A high-end luxury SUV must have strong power, but according to the traditional understanding, the result of strong power must be high fuel consumption. And low-carbon energy saving is the general trend, how to balance low emission and high performance? At this stage, hybrid models should be the best choice. Volvo XC90 is the most high-end model among Volvo SUVs, and it is also Volvo’s flagship SUV. The T8 E-drive hybrid version is the most powerful model of XC90. Today, let’s take a look at how this high-end luxury hybrid SUV performs.
As a luxury mid-to-large SUV, when you first see the Volvo XC90 T8, it feels domineering. This is not only because of its large body size, the overall appearance design is also very straightforward, with simple and sharp lines, no matter what angle you look at from the body, you can remember him.
The front face of the car is the flagship design of the family, and of course it is the highest standard. The iconic straight waterfall center grid and the “Thor’s Hammer” headlights are all Volvo’s signatures. The headlight sources all use LEDs, active follow-up lighting, and adaptive far and near beams are also standard configurations.
The body structure of the vehicle does not have any complicated lines, and the waistline is also very simple. The body length has reached 4950mm, and the height has reached 1776mm, so the fullness and weight brought by the body is very good. The size of the rim is 20 inches, and the tire size is 275/45R20.
The rear of the vehicle is also wide and straight, and the design of the LED vertical taillights is undoubtedly unique. Although it is an E-drive hybrid model, it still retains the exhaust layout with two outlets on both sides.
Open the tailgate to see the storage space. Because it is a seven-seater model, when all seven seats are used, the storage space is 314L. This data is still very good, and it will not lose all backup due to the use of seven seats. box storage capacity. In the case of five seats, that is, the conventional trunk space has a volume of 721L, which also has advantages among SUVs of the same level. Moreover, the second row of seats can be completely laid flat, and the maximum storage volume can reach 1868L, which is necessary for the flexible and expandable practical large storage space of this seven-seat multifunctional SUV.
Looking at the interior, the interior design of all Volvo cars is in this Nordic minimalist style, and the luxury of the XC90 T8 model is reflected in every detail. The center console is entirely covered with high-grade leather, which feels very good, including the door panel area and armrest area, which are also wrapped in leather with a delicate touch. And top-level workmanship is a necessary condition for this million-level SUV.
The 12.3-inch intelligent multi-mode digital instrument panel displays top-notch color effects, clarity, and response speed. Because it is a hybrid model, the instrument panel on the right can display the battery power, as well as energy recovery and kinetic energy conversion.
The 9-inch touch LCD screen integrates vehicle function settings, multimedia entertainment system, supports CARPLAY, navigation radar, panoramic images, etc. Although the screen is not huge, the sensitivity and response speed of the operation are of the highest standard, and the surface of the screen handles reflections very well. The interior rearview mirror is very interesting. Not only can it automatically prevent glare, but it also integrates a digital compass, which is very practical.
The crystal gear lever on the center console is high-grade and beautiful. It is from the Swedish local crystal art brand Orrefors. This crystal gear lever is an exclusive configuration for the T8 model. The cup holder in the storage area of the center console is connected with the small storage compartment in the front, so it is convenient to put some long items and larger items. Although the space in the armrest box is not very large, it is equipped with 2 USB ports to charge the mobile phone.
Luxury car seats must be luxurious and comfortable. The entire XC90 T8 uses high-grade NAPPA leather seats, and the surface has been perforated to support ventilation and heating. The main and co-drivers support three sets of memory and massage functions at the same time. There is no doubt about the seating space of this medium and large SUV, and it should be expressed as spacious. With my height in the driving position, there will be more than a punch in the head, and there will be more than a punch in the legs when sitting in the second row. Moreover, the second row of seats can move forward and backward in three stages, and the movable range is very large. There will be no problems with the softness and comfort of the seat padding, which should be standard for a million-class SUV.
The advanced four-zone automatic air-conditioning is a standard configuration, which can take good care of the rear passengers, but there are no USB ports in the rear, and now almost everyone has a mobile phone in their hands, so this USB port is also very necessary.
The third row is the real test, because for my height of 1.9 meters, the third row of many 7-seater models cannot be entered. We have also discussed this matter before. The practicality of the third row is based on my standard. I must be able to sit in it, and there must be a margin. Obviously, the third row of the XC90 is a truly practical third row.
Here comes the important point, the power system of the XC90 T8 E-drive hybrid model, the Drive-E dual supercharged engine has a maximum power of 320 horsepower and a maximum torque of 400 Nm, and of course the drive motor has 87 horsepower and 240 Nm, and the battery of the drive motor The capacity is 10.4kwh. The combined maximum power can reach 407 horsepower and 640 Nm, and the matched gearbox is 8AT from Aisin.
The power performance brought by this plug-in hybrid system is to allow this medium and large SUV to complete the acceleration from 100 kilometers in 5.6 seconds. In fact, this kind of brisk starting state does not feel that the body is very big, and the throttle adjustment is also very sensitive. At the beginning of the throttle, it is the drive motor, and the engine can be triggered by continuing to step on it deeply. The power connection is very stable, basically There will be no notice on the road, and the acceleration will be rapid.
The power reserve in the middle and rear stages is also sufficient, and it can be re-accelerated in any speed range. And the rapid acceleration on the way is about to talk about this 8AT, the downshift is very decisive and in place at once, without any hesitation. And whether it is downshifting or continuous upshifting, the smoothness of the gearbox is also top-notch.
The adjustment of the steering system is light and smooth, the feedback is delicate, and the low speed is soft and stable at high speed. The standard suspension system of the T8 model is the air suspension, which can strongly support the vehicle’s roll when cornering quickly. Although the body is large, it will not produce left-right deviation. The comfort adjustment of the air suspension can filter the small vibrations and bumps on the road very well.
For plug-in hybrid models, “Electric Ark” believes that the important advantage is low emissions. When the battery is fully charged, the lowest comprehensive fuel consumption can reach 2.6L. The theoretical value of the cruising range in pure electric mode can reach 50 kilometers, but the actual situation may not be ideal, and 35 to 40 kilometers should not be a big problem. Commuting to and from get off work in the city, if the round-trip mileage is within 30 kilometers, you can achieve zero fuel consumption. Generally speaking, the performance of the Volvo XC90 T8 E-drive hybrid model is that it has stronger power, lower fuel consumption, and the standard of a million-class luxury SUV is not missing.