Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Ample space for passengers, with generous rear legroom
  • Boot space lags behind rivals; slinkier rear impinges on capacity
  • Simple flap in the boot floor is an effective loadspace divider

Once upon a time, Swedish estates had about as much space as a spare bedroom, so it’s disappointing to discover that the practicality of the Volvo V90 has been compromised by its styling.

The culprit is the slopping roofline and angled tailgate – no perpendicular rear end here. It looks sleeker but with only 560 litres of boot space, it lags behind the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.

Drop the rear seats and this expands to 1,526 litres. It’s not small, by any means, but far from class-leading. Still, it does have the simple-yet-clever pop-up section of boot floor to use as a divider preventing things sliding around too much.

Safety

  • One of the safest cars tested by Euro NCAP
  • Years of safety research encompassed in the V90
  • Additional safety tech optionally available

Volvo V90 safety was commended for one of the highest scores yet attained in its Euro NCAP crash test, hardly a surprise given that the Swedish marque has long been at the forefront of this field. Standard safety equipment includes a voice-control system, run-off-road protection, which automatically tightens the front seatbelts if the car leaves the road, and the City Safety suite. This gets you pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection and front collision warning with autonomous emergency braking.

You also get the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist, which takes care of the steering, throttle and brakes from traffic jams to motorway cruising speed. Volvo is keen to point out this is not a completely autonomous driving system – you still have to keep a hand on the wheel. It works well at low speeds, taking the monotony out of creeping around in traffic, but it needs increased steering input at speed. We also found it had a tendency to make the car sit much further left in the lane than we felt comfortable with.

Electronically capped top speeds from 2020

Volvo has decided that in order to further improve the effectiveness of its crash protection systems, all models, V90 included, will have a restricted top speed of 112mph from 2020. This will be the case regardless of how powerful the engine or electric motor installed is.

Volvo S90/V90 Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo V90.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • 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
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Cross Country equipment

Cross Country standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
Cross Country optional equipment
None available

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
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Inscription Plus equipment

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

Inscription Pro equipment

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

Momentum equipment

Momentum standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Momentum optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Momentum Plus equipment

Momentum Plus standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • 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
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator
  • 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
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

R DESIGN Plus equipment

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

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volvo V90 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.