The XC90 is available with a choice of powerful petrol and diesel engines
producing plenty of power and, especially, torque from low engine speeds and
through the mid-range, for maximum flexibility and driving pleasure.
Volvo has also ensured that the XC90 offers class leading emissions and fuel
economy. The new D5 (185bhp) diesel engine has received extensive
modifications for 2006 to enhance power delivery, refinement, performance and
emissions. A DPF (diesel particulate filter) with oxidising coating is now standard
and the engine is Euro IV compliant.
The XC90 is available with a choice of three powerful, turbo engines: one diesel and two
T6: transverse 6-cylinder, 24 valve, 2.9-litre petrol engine with twin turbochargers.
272bhp and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800-5,000 rpm.
2.5T: transverse, 5-cylinder, 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine. 210bhp and 320Nm of torque
at 1,500-4,500 rpm.
New D5: transverse 5-cylinder, 2.4-litre common rail turbodiesel engine with standard
DPF (diesel particulate filter) with oxidising coating. Now with 185bhp and 400 Nm of
torque from 2,000-2,750 rpm. Euro IV compliant.
All engines produce plenty of power and, especially, torque from low engine speeds and
through the mid-range for maximum flexibility and driving pleasure.
Volvo has also ensured the XC90 offers class leading emissions and fuel economy. The petrol
T6 achieves up to 29.4mpg on the extra urban cycle with emissions of 309 g/km, while the
D5 diesel registers 37.7mpg on the same cycle, with emissions of 242 g/km.
Both engines come from Volvo's car range, but they have been re-profiled to suit XC90. In
particular, the petrol engine produces more torque from lower down the rev range.
Engine T6 2.5T D5 (Euro IV)
Type: 2922cc transverse 2521cc transverse 2401cc transverse
6 cyl/24v turbo 5 cyl/20v turbo 5 cyl/20v turbo
Fuel Petrol Petrol Diesel
Power 272 bhp 210 bhp 185 bhp
Torque 380 Nm at 320 Nm at 400 Nm at
(Nm at rpm) 1,800 5,000 rpm 1,500 - 4,500 rpm 2,000 2,750 rpm
9.9 geartronic 10.9 manual
130 geartronic 130 manual
130 geartronic 121 manual
304 geartronic 269 manual
282 geartronic 219 manual
The six-cylinder engine is the same unit that powers Volvo's executive saloon, the S80 T6. It
has a parallel turbo system two small and highly efficient turbochargers installed alongside
each other, driven by and feed three cylinders each. It is equipped with Continuously Variable
Valve Timing (CVVT) on both the inlet and exhaust sides.
CVVT adjusts valve timing to suit the engine's current revs and load, and it thus exploits the
engine more effectively, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. One of the most important
results is that maximum torque is available from just 1800 rpm, compared with the 2000
revs/minute of the version in the S80.
The five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine joined the XC90 range in 2004 to offer
something between the T6 and D5. With a low-pressure turbo, the 2521cc unit offers 210bhp
with 320Nm of torque available from 1,500 4,500 rpm.
It offers similar performance to the larger T6 engine, achieving 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds with
emissions of 269 g/km.
In the UK, the majority of Volvo XC90 customers choose the performance, economy and
range of a diesel engine. And from the 2006 model year, Volvo now offers a new, extensively
modified version of its refined 2.4-litre, five-cylinder turbodiesel: the D5. Power delivery,
refinement, performance and emissions are all enhanced compared to the original D5. The
D5 also has the option of a new, high torque six-speed Geartronic available.
The new D5 Euro IV engine received a significant power boost from 163bhp to 185bhp, now
boasting the same levels of torque as the high performance S60 R, with 400 Nm available
from just 2000 rpm. This flexible performance provides a potential top speed of 121 mph,
with 0-62mph now possible in 10.9 seconds (compared to the previous D5's 12.2 seconds).
These enhancements have been achieved as a result of customer feedback and achieved by
the following technological developments and extensive changes to performance
characteristics of the D5 diesel engine - see following details:
New electronic glow plug system for faster starting.
