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.
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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.