The second-gen Volvo XC90 has been easy on the eyes since it was introduced for 2015, and it remains a real looker in the luxury three-row utility segment. Since we last tested the 2021 refresh, Volvo has made more significant changes.

Starting in ‘23, Volvo ditched their internal-combustion-only powertrains in the US, meaning mild-hybrid engines are now standard, and that’s the case here with this XC90. No full-electric version quite yet, but this Recharge plug-in hybrid is a great alternative.

The 2024 Recharge sees three trim levels: Core, Plus and Ultimate. They all pack a 2.0-liter turbo-4 paired to an electric motor and an 18.8 kilowatt-hour battery. Total system output is now up to a combined 455 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque. Electric-only range is estimated at a decent 32 miles. All-wheel drive is standard in all XC90’s, as is the eight-speed automatic transmission.

The cabin can fit 7 with the standard second-row bench, but the Plus offers optional second-row captain’s chairs. The top-trim Ultimate brings in a Head-Up display and a better sound system. But a panoramic glass roof, 12-inch digital gauge display, and 9-inch infotainment screen come standard on all trims.

The 2024 Volvo XC90 Recharge Core starts just over $70,000. Stepping up to the Ultimate puts it just over $80K, with the Plus splitting the difference.

The XC90 is a simple and elegant entry in the luxury SUV category, and Volvo’s commitment to electrification has only made them even more attractive.

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