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Photos of the Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 front view

Front view connotes quiet strength. "Thor's hammer" DRLs.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 front quarter close

More going on with the new XC90's tastefully restrained sheet metal than initially meets the eye.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 front quarter view

Sophisticated evolution of Volvo's traditional brick. The new Audi Q7 should look this good.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2014 Acura MDX front quarter view

The Acura MDX (2014 here) isn't unattractive, but it doesn't look nearly as upscale as the Volvo.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 side view

Excellent proportions for a vehicle with a transverse engine and transmission.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 rear quarter view

The new XC90 appears especially handsome from the rear quarter. Nicely formed shoulder.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 interior

In my first encounter with the new XC90, this interior blew me away.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Acura MDX interior

The Acura MDX's interior isn't in the same league as the Volvo's.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 instrument panel full

With the Inscription trim, the XC90's entire instrument panel is covered in leather and walnut.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 instrument panel

Many features, few buttons. Touchscreen enables minimalism.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 instruments

LCD instruments vary by mode (Eco replaces the tach with an efficiency meter) and theme (1 of 4).

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 infotainment interface

Like a phone, swipe side to side to change screens, tap an area to expand it.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 center console

Gnurled controls. Don't care for the linear walnut? Aluminum and carbon fiber are also available.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 driver seat

Many adjustments, but still not as comfortable or as form-fitting as I expected.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 second-row seat

Comparable second-row legroom to the MDX, but 2.6 inches less shoulder room despite wider exterior.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 third-row seat

Based on the specs, four more inches of third-row legroom than the MDX. In reality, maybe two more.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 cargo area

More room behind the third row than in most competitors. Still not enough for a traveling family.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 cargo area second row folded

As in competitors, far more cargo space with the third row folded. Second row folds 40/20/40.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 cargo area both rows folded

With both rows folded, seven feet of floor.

Volvo XC90 Photos: 2016 Volvo XC90 engine

Belt-driven supercharger mounted high on back of engine, turbocharger below it. (Photo of hybrid.)