30 Mar '16, 5pm

2016's Top Ten Tech Cars: Volvo XC90

Sweden’s Volvo had been in virtual hibernation in recent years, cut loose from Ford, sold to a Chinese owner, and resting on past innovations. That changes with the new XC90, a luxury SUV that’s hogging such awards as North American Truck of the Year and reaffirming Volvo’s reputation for safety. The XC90 wraps three rows and seven passengers in a Scandinavian body that looks as solid as a glacier. It’s the kind of SUV that you might expect to have a V-8, such as the one in the old XC90. But the new one cuts the cylinder count in half: the Volvo Twin Engine combines a turbocharger and a supercharger in a 2.0-liter four to make a very respectable 236 kilowatts (316 horsepower)—and a downright burly 298 kW in the T8 plug-in hybrid version, thanks to a 65-kW electric-motor assist. That T8 hustles to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in just 5.6 seconds, and its E-mo...

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