TQ Auto Bond SUV Of The Year: Volvo XC90 2016 T6 Design

2016 has been a relatively slow year for the auto industry. A lot of technological advancements have been made but not too much in the overall realm of new vehicles on the market. That is no excuse for selecting the 2016 XC90 as SUV of the year. It beats the Q7, X5, GLE, QX60 and the MDX. 

2016 XC90 after a complete redesign that boasts a 316-hp turbo and supercharged 2.0L 4-cylinder, 8-speed auto, AWD, and optional 400-hp plug-in hybrid version. The fully loaded upgraded to sporty R-Design trim, comes complete with revised front and rear fascias, brushed aluminum exterior accents, 22-inch alloys, textured aluminum interior trim, leather and psuede seats.

Drive mode selector set to Dynamic (Comfort, Eco, Off-Road and Individual modes are also available), which heightens all of the SUV’s senses to make the most of that obsessively tight body structure and wonderfully sorted albeit unorthodox double

Drive mode selector set to Dynamic (Comfort, Eco, Off-Road and Individual modes are also available), which heightens all of the SUV’s senses to make the most of that obsessively tight body structure and wonderfully sorted albeit unorthodox double wishbone front and transverse composite leaf independent rear suspension (yes, similar to the Corvette in back) or optional air suspension (more on that when I get a chance to test it), plus the potent powertrain noted before, and the XC90 feels especially light and maneuverable.

The 2016 Volvo XC90 boasts a handsome cabin furnished with high-quality materials. A variety of cabin accents, including a few different kinds of genuine wood and even real carbon fiber, spiff things up while the controls are generally laid out in a logical and uncluttered manner. The 9-inch central touchscreen is oriented vertically rather than horizontally, which Volvo says allows for superior map viewing and menu structures. In usability testing, we found that the screen responded quickly to our inputs, but some features were difficult to access quickly, including the climate, radio and heated-seat controls.

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