Volvo S90

 volvo s90

S90 SALOON - 2.0 T4 Momentum Plus 4dr Geartronic



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£36150

BEST PRICE

£28,197 

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The improved version of Volvo's S90 full-sized executive saloon offers something refreshingly different in its segment, thinks Jonathan Crouch.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
S90 SALOON
2.0 T4 Momentum Plus 4dr Geartronic
PETROL
£28,197.00
S90 DIESEL SALOON
2.0 D4 Momentum Plus 4dr Geartronic
DIESEL
£28,938.00
S90 SALOON
2.0 T4 R DESIGN Plus 4dr Geartronic
PETROL
£30,888.00
S90 SALOON
2.0 T4 Inscription Plus 4dr Geartronic
PETROL
£31,473.00
S90 DIESEL SALOON
2.0 D4 R DESIGN Plus 4dr Geartronic
DIESEL
£31,629.00
S90 DIESEL SALOON
2.0 D4 Inscription Plus 4dr Geartronic
DIESEL
£32,214.00
S90 SALOON
2.0 T5 R DESIGN Plus 4dr Geartronic
PETROL
£33,228.00
S90 SALOON
2.0 T5 Inscription Plus 4dr Geartronic
PETROL
£33,813.00
S90 DIESEL SALOON
2.0 D5 R DESIGN Plus 4dr AWD Geartronic
DIESEL
£35,919.00
S90 DIESEL SALOON
2.0 D5 Inscription Plus 4dr AWD Geartronic
DIESEL
£36,504.00
S90 SALOON
2.0 T8 [390] Hybrid R DESIGN Plus 4dr AWD Gtron
X
£51,300.00
S90 SALOON
2.0 T8 [390] Hybrid Inscription Plus 4dr AWD Gtron
X
£51,975.00

Ten Second Review

Volvo has never really cracked the full-sized executive sector but this S90 model looks a more promising contender, especially in this revised form with its wider provision of mild hybrid engineering. Based on the platform architecture of the brand's second generation XC90 SUV, it aims to tempt company customers with what Volvo describes as 'elegant and functional' appeal.

Background

If you're thinking of buying a full-sized executive car, then you're probably thinking of a BMW 5 Series, an Audi A6 or a Mercedes E-Class. Other brands have tried and failed to upset German dominance in this segment, Volvo being one of them. The Swedish maker's old S80 never managed to make much of an impact here - but then that was a car from a different era of Volvo ownership. These days, the Gothenburg marque has huge Chinese investment to drive it forward and the result is a much stronger range of product - cars in fact like this one. Volvo itself reckons that this improved S90 (and its V90 estate counterpart) represent even more of a step forward than the second generation XC90 SUV did - and that car was a seismic step forward for the company. The prospects then, are promising.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
155
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
169
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
192
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
169
Engine and Drive Train
CC
1969
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
Gears
8 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
32.1
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
52.3
EC Combined (mpg)
42.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
25.9
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
24.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
36.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
33.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
44.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
38.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
40.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
33.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
37.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
33.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
10.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
11.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
8.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
8.5
General
Generation Mark
1
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
33E
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
80
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
76
NCAP Safety Assist %
93
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
Badge Power
190
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
8
Coin Series
Momentum Plus
Coin Description
T4
Safety Concerns?
False
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
30.6
Engine Power - BHP
190
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
7.8
Top Speed
130
Engine Power - KW
140
Engine Power - RPM
5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
221
Engine Torque - NM
300
Engine Torque - RPM
1700
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Wheel Style
10 SPOKE
Tyre Size Rear
245/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
18" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
245/45 R18
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
4963
Width
1895
Wheelbase
2941
Width (including mirrors)
2019
Height
1443
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
500
No. of Seats
5
Max. Roof Load
100
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.4
Minimum Kerbweight
1665
Gross Vehicle Weight
2260
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
60
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Max. Loading Weight
595
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Driving Experience

Because this S90 uses the same 'Scalable Product Architecture' as its XC90 SUV stablemate, it also uses many of the same engines too, which are virtually all now based around the brand's mild hybrid technology. There's a choice of B4, B5 and B6 petrol units respectively developing 190, 250 and 310hp. And B4 and B5 diesels, respectively developing either 197 or 235hp. Plus, as usual with Volvo, there's also a T8 plug-in hybrid version, offering a 303hp output plus an 87hp electric boost. All the engines, as usual with the brand, are 2.0-litres and four cylinders in size. As before, all S90s will be ordered with smooth 8-speed auto transmission. On the move, you aren't served up anything that encourages much driving involvement -blame the rather vague steering for that - but in compensation, there's unruffled poise and exemplary refinement. You get supple standards of ride comfort from the soft suspension too and there's the option of rear air suspension if you want it. A standard 'Drive Mode Settings' driving dynamics system allows you to tailor throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. And if you do push on a bit, grip and traction are actually quite impressive and cornering bodyroll decently well controlled.

Design and Build

Visual updates here are minor - new fog lights, a fresh spoiler design and a new lower front bumper. Otherwise, the look of this car is as before. This remains the most credible full-sized executive saloon Volvo has brought us to date. The S90 has a proud yet non-aggressive face, characterised by a concave grille - apparently a homage to the Volvo P1800 - that's home to the brand's distinctive 'Iron Mark' logo. The T-shaped 'Thor's Hammer' lights are recognisable from the XC90 and deliver a powerful sense of direction that makes this car unmistakable on the road. Step inside an S90 and if you've previously tried the brand's second generation XC90 model, it'll all be pretty familiar, though a difference lies with smart air blades that stand vertically on each side of the Sensus user interface. This massive tablet-like touch screen control plays a key role in creating an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered. Changes made to this updated model are minor. You can now specify seats with an exclusive tailored wool blend, there's an improved version of the premium Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system and there are now double USB-C charging points in the rear. The 500-litre boot is huge but if that's not enough, then the brand also offers a spacious V90 estate version of this design.
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