2019 Volvo XC90 T6 essentials: Fantastic powertrain, but luxury will cost you

Our Opinion: I drove the Volvo XC90 when it was new a few years ago and I loved it. The new interior is like one step below Mercedes-Benz and the semi-autonomous setup is one of the best. Full disclosure, I haven’t driven a Tesla. But in the intervening two years, I may have cooled on the XC90 just a bit.
First, that Inscription Package. It costs seven grand and adds a bunch of aesthetic stuff that I now realize I don’t really need. I love the unfinished walnut inlays, but not that much. The leather on the key is cool, as is the illumination stuff, but again, not seven grand good. I’d also toss the premium sound setup for another three grand, so that’s $10,000 I’d whack off the top, making this a really good $60,000 SUV.
The XC90’s infotainment consists of the central screen with three main menus that slide back and forth like a phone screen. The main one is separated into four sections, which means every one is accesible, all of the time. Most importantly, when you hook up Apple CarPlay, it only takes up half the screen, that means you can access the in-car navigation without burning your data using your phone. With most cars it’s hard to toggle back and forth.