What is it?
The Volvo V90 marks the return of the classic big Swedish estate, albeit remodelled for modern car-buying tastes. Together with its four-door Volvo S90 sister, the V90 follows in the wheel tracks of last year’s Volvo XC90, continuing the Geely-owned company’s reinvention.
Volvo UK’s policy is to keep its basic model range simple for customers to navigate. A 2.0-litre diesel powerplant mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox is available in two flavours: front-wheel drive and 188bhp in the D4 or all-wheel drive and 232bhp in the D5 tested here.
There’s no pure petrol offering in the UK at the present. The T8 Twin Engine, arriving later, is the sole petrol derivative and mates its 2.0-litre engine with an electric motor.
Right now, you can have your Swedish luxury saloon or estate in a choice of two trims, Momentum or Inscription. A third, more sporting R-Design variant is due late this year with a more dynamic chassis package and body styling. A more rugged Cross Country version of the V90 is also in the works.
You can, of course, choose to adorn your V90 or S90 with a range of optional extras that can swell the price. Our test car was fitted with an additional £10,870 of options, coming in at £54,925, with £3000 of that being accounted for by a stonking Bowers & Wilkins audio system.