More advanced injection process with 7 spray holes (instead of 5) in each injector for
complete fuel atomisation and more efficient combustion and enhanced performance.
New, larger and more efficient turbocharger with electronic control for faster/more precise
control of charge pressure; plus larger compressor wheel, new cambered vanes for
improved response at all speeds, and reduced turbo lag.
Turbo centre housing now water cooled to provide continued cooling after engine stops.
Improved flow of air/exhaust gases for optimal flow and reduced drop of pressure.
More powerful engine management system with more sensors to improve regulation.
EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system modified for improved flow/regulation.
New, more effective cooling system for EGR.
New, faster, electronically controlled throttle moves EGR gases/ regulates temp better.
Air swirl in combustion chamber is now infinitely variable for more efficient combustion.
Increased volume for combustion chambers, and consequently a lower compression ratio.
Larger catalytic converter with oxygen sensor for more precise emissions control.
NOx emissions reduced by 50%
Maintenance free, coated diesel particulate filter (Euro IV compliant) automatically burns
off soot particulates approximately every 500 miles.
Low emissions superior to Euro IV control standard requirements:
Euro IV requirement D5 (S60 example)
CO (Carbon monoxide) 0.500 g/km 0.207 g/km (58% better than required)
NOx (nitrogen oxide) 0.250 g/km 0.187 g/km (25% better than required)
Particulates 0.025 g/km 0.001 g/km (96% better than required)
The Volvo XC90 uses a wide track and long wheelbase for maximum stability and
a car-like driving experience.
The XC90 is designed for all types of roads, irrespective of the surface beneath the
tyres or the weather conditions.
Even though the XC90 was never designed to be a serious off-roader, it has the
versatile combination of electronically controlled Haldex AWD (all-wheel drive)
with Instant TractionTM and generous ground clearance 218mm for when the
going gets tough.
A high seating position gives the XC90 driver a feeling of safety and greater
awareness of the road ahead, as well as the knowledge that he or she can control
the car with the help of instant, well-weighted response from the chassis, engine
Car-like driving experience.
Wide track and long wheelbase for maximum stability.
The Volvo XC90 is designed for all types of roads, irrespective of the surface beneath the
tyres or the weather conditions.
Even though the XC90 was never designed to be a serious off-roader, it has the versatile
combination of electronically controlled Haldex all-wheel drive with Instant TractionTM and a
generous 218 mm of ground clearance for when the going gets tough.
A high seating position gives the XC90 driver a feeling of safety and greater awareness of the
road ahead, with the knowledge that he or she can control the car with the help of instant,
well-weighted response from the chassis, engine and brakes.
The chassis in the Volvo XC90 is designed to give the vehicle the same ride and roadholding
characteristics as a passenger car.
In the XC90, however, the suspension is more substantial to handle heavier loads, the higher
ground clearance and all-terrain possibilities.
The rear multi-link suspension is well isolated, with the dampers and springs attached directly
to the subframe. This results in a quieter ride as road and transmission noise is largely
filtered out before it reaches the bodywork.
A wide track (1634 mm front, 1624 mm rear) and a long wheelbase (2857 mm between the
front and rear axles) make for exceptional stability, with the XC90 behaving consistently and
dependably even on curving, twisting and uneven roads.
STEERING, BRAKES AND TRANSMISSION
Speed Sensitive System (standard T6).
Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA).
Intelligent Haldex Electronic AWD with Instant TractionTM.
DSTC and TRACS.
2.5T: 6-speed manual gearbox or 5-speed Geartronic.
New D5: 6-speed manual gearbox or new high-torque 6-speed Geartronic.
T6: 4-speed Geartronic transmission standard.
The XC90 is as easy, responsive and rewarding to drive as any regular Volvo
saloon or estate model. Its torsionally rigid body, transverse engines and all-
wheel drive combine to give an almost even weight distribution (53 per cent front,
47 per cent rear).
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