I took a lot of things away from my time with the Volvo XC90, but the salient feeling was that driverless cars can’t be far away.

Because the XC90 is as close as you’ll get at the moment.

There’s little that it can’t do by itself. It parks itself in bays and parallel spaces. If you stray towards the outer side of the lane you’re in, it’ll pull you back into line.

It’s a car that will literally keep you on the straight and narrow.

The excellent adaptive cruise control means you barely ever have to touch a pedal. And the tailgate is, of course, automatic.

My tester had the 225hp twin turbo diesel engine, which is likely to be the volume seller.

It manages 50 to the gallon – I achieved 40-plus in the real world – and CO2 is a decent 149g/km, which is tidy for a big all-wheel-drive SUV.

You can also have a 320hp petrol, which manages 36mpg and 179g/km, as well as a petrol plug-in hybrid, with a mind-boggling set of stats – 407 combined hp, 134 to the gallon and 49g/km.

As you’d expect, you get plenty as standard.

Entry-level Momentum includes safety gear like pedestrian detection, auto braking, lane departure warning and road sign display.

You also get leather, a power driver’s seat, nav, a nine-inch touch screen, 19in alloys, power tailgate and parking sensors.

Inscription trim adds a power passenger seat, a 12-inch driver’s TFT display and multi-colour theatre lighting, which sounds rather grand.

Sporty trim comes in the form of R-Design, which has sports seats and other sporty trim such as pedals, tinted windows and so on.

The interior is excellent, with the superb touch screen system the highlight. It sits like an upright tablet and feels different to anything else out there. The usability is top-notch, with all functions easy to access, and the screen quality is brilliant.

Comfort is great, although I’d steer clear of the cream interior on my tester – it’d be a nightmare to keep clean.

You’ve also got seven seats when needed and, of course, a huge amount of boot space when they’re not.

The drive is smooth, powerful and satisfying and, as already mentioned, on the long haul in particular things are effortless.

The new XC90 is a car that can do anything, pretty much, on or off road.

There’s little out there that is so complete.

The range starts from £45,750.