What is it?
The Volvo S90 is a refreshing Scandinavian alternative in an executive saloon segment filled with big-hitting German rivals. This new R-Design trim is, for now at least, its sportiest variant.
Available with either of the 2.0-litre diesel D4 or D5 engines at launch (with a hybrid T8 to join later), R-Design gets a black grille, 18in alloys, dual exhaust pipes and sports seats, as well as a sporty suspension set-up and a lavish leather and nubuck interior.
We’re driving the D5 variant, which isn’t a full-blooded Polestar performance model (although a Polestar Optimisation Pack is available) but still offers a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with 232bhp and 354lb ft, all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission.
In the UK, R-Design is expected to be the joint most-popular trim in the S90 range, alongside entry-level Momentum. It offers head-turning looks, a plush interior and the promise of a sportier drive, but it faces tough competition from all-wheel drive BMW M Sport and Mercedes-Benz AMG Line rivals in its class.