Volvo's sister car to the S90 saloon is priced from £34,555 and is on sale now
Jimi Beckwith
15 March 2016

The new Volvo V90 is on sale now, priced from £34,555 to £44,055, with first deliveries expected in October.

The entry-level Momentum model with Volvo's D4 engine gets a leather interior, LED headlights and dual-zone climate control, while the D5 engine in Inscription trim with electric front seats, 18in alloys and all-wheel drive tops the range. A plug-in hybrid engine will join the line-up after launch.

Read our review of the Volvo V90 D5

The estate was revealed at the Geneva motor show and will be offered with the same safety systems and efficient Drive-e powertrains as its S90 and XC90 siblings.

Unsurprisingly, the shape of the V90 is similar to that of the S90, and also takes some inspiration from 2014’s Volvo Concept Estate.

Inside, the five-seat V90 gets the same dashboard layout – including the same large touchscreen infotainment interface and digital dashboard technology – as the S90.

Its larger dimensions allow the V90 to carry up to 1526 litres of luggage, including under-floor storage. By comparison, the BMW 5 Series Touring offers a maximum of 1670 litres while the E-Class estate offers 1855 litres of space.

Leading the powertrain options is the top-spec, T8 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid, which mates an 87bhp, 177lb ft electric motor to a 2.0-litre diesel motor to give a combined output of 401bhp and 472lb ft of torque. CO2 emissions of 47g/km and fuel economy of 134.5mpg are also claimed.

Engines in the rest of the range are all 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units. The T5 produces 250bhp and 258lb ft of torque. Fuel consumption is a claimed 41.5mpg, and emissions stand at 154g/km. The equivalent diesel, the D4, is expected to be the big-seller amongst the range, and uses a two-stage turbo to produce 187bhp and 295lb ft. Volvo claims fuel economy of 62.7mpg for the D4, which is 9.4mpg up on the equivalent BMW 520d Touring, and emissions of 119g/km, 8g/km less than the 520d.

A D5 twin-turbo diesel engine with 232bhp and 354lb ft of torque is also available, in a four-wheel-drive format. This powertrain achieves claimed fuel economy of 57.6mpg and emissions of 129g/km CO2.

A more powerful, turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder T6 petrol engine with 315bhp and 295lb ft, and all-wheel drive will likely be one of the least popular setups of the V90, due to its 38.1mpg claimed fuel economy and 169g/km emissions. Again, these are up on the equivalent BMW 535i Touring, by 18bhp, 2.1mpg, with 10g/km less CO2. All engines are coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The V90 shares the same safety equipment as the S90 and XC90. This means that Volvo's IntelliSafe Assist system, with adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous 'Pilot Assist II' system and distance alert comes as standard, alongside a lane keeping aid, driver alertness detection and warning, road sign recognition which is linked to a speed limiter, and Volvo's 'run-off road mitigation' system.

Autonomous emergency braking also features, with pedestrian, vehicle, cyclist and large animal detection, including warning lights, brake pulsing, front seat belt pre-tensioning and automatic braking at potential junction accidents.

Volvo’s IntelliSafe surround will be an option on the V90, and includes blind spot information, rear collision warning, which detects a potential rear-end collision, and cross traffic alert, which helps drivers reversing into a road by warning them of incoming traffic. The 360-degree camera, Park Assist Pilot and built-in booster seats also optional on the XC90 will also be safety options on the V90.

Later in the car’s life cycle, a sportier version of the V90 tuned by Polestar is very likely.

Rivals for the new model include the BMW 5 Series Touring, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6 Avant, which start at £33,315, £36,060 and £34,345 respectively.

Watch the live reveal of the Volvo V90 in the video below.

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18 February 2016

That's not the best spec'ed inside to show for a press release, maybe ok for America but it's a hideous combination of cream, plastic and wood. The rear transmission tunnel is amongst the biggest I've ever seen I just hope it's only there for 4 wheel drive versions but if not there's no way the 5th person could get comfortable. Same goes for the console around the gear-sift, why so big, I'd rather have bigger seats or a narrower car.

 

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18 February 2016

I agree regarding the 'transmission' tunnel (although shouldn't it be called an exhaust tunnel on a front drive car like this?).Things like this rule these cars out for families with more than 2 kids (which is not exactly uncommon). Sitting with legs astride these tunnels is very uncomfortable for the poor sap sat there. That's why MPVs and SUVs are the default family wagons.

18 February 2016
Jeremy wrote:

I agree regarding the 'transmission' tunnel (although shouldn't it be called an exhaust tunnel on a front drive car like this?).Things like this rule these cars out for families with more than 2 kids (which is not exactly uncommon). Sitting with legs astride these tunnels is very uncomfortable for the poor sap sat there. That's why MPVs and SUVs are the default family wagons.

When I was growing up, I was the one forced into the middle seat of my parents Ford Sierra, as I am the youngest. That was back in the days before MPVs and SUV's mind. Used to annoy me, especially as I got older. I was 13 by the time my dad bought the then brand new Mondeo, which helped a lot

18 February 2016

For XXL transmission tunnel see the bloated Merc GT which is at least 6 inches wider than necessary.

Otherwise I like the Scandinavian simplicity and elegance of this Volvo design. And hope that the clean dashboard layout with minimal button count translates into simplicity of use.

18 February 2016
abkq wrote:

For XXL transmission tunnel see the bloated Merc GT which is at least 6 inches wider than necessary.

Otherwise I like the Scandinavian simplicity and elegance of this Volvo design. And hope that the clean dashboard layout with minimal button count translates into simplicity of use.

Would that be the 2 seater sports car where the rear transmission tunnel has no effect on rear passengers, opposed to a 5 seater estate car where lower leg room is an advantage.

 

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18 February 2016

I wonder whether the extra-long bonnet (front-mid engine) & extraordinary width of the Merc GT are results of technical demands or merely post-rationalisation in order to justify these stylistic features. The GT looks to me like an adolescent's idea of the dream sports car. Whatever's happened to the compactness of the air-cooled 911? Even given the safety features demanded on current sport cars there is no reason to make them so big.
I suppose my original point was that the Germans (Merc, BMW) have lost its rational modernist heritage (Bauhaus, Dieter Rams) while the Scandinavians - Volvo in this case - are wise to continue and expand its modernist design motifs.

15 March 2016

Not so easy to manage all functions via a touch screen and it's very easy to miss and hit some other part of the screen when driving.And it doesn't get any better when that screen stops working (as it obviously happens with XC90) and suddenly you can't manage any functions.

bezor Ta

18 February 2016

There's a certain Audi-ness about the lines of this car, particularly from front 3-quarters (I thought the same about the saloon when I first saw it). But in the executive market everybody loves an Audi so maybe it makes sense for Volvo to adopt some influences.

18 February 2016
catnip wrote:

There's a certain Audi-ness about the lines of this car, particularly from front 3-quarters (I thought the same about the saloon when I first saw it). But in the executive market everybody loves an Audi so maybe it makes sense for Volvo to adopt some influences.

Cannot agree with you there. It has 4 wheels there the similarity ends with an Audi. Audis are bland, anodyne, ubiquitous. This is handsome, different, elegant. Well doe Volvo a breath of fresh Nordic air.

18 February 2016

I think this looks superb all round! Transmission tunnel is rather high though. I wonder if that is for the hybrid version?

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