Given its age, the Volvo XC90 is priced well below its rivals. A base ES model will cost around £35,000, with prices rising to more than £40,000 for the range-topping Executive model. That’s at least £3k less than an entry-level Discovery and as much as £10k less than the starting price of a BMW X5.

Economy-wise, the XC90 is also showing its age. All variants offer combined economy of 34.0mpg, while CO2 emissions come in at 219g/km. That’s a long way from the 38.2mpg and 192g/km of the X5 xDrive 30d SE, which also has significantly more power (245bhp) and torque (398lb ft) to go with its better economy and CO2.

Vicky Parrott

Deputy reviews editor
The XC90 is cheap to buy, but not too cheap to run

Being a Volvo, safety equipment headlines the equipment list. SIPS (Side Impact Protection System and airbags), WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) and IC (Inflatable Curtain) are all standard, along with dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags.

For a more distinctive XC90, opt for the R Design or Executive model. The R Design boasts a special sports chassis set-up, 19in alloy wheels, a body kit and some sporty interior trim. The Executive, meanwhile, provides a cosseting interior, boasting special soft leather seats with a massage function.

Depreciation on the XC90 is fairly steep, given its age, but this makes for a solid used buy. The XC90 sits in group 41 or 42 for insurance, depending on which model you choose.

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