transmission: It comes with a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0liter, direct-injection gasoline four-cylinder engine (316 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque) linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission also can be operated manually, and it has fuel-saving start-stop function. Capacities: Seating is for six to seven people. Maximum cargo capacity is 85.7 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 18.8 gallons of gasoline. Premium grade is required. Mileage: I averaged 23 miles per gallon in highway driving, carrying a light load. Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes; four-wheel antilock brake system; emergency braking assistance; stability and traction control; post-collision safety system; front, rear and third-row air bags. A full suite of advanced electronic safety items is available. Pricing: The asking price is $72,805. You can bargain, or shop down the XC90 line and still get a great vehicle.