The Volvo XC90 was a surprisingly fun vehicle to drive. Lots of safety features that I have not seen in other cars. The interior, seen here in the photo that accompanies this article, is spacious and well finished. One might think that practically any mount will fit the Volvo XC90 just fine but unfortunately that’s incorrect. This article will dive into some good and a few not so good locations to mount a phone, GPS or tablet.
Let’s first get the locations that aren’t going to work well out of the way. There’s no CD player, so that location is out of the picture. The cup holders are set too far back to be useful so we’re avoiding that location. The middle of the dash has a huge speaker so it makes adhering anything to the dash rather tricky. We’re going to avoid that location too.
Speaking of things that are huge, that middle display panel is the largest I have seen in a passenger vehicle. It looks like something better suited for playing video games versus changing a radio station. Equally large vents can be found on either side of that large display console. Use one of those vents to mount a phone or GPS.
We continue to like the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount for the vent. This mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.
This mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS. All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount in detail in 2016 and use it often.
Next, can’t go wrong with the windshield. The Volvo XC90 is a larger SUV so using an extension mount is going to be helpful. The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount for SmartPhones provides an extendable rigid base combined with an expandable cradle. Unlike many similar mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 has a two-inch extension feature. This extension is a welcome feature in a Volvo XC90. The included cradle expands to 3.2 inches by pressing the buttons on each side. This is large enough to hold most phones. We reviewed the iOttie mount in detail awhile ago and liked it a lot.
The next location to consider is the seat bolt. Removal seat bolts have been difficult to find but the Volvo XC90 has one and that’s a great place for mounting a small to medium size tablet that doesn’t need to be viewed while driving. Mount this on the passenger side, not the driver’s.
Consider the Arkon 22″ Car Seat Rail Phone or Tablet Mount. The included cradle opens to over seven inches which is wide enough to fit tablets up to the size of the Apple iPad Mini. It’s also going to fit most phones as the expandable cradle will fit smaller devices too. The 22-inch flexible stem can be angled to keep it out of the passenger’s way. Arkon makes an 18 and 22-inch. We’re recommending the longer model as the additional 4-inches come in handy in this larger SUV.
So in summary, the Volvo XC90 is good with the windshield, air vent or seat bolt mount locations. The dash, cup holder and (missing) CD player are not going to work well.