Volvo XC90 Trim Levels: What's The Difference?

Volvo XC90 Trim Levels
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You want the flagship Volvo SUV but have done a double-take at all the Volvo XC90 trim levels. Understandable. This authoritative guide will help you quickly determine key features, specifications, and terminology. Even though there are several trims to choose from with a variety of powertrains, you'll soon become familiar with all of them. Please scroll down to learn more about the largest SUV from Volvo Cars and all that it has in store for you.

Volvo XC90 Trim Levels: The Recharge Family

There are a few things to keep in mind when you get an electrified Volvo vehicle. The name "Recharge" is given to any fully electrified or plug-in hybrid model and refers exclusively to the powertrain (whereas other trim names are both styling and performance-related). Current Volvo XC90 Recharge trims are found on the top models in the line (the R-Design & the Inscription). Both of those models enjoy a combined 455 horsepower with eAWD and an impressive range in "Pure" mode.

Volvo XC90 Trim Levels: The Recharge Family

A Spotlight on the Volvo XC90 R-Design

This model is the second rung up the Volvo XC90 trim levels ladder. The Volvo XC90 R-Design is as luxurious as the rest of them but offers a design theme that embraces the model's sporty nature. You'll discover two-tone leather seats made from Nubuck and Nappa leather. There are also premium diamond-cut wheels with traditional chrome finishes painted black for a sleeker look. Aside from the Recharge variant, you can choose from two forced-induction gas engines and the availability of FWD or AWD.

The Volvo XC90 Inscription Up Close & Personal

Of all the Volvo XC90 trim levels, the Inscription embraces the classy styling of a true estate vehicle. With standard Nappa leather ventilated seats, you'll instantly be transported to a world of supreme comfort. Ambient acoustic filtration is also found standard, and it's not uncommon to see a gear shift made from pure Orrefors® Crystal. The Volvo XC90 Inscription is also available in a Recharge trim as well as with two forced-induction gas engines.

Further, the Inscription Expression deletes ventilated seating, reintroduces 19” wheels, and has trim-specific emblems and badging. The Inscription Expression is an upgrade from the entry-level Momentum or a leaner version of the full Inscription.

The Volvo XC90 T5 vs. T6

We've previously used the term “forced induction” when talking about the R-Design and Inscription trims. Forced-induction engines, such as the Volvo XC90 T5 vs. T6 engines use a mechanical device to amplify the delivery of air volume into the combustion chamber. The result is more power and greater fuel efficiency. You know forced-induction devices by their proper names like turbochargers and superchargers. The T5 delivers 250 horsepower, while the T6 offers 316 horsepower. FWD is optional only on the T5 engine.

Volvo XC90 Trim Levels & Other FAQs

We're the Volvo dealer in Jacksonville that believes in product knowledge as the true source of your enjoyment. These vehicles have lots of incredible features that we will be happy to explain in more detail. Here are some answers to top questions about the Volvo XC90:

What are the different trim levels on the Volvo XC90?

The complete list of Volvo XC90 trim levels includes the Volvo XC90 Momentum, the Volvo XC90 R-Design (& Recharge), the Volvo XC90 Inscription (& Recharge), and the Volvo XC90 Inscription Expression (& Recharge).

Which is better: Momentum or Inscription?

The real question here is which model is better for you? Both of them come with standard leather, adaptive LED headlights, ADAS driver's safety, wireless charging, semi-autonomous driving, a 12.3" digital driver's center, a 9" touch-screen center, a glass sunroof, easy entry, and more. Both define luxury differently, though you'll have more options with the Inscription. Learn more about the Volvo Momentum vs. Inscription here.

What is the difference between a T5 and T6 Volvo XC90?

The main differences are power and traction. The T5 gives you 250-horsepower, while the T6 gives you 316-horsepower (thanks to an additional supercharger). The T5 comes with FWD as standard but makes AWD an option (while the T6 only allows AWD). The T5 is rated to tow 4,000 pounds,1 while the T6 is rated to tow 5,000 pounds.1


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