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Stylish saloon is packed with advanced safety kit and technology

PROS

  • Sleek, stylish looks
  • Huge list of safety kit
  • Spacious and comfortable
  • Upmarket, tech-laden interior

CONS

  • Limited engine range
  • Big car to manoeuvre
  • Firm standard suspension

Verdict

This is the Volvo S90, the Swedish company’s saloon version of the V90 estate. It’s based on the same underpinnings as the larger XC90 SUV, and features similarly eye-catching design features like T-shaped LED daytime running lights.

There’s some fierce competition from established cars like the Audi A6 Saloon, BMW 5 Series Saloon, Jaguar XF Saloon and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon; all of which are highly competitive and very desirable.

However, the S90 is off to a good start with sleek styling and a well-crafted interior boasting a choice of tactile trim and leather upholstery. There is a bewildering array of advanced safety and driver assistance technology available, as well as a range of efficient engines and a driving experience dubbed ‘Relaxed Confidence’ by Volvo.

Familiar trims and engine range

Sharing a platform with other Volvo models means the S90 comes with a choice of now-familiar engines. While there aren’t many to choose from – it’s just diesel power at present with a plug-in hybrid coming later – there should be something to satisfy most needs. 

There’s a choice of two diesels in the S90 – one called D4 and the other D5 PowerPulse. Both are 2.0-litre engines with four cylinders, while the D5 uses an all-wheel drive system.

Both of these engines are available in all three trim levels of Momentum, Inscription and R-Design.

There’s also a plug-in hybrid petrol-electric model badged T8 due later in 2017, which already features in the XC90. It produces a combined output of 407hp, yet offers claimed fuel economy of more than 100mpg and ultra-low CO2 emissions.

 

Huge list of safety and driver assistance tech

Volvo is known for focusing on car safety, and the S90 delivers when it comes to the amount of technology it offers to keep the car and its occupants out of harm’s way.

Falling under what Volvo calls Intellisafe, as standard the S90 features City Safety autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, as well as adaptive cruise control featuring Pilot Assist, which can control the car in queues and keep it in lane.

You can also add plenty of extra assistance systems from the options list, such as automatic parking.

Volvo S90 saloon model history

  • March 2016 – brand new saloon line-up to replace the Volvo S80, with first deliveries due in late summer. A pair of 2.0-litre diesel engines is available: a front-wheel drive D4 and an all-wheel drive D5 PowerPulse. Two generously-equipped trim levels of Momentum and Inscription are offered.
  • June 2016 – Purposeful-looking R-Design trim available to order with both diesel engines. Distinguished by a subtle body kit, dark alloy wheels and a gloss black mesh grille.
  • September 2016 – Uprated D5 PowerPulse available with an aftermarket Polestar Performance Optimisation package option; 240hp and 500Nm of torque available.
  • November 2016 – Improved safety systems with the launch of Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert. Data is sent to an information cloud and shared with similarly-equipped cars.
  • December 2016 – Multimedia system enhanced to be compatible with Android Auto and Skype for Business.

Read the full Volvo S90 review to find out if it’s an executive saloon that should be on your shortlist.

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