Trading the Tesla for a Plug-in Volvo

Tesla has set the standard for futuristic, luxury performance cars with its all-electric Model S when it launched a few years ago. Making the move from a Model S to a seven-passenger Model X when your family outgrows the sedan, however, isn’t the no-brainer that Tesla would like it to be. At least, it wasn’t for the owner of the Tesla Model S P90’s shown here. He was looking to trade his S in on a bigger, but still environmentally responsible family hauler. His choice when it came time to write the check? A brand-new, 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid.


2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid

It’s a trade that makes sense, in a lot of ways. Fans of Tesla’s “big screen” dashboard will feel right at home in a Volvo XC90, which uses a similar 9″ touchscreen featuring Volvo’s proprietary Sensus operating system, or the available Apple CarPlay.


Apple CarPlay in Volvo XC90

There’s more to it than a screen, however. Tesla drivers who have grown accustomed to avoiding gas stations will appreciate the Volvo’s electric-only mode, and might find the hybrid Volvo’s long-haul range more convenient for family road trips to grandma’s. Before you dismiss that problem as one Tesla’s solved with its (excellent) Supercharger network, consider that there won’t always be a Supercharger available when and where the kids need to take a potty break, you know?

Depending on your point of view, you could also argue that the Volvo XC90 is a trendier offering than Tesla’s troubled Model X. That vehicle has more of a “minivan” shape than Volvo’s fashionable SUV. Both the XC90 and the Model X offer three row seating and tons of cargo space while putting an emphasis on safety, which would be important selling points to anyone cross-shopping the two models.

What do you guys think? Does the Tesla’s all-electric power train make the Model X the more attractive people-mover, or do the long-haul flexibility and more modern, Swedish styling of the XC90 SUV overcome the Tesla’s green car cred? And- while I’m here- what about that Model S that got traded in? Any readers in the Chicagoland area interested in heading over to Oak Park to check it out? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


2016 Tesla Model S 90D

Original content from Volvo Jo. Special thanks to the Autobarn Volvo Oak Park for the Model S and XC90 photography.

I've been in and around the car industry for over twenty years. Sometimes racing, sometimes selling, sometimes fixing- sometimes, even just washing!- but Cars and Trucks and Things That Go are what I'm all about.