car review

Volvo

V90

our rating
9/10
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Overview

The Volvo V90 takes the premium estate a clear step forward in terms of aesthetics, materials and finish, while living up to the ultimately practical nature of estate cars. A you would expect, Volvo’s leadership in the field of automotive safety is confirmed in the V90. The SPA platform has resulted in the strongest Volvo cars to date because of extensive use of boron steel, as well as numerous safety systems designed to protect people inside and outside the car.

Details

0-60mph:
8.9s - 6.1s
Transmission:
Automatic
Max Speed:
Up to 155mph
Fuel:
Petrol & Diesel
Power:
From 197hp
Consumption:
32.1 - 47.9mpg
Seats:
5
Colours:
11
Doors:
5

Trim Levels

Momentum

Transmission/Steering/Suspension

  • Dynamic Chassis
  • 3 Spoke Leather Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Remote Infotainment Controls
  • Drive Mode Settings
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Keyless Drive (includes Keyless Entry and Keyless Start)
  • Intellisafe Assist (Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control)

Exterior

  • Rain Sensor - Automatic Windscreen Wiper Activation
  • High Gloss Black Front Grille
  • Front LED Foglights
  • Autofolding Heated Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Operated Tailgate
  • Colour Coordinated Door Mirrors
  • Bright Metal Luggage Compartment Threshold
  • Chrome Window Surround
  • Roof Rails - Integrated, Silver
  • Front Park Assist
  • Automatic LED Headlights with Active High Beam incorporating Day Running Lights
  • Rear Park Assist Camera
  • Washer Nozzles

Alloy Wheels

  • 18" 10 Spoke Turbine Alloy Wheels with 245/45 Tyres
  • Tyre Sealant Kit and Compressor
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Locking Wheel Nuts

Interior

  • 2-Zone Electronic Climate Control
  • 12.3" Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display
  • "CleanZone" Air Quality System & Pollen Filter
  • Grocery Bag Holder
  • Front Tunnel Pocket
  • Illuminated Vanity Mirrors with Ticket Holder
  • 12V Outlet in Cargo Area
  • Center Console Cupholders and Storage
  • Automatic Load Cover

Seating/Upholstery/Trim

  • Front Seat Cushion Extensions
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Floor Mats
  • Power Driver's Seat with Memory for Seat

Safety & Security

  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Airbags
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) (Front Seats)
  • Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch
  • ISOFIX Attachment (Outer Rear Seats)
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS)
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Speed Limiter
  • Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Private Locking for Glovebox & Tailgate
  • First Aid Kit
  • Warning Triangle
  • Road Sign Information Display

Audio & Communication

  • Sensus Connect with High Performance Sound with 2x USB, 10 Speakers/220W Output
  • Bluetooth® Handsfree System
  • Sensus Navigation
  • DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) Radio
  • Volvo On Call with App

R-Design

Transmission/Steering/Suspension

  • Lowered Sports Chassis
  • Steering Wheel Remote Infotainment Controls
  • Drive Mode Settings
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Gear Knob
  • Keyless Drive (includes Keyless Entry and Keyless Start)
  • Intellisafe Assist (Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control)

Exterior

  • Rain Sensor - Automatic Windscreen Wiper Activation
  • High Gloss Black Mesh Front Grille with Silk Metal Surround
  • Front LED Foglights
  • Autofolding Heated Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Operated Tailgate
  • Bright Metal Luggage Compartment Threshold
  • Front Park Assist
  • Roof Rails - Integrated, High Gloss Black
  • High Gloss Black Door Mirrors
  • Active Bending Headlights with Adaptive Shadow Technology
  • Rear Park Assist Camera
  • High Gloss Black Window Trim Surround

Alloy Wheels

  • 19" 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels (Diamond Cut/Matt Black) with 255/40 Tyres
  • Tyre Sealant Kit and Compressor
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Locking Wheel Nuts

Interior

  • 2-Zone Electronic Climate Control
  • 12.3" Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display
  • "CleanZone" Air Quality System & Pollen Filter
  • Grocery Bag Holder
  • Illuminated Vanity Mirrors with Ticket Holder
  • 12V Outlet in Cargo Area
  • Sports Pedals
  • Illuminated Front Tread Plates
  • Center Console Cupholders and Storage
  • Automatic Load Cover

Seating/Upholstery/Trim

  • Front Seat Cushion Extensions
  • Metal Mesh Inlays
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Luxury Floor Mats
  • Power Driver's Seat with Memory for Seat
  • Tailored Instrument Panel and Door Tops with Contrast Stitching

Safety & Security

  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Airbags
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) (Front Seats)
  • Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch
  • ISOFIX Attachment (Outer Rear Seats)
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS)
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Speed Limiter
  • Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Private Locking for Glovebox & Tailgate
  • First Aid Kit
  • Warning Triangle
  • Road Sign Information Display
  • Dark Tinted Windows - Rear Side Windows and Cargo Area

Audio & Communication

  • Sensus Connect with High Performance Sound with 2x USB, 10 Speakers/220W Output
  • Bluetooth® Handsfree System
  • Sensus Navigation
  • DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) Radio
  • Volvo On Call with App

