The Swedish automaker was lacking in this department – seven seats weren’t offered as a standard perk on all trims and across the powertrain range, but it’s now fixing the issue for all models, including the base T5 offering.
Apparently, the move has been made due to a decline in sales, with certain media outlets citing the exact same reason for people passing the XC90 – they wanted the third row of seats as a standard perk, not a costly optional. The decision to make the third-row standard across all models has been allegedly confirmed via the new order guide, and the automaker’s online configurator, the addition is already in effect and across all of the carmaker’s dealers.
With the standard three-row configuration the Volvo XC90 can battle equally with major competitors such as the Audi Q7 or the Mercedes GLS – while the BMW X5 has remained on offer with a standard five-seat configuration and the third row being offered as an optional extra. The Swedish family SUV is also just as practical as always, because when not in use the two additional seats will fold away completely into the floor, relinquishing the needed cargo space. The XC90 can be had in the United States with the T5 engine, the starting price being of $46,900 for the entry-level Momentum trim, followed by the T6 Momentum at $54,050 and the plug-in hybrid T8 going for at least $64,950.