Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Vast amounts of passenger space
  • Limo-like rear-seat space
  • Boot well-shaped, but smaller than rivals

The S90 measures in at almost five metres long and that translates into a generously-proportioned interior. There’s plenty of space up front – though the S90 manages to envelope the driver and passenger thanks to a dashboard that’s close to you and a centre console that rises around you, but there’s still plenty of head and legroom.

In the back, two adults can stretch out with ease. While it’s a low car, headroom is good and legroom even better. It’s only the person in the middle seat who will struggle for space and comfort due to the high transmission tunnel and raised seat base.

Up front, you’ll find a glovebox, door pockets, and cubby hole under the armrest in the central console. The central console also houses a double cupholder large enough for a couple of standard drinks cans and a slide-away cover that hides a tray for the key and smaller items.

Rear-seat passengers can pull down the armrest for cupholders and storage.

You probably will want to check the dimensions of your garage before purchase with the S90 being nearly five metres long.

Rear parking sensors come as standard on all models, while Inscription models come with park assist– provided you’re not in a rush, waiting for the system to make its calculations.

Luggage space can’t quite match up to its rivals, though. At 500 litres, it’s smaller than the boots of the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class, however it’s accessed by a standard-fit electric bootlid, while the rear seats split and fold electrically, to allow loads of up to 1,978mm in length too. The good news is that the boot is well-shaped and square, without too many intrusions or odd shapes inside to contend with.

Volvo S90 safety

  • Lots of standard safety kit
  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Option to add more, too

The Volvo S90 boasts a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment, with several features inherited from the larger XC90 SUV.

Volvo labels its safety and driver assistance technology IntelliSafe. Falling under this is standard-fit adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist. This is a system whereby the car can take control of the accelerator, steering and brakes, meaning all you have to do is keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. The car will even slow down and speed up in traffic jams for you.

The adaptive cruise is one of the better systems we've tested, without reacting abruptly to traffic conditions - it can still get caught out and hit the brakes with more force than required, but it can successfully apply the brakes more gently than most as you approach slower traffic.

There’s also the option to have integrated booster cushions fitted for children to use on the outer rear seats. There’s also the usual suite of blindspot monitoring and lane-departure warning systems available, as well as self-parking systems to really let the car do everything for you.

In terms of safety, the S90 received a full five-star rating when crash tested by Euro NCAP, with an impressive 95% for adult occupant protection and 93% in the safety assist category.

Limited top speed from 2020

As part of its march towards ever-safer cars, Volvo has announced that all models built from 2020 will have an electronically governed top speed of 112mph, regardless of how powerful the engines or electric motors are. As the S90 will still be in production in 2020 it will be one of the models affected.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo S90.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Inscription equipment

Inscription standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
Inscription optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Space saver spare wheel

Inscription Plus equipment

Inscription Plus standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
Inscription Plus optional equipment
None available

Inscription Pro equipment

Inscription Pro standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
Inscription Pro optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Space saver spare wheel

Momentum equipment

Momentum standard equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel
Momentum optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

Momentum Plus equipment

Momentum Plus standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
Momentum Plus optional equipment
None available

Momentum Pro equipment

Momentum Pro standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Space saver spare wheel
Momentum Pro optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN equipment

R DESIGN standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Sports seats
R DESIGN optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Space saver spare wheel

R DESIGN Plus equipment

R DESIGN Plus standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Sports seats
R DESIGN Plus optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN Pro equipment

R DESIGN Pro standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Sports seats
R DESIGN Pro optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volvo S90 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 80%
Vulnerable Road Users: 76%
Safety Assist: 93%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.