2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription: Good Looks and a Nice Drive Too

Published: Friday, June 8, 2018 | 12:55 AM

2018volvoxc90475Often crossover SUVs are utilitarian in looks and function. They haul your stuff and kids but have no real personality, the 2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription is one of the exceptions. Outside it’s all classic lines and gentle curves. Inside the XC90 is fully-loaded with supple leather and all the gizmos and gadgets you could want. It also has the Volvo attributes of high-tech safety features, decisive steering and a good sense of balance on the road.

2018volvoxc90screenFor the 2018 model year, the XC90 gets adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

There are four trim levels of the XC90: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence. This review will focus on the luxury-minded Inscription with all-wheel drive.

With Napa leather upholstery, rear side window shades, its own wheel design and exterior and interior trim the XC90 Inscription comes loaded with all sorts of goodies, techy, safety and otherwise. A few of the highlights are: Walnut wood inlays, a 9” touchscreen, moonroof, heated front seats, and blind spot warning.

My model also included the optional Convenience package and Luxury package. The former adds things like: front parking sensors, automated parking assist, a surround-view camera, heated windshield washer nozzles and, in the cargo area, a grocery bag holder and a 12-volt power outlet. The latter: heated rear seats, a simulated suede headliner, leather grab handles and sun visors, and a massaging function for the fronts seats. I especially like the massaging front seats, they made me a much calmer driver.

2018volvoxc90seatingNot content with just a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, Volvo as supercharges it, delivering 316 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic that makes it all jive. Expect to get 20/city, 27/highway, and 23/combined mpg.

The interior of the XC90 is a wonderful place to be with luxurious seats that adjust to many different configurations. The aforementioned massage seats are optional but if you can get them. The 9-inch display is easy to see but I have to admit the function of it was a bit perplexing. I wanted to turn of the stop-start function and I couldn’t find it. Getting to the seat functions is not easy. There is just a lot going on and it doesn’t seem entirely logical.

The XC90 is a great ride with plenty of get up and go and a quite interior. The ride quality can be a bit harsh, with road imperfections giving it a jolt. The steering is tight and it handles well on curvy roads.

Need a crossover? Want some luxury and great safety features? Give the 2018 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription a test drive.