Volvo Redefines the Luxurious and Purposeful Interior

2015 Volvo XC90, Interior

I thought I had it good with my Q7.

I’ve embarked on road trips with 4 kids, I’ve taken it on a trip with 5 other full-grown adults, I’ve used it to pull trailer-loads of trash to the dump, I’ve hauled a 600-pound concrete fountain, and just this weekend I brought home 425 masonry bricks in the back.

The big Audi has done all this for me without a single complaint and in extreme comfort. I thought I had it good. Until, that is, I read about the interior of the all-new Volvo XC90.

I must have one.

Volvo interior drivers

Exterior shots of the new XC90 haven’t been released yet, so I withhold my commitment to get one until I know if the vehicle is sufficiently attractive. The interior, though, could nearly seal the deal alone.

The inside bears a significant resemblance to a Tesla interior and includes a mostly button-free center stack. That, however, is not why I have an interest. In fact, I would prefer traditional buttons, because I like them.

According to the Volvo press release:

The new XC90’s interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glass maker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

A crystal gear lever? Hmmm. Interesting, but I might opt for traditional wood or leather, if it’ll save me some coin. Here’s what has my interest: Volvo claims to have 7 viable seats for adults rather than the usual 5 adult seats and 2 children’s seats. Unless the XC90 has become the size of a Suburban, I don’t know how they did it, but I’m sold. In addition there’s a 4-zone climate system, individually folding seats, optional power-operated third-row seating, and second-row seats that recline and slide backwards and forwards.

This means I could do everything I’ve done in my Audi, only more comfortably and more efficiently. There are two huge drawbacks, of course: The new XC90 will cost tens of thousands more than my used Audi did, and I’m pretty sure loading a brand new car with stacks of uncovered bricks would be detrimental to that plush and high-tech interior.

Is the revolutionary interior of the new Volvo XC90 appealing to you?

-tgriffith

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