2018 Volvo XC90: More Volvo Passengers, Same Volvo Price

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
2018 volvo xc90 more volvo passengers same volvo price

It wasn’t the elegant S90 sedan or oddly seductive V90 wagon that heralded Volvo’s return to the top of its game — it was the earlier XC90 SUV, specifically the upright and self-assured second-generation model.

Now that it’s no longer the newest vehicle in the stable (thanks to a product surge fueled by Chinese dollars, it’s quickly becoming the oldest), the XC90 enters 2018 with an extra dose of value.

According to CarsDirect, 2018 XC90 buyers won’t have to shell out more cash to get more passengers into their new Volvo. This coming year, the base T5 trim adds a third-row seat for no extra charge. Isn’t that considerate? The aim, obviously, is for more buyers to consider the XC90.

The model’s order guide shows the midsized SUV has quietly added a standard third row while leaving its MSRP remaining unchanged. Previously, you’d have to move up to the T6 variant to squeeze seven members of your family into the SUV’s dignified confines. Volvo claims the third row, like in its higher-trim models, can be folded into the floor when not needed, thus maintaining cargo volume.

By adding a standard third row, Volvo has made the SUV a contender for larger families shopping in the near-premium class. A base XC90 Momentum T5 FWD retails for $47,895 after delivery. A Momentum T6, which comes with all-wheel drive and a higher-output turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (315 hp vs 250 hp), carries an entry price of $55,045.

It looked like XC90 sales were cooling off earlier this year, but the latter part of 2017 saw the SUV’s popularity climb back to healthier levels. Leaving a dismal winter in the past, the model has now enjoyed four consecutive months of U.S. year-over-year sales gains, with November’s tally up 25.1 percent. Over the first 11 months of 2017, XC90 sales are down 10.2 percent.

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  • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Dec 14, 2017

    I'm not sure I've ever seen a T5. These things are all over the place around here. The vast majority are T6s and the rest are T8s.

  • Alfaromeo Alfaromeo on Dec 15, 2017

    Then, this move probably create hard time Volvo's own XC60 and steal some sales there.

  • Bca65698966 V6 Accord owner here. The VTEC crossover is definitely a thing, especially after I got a performance tune for the car. The loss of VTEC will probably result in a slower vehicle overall for one reason: power under the curve. While the peak horsepower may remain the same, the amount of horsepower and torque up to that peak may be less overall. The beauty of variable cam lift is not only the ability to gain more power at upper rpm’s on the “big cam”, but the ability to gain torque down low on the “small cam”. Low rpm torque gets the vehicle moving and then big horsepower at upper rpm’s gains speed. Having only one cam profile is now introducing a compromise versus the VTEC setup. I guess it’s possible that with direct injection they are able to keep the low rpm torque there (I’ve read that DI helps with low rpm torque) but I’m skeptical it will match a well tuned variable lift setup.
  • FreedMike My prediction: the Audi team fails when the water pumps in their race cars give out after lap 20.
  • FreedMike "...they’re often helpful in seeing behind vehicles without much reward visibility ..."Might want to fix that typo...
  • Oberkanone 5 years out if Toyota is only now considering a smaller truck. Engineering, certification, contracting parts supply, etc. take time.
  • Lou_BC I love the back up camera on my old F150 and on my ZR2. It was nice on the SuperCrew because the truck was 20 feet long. The ZR2 is short but with big fender flares and short tall box. The mirrors are too close to the doors as well. It makes it hard to see the rear corners. I don't rely on it 100% but as an adjunct to the door mirrors.
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