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A Closer Look at the 2025 Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo’s own a fast track to Electric they aim to have a fully electric lineup by 2030. In the meantime, plug-in hybrids like the 2025 XC90 bridge the gap between gas and electric cars. The XC90 plug-in hybrid stands out with its blend of power, luxury, efficiency, and sleek Scandinavian design.

2025 Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid
2025 Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid

Hi, welcome to Neftin Westlake Mazda. Let’s talk about the Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid, a familiar face with a new name for 2025. But with Volvo going all-electric, is the XC90 still a worthy contender? Let’s dive in.

Honestly, not much has changed. The biggest update is the name; it’s now the XC90 plug-in hybrid, replacing the previous recharge badge. The top trim level gets a new name too—Ultra replaces Ultimate.

That’s because Volvo focuses on electric vehicles, and the XC90 seems like it might stick around in its current form until a full electric replacement arrives. But if you prioritize comfort, safety, and Swedish luxury, the XC90 is still a great option.

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The XC90 comes in three trims: Core, Plus, and Ultra. All pack a 455-horsepower hybrid powertrain, 8-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Seating for seven is standard, but Plus and Ultra trims offer optional second-row captain’s chairs for six passengers. Prices range from $73,900, which boasts features like ventilated front seats, a head-up display, and a Harmon Kardon sound system.

The interior is a Volvo hallmark—elegant and luxurious with soft leather, beautiful wood trim, and comfortable, supportive seats. While the XC90 offers decent passenger space, cargo capacity is a bit limited due to the hybrid battery. You get 11.2 cubic feet behind the third row, but folding it down opens up 34 cubic feet. The infotainment system uses a vertical 9-inch touchscreen with a Google-based interface. It’s easy to learn for those familiar with Google products, but the touch sensitivity can be finicky at times. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot come standard, and higher trims offer premium sound systems.

The XC90 plug-in hybrid packs a punch with 455 horsepower and a 0-60 MPH time of 5 seconds. Handling is decent for a large SUV, thanks to firm steering and all-wheel drive. While towing isn’t ideal for hybrids, the XC90 can manage 5,000 lbs. Fuel economy is impressive with an estimated 58 MPG equivalent combined and an electric range of up to 33 miles. That beats the rival BMW X5 xDrive50e in terms of combined fuel economy, but the BMW offers slightly more electric range.

Safety is a Volvo priority, and the XC90 comes loaded with standard driver assistance features. However, it hasn’t been crash tested yet by major safety agencies. So, should you buy the 2025 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid? Let us know in the comments below what you think about this Volvo XC90.

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