Volvo S90

 volvo s90

S90 SALOON - 2.0 T4 Momentum Plus 4dr Geartronic



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£36150

BEST PRICE

£28,197 

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Volvo takes its most credible stab yet at the full-sized Executive saloon segment with this S90 model. Jonathan Crouch reports.


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. 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 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. One change though is the availability of a smaller diesel than you can get in the XC90 - the 190PS D4 unit borrowed from Volvo's smaller S60 and V60 models. Next up is a 235PS D5 twin turbodiesel, also with 2.0-litres and four cylinders, another member of the company's efficient 'Drive-E' engine family. D5 models come with AWD. All S90s come only with smooth 8-speed auto transmission. There's also a 190hp T4 petrol engine and a 250hp petrol T5 unit. At the top of the range lies a T8 Twin Engine petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model. This delivers a combined 412PS output, with a thumping 640Nm of torque. 62mph from rest is dispatched in under 6s. There's also a more conventional T4 190bhp four cylinder petrol turbo unit.

Design and Build

This is certainly a more credible full-sized executive saloon than anything 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. Volvo's clearly put a lot of budget into driving up materials quality and this XC90 gets soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. The boot's huge but if that's not enough, then the brand is also offered a spacious V90 estate version of this design.
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