Inscription

Transmission/Steering/Suspension

  • Dynamic Chassis
  • Orrefors® Crystal Gear Lever Knob
  • 3 Spoke Leather Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Remote Infotainment Controls
  • Drive Mode Settings
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Keyless Drive (includes Keyless Entry and Keyless Start)
  • Intellisafe Assist (Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control)

Exterior

  • Rain Sensor - Automatic Windscreen Wiper Activation
  • High Gloss Black Grille with Chrome Inserts And Surround
  • Front LED Foglights
  • Autofolding Heated Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Operated Tailgate
  • Colour Coordinated Door Mirrors
  • Chrome Door Handle Deco Strip with Puddle Lights
  • Bright Metal Luggage Compartment Threshold
  • Chrome Window Surround
  • Roof Rails - Integrated, Silver
  • Front Park Assist
  • Active Bending Headlights with Adaptive Shadow Technology
  • Rear Park Assist Camera

Alloy Wheels

  • 19" 10-Spoke Alloy Wheels (Diamond Cut/Silver) with 255/40 Tyres
  • Tyre Sealant Kit and Compressor
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Locking Wheel Nuts

Interior

  • 2-Zone Electronic Climate Control
  • 12.3" Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display
  • "CleanZone" Air Quality System & Pollen Filter
  • Grocery Bag Holder
  • Front Tunnel Pocket
  • Illuminated Vanity Mirrors with Ticket Holder
  • 12V Outlet in Cargo Area
  • Illuminated Front Tread Plates
  • Center Console Cupholders and Storage
  • Automatic Load Cover

Seating/Upholstery/Trim

  • Front Seat Cushion Extensions
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Luxury Floor Mats
  • Power Driver's Seat with Memory for Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Tailored Instrument Panel and Door Tops with Contrast Stitching
  • Front Seat Backrest Massage
  • Grey Ash Inlays

Safety & Security

  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Airbags
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) (Front Seats)
  • Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch
  • ISOFIX Attachment (Outer Rear Seats)
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS)
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Speed Limiter
  • Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Private Locking for Glovebox & Tailgate
  • First Aid Kit
  • Warning Triangle
  • Road Sign Information Display

Audio & Communication

  • Sensus Connect with High Performance Sound with 2x USB, 10 Speakers/220W Output
  • Bluetooth® Handsfree System
  • Sensus Navigation
  • DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) Radio
  • Volvo On Call with Ap

Behind The Wheel

The V90 is Volvo’s 5-door, 5-seat large premium estate. Building on Volvo Cars’ heritage in the estate segment, that began over 60 years ago with the Volvo Duett, the V90 takes the premium estate a clear step forward in terms of aesthetics, materials and finish, while living up to the ultimately practical nature of estate cars.

Like its siblings XC90 and S90, the V90 carries the proud and confident face of Volvo’s design language, along with classic Volvo styling cues. Key features include the iconic “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlight design, the new grille and Volvo Iron Mark, and the expressive use of the Volvo word mark on the rear.

In the cabin, Volvo has taken cues from the clean, Scandinavian interior design of its XC90 model and raised the bar with new details on the dashboard and instrument panel, including new air blades that stand vertically on each side of the Sensus user interface.

All new Volvos are now connected, thanks to Volvo’s connectivity and infotainment system called Sensus. It delivers an intuitive touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment applications such as Spotify, Pandora, Baidu or TuneIn. The portrait-oriented touch screen enables easy and fast access to a host of functions and features. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

The V90 is powered by Volvo’s Drive-E powertrains, including petrol, diesel and Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine, a petrol plug-in hybrid mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Volvo’s Twin Engine plug-in hybrid delivers all the benefits of a high performance, low emission petrol engine with an electric motor that delivers power on demand with ultra low CO2 emissions and more than 25 miles of pure electric range.

Volvo’s leadership in the field of automotive safety is confirmed in the V90. The SPA platform has resulted in the strongest Volvo cars to date because of extensive use of boron steel, as well as numerous safety systems designed to protect people inside and outside the car.

Volvo’s City Safety technology, standard on all Volvo models, combines automatic braking functionality and collision avoidance systems to cover a range of potential accident scenarios and help keep you safe. City Safety is the only system on the market that detects pedestrians, cyclists and large animals such as moose and deer.

The Pilot Assist driver assistance system works up to 80mph on clearly marked roads and is another step towards Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020.


Practicality and boot Space

There's plenty of room in the front of the V70, the seats very comfortable and offer plenty of adjustment. The rear is generous too, with enough room for two 6 footer's and ample legroom thanks to the design of front seats. The boot is not as big as its rivals 560 litres with the seats up, and 1526 litres with the seats down. Still plenty of room to get your flat pack furniture in though.

The Verdict...

The Volvo V90 is large and comfortable practical car, and is packed with safety technology. The Scandinavian interior designed interior is where the V90 excels, its uncluttered and functional, providing plenty of space for the family and all the luggage. It certainly a worthy contender against it's German rivals and gets our vote.

price from
£40,610
For
Lots of safety kit
Comfortable and spacious
high quality interior
Against
Boot space not as big as its rivals
Rivals are better to drive
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