Compared to the 2017 version that I experienced before, the XC90 2020 has additional heating, seat cooling and steering glass display system. These are all very useful and highly appreciated by Vietnamese customers. The 9-inch touch screen with the Sensus interface has been upgraded to a new processor that is 50% faster for manipulation, especially zooming the map or scrolling through menus is much smoother.
The rest of the cabin is upholstered in natural leather, natural wood and metal, with only a handful of details made of soft plastic in some out of sight positions. Volvo XC90 offers two wood paneling options: walnut and yellow maple wood, which are harvested in the forests of Northern Europe. Particularly the walnut wood option is left untouched, uncoated.
Volvo XC90 interior really exudes a minimalist beauty, sophistication and lightness, not showing off, not full of wolfish flowers like the Swedish character. Passing through the stitches on the skin, stroking each piece of soft leather, touching each button cut with diamonds and shaped like jewels, I saw Volvo’s design engineers took care of every detail. weather like.
I found a tiny Swedish flag attached to the front passenger seat, as well as the words “Since 1959” engraved on the seatbelt as a reminder that Volvo invented the 3-point seatbelt in five. 1959. That’s how the Swedes show their national pride.
Sitting still in a chair shaped according to the shape of the human spine, adjusting every detail such as reclining seat, side cushions, back cushions, headrest, calf support, I really don’t remember times. When did I finally enjoy the feeling of sitting on such a comfortable and smooth chair. It’s no exaggeration to say that the seats on the Volvo XC90 are all of the top quality in the car world.
Seven seats are all equipped with seat belts with pretensioner and can be adjusted independently. The rear seats are arranged a little higher than the front seats so that passengers can feel more comfortable and reduce motion sickness. The seats in the Volvo XC90 are not only beautiful, comfortable but also very safe with the mechanism of shock-absorbing springs. Volvo says this seat structure can reduce up to one third of the force exerted on the passengers’ spine.
Perhaps I don’t need to mention how many airbags XC90 has or which basic safety features. It is no coincidence that this model is dubbed the “safest SUV in the world”. Compared to the 2017 version, the 2020 XC90 is updated with the Oncoming Lane Mitigation safety feature like the XC60 model. This is a feature that will assist you to drive in the right lane if the opposite is a vehicle coming and the sensor senses a risk of a direct collision. Cross Traffic Alert Plus is now able to brake itself when the vehicle is backing up, meeting obstacles within 30 meters of which the driver does not respond.
Experiencing a Volvo XC90 is not just about driving it. It is also the sensory experience of touching expensive materials, the satisfaction of capturing every syllable in your favorite music. For me, the auditory experience with Volvo XC90 was the most memorable.
The Bowers & Wilkins sound system of Volvo XC90 includes 19 satellite speakers and 1 amplifier with a capacity of up to 1,400 watts. However, raw power is not what makes this British stereo special. On the contrary, these are things that seem very small like tweeters placed on top of the dashboard to create something special.
This 3-finger baby diaphragm is not a decoration. It is directed towards the cabin to increase the rate of direct sound, overwhelming the reflected sound flow to the steering glass. This design helps the syllables of the high range to reach the listener’s ears more directly, instead of having to reflect on the steering glass to reach the listener’s ear. As a result, the soundstage is expanded, the sound is clearer, more detailed and the instrument and the vocalist will be more realistic and more emotional. Even this tweeter driver is tilted to the driver’s side by 0.6 degrees to give the best experience for this important position.
In addition, the system also includes 7 spiral tweeters with 25mm diaphragm diameter – this is B&W’s proprietary Nautilus technology; 7 mid-range speakers (5 with 100mm diaphragm diameter and 2 80mm) with kevlar woven diaphragm with distinctive yellow color hidden behind the protective aluminum film; 4 cone subwoofers with diameter of 200 and 165 mm and finally the most special component: 1 subwoofer (subwoofer) designed in the form of “sub steam”, diameter 250mm directly attached to the chassis. Simply put, it transforms the entire chassis into a huge subwoofer!
Browse a few menus on the touch screen and you’ll see the “Gothenburg Concert Hall” mode. It is not just a language of marketing. The Bowers & Wilkins speaker system on the XC90 is fine-tuned to give you the same experience you’re sitting in the middle of the Gothenburg Theater. For me personally, the Gothenburg Concert Hall and the Two Steps From Hell favorite songs seem to be born for each other! Words can not describe the details and the extremely wide soundstage, detailed sound to each instrument of this speaker system, you go to the Volvo showroom and directly feel.
Another equally impressive experience is the Nappa leather covering the seats and steering wheel on the XC90. Volvo’s Nappa leather is owned by the Bridge of Weir village in Scottland. This is a 250-year-old brand that specializes in providing luxury leather for Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, McLaren … and of course Volvo. Bridge of Weir not only produces premium car skins, but they also produce leather seats for British Parliament House, Concorde supersonic aircraft furniture, interiors of the second Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, the ship is parked in Dubai as a floating hotel.
Volvo focused on safety and durability criteria than the above-mentioned British brands, so they ordered Bridge of Weir to produce Nappa leather one level lower than Bentley leather in terms of texture and touch. In return, the leather for Volvo has a much cheaper production price and still ensures the strict safety criteria of the Swedish car company.
So what about driving XC90? Volvo XC90 Inscription 2020 has no change in performance compared to the previous version. Vehicles still use 4-cylinder engine capacity of 2,000 cubic centimeters. Thanks to both supercharger and supercharged technology, this engine produces a maximum capacity of up to 320 horsepower and maximum torque of 400 Nm. Vehicles equipped with 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system of Haldex. With this configuration, the Volvo XC90 Inscription 2020 accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.9 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 230 km / h.
The engine block of Volvo XC90 is strong enough to serve an SUV weighing more than 2 tons, but the keyword here is still “enough”. It’s not as muscular as the GLE’s V6, nor does it thrill excitement and urge the driver like the BMW X5’s I6. The 8-speed gearbox of the XC90 is also not really smooth and it is very positive to shift, keeping the rpm low to save fuel, not “obedient” as the 8-speed gearbox of the BMW X5.
Yes, the Volvo XC90’s air suspension does not control the body as neatly as the BMW X5. However, if driving experience is your priority, Volvo XC90 is not for you. This is a model for customers who are looking for a quiet, spacious and quiet experience – a perfect environment to forget the occasional breeze of receiving and enjoying every sound from the Bowers & Wilkins sound system. !
What is luxury? According to Patrick Thomas, CEO of fashion brand Hermès, luxury doesn’t mean expensive. “For me, luxury and luxury don’t mean anything. Luxury with many people means to show off, to be money, to be flashy … are not very meaningful. I think we (Hermès) are not in the world of luxury but in the world of craftsmen creating quality goods. We want to be unique, simple but made with the utmost care and quality. Many people still think expensive means luxury. I do not think so. For me, that’s when I let myself go into the wild nature, in the forest, hear the birds singing … That’s just a luxury for me. ”
That’s Thomas’s point, and for me, sitting in an absolutely safe car, experiencing my favorite song from the Bower & Wilkins sound system, confidently entrusting to maintain the accelerator, keep the lane, brake when encountering objects and assisting steering when meeting the bends of the Volvo XC90 is a completely different experience. I call it a luxury.
Vi Phạm (Tuoitrethudo)