My Weekend with a Volvo XC90
Have you ever had a child sit in your car and immediately say it felt like they were sitting in heaven? Well, I did! This weekend, I drove the XC90 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid.
I am always pleasantly surprised when I drive a new vehicle because it turns out to be much more than I think it will be, and the XC90 is no exception. Volvos are incredibly safe vehicles, but they have gained a reputation for being safe, meaning ordinary, and possibly even boring. I can promise you a car with 455 horsepower and can go 0-60 in 6.1 seconds is the least boring car I have driven.
The technology in an XC90 offers seamless integration between your house, car, and phone. With the built-in Google Operating System, you can enjoy a hands-free experience to get directions, change the temperature of the vehicle, change the radio station, and keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues – just by saying “Hey Google” to get you started. If your home is also “equipped with google,” you can have your car set your home temperate, open your garage door, and more. And the Google Assistant learns your patterns and voice and becomes even more adaptive to the vehicle’s owner.
You can also set all your preferences on the vehicles so that when you start the car during these cold months, it will automatically turn on your seat and steering wheel warmers to the temperature you prefer.
Google maps know your location, so if you realize you need to get gas or want to swing by and get a coffee, you can ask Google to find the closest Gas Station or Starbucks near you, then it will get you directions. This is extremely helpful when you are driving out of town to various baseball and soccer tournaments and are unfamiliar with the area.
The XC90 Recharge is a Hybrid Vehicle that can easily plug into your garage and charge while parked or overnight, and you can go approximately 35 miles between charges. The weekend I drove the XC90, I spent a lot of time picking up and dropping off kids (mine, other people’s, you name it) and made several runs to Target for whatever all the kids at my house needed. I was able to do all of that on the charge. I spend most of my free time chauffeuring kids around to practice, events, and seeing friends; for the most part, those are all within 15 minutes of my house.
The XC90 has Adaptive Cruise, and this was the first time I have used that feature, and it was terrific – while on the interstate, I set the cruise and never had to touch it again. The vehicle would react by slowing down or speeding up when a car would come in and out of my lane, almost faster than I would have responded to it myself. And it was also such a smooth change you don’t even realize you are changing speeds. It also comes with Lane Keep Assist – which will nudge you back into your lane if you drift into another lane, and pilot assisted, which keeps the vehicle following the lanes.
Another great feature was the automatic cameras. As soon as I get close to something, it activates the cameras automatically. And they were cool, in-depth cameras. The kids in the car thought they were so cool they asked if we could drive around a parking garage, testing the camera and seeing what it showed us. And I can promise you, that is the first time teen girls have asked me to do that!
And the list goes on! So if you are in the market for a new SUV and want to surround yourself with luxury, integrated technology, have space for kids and your stuff, and have a vehicle that is fun to drive, test drive the XC90.