Volvo has a fine reputation for the comfort of its seats and the V90 shows why.
Adjustable for cushion length, beautifully smooth in their leather finish and soft yet supportive in all the right areas, the V90’s seats are beyond reproach.
From there outwards, the comfort focus runs throughout the car. On 20in rims, it rides with commendable suppleness and decent isolation, getting slightly brittle only when you’re travelling more quickly than you know it’s really tuned for.
Even the car’s major centre console switchgear is designed in such a way as to be comfortable to use. The starter button, stereo volume knob and drive mode controller are all slightly oversized and all have a distinctive chromed textured finish that makes them superbly easy to recognise by touch, so you needn’t take your eyes off the road to find them.
While we’re on the topic of comfort and ease of use, a note on the effectiveness of the V90’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving feature.
Volvo is at the vanguard of the development of driverless car technology and it shows. I made regular use of Pilot Assist and found it particularly useful in rush-hour traffic, when it automatically maintains your lane position and distance from the car in front very well and allows you to be more aware of what’s going on in the lanes around you.
You learn to trust it – and it didn’t wobble or drop out on me once in four months – it makes the worst traffic conditions much easier to bear. Safer to be in, too, I reckon.
So 6000 miles done, where have we ended up? Well, I certainly wouldn’t criticise this car for its slightly meek sort of handling dynamism or for its engine.
I’d argue, in fact, that both contribute to the V90’s distinctiveness in today’s executive market and give it a clearer place to occupy now than ever.
Few cars can be easier, more pleasant or more calming to use than this one – at a time when life on Britain’s roads would lead few to question the value of those sort of attributes.
I’ve only one note of complaint: please bring back the old V70’s 40/20/40 split folding seat backs, Volvo. That’s it. Otherwise, carry on. Don’t change a thing.
A round trip from London to Denbighshire highlighted how long-legged the V90 is.
Its reassuring bulk, ample torque and a high belt line that makes you feel comfortingly entrenched behind the wheel mean it effortlessly absorbs mega mileages. The sumptuous cabin is also a delight.
Relaxing character - It’s impossible to be in a hurry driving a V90. You arrive feeling calmer than when you departed.
Comfy, pleasant cabin - Great seats, natural materials, light and airy tones — and the abundant space you take for granted.