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Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 hybrid reliability & safety

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

Volvo XC90 crash test
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£67,675 - £74,275
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Euro NCAP ratingAdult protection ratingChild protection ratingSafety assist rating
5 stars (2015)97%87%100%

Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 reliability & problems

Volvo as a brand came an acceptable 10th in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction surveyThe XC90 itself didn't feature, but the smaller XC60 and XC40 models finished 30th and 14th respectively out of 75 cars.

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 the batteries.

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 crash test (pictured above), 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 when you’re reversing. A 360-degree camera is optional as well, but it's a shame you can't have a space-saver spare tyre, as there's no room for it under the boot floor where the batteries for the hybrid system sit.

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