Or, you can go the other way and make it look as smart and chic as they come by selecting the Executive spec version. Forging your way up a snowy alpine road, or down a boggy farm track. The XC90 doesn’t give away how much wealth you do or don’t have either.
Whichever one you choose though, it always looks good and the XC90 fits in seamlessly no matter where you take it. I’ve seen these Volvo’s parked in the drives of huge mansions next to something like a Bentley Mulsanne or Porsche Panamera, and I’ve also seen them in front of a modest bungalow or cottage.
Depending on the spec too, it can actually look pretty sporty.
Our ice-white coloured R-Design came with decent 19″ alloys and distinctively mean lookin’ square quad exhausts.
Released in 2002, the Volvo XC90 was an instant hit.
An SUV with individual looks, it was perfect for big families in that it offered a roomy, 7-seater cabin which was utterly practical, while also incorporating the usual high level of safety that Volvo are known for.
It is clearly outdated by today’s Volvo standards too.
For instance, the little display in the centre console appears to have graphics taken directly from the Commodore 64, and there are way too many buttons and controls.
The third-row seats fold down individually into the floor beneath to provide maximum boot space, but should you need them it’s a very easy and quick job to fix them into place.
The other thing I like is the cargo net accessory, which fixes to the roof in two places: either behind the second row of seats, or if fold those flat you can hook it just behind the front seats.
Instead, you have to use either the controls on the steering wheel for it, or the provided remote control. On that note, something else I don’t like are the huge amount of controls on the steering wheel.
These have not been thought out well and you often can catch the ones for the phone and cruise control without meaning to, when turning the wheel.
Other than that, it’s very similar to the original, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.