If driving verve isn’t a top priority when shopping for a mid-size luxury SUV, the 2022 Volvo XC90, which serves up a whole lot of style and safety tech, is a solid choice. As the only three-row in Volvo’s portfolio,
it’s best suited for shuttling families, even if its far-back seats aren’t the most spacious. Still, it has one of the prettiest interiors in the class, which includes the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. Both alternatives are better to drive, but they’re considerably more expensive, too. Along with two four-cylinder options,
the XC90 is also offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain which has 400 horsepower and perkier acceleration, but its pure-electric range and fuel efficiency are unremarkable. Regardless, the 2022 XC90 is one of the most satisfying upper-class, three-row utes.
The 2022 XC90 family receives some new standard features along with revised option packages. The base Momentum model adds standard built-in navigation. Every XC90 loses standard content such as the compass in its rearview mirror and the high-pressure headlight cleaner, but they gain a redesigned rear bumper with hidden exhaust tips. The Advance package now includes a 360-degree camera system, head-up display, and an enhanced air purification system.
The Climate package now has a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and the aforementioned headlight cleaner. Models that used to have a leather-wrapped steering wheel now get a leather-free wrapping. Likewise, Volvo has discontinued leather key fobs as well as the drive-mode roller on the center console (modes are now exclusively selectable via the touchscreen).