Volvo is again becoming a serious competitor of the German brands, and with the new design and high level of performance that have made the XC90 such a success it is showing that it intends to maintain this momentum by extending its range with the S90 family saloon.
The S90 range is available in 4 trim levels, namely Momentum, R-Design, Inscription and Inscription Luxe, and what is interesting is that the basic model comes with all the safety features available with the high-end model as standard.
It is worth pointing out, too, that semi-automatic steering also comes as standard. The main qualities of this car are unsurprisingly its new design, the on-board ambiance and above all the safety features, all of which contributed to it being awarded the highest possible score in the AEB Pedestrian tests by Euro NCAP.
Design and comfort
Let’s begin, though, by talking about the design of the vehicle, since Volvo has redesigned its contours to incorporate smoother lines with a recognisable grille and LED headlights in the shape of Thor’s hammer so that it can hold its head high in the face of its rivals (the Audi A6, the BMW 5 series, the Mercedes E-Class, etc.). Volvo has also focused heavily on spaciousness, and at 4.96m in length and 1.88m wide the occupants of both the front and rear seats are going to be enjoying ‘king-size’ comfort. The boot, however, is a little disappointing in that it falls below the average volume in this segment at just 500 litres. Jump on board and you’ll immediately notice the large touch screen in the middle boasting a wide array of functions, including controlling the air-conditioning, meaning that there are hardly any buttons to deal with. The design is also very good since it incorporates high-end finishes combining classic design with modern touches.
Out on the road you will enjoy all the comfort you would expect of this kind of model, from the soundproofing and shock absorption to the high-precision steering system. In terms of engine options, the car is available in petrol and diesel versions ranging from 150hp to 320hp, with a 407hp hybrid version also in the pipeline. The only drawback is the 8-speed automatic gearbox, which isn’t very dynamic.
In conclusion, then, this is a very comfortable car that offers good value for money when you think that from just €43,129 you could become the proud owner of your very own Swedish beauty.