2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence Breaks $100,000 Barrier
Ultra-Lux SUV is Most Expensive Volvo to Date
The Volvo XC90 has received numerous accolades from the automotive press for its elegance, sophistication, and technology. Indeed, the XC90 went from a distant, dated also-ran in the luxury SUV class to hanging with the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLS, and BMW X5. While Volvo’s premium hauler starts at a reasonable $44,945, including destination, it doesn’t take much to inflate the price from there. Moving up from the merely turbocharged T5 to the turbocharged and supercharged T6 ratchets the price up to $50,795. If you want the plug-in hybrid T8, you’re looking at $69,095. However, if you want the ultimate in Scandinavian indulgence and coddling, be prepared to fork over $105,895, presumably including the customary $995 destination charge on XC90s, for the XC90 Excellence.
Ironically for a vehicle class that usually prides itself on practicality and utility, the XC90 Excellence has significantly less passenger and cargo utility than its more common stablemates. Catering expressly to executives, the Excellence’s focus is decidedly on the rear seating area. Both rear seats fully recline, and like the front seats, offer massage and ventilation. Other rear seat amenities include a retractable control touchscreen, a built-in refrigerator in the center console with bottle and glass holders, a heated and cooled cupholder, and handmade crystal glasses from famed Swedish glassmaker Orrefors.
As befitting a model of this stature and price, the Excellence is offered exclusively with the top-of-the-line T8 Twin Engine powertrain, delivering a combined 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. For those whom it still matters, the engine is still at its heart a humble 2.0L turbocharged I-4, augmented by a supercharger and plug-in hybrid system. The XC90 Excellence will be available in U.S. Volvo dealers this summer.