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02 Dec 2015 | Text by Nigel Yong, Photos by Low Fai Ming

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The Swede Smell of Success

Volvo's seven-seating, diesel-powered XC90 D5 Inscription is set to rock the luxury SUV market with its expensive levels of refinement and bounteous cabin space.


Although petrol-powered cars reign supreme in Singapore, their diesel-powered counterparts are slowly but surely gaining popularity amongst local car buyers.

Reasons for the diesel engine's rise in popularity include the better fuel economy they deliver as well as the greater amounts of low end torque that would make perfect sense in our start-stop traffic.

The new Volvo XC90 is also available with a diesel variant but are buyers who are looking to own a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) really bothered that much by fuel economy? Emphasis here lies on the word luxury. It is no automotive secret that diesel-powered engines are accompanied by more vibration and noise than you would normally find in a petrol.

How, then, does the Volvo XC90 Diesel D5 Inscription fare in terms of performance, noise and smoothness?

A set of 20-inch 'all class and no fuss' wheels are the icing on the XC90 D5 Inscription's elegant cake

Up close and Personal

It is forgivable if your attempts at identifying the differences, both exterior and interior between the T6 and D5 Inscription variants leave you looking like Popeye the Sailor Man - because there are none.

Just like its T6 brethren, the D5 Inscription gets all of Volvo's fancy schmancy stuff. Headed by the brand's new iron mark slashed across the grille and T-shaped 'Thor's Hammer' DRL lights, the D5 Inscription looks every bit as charming as the son of Odin himself.


Clad in a blanket of snowy white paint that dramatises the car's hulking sheet metal and a massive set of 20-inch wheels, the XC90 looks smashing from every angle.

The commodious cabin, too, is a reflection of the D5 Inscription's external conceptions. Even the harshest of critics will be scratching their heads trying to find something on the inside to nitpick about.

Once you've settled into the car's luxury-laden confines, you'd probably be tempted to mess with its Sensus 9.0-inch iPad-like centre display that holds the key to your mobile, multimedia and navigation functions.

The cabin is an indication of Volvo's precocious Swedish design and innovation

Elsewhere, the cabin impresses with high levels of detail and quality, such as the gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors - a famous Swedish glassmaker. With your hand on that and your back rested comfortably on Volvo's ergonomically shaped seats, this luxury SUV leaves you feeling like a Swedish King.
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Twin-Turbocharged

Engine Cap

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1969cc

Horsepower

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168kW (225 bhp) / 4250 rpm

Torque

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470 Nm / 2500 rpm

Transmission

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8-speed (A) Geartronic

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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7.8sec

Top Speed

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220km/h

Fuel consumption

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17.2 km/L

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