Volvo estates are historically more sought after than their less practical saloon counterparts and the V90 is set to continue the trend, although its boot space has been compromised slightly to provide those stylish looks. The interior is heavily influenced by the luxurious XC90’s – getting soft leather and natural wood throughout.
Two diesel engines are available – the 188hp D4 and the 232hp D5. The latter comes with four-wheel drive as standard, while the D4 sends power to the front wheels – both get an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The plus-400hp T8 petrol-electric hybrid boasts huge performance, cheap running costs and an ability to move under electric power alone.
The V90 shares its underpinnings with the XC90 SUV, so don’t expect a sporty ride like you get in a BMW 5 Series – instead the Volvo rivals the Mercedes E-Class’ comfort.
Safety credentials are impressive, with an advanced automatic emergency braking system detecting not only people and cars, but animals as well – coming as standard and a semi-autonomous driving assistant that follows the markings on the road.
The V90 is a rival to premium estate cars at a great price
The Volvo V90 may not have the boot-capacity-bragging rights of its forebears, but in every other area it’s a truly worthy alternative to the Germans. Volvo expects the more-powerful D5 to be the best-seller and we can see why – it’s just about fast enough for all occasions and cheap to run, too. It may not have the dynamic edge of the BMW 5 Series, but with its plush cabin and relaxing ride the V90 fits the remit of a premium load-lugger and has every right to be at the top of executives’ shopping lists.
If you want a more in-depth look at the Volvo V90, have a look at the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, if you want to see the kind of offers that you can get on the V90, go to our deals page.