Lively new en­gine makes Volvo’s hit SUV bet­ter value and even more ap­peal­ing

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It wi l l be­come the en­try-level for the XC90 and will shortly be rolled out to the S90 and V90.

The XC90 is al­ready avail­able with two more pow­er­ful petrol engines and one diesel but this will give buy­ers, not want­ing to pin their flag to the diesel mast, a third – and slightly more value for money – op­tion.

Tuned to 250hp, it is slightly more pow­er­ful than the diesel Volvo XC90 R-De­sign T5 2.0-litre petrol au­to­matic 250hp 7.8 sec­onds 30.1 184g/km Three years/ 60,000 miles £50,435 and works well in this car, which is full of sys­tems and fea­tures. As we bowled along briskly un­der the power of the new T5, Volvo’s safety sys­tems were not slow in kick­ing in if we ven­tured over the white line or too close to the road edge. The semi-au­ton­o­mous lane-keep­ing aid hauled us back, the pilot as­sist and adap­tive cruise con­trol helped with the steer­ing and, f rank ly, f rom where I was sit t ing high above the road, I felt very safe. All XC90s come with four­wheel drive as stan­dard, which is great with what looks like a harsh win­ter loom­ing. And the Volvo On Call means you can ac­cess the car re­motely from your smart­phone, al­low­ing you to heat it up be­fore you get in. The are four driv­ing modes for all pos­si­bil­i­ties – Eco, Com­fort, In­di­vid­ual and Dy­namic. If you add the off-road op­tion, the XC90 has the abil­ity to take you al­most any­where.

It is like a fab­u­lous big arm­chair in­side with plenty of com­fort and, for those who want or need it, there are seven seats. And Volvo say that even the back row can take chil­dren or adults up to 5ft 7in.

The firm be­lieve the R- De­sign will be the most pop­u­lar trim level and, with this T5 en­gine on­board, it comes in at about £50,000.

Again, with cold months ahead, it might be worth ad­ding the win­ter pack for head­light clean­ing, a heated wind­screen, a heated steer­ing wheel and the famous heated aqua blades.

Heated seats are stan­dard – and what would we do with­out them?

The T5 en­gine in the XC90 gives cus­tomers go­ing along to buy one of the most in­ter­est­ing big SUVs on the mar­ket a fan­tas­tic ex­tra op­tion.

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