Why we ran it: To discover if Volvo is still the master of the big estate car
Life with a Volvo V90: Month 4
Saying goodbye to the Volvo V90 – 01 November 2017
The timing could hardly be worse.
Now that the nights have drawn in, the roads are carpeted with leaves, and features such as a timed parking heater and a steering wheel that warms your palms are starting to seem genuinely useful, Volvo has taken our rather lovely, supremely relaxing, four-wheel-drive V90 away.
Four months and 6000 miles suddenly seem pitifully short to fully digest the tranquil character and numerous strengths of the big Swede.
In that time, the V90 has facilitated a couple of family holidays and been pressed into the practical weekend service that voluminous estate cars typically provide.
From furniture collection agent to recycling centre shuttle-runner, it has played many roles – and you might imagine that it’ll be for its more practical facets that I will remember the car.
Actually, it won’t be. The greatest strength of the V90 is how relaxing it is to drive and use, how pleasant and agreