2005 Volvo XC90 review: 2005 Volvo XC90

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Cabin tech: 5.0
  • Performance tech: 6.0
  • Design: 8.0
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The Good Powerful and sure-footed; backup warning; innovative antirollover system.

The Bad Limited digital devices; stiff suspension.

The Bottom Line The 2005 Volvo XC90 is comfortable and easy to drive but doesn't connect to MP3 players or cell phones.

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2005 Volvo XC90

Easily the largest vehicle from the Ford-owned Swedish carmaker, the 2005 Volvo XC90 doesn't sacrifice control and safety for speed and comfort but does come up short on providing the digital gadgets that can help out on the road. With the industry's first technology for preventing dangerous rollovers, the XC90 always feels safe and secure, with all-wheel drive that grabs the road while the V-8 engine pours on the power. It all adds up to a large vehicle that is versatile and surprisingly fun to drive, as well as faster, quieter, and larger than the less-expensive Chrysler Pacifica. Unfortunately, the model we looked at lacked GPS navigation, satellite radio, a DVD player, and a way to connect a cell phone or MP3 player, options we think should be on every car.

The 2005 Volvo XC90 with a V-8 engine has a base price of $45,395, but after you add in the metallic paint ($475), heated front seats ($625), Touring package ($1,795), Convenience package, and $695 delivery charge, the car tops out at $50,285, or nearly $10,000 more than a decked-out Chrysler Pacifica with GPS, a DVD player, and satellite radio.

The combination of leather, plastics, and a gentle brushed aluminum in the 2005 Volvo XC90's cabin has an unfussy feel that does without the profusion of switches, knobs, and screens that are prevalent in the Cadillac STS. In fact, everything that the driver needs is within easy reach, including the well-placed buttons on the steering wheel for adjusting the stereo and the cruise control. The XC90 takes the driver and passenger to a new realm of comfort and support, with some of the best seats available outside of a living room. In a bit of mechanical magic, the five backseats individually fold flat to open up a huge cargo area that can swallow up a 12-foot patio umbrella, 600 pounds of bagged gravel, and a large computer box.


Buttons on the steering wheel control music volume and cruise control.

Despite selling for the equivalent of four economy cars, our 2005 Volvo XC90 test vehicle came without the $2,100 GPS navigation option. Although it does without a backup camera, the XC90's parking assistance warns you--with suitably annoying beeps--when you're getting too close to objects and can detect curbs in addition to taller obstructions.

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2005 Volvo XC90

Part Number: 100461519
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  • Trim levels 2.5T
  • Body style SUV
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