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This basically a beautiful high end luxury car. Would you dare to go with it at moderate off-road tracks or have you already even tried ? Or better not ?:)
 

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I wonder if anyone ever posted that on a Range rover forum.

For fun, no not really. But if I had a cottage int he woods, absolutely. Depends what "off road" means, really.

My sister lives in the middle of nowhere, and has her own bridge. When it snows, or worse -- when the snow is melting -- many would consider her driveway "off road".
 

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I don't mean for fun ... I mean something like unpaved roads, forest roads etc.
 

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Unpaved roads -- absolutely, without hesitation. Boulders -- no.

Based on how it was in the snow recently, I'd have no qualms about driving it on dirt or fire roads, including in the spring thaw.
 

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Why not? I'd put the smallest rims that will clear the brakes on, get some good knobby tires with an e range load rating and you're probably good. Some custom skid pans might not hurt either.
Of course if I had the money for a new XC90, I could probably buy a decent used and lifted 4x4 domestic truck for that very purpose, or a trailer and a quad or dirt bike or three to tow to the trailhead with the xc90...
 

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This basically a beautiful high end luxury car. Would you dare to go with it at moderate off-road tracks or have you already even tried ? Or better not ?:)
If you mean gravel roads yes then by all means I would. If you mean a serious off road track or mudding then I would not venture onto those without a dedicated low range awd system. If you want a vehicle that can handle serious off roading then look at a Grand Cherokee, Land Rover, Land Cruiser/LX570 etc.
 

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If you mean gravel roads yes then by all means I would. If you mean a serious off road track or mudding then I would not venture onto those without a dedicated low range awd system. If you want a vehicle that can handle serious off roading then look at a Grand Cherokee, Land Rover, Land Cruiser/LX570 etc.
Mmm, or a 4Runner.
 

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There is another thread with links to video of an XC90 being used offroad

The OP didn't really ask about hard core offroad use.

I've taken the Gen 1 XC90 offroad (on more than just a dirt track) and it was great. But it was not "hard core" offroad use. But the Gen 1 XC90 likely ahs more ability than most of the XC90 drivers, so....

Generally, the driver makes the difference. I'm not competent enough to test the Gen 1 XC90's abilities offroad. Once I have to start evaluating exit angles and such, I am over my head.
 

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This basically a beautiful high end luxury car. Would you dare to go with it at moderate off-road tracks or have you already even tried ? Or better not ?:)
Really up to you.... My father, a farmer, would take almost anything through cornfields, including a Lexus sedan. :) I wouldn't. I expect that the XC-90 would do just fine. IMO, the XC90 is equivalent to a 4Runner (but much, much better). I never took my 4Runner on a moderate off-road track. I wouldn't take the new XC90 on one either even though I expect that it would perform very well.
 

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I've taken my GL350 that costs more than a loaded T8 on forest trail gravel roads and through river fords. there were no overhanging branches to scratch anything, but it was a lot of fun and the vehicle did very well. I would do the same with an XC90 with no qualms.
 

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That clip is about 10 minutes long. If you don't have time / patience ... skip forward to the 5 minute mark. Good stuff starts around 6:50 and again at 7:50. Yea - the XC90 can do some off-road stuff.

I'd have no problems taking the vehicle on roads that you typically wouldn't drive a normal car on - but I'd certainly avoid any situation that would result in scratches (narrow woods roads with foliage) - and I wouldn't be out doing activities where I'd be dirty enough that I'd be concerned about what happens with the interior of the vehicle. (Luckily have another vehicle suitable for that purpose.)
 
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