Winter Pack, Heated Washer Nozzles, Headlight Cleaning System, Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Front Windscreen, Smartphone Integration (includes Apple Car Play and Android Auto) with 2 x USB, Seatbelt Reminder and Pretentioners (All Seats), Rain Sensor With Automatic Windscreen Wiper Activation, Steering Wheel Remote Infotainment Controls, Bluetooth Handsfree System, Drive Mode Settings, Road Sign Information Display, Lane Keeping Aid, DAB Radio, Autofolding Heated Power Door Mirrors, Power Operated Tailgate,
Diesel 62.8 combined MPG
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The V90 is Volvo's premier estate car, delivering the ultimate in luxury and driving experience.
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Winter Pack, Heated Washer Nozzles, Headlight Cleaning System, Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Front Windscreen, Smartphone Integration includes Apple Car Play and Android Auto with 2 x USB, Seatbelt Reminder and Pretentioners All Seats, Rain Sensor With Automatic Windscreen Wiper Activation, Steering Wheel Remote Infotainment Controls, Bluetooth Handsfree System, Drive Mode Settings, Road Sign Information Display, Lane Keeping Aid, DAB Radio, Autofolding Heated Power Door Mirrors, Power Operated Tailgate, "CleanZone" Air Quality System and Pollen Filter, Voice Activated Control for Key Functions, Hill Start Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Sensus Navigation, Front and Rear Park Assist
|Badge Engine CC:||2.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Series:||R Design|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||28E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||8|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||95|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||80|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||76|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||93|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||58.9|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||64.2|
|EC Urban (mpg):||50.4|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.5|
|Engine Power - BHP:||190|
|Engine Power - KW:||140|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||4250|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||295|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||40.8|
|Engine Torque - NM:||400|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Front:||245/45 R18|
|Tyre Size Rear:||245/45 R18|
|Tyre Size Spare:||SPACE SAVER|
|Wheel Style:||5 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||18" ALLOY|
|Width (including mirrors):||2019|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||55|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2310|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1526|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||723|
|Max. Loading Weight:||588|
|Max. Roof Load:||100|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1800|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
Volvo's V90 offers an appealingly different way to go for buyers looking for a large luxury estate that's a little different, thinks Jonathan Crouch reports.
Volvo's V90 is a large luxury estate every bit as good as anything the German brands can bring you. It's the most sophisticated station wagon we've seen from the brand for a couple of decades, efficient, spacious and stylish. If you're shopping in this segment, you need to consider it.
There's nothing quite like a big, boxy Volvo estate car: it's the kind of product that defines this Swedish marque. Nor is it the kind of car this Scandinavian brand is going to leave behind as it redefines its product range under rejuvenated Chinese ownership. For proof of that, check out this car, the V90. This is the station wagon version of the S90 saloon, a car based on the same sophisticated architecture as the company's award-winning XC90 luxury SUV. It's a size larger than the existing V70 model - and a good deal more sophisticated under the skin. Plus, as you'd want, it remains as Swedish as meatballs and as practical as ever. The prospects then, are promising.
Unlike older V70 models, this V90's more sophisticated underpinnings can accommodate a complete range of the brand's 'Drive-E' engines, 2.0-litre units that are impressively efficient. Mainstream buyers are being offered the choice between two units: either the 190PS D4 powerplant borrowed from Volvo's smaller S60 and V60 models. Or the 235PS D5 twin turbodiesel, also with four cylinders, this matched with the security of AWD. All V90s come with smooth 8-speed auto transmission. Go for the Cross Country bodystyle and you can have AWD with either engine. The 235bhp D5 variant utilises an innovative technology called PowerPulse to boost responsiveness. This uses compressed air, which is stored in a tank in the engine bay and refilled automatically, to spool up the turbo at low revs. This helps to overcome turbo lag, which is the short delay in the power delivery you experience in traditional turbocharged engines. With both diesel engines, there's also the option of 'Cross Country'-spec models that have AWD, a 65mm higher ride height and a wider track. At the top of the range sits the T8 Twin Engine petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model. This delivers a combined 412PS output, with a thumping 640Nm of torque. 62mph from rest is dispatched in under 6s. There's also the option of a four cylinder petrol-powered 2.0-litre T6 variant which puts out a potent 320PS. Plus there are also more conventional four cylinder petrol turbo units, a T4 with 190bhp and a T5 with 250bhp.
