There’s plenty of space in the S90’s back seats for two tall adults, but carrying three adults in the back is a bit of a squeeze and alternatives have bigger boots
There’s plenty of space in the S90’s front seats for you to get comfortable – even if you’re very tall – and both front seats come with height adjustment and electric lumbar support as standard. As a result, you get a good view out over other cars and don’t have to worry about backache on long motorway journeys.
Pick a Momentum Pro model or above and you get extra lumbar adjustment and extended seat cushions as standard to give your legs even better support on long drives. These models also get a memory function for the front seat – handy if you regularly lend your car to someone else.
Space in the back is pretty generous in all S90s. The front seats are thinner than in a Mercedes or BMW so your passengers in the back have plenty of legroom to stretch out. There’s just enough headroom for six-footers to get fairly comfy, too.
Carrying three adults side-by-side is a bit of a squeeze – thanks to the tall lump in the floor and hard central seat – but there’s enough space under the front seats for three rear passengers to fit their feet comfortably. That said, an E-Class is better still for carrying three adults in the back.
The S90’s wide rear door openings make it easy to lift in a large child seat and folding covers help you quickly locate the two sets of Isofix points. Unfortunately, the Volvo’s low roofline means you have to stoop down low to strap in a child, but you’ll have a similar issue in almost all large executive saloons.
The Volvo’s cabin comes with plenty of handy storage spaces to help you keep it looking as tidy as possible, All four door bins and the glovebox can comfortably hold a 2.0-litre bottle and there’s some extra storage space under the central armrest for your phone or a pair of sunglasses.
You get two cupholders beside the gear lever under a neat folding cover and two more that pop out of the folding rear armrest. This also comes with a neat storage tray with a lid to keep thing safely in place if you need to fold the armrest away.
The Volvo’s front seats are so comfortable, you might find it hard to stop yourself nodding off on long journeys – no wonder the S90 comes with so much safety kit as standard…
The S90’s 500-litre boot isn’t quite as big as the 530-litre and 540-litre loadbays you get in a 5 Series and E-Class respectively, but it’s still big enough to carry a baby buggy and some soft bags or a set of golf clubs. The wide opening makes it easier to load than the likes of the E-Class, too, and you get a few tether hooks and a netted cubby to keep smaller items secure.
You can’t adjust the height of the boot floor, however, so there’s a slight lip you’ll have to lift luggage over. It’s no worse than in the BMW, Mercedes or Audi, though, and you do get some neat switches beside the headrests that’ll let you fold the back seats down from inside the car – when the rear doors are open, that is.
With all the back seats folded away, there’s space in the back of the Volvo to carry a bike with both its wheels attached. The flat floor makes it easy to push heavy items right up behind the back seats and the loadbay’s square shape means you won’t have any trouble carrying a large TV box or some bulky flat-pack furniture.
All S90s come with a ski hatch behind the rear armrest so you can carry some very long items and two back-seat passengers at once.