Volvo’s all-new XC90 B6 Hybrid elevates the driving experience with an integrated electrified powertrain.

Volvo has developed a global reputation for being one of the safest and most reliable automobile brands on the planet. This is, in part, due to their unwavering dedication to constantly improving their vehicles with each and every new offering. This Swedish motor vehicle manufacturer has won more awards for safety and performance than most other car brands could ever dream of. In fact, the Volvo XC90 is the most awarded luxury SUV of the century. This month, thanks to Volvo Cars Qatar, the FACT magazine team had the opportunity to thoroughly inspect and test drive the 2022 Volvo XC90 B6 —a model that once again showcases the brand’s unyielding commitment to the continuous advancement of the driving experience.


The XC90 is Volvo’s top-of-the-line, flagship motor vehicle and we were fortunate enough to experience an XC90 boasting the top-of-the-range ‘Ultimate’ trim. The SUV has held its shape over the years, however, the aggressive yet luxurious nature of the exterior design has been improved with subtle upgrades. The iconic front grille is finished in matte silver, complete with chrome bar insert, chrome frame and the renowned Volvo badge. The distinctive ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlights further add to the car’s bold demeanour. The shapely body of the XC90 is easy on the eye, comprising of clean lines that flow effortlessly from bonnet to boot. At the flanks, door mirror covers are colour coordinated, as are the door handles – featuring LED lighting. The side windows are surrounded by a bright aluminium trim that accentuates the shiny integrated roof rails. Twenty-inch, 10-spoke, black diamond cut wheels are fitted as standard and greatly contribute to the XC90’s solid stance. The rear exhibits an integrated spoiler, signature taillights and chrome surround exhaust tips.


Entering the XC90, we were greeted by Volvo’s ergonomic Comfort seats that offer almost endless adjustment options. The subtle Scandinavian styling of the interior creates a calm and balanced environment. Headlining, roof pillars and sun visors are all finished in exclusive nubuck textile and this, combined with metal mesh aluminium décor creates a truly luxurious environment. The leather-free, hand-stitched, three-spoke steering wheel houses several control functions, and features a stylish satin silk trim with colour-coordinated stitching. A Swedish crystal gear lever adds to the deluxe feel of the cabin, along with a harmonious blend of various premium materials.Being an adjustable, three-row, seven-seater SUV, our XC90 provided sufficient head, shoulder, knee and leg room for all occupants, with the large panoramic sunroof adding to the light and airy feel of the cabin.The rear seat backrests and head restraints have been designed for easy folding, allowing for up to 1,856 litres of storage capacity. The storage compartment itself has a flat floor making the loading and unloading of goods an easy chore. There are multiple options for opening and closing the tailgate, including via sensors under the rear bumper.

Infotainment & Technology

We found one of the most impressive aspects of the 2022 Volvo XC90 to be its modern infotainment system. The XC90 houses the Volvo connectivity and infotainment system called Sensus, that is operated through a large, highly-responsive touchscreen interface. This setup combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment applications, including Spotify and Pandora. It’s also compatible with both, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. We found this user-friendly system to allow for fast and easy access to a host of functions and features. Google Assistant voice control is now accessed through the mere touch of a button located on the steering wheel. This novel feature fulfils your every command and is activated by the phrase “Hey Google”.

Power & Performance

Volvo has committed itself to the path of electrification by slowly phasing out internal combustion engines. The B6 is a mild hybrid that uses an advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, coupled with an internal combustion engine to create a new integrated electrified powertrain. This newly-developed powertrain ensures that drivers save up to 15% on fuel, whilst substantially reducing CO2 emissions.

The B6 is a mild hybrid that uses an advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, coupled with an internal combustion engine, to create a new integrated electrified powertrain.

The XC90 B6 utilises both, a turbocharger and supercharger that produces 220kW and 420Nm of torque. This all-wheel-drive model is combined with an eight-speed, drive-by-wire Geartronic transmission. This combination allows for the B6 to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds, and to produce an electronically capped top speed of 180km/h. Not bad for a vehicle weighing in at around two tonnes. With competent off-road capabilities, a great braking system, decent suspension and plenty of grip on the corners, we found the XC90 B6 to offer a proficient and versatile driving experience.

Safety & Assistance

As expected from a Volvo vehicle, the 2022 XC90 comes packed with safety features and advanced driver assistance technology. Included in the setup is Volvo Pilot Assist II, that combines adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot monitoring system. An Advanced Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBS), Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Detection and a 360-degree Park View Camera are all equipped. Traffic Sign Recognition, stability control and traction control, along with seven airbags located throughout the interior, are just a few more of the standard features found in Volvo’s XC90 B6 Ultimate. ✤