This is certainly a more credible full-sized executive estate than anything Volvo has brought us to date. The V90 has a proud yet non-aggressive face, characterised by a concave grille - apparently a homage to the Volvo P1800 - that's home to the brand's distinctive 'Iron Mark' logo. The T-shaped 'Thor's Hammer' lights are recognisable from the XC90 and deliver a powerful sense of direction that makes this car unmistakable on the road. Inside, you'll find basically the same interior as the S90, with beautiful finishing and plenty of leather, classy wood and glass. At the rear, there's up 1526-litres of bootspace (including underfloor storage). That's a useful figure, though is a little bit less than you'd get with rival BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class estate competitors. That's probably down to the stylish sloping rear glass. As with the XC90 luxury SUV, the dash features a massive tablet-like touch screen that plays a key role in creating an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered. Volvo's clearly put a lot of budget into driving up materials quality and this V90 gets soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
Prices start at around £38,000 for the entry-level D4 diesel and T4 petrol models. That represents a premium of £2,000 over the S90 saloon variant. Figures elsewhere in the range swell up towards the £50,000 mark, as you'd expect from a car in this class aiming to go up alongside full-sized executive segment rivals like BMW's 5 Series Touring, Audi's A6 Avant and Mercedes latest E-Class Estate. There's also the option of 'Cross Country'-spec models that have AWD, a 65mm higher ride height and a wider track. Top models can be ordered with features like 21-inch alloy wheels and powered, heated and ventilated seats trimmed in Nappa leather. Inside, the tablet-like touch screen in the centre console drives the minor controls and a whole host of Internet-based products and services. Audio services in the plushest variants come courtesy of a monster Bowers & Wilkins stereo. The electronically controlled air suspension has a choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste. V90 safety gear includes a run off-road protection package which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead. Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of on coming traffic. Plus the V90 also introduces a world-first - large animal detection - a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day. All these safety systems aim to bring Volvo closer to its vision of nobody being seriously injured or killed in any of its vehicles by 2020.
With the D5 diesel most V90 buyers will choose, expect 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 129g/km of CO2. These figures improve to 62.8mpg and 119g/km in the less powerful D4 diesel variant. The efficiency champion is the top T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid model, which should deliver under 50g/km of CO2 and up to 26 miles of pure electric driving range. Depreciation will be a key consideration for potential owners. It'll be interesting to see to how the market responds to Volvo's new direction in style and quality here. Think in terms of RVs that are comparable with a brand like Lexus in this segment and you shouldn't be too far out.
This is the classiest Volvo estate ever - and a really credible rival for its German competitors. No, it won't threaten the Teutonic brands overnight, but that's only because Volvo won't initially be importing the kind of volumes that would do that. On merit though, this is a car you need to consider if you're fortunate enough to be buying in the top echelon of the large luxury estate segment. We think that many business buyers currently purchasing large luxury SUV would actually be more comfortable in something like this V90. Try one and you'll understand why.
June Neary and family check out Volvo's spacious V90 estate
As a family, we've always thought an estate car would suit us. And in this day and age of fast motorways, town congestion and sheer volume of traffic, we're tempted to invest more money in a family car than we've done in the past for the extra peace of mind that superior build quality brings. The latest generation Volvo V90 estate that I was driving recently appealed to me far more than I expected it to. After all, it looks like a Volvo, solid and dependable - but not quite as dull as the V70 model it replaced.
Volvos are nothing if not practical. Five passengers will travel in complete comfort and the boot space will swallow up a fair bit of kit, too. The driving position is well thought out, with all the buttons and switches close to hand and easy to identify. My first impressions were that the rear end of this V90 looked a little more sleeker than before but it was clear that Volvo hasn't been diverted from this car's raison d'etre - lugging gear. There's a class-competitive 560-litres of virgin space back there and a massive space can be liberated if you fold the rear seats down and stack your cargo to the roofline. The total cargo capacity is though, 110-litres shy of what you'd get in a Mercedes E-Class Estate. Still, forget the numbers and just enjoy the usability: the cargo divider that raises out of the boot floor; and the way that you can raise that floor on little struts so that muddy items can foul a part of the cargo area which can afterwards be shut away out of sight if you can't be bothered to clean it. You get a proper spare wheel beneath the boot floor (Mercedes take note); there's a ski hatch for long narrow items; an optional retractable tow bar can spring out at the press of a button; and there are more buttons to help you retract the rear seat head restraints and seat backs. Activate them and a completely flat cargo area is revealed. Ok, so at 1,526-litres in size, it's the smallest area on offer in this class, but we don't think many potential owners will mind too much. Those who do will be directed towards Volvo's XC90 SUV, which offers up to 1,868-litres. On to safety, which as you'd expect is a Volvo strongpoint, a subtle reminder of the fact found with the 'Since 1959' references on the seatbelt buckles, this being the year that the brand invented the three-point seatbelt we all now use. Today, the company's continues its safety ambitions with the most daring and far-reaching safety objective in the industry: that by 2020, no one should ever be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. Ramping up to that means the need for a whole new level of safety in the company's future models, a process that starts in this V90 with two segment-unique 'Intellisafe' features that are standard across the range. 'Run off road protection' detects that you've lost control and left the road, pre-tensioning the seatbelts and priming the standard seven airbags (twin front, side and curtain 'bags, plus a driver's knee 'bag). What's unique about this set-up though is that if the car's launched into the air and thumps down - as often happens in such a situation - a little mini shock absorber in the front seat frame protects your body from the damage that might otherwise be inflicted upon your lower spine, while Volvo's usual 'WHIPS' protection guards against whiplash on your neck.
For a larger car than I'm used to, the V90 handled beautifully. The power steering felt to me a bit lighter than I might have expected in a heavy estate like this, but it's responsive and relaxing. Volvo limits its mainstream V90 models to a twin turbo 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel engine that must be mated to an 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox. The base D4 variant most will want puts out 190bhp through its front wheels, 4WD with this engine only available if you choose the mildly SUV-like 'Cross Country' model, a variant that features a 65mm ride height increase. The alternative mainstream engine is the one I tried, a 'PowerPulse' D5 powerplant that boosts the 2.0-litre Drive-E diesel's output to 235bhp and only comes mated to AWD. On the move, you aren't served up anything that encourages much driving involvement -blame the rather vague steering for that - but in compensation, there's unruffled poise and exemplary refinement. You get supple standards of ride comfort from the soft suspension too and there's the option of rear air suspension if you want it. A standard 'Drive Mode Settings' driving dynamics system allows you to tailor throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. And if you do push on a bit, grip and traction are actually quite impressive and cornering bodyroll decently well controlled.
Expect to pay somewhere in the £35,000 to £45,000 bracket for conventionally-engined diesel V90 models. Which means that for this estate derivative, Volvo is requiring a premium of around £2,000 over its mechanically identical S90 saloon. The brand isn't selling the mainstream petrol V90 variants here that it offers in other markets, but we do get the top T8 Twin Engine Plug-in petrol/electric hybrid derivative - though for that, you'll need a likely budget in the £50,000 to £55,000 bracket. Both the mainstream engine options are acceptably frugal, the D4 managing 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and 119g/km of CO2. If you want to do better than that, you'll need to stretch to the top T8 Twin Engine Plug-in hybrid flagship model that mates a 320bhp turbocharged/supercharged petrol unit together with an 87bhp electric motor powered by a battery pack neatly packaged away in the transmission tunnel. When fully charged, this variant can offer up to 28 miles of all-electric driving range.
The V90 is an impressive executive contender that's also an admirable family car. If, like me, you're into 'need not speed', then this estate should suit you beautifully, meeting day to day needs while still offering a reasonable level of driving enjoyment. I could certainly live with this Volvo.
Mr Duncan Maclean - 21/06/2018, owner of a Volvo V90 Inscription D5 AWD
User rating: 5/5
Mr Timothy Sharp - 06/09/2017, owner of a Volvo V90 Estate 2.0 D4 Inscription 5dr Geartronic
User rating: 5/5
Mr Clive Bashford - 07/03/2017, owner of a Volvo V90 Diesel Estate 2.0 D5 PowerPulse Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic - 2017
User rating: 5/5