The Updated Volvo XC90 Is Safer, Sleeker And More Attractive To City Drivers

In recent times, Volvo has steadily become an increasingly attractive and popular choice for Malaysian car buyers. The upsurge in interest is in large part attributable to the second-generation XC90, which was launched in 2015 to high acclaim; it impressed with its modern, feature-packed approach that included a hybrid powertrain—a relative rarity at the time—and contemporary yet serene Swedish styling.

Now, the XC90 is receiving an update. Crucially, it is now equipped with all the high-tech safety and driver assistance features that have since debuted on other, more recent Volvo offerings. These include elements such as City Safety, a collision-avoidance system that detects pedestrian, cyclists and large animals, and blind spot and lane-keeping technologies that will intervene with steering if necessary. These updates bring the XC90 more in line with Volvo’s modern-day appeal, which combines a decades-old reputation for safety with cutting-edge lifestyle technology.

Otherwise, the XC90 remains a familiar cornerstone of contemporary SUVs, with the T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus (RM410,088) hybrid at the top of the range and the only one equipped with a 19-speaker sound system from Bowers & Wilkins. The battery capacity has improved to 11.6kWh for an electric-only range of 50km. The total power output, combined with the 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged inline-four, remains unchanged at 407bhp, as does the 0-100km/h time of 5.6 seconds.

The refresh also includes some minor external changes, with new chrome hardware on front and rear exterior and a slightly more aggressive, concave front grille which projects a subtly stronger image. Inside, the Orrefors crystal gear level has been redesigned, and the infotainment system accessed through the nine-inch touchscreen has also been updated.


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