Volvo Best Of Both Worlds

31 August 2018

VOLVO is introducing the performance and efficiency benefits of its T5 turbocharged petrol engine across its executive vehicle range, adding the T5 powertrain to the S90 saloon, V90 estate, V90 Cross Country and XC90 SUV models.

Tuned to deliver 250bhp of power and 350Nm of torque, the T5 delivers impressive fuel economy and emissions, and is matched as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The T5 is one of Volvo’s newest Drive-E engines, being an advanced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit that is both compact and lightweight, with aluminium and aluminium alloy extensively used in its construction.

In the S90 saloon, the new T5 is available in all model grades apart from the entry-level Momentum and the Momentum Pro, and joins the existing T4 petrol, D4 and D5 PowerPulse diesels, and the T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. Despite being the most powerful non-hybrid unit in the range, it achieves claimed fuel economy of 40 mpg and CO2 emissions from 154g/km. For business users, its first-year benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rate is 31 per cent. The T5's power translates into a 0-60mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. It costs from £41,120 for the R-Design version.

The V90 mirrors its sister saloon in terms of the availability of the T5 within the range, with the addition of the Cross Country all-road estate models. The efficiency figures are from 42mpg and 157g/km in the standard V90, and from 38mpg and 172g/km with all-wheel drive in the Cross Country. Performance is quite impressive, with 0-60mph acceleration of seven seconds in the V90 and seven and a half seconds in the V90 Cross Country. T5 prices are from £43,120 for the V90 R-Design and £44,685 for the V90 Cross Country. The BIK tax rates are 32 per cent for the R-Design and 35 per cent for the Cross Country.

Buyers of the XC90 SUV can specify the T5 with all-wheel drive in all model grades, starting with the Momentum, which has an entry price of £50,435, and topping out with the luxuriously specified Inscription Pro at £59,235. The BIK rate for business users is 37 per cent. The XC90 T5 AWD achieves official economy and CO2 ratings of 36mpg and 184g/km, while acceleration from rest to 60mph takes eight seconds.