Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.3 - 8.7 mpp
Diesel engines 7.7 - 10.2 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 20.8 - 35.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 29.7 - 40.9 mpg
Diesel engines 38.2 - 50.4 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 97.4 - 166.2 mpg
  • Entry-level D4 will be the cheapest diesel to run
  • More powerful D5 isn’t particularly expensive, though
  • Plug-in hybrid T8 great in theory but not yet on sale

On paper the T8 plug-in hybrid Volvo V90 offers the lowest running costs with a claimed average of 149mpg. However, that really depends on how the owner ises the car. In our Volvo V90 T8 long-term test, we found that on a 16-mile commute it would average 121mpg, but on longer motorway journeys, that dropped to 33mpg.

The D4 is the more frugal of the two, thanks to a claimed 62.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 119g/km. Choose the D5 PowerPulse with its standard all-wheel drive system and the official figure drops to 57.6mpg. Emissions rise to 129g/km of CO2. Average fuel consumption in real-world driving is nearer 40mpg, though.

This is a big, heavy car though so it would be sensible to budget for consumables like tyres and brakes, and Volvo main dealer servicing is far from cheap, especially in the south of the country.

On paper, the T8 plug-in hybrid is the greenest option, boasting emissions as low as 47g/km of CO2. So, for those living in cities, this is still the best option by some margin. For longer-distance drivers, the cleanest Volvo V90 is the D4 diesel.

Volvo quotes 119g/km for that model – impressive for a large estate – although the more powerful D5 PowerPulse, complete with all-wheel drive, isn’t too far behind at 129g/km.

Reliability

  • New underpinnings but already seen service with XC90
  • Mechanical packages should prove to be reliable
  • DVSA hasn’t announced any recalls for the V90

While this new generation of Volvo cars is largely untested, the V90 shares a lot of its structure and equipment with the XC90, which has been on the market for a little longer with no significant issues reported.

On the whole the interior felt very well screwed together and the materials, although luxurious, feel tough and durable. Although the engines have been updated prior to their installation in the 90-series models, Volvo’s got a long history of turbocharging and all-wheel drive systems.

As of the beginning of 2019, no recalls have been announced by the vehicle inspectorate, the DVSA.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £475
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Insurance group 27 - 44
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