Volvo S90

Volvo’s luxurious Swedish saloon

10 January 2018

VOLVO is hoping that new petrol versions of its executive S90 saloon and V90 estate models will boost sales even beyond their current record-breaking high.

The last two years have been the best in the company’s history, and the expensive vehicles it sells are all hugely profitable, unlike many mainstream manufacturers who virtually give theirs away for no profit at all.

Whilst the favourite Volvo models are the SUV ranges, including the XC60, XC90 and the new XC40, the executive saloon and estate models are increasingly capturing fleet sales among managerial and business users.

Now the S90 and V90 models become even more attractive with the arrival of a two-litre petrol alternative to the diesels.

Powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine and mated to an automatic gearbox as standard, there is 190bhp of power and impressive fuel economy of about 40mpg.

The T4 versions are available from entry-level Momentum to luxurious Inscription Pro form, and share the high level of standard features as their existing diesel and petrol-electric hybrid siblings.

This includes Volvo’s innovative nine-inch touch screen control system, satellite navigation with real time traffic information, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and leather-faced upholstery. Depending on the trim level, T4 versions are offered with wheels ranging from 18 to 21 inches in diameter.

The T4 engine joins the S90 and V90 ranges alongside the T6 in the V90 Cross Country, which was the first V90 variant to be offered as a pure petrol.

All versions were initially offered with a choice of two 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines only, comprising the tax-friendly D4 and the powerful D5 PowerPulse, in two trim levels of Momentum and Inscription.

The front-wheel-drive 190bhp D4 is equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and achieves economy of 65mpg with CO2 emissions of 116g/km for the S90, and 63mpg and 119g/km for the heavier estate.

The 235bhp D5 model comes with all-wheel drive plus the eight-speed automatic transmission and air regenerative PowerPulse that eliminates turbo lag.

Each version of both models is lavishly equipped, with even the entry-level Momentum getting leather upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with an automatic air-filtration system, keyless engine starting and heated front seats.

Volvo’s sophisticated Sensus infotainment system is also standard. This brings a nine-inch touch screen, satellite navigation including lifetime annual map updates, voice-control, and access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps such as TuneIn, Stitcher and Yelp.

The S90 even gets a powered boot lid, which in the case of the V90 is a powered tailgate.

Volvo’s semi-autonomous drive feature, Pilot Assist, is standard, and automatically keeps the car at a set speed or distance from the vehicle in front, braking and accelerating with the flow of traffic.

It also gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car within lane markings at motorway speeds up to 80 mph, but unlike previous versions of the system, it no longer needs to follow another vehicle.

They also get the latest version of City Safety, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and the world-first application of large-animal detection.

Moving up to Inscription versions adds Nappa soft leather upholstery, powered front seats, a 12.5-inch information display, 18-inch diamond-cut/silver alloy wheels, walnut interior inlays, rear foot well and side step illumination, plus chrome exterior details.

The optional Xenium package is available across the range and adds a powered tilt and slide glass sunroof, parking camera system with 360-degree surround view, plus Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90-degrees parking.

Apple CarPlay is an option that enables users to access certain functions of Apple devices and CarPlay-optimised apps via the car’s touch screen, voice control system or the buttons on the steering wheel. Also available is a Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system with 18 speakers and an output of 1,400 Watts.

Prices start at £32,500 for the D4 Momentum saloon, rising to £42,000 for the D5 Inscription version with four wheel drive.

Estate model prices start at £34,555 for the D4 Momentum, rising to £44,000 for the D5 Inscription with all-wheel drive.

Prices for the S90 T4 petrol models start at £34,500, whilst the estate versions cost from £36,500.