I can see that the XC90 is going to become one of ‘those’ cars. “Matt, we’re going to drive to the Geneva show…” began a colleague looking for a car into which he could squeeze three people and lots of camera kit. “Here are the Volvo keys,” I said.
So they went, and they liked. They liked that it has lots of storage cubbies and large door pockets, ideal for snacks and drinks. They liked the satellite navigation, as do I (although I haven’t yet found how to cancel a destination, only pause it). They liked its refinement and how easy it is to drive, too, although one preferred the steering’s extra heft in Dynamic mode rather than the standard Comfort setting in which I always leave it.
But there were also things they didn’t like. The load bay cover is a fiddle, they said. And it is. If you don’t set some tabs at the rear just so, the cover will comically slide open as you turn your back on it. Normally I ignore it, but normally I don’t carry £10,000 worth of camera kit in the boot. And there is, apparently, a shortage of USB sockets, should you want to charge several devices at the same time. The sole USB port, though, meant our videographer could edit show clips while broadcasting sound through the excellent hi-fi.