Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

VerdictShould you buy a Volvo V90 Estate?

This is a stylish, usable and unpretentious estate that has a lot going for it, not least that it’s a credible alternative to the default Germanic three. These factors help it to stand-out from the crowd, but the fact that it’s efficient and comes packed with some of the most advanced safety kit currently on the market merely adds to its appeal. So yes, you should buy one.

The diesel models make more sense than the petrols, particularly for high-mileage drivers. If you’re not covering high annual mileages then the B4 petrol makes more sense.

Theoretically, the T6 Recharge plug-in hybrid should be the most economical – after all, you can drive it for almost 35 miles on electric power alone. High performance rather than low running costs is more likely if you spend your days plying motorways, meaning that the B5 still makes more sense.

What else does the V90 have in its favour? Well, if it’s important to you it’s not one of the default prestige choices of the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. Beware though – as stylish as it is, the Volvo’s not as roomy as those key rivals – and yes, if you’re an older reader, the irony of that sentence compared with what you’d have read 30 years ago isn’t lost on us either.

The V90 is not perfect, however, with a number of competitors offering greater practicality and a more rewarding driving experience.

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