and safety features are the ones that get you all thrilled. The Swedish magic
from Volvo is quite apparent when you step inside the vehicle. The moment you
gently twist the start knob on the console, you realise that this car is
different from the others from the word Go. Controls with diamond-knurled
finish simply enhance the design and style quotient. You immediately recall
what the company guys have been telling you all along…“we begin by designing
our cars around you…” This is where this seven-seater SUV wraps you in a world
of comfort, elegance, luxury, style and safety.
tablet-size centre display with touch screen allows you to change and set
everything that you want from the car, whether it is the aircon temperature,
the drive modes, the sound effects from the 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins
system, the suspension settings, Park Assist, your seat temperatures…and the
best part is that you can do all that with the tap of your finger or your nails
or even with your glove on! And you always thought Steve Jobs was the smartest
man on earth with his touch phones.
Have you ever
travelled first class in a plane? Seated in an XC90 Inscription model just
about gives you the exact feel. The only difference is that you are on the
seats offer you immense comfort. Electronically you can do everything, from
moving it up and down to even extending your seats. Power operated lumbar
support, extendable seat cushions, side bolsters…you have it all in the XC90.
The second row consists of three individual seats and they can recline and
slide separately. Those seated on the outer two rear seats can set temperature
and fan speed to their individual taste.
We drove all
along on off-road mode (the terrain was such) and that ensured that the ground
clearance was maintained at 268mm. Or else when travelling on flat surfaces,
this drops down to 238mm. But what blew me off was the Bowers & Wilkins audio
system. The various settings for you to hear the song of your choice are just mind
blowing. I thought the Bose’s and the Bang and Olufsen’s were the best I had
ever heard. With Bowers and Wilkins, it’s an out of the world experience.