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XTRA SPECIAL VOLVO XC90S On sale now, the 2020 model XC90 is guaranteed to be the car of choice for busy families needing space, versatility, safety and refinement – all with a luxury look and feel. Volvo’s much admired flagship SUV is now better than ever, boasting a super-efficient new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain, host of spec enhancements and fresh styling. The new engine combines Volvo’s established 2.0-litre 235hp diesel engine with a 48-volt battery, a KERS kinetic energy recovery system and an integrated starter generator – in simple terms, the system improves fuel economy and produces lower NOx emissions than the outgoing D5 XC90 it replaces. The already slick auto transmission gets an upgrade too, and the car’s acceleration from a standstill is sharper, thanks to a greater torque capacity in the lower gears. Appearance-wise, there’s a bold new grille and lower-frontbumper designs, the air intakes have a fresh look and new alloy wheel designs have been introduced. All XC90 versions also now come with integrated roof rails and dual integrated exhaust

tailpipes as standard. Our favourites – the R-Design models have been given an even more purposeful look with a new black high-gloss finish for the exterior trim, including the doormirror casings, window frames and roof rails, and attractive new interior colours. Tech- and feature-rich already, it’s hard to imagine what Volvo could add that would possibly be needed, but little touches, like two new USB ports in the cabins as standard, power adjustment for the front passenger-seat for Momentum models, and a purpose-designed bag to store the recharging cable for the T8 Twin Engine versions will be appreciated. The new XC90 range is available in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription versions – each also comes in a more highly specified ‘Pro’ form. There are four powertrains: the new 235hp B5 mild-hybrid diesel; 250hp T5 and 310hp T6 petrols; and the 390hp T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. Every XC90 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

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