Volvo S90 D4 2017 | Real-life review
The Volvo S90 is an executive sedan manufactured and marketed by Swedish automaker Volvo Cars from 2016. Its estate variant is called the V90.
The S90 was unveiled in 2016 as the successor to the Volvo S80. It is based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which also underpins the larger V90 and XC90 SUV.
The S90 is powered by a range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The S90’s design language is an evolution of the design language Volvo has been increasingly adopting across its lineup.
The S90 is available with a number of advanced safety features, including Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving, large animal detection and run-off road mitigation.
The Volvo S90 has been generally well-received by the motoring press. Critics have praised its stylish design, spacious and luxurious interior, and impressive list of standard features.
If you’re in the market for a premium executive sedan, the Volvo S90 should definitely be on your radar. In this real-world review, we’ll take a closer look at what the S90 has to offer, and see how it stacks up against its rivals.
Design and styling
The Volvo S90 is a handsome and stylish car. It’s clearly a Volvo, but it has a more premium and upmarket look than the Swedish brand’s previous offerings.
The S90’s design is an evolution of Volvo’s new design language, which was first seen on the XC90 SUV. The front end is dominated by Volvo’s now-signature “Thor’s Hammer” LED daytime running lights, while the rear end features slim LED tail-lights.
The S90 is available in a range of exterior colours, including some very striking hues like Bursting Blue and Crystal White. Our test car was finished in the latter, and it looked absolutely stunning.
The S90’s interior is just as impressive as its exterior. The cabin is spacious, well-built and luxurious, with high-quality materials used throughout.
The front seats are very comfortable, and there’s plenty of head- and legroom in the rear seats for passengers. The S90 is also very quiet on the move, with little wind or road noise making its way into the cabin.
Standard equipment levels are very impressive, even on the base-model S90. Every S90 comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 9-inch Sensus touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and much more.
There are some nice touches too, like the “Sensus Connect” infotainment system that allows you to control various functions of the car using your smartphone.
The only downside to the S90’s interior is its smallish boot. At 500 litres, it’s around the same size as the Audi A6’s boot, but smaller than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ 550-litre boot.
The Volvo S90 is available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines. Our test car was the entry-level D4 diesel, which is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 148bhp and 400Nm of torque.
This engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, and it’s capable of returning fuel economy of up to 62.8mpg.
The D4 engine is a solid performer, but it’s not particularly exciting. It’s reasonably quick off the line, but it doesn’t have a lot ofpull beyond that.
If you’re looking for more performance, the S90 is also available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 247bhp and 350Nm of torque. This engine is quicker than the diesel, but it’s also less efficient, with fuel economy of up to 41.5mpg.
Ride and handling
The Volvo S90 is a comfortable and composed car on the road. It’s not particularly sporty, but it’s easy to drive and it feels very refined.
The S90’s ride is on the soft side, but it’s still well-controlled. The car soaks up bumps and potholes with ease, and it’s very comfortable on long journeys.