Hot on the heels of the Cadillac XT6 and its bare assuming in the baggage analysis comes addition affiliate of the three-row affluence crossover segment: the 2020 Volvo XC90 and accurately the T8 constituent amalgam trim. On paper, the Volvo has 15.8 cubic-feet of amplitude abaft its third-row seat, besting the XT6 (12.6), attached the Acura MDX, and falling abbreviate of the Lincoln Aviator (18.3, see video at the basal of this post). That cardinal would put it beneath best non-luxury three-row entries, admitting it does best the Mazda CX-9.
OK, let’s see what we’re alive with here.
It’s anon accessible area the XC90’s advantage lies over the XT6: depth. There’s aloof added absolute acreage amid the liftgate and aback seat.
There’s a little anteroom on the larboard ancillary (probably accessible for golf clubs) and a accommodation on the appropriate ancillary with a band for article or other.
There’s additionally accumulator beneath the floor, but in the T8 at least, there’s not abundant amplitude for annihilation above the constituent amalgam allegation cord. In this way, the XT6 and others accept an advantage.
OK, now assimilate the absolute bags. As in every baggage test, I use two midsize roller accoutrements that would charge to be arrested in at the airport (26 inches long, 16 wide, 11 deep), two roll-aboard accoutrements that aloof almost fit in the aerial (24L x 15W x 10D), and one abate roll-aboard that fits calmly (23L x 15W x 10D). I additionally accommodate my wife’s adorned brief bag aloof to bandbox things up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
So, there are two options here. The aboriginal is application all three abate roller accoutrements additional the adorned bag and abrogation the big boys at home. That’s appealing good.
Alternatively, I could fit one of the big bags, the aboriginal roller, the adorned bag and again one of the benefit attache accoutrements from my garage. Ditto.
So it is absolutely acutely bigger than the XT6 and CX-9. You’re able to backpack absolutely a bit of baggage with a abounding amount of bodies aboard. In this T8, that’s six bodies due to the second-row captain’s chairs. I should additionally agenda that third-row amplitude is absolutely acceptable in the XC90, alike if not absolutely as adequate as the XT6 (particularly in commendations to headroom). Best adults should be altogether adequate for boilerplate journeys.
Now, if I capital to fit all the baggage aboard, I aloof had to lower one ancillary of the 50/50-split third row. The two big ones fit aloft the bargain bench and accomplishing so additionally fabricated it easier to amount the added accoutrements on the appropriate side.
Some final notes. First, the action for blurred the third row couldn’t be simpler: aloof cull the batten apparent beneath and it calmly goes down. Raising it is difficult, though, as you charge to angular all the way in to cull it aback into place. There’s no band as in abounding non-luxury three-rowers, nor a power-operated feature.
Finally, like the Range Rover Sport and added cartage with an air suspension, you can lower the XC90 at the columnist of a button to affluence access. This is a nice feature. When lowered, I did accept to accord with the head-clonk affair accomplished in the Range Rover, but its bang happened at its accustomed acme and had to be aloft for arch clearance. By contrast, the Volvo’s accepted acme should be OK for all but the tallest folks.
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