Ground-breaking, high-class interior of Swedish firm’s all-new SUV revealed ahead of official debut

Volvo has shown off the luxurious seven-seat interior of its new XC90 three months ahead of the car’s official debut in August in the run-up to the Paris motor show

Most striking about the clean, modern-looking interior of the big SUV is the way Volvo has almost completely done away with traditional buttons on the centre console, instead placing most of the functions and displays on a large central touchscreen.

The new system is “designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible”, according to Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath. Volvo claims that with the new system it has “completely reconceived the way drivers operate their cars”.

Other key information is shown on a digital instrument cluster for the driver, plus a head-up display. Most interior functions can also be carried out by “state-of-the-art” voice recognition technology and thumb controls on the steering wheel.

Volvo speaks of extensive connectivity options for the XC90, with the car connected to a cloud internet storage system for access to apps which include the ability for the car to suggest a service appointment at a local Volvo dealer. Full iPhone and iPad integration is offered through Apple’s new CarPlay system.

The interior takes inspiration from all things Swedish. Volvo claims it is a “design that is clean, beautiful and crafted from the finest materials” and punctuated by “jewel details”. Materials include soft leather, quality woods and metals and diamond-cut controls for the reduced switchgear.

The rearmost five seats can all be folded and moved individually and access to the third row is best in class, according to Volvo. Passengers up to 170cm tall will be comfortable in the third row, with each passenger getting their own storage options. A four-zone climate control system is also offered.

The XC90, due on sale in the UK early next year, is the first Volvo to be based on the firm’s new modular SPA platform that will underpin every Volvo from the S60 up. Engines will be drawn from the firm’s new Drive-E engine range.

Read our first ride feature on Volvo's upcoming XC90.

Our Verdict

Volvo XC90 2003-2014

The Volvo XC90 is a big seven seat SUV in desperate need of modernisation, despite still having some strengths

27 May 2014
...see it, then.

27 May 2014
yet... "Volvo has almost completely done away with traditional buttons on the centre console, instead placing most of the functions and displays on a large central touchscreen." hmmm

27 May 2014
my god, so nice.

27 May 2014
god I miss Volvo seats, those look lush!

27 May 2014
Very nice. Cant help but think thats going to send prices seriously upwards though.

27 May 2014
Looks like another superb interior from Volvo and typically Swedish (meaning great) with its neutral, clean, calm and crisp look which trumps the dourness and oppressiveness of its German rivals. From the pictures, the interior quality looks miles ahead of BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche too and seems on a par with JLR.

27 May 2014
Saucerer wrote:

Looks like another superb interior from Volvo and typically Swedish (meaning great) with its neutral, clean, calm and crisp look which trumps the dourness and oppressiveness of its German rivals. From the pictures, the interior quality looks miles ahead of BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche too and seems on a par with JLR.

Except for the i3 (I havent seen one for real), bmw makes among the most dullest interiors!! A Kia taxi I sat in the other day had far better interiors than my mate's x1!!

27 May 2014
So it's 11pm at night, young family asleep in the back and you want to adjust something. You press voice activation button:
Volvo car says (loudly) "Say a Command"
You whisper "Turn up heating"
Volvo car says (loudly) "Command not recognised, possible commands are......."
Kids wake up, crying starts. You through new Volvo in scrapyard.....

 

 

 

28 May 2014
Deputy wrote:

So it's 11pm at night, young family asleep in the back and you want to adjust something. You press voice activation button:
Volvo car says (loudly) "Say a Command"
You whisper "Turn up heating"
Volvo car says (loudly) "Command not recognised, possible commands are......."
Kids wake up, crying starts. You through new Volvo in scrapyard.....

It am sure it is touch screen as well as voice control.

27 May 2014
Shame they didn't bother to get the rendering of what it "might" look like to match up with the interior shots - check out the most rearward side window - completely different shape. All looking very lovely though!

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