Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine reliability & safety

The Volvo XC90 T8 combines the dependability of a regular XC90 with Volvo’s traditional focus on safety, so it makes for reassuring transport

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine reliability & problems

Volvo is a relatively strong performer in our sister title Auto Express’ Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. In 2018, the brand finished 13th, which was only a mid-table result. However, it was the fifth-strongest brand for reliability and build quality.

As for the hybrid system, this setup is shared across many models and in the three years they’ve been on sale, we’ve not heard any reports of failure. Of course, that eight-year warranty protects you if anything should go wrong with this part of the car.

Safety

The XC90 comes as standard with plenty of safety technology, including autonomous braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, collision warning, a system that'll help you swerve to avoid oncoming traffic if you stray into the other lane, a system that prepares the car for a crash if it senses it running off the road, plenty of airbags and whiplash protection for the seats.

This was enough to earn the XC90 five stars in its Euro NCAP test, but you can also upgrade the safety systems with the £500 Blind Spot Information System, which adds steering assistance, cross-traffic alert and autonomous braking for when you’re reversing.