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Old 6th September 2010, 19:00   #1
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Default Driving a Volvo XC90

The car came to me for sorting out an intermittent problem of the alarm system triggering spontaneously, which Volvo had no clue about. Problem solved, this was also my chance to take the giant out for a drive.

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...to be continued...
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Supremely comfy this beast is! I've been in these on several occasions and the front seats are really fantastic! From the looks of it this is the V8 version, a very refined and compact yet powerful Yamaha engine. Quite a practical and sensible SUV with decent 'oomph' from the engine!

Looking forward to more, SS!
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The car I drove comes with a transversely mounted 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine pushing out 311 bhp @5850 rpm (umm... that's about 2.6x what my Scorpio puts out) and 325 lb-ft (@440 N-m) of torque @3900 rpm (@1.5x what my car delivers).
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This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that provides drive to all the wheels, backed up by all the electronic wizardry one can think of - ABS, EBD, traction control (DSTC in Volvo-ese).
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All of this rides on 12-spoke 17" alloys shod with 235/65 R17 Michelins (oh good, at least those aren't wider than the Scorp's tyres ).
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Old 6th September 2010, 22:17   #4
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Now, the XC90 is a seriously big car. Up close, it feels B-I-G.
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Open the rear hatch, take the tailgate down, fold away the third row of seats (which makes for a neat and flat boot space), and you could park a Nano in there.
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Shoulder room? Legspace? Knee space? It's more like outer space.
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In his spare time, Tbhp's resident dentist does security system maintainence on imports! Jai ho of the multifaceted SS Da!

Jokes apart, this has always been a coveted machine. Looking forward to many more pics, and a detailed TD.

You wouldn't believe it, but just today I visited the Volvo cars India site and discovered they have an excellent 360 view on the XC90. And now this!
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Nice !

Looks like the XC was used a lot.

Such a big car and he shows us all the cavities
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A mammoth of a vehicle for sure!

And I thought you are a dentist. So, what was the issue that Volve had no clue about and you rectified? Care to share that info?
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Volvo India site is very revealing. I actually can feel about the explaination of your experience with this V8.
Any ideas as to when are they getting the XC60? I believe they have more engine options compared to XC90.
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I see there're 2 controls for A/C on volvo33.jpg. What are those for Doc?
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And yes, seriously, its a BIG car & the doors are large & one can get in easily without squeezing themselves. I like to see more pics on the dash & control. Appreciate if you can share them. Tks.
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@SS-T, woh problem ke baare mein bhi thoda bataiye sir !

This seems a slightly older model. The newer Volvo's have that trademark curvature along the sides that they have been able to pull off almost miraculously.

OT, how I wish the Swedes had been able to hold on to the brand.
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I see there're 2 controls for A/C on volvo33.jpg. What are those for Doc?
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And yes, seriously, its a BIG car & the doors are large & one can get in easily without squeezing themselves. I like to see more pics on the dash & control. Appreciate if you can share them. Tks.
I believe its for climate control in the front and the back. The car does come with two-zone climate control.
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In his spare time, Tbhp's resident dentist does security system maintainence on imports! Jai ho of the multifaceted SS Da!

Jokes apart, this has always been a coveted machine. Looking forward to many more pics, and a detailed TD.

You wouldn't believe it, but just today I visited the Volvo cars India site and discovered they have an excellent 360 view on the XC90. And now this!
LOL, PW. Coming up.
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Looks like the XC was used a lot.

Such a big car and he shows us all the cavities
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This seems a slightly older model.
Enjoy the cavities! I'm not about to fill 'em up. The car has done @35k km - it's a July 2007 model.
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So, what was the issue that Volve had no clue about and you rectified? Care to share that info?
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@SS-T, woh problem ke baare mein bhi thoda bataiye sir !
Took me two hours to figure out... will share in the end!
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Any ideas as to when are they getting the XC60?
No idea, Susan. Volvos were never on my radar till this one came along. Will try to find out.
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I believe its for climate control in the front and the back. The car does come with two-zone climate control.
Those are the separate temperature settings on climate control for the left and right front seats. The front seats are heated too.
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XC 90 is my dream SUV.
I can see that the seat is more 'car like' and not upright.
How is the third row seat?
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Interesting, very interesting! A multifaceted personality in our midst, eagerly awaiting more details of the security "fix"
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Those are the separate temperature settings on climate control for the left and right front seats. The front seats are heated too.
Whaat??? Two temp settings exclusively for the driver & co driver seat? Why alone left out the passengers in the rear? If it were for the rears, its little understandable; but I don't really see much of any value for it? Could you help me understand pls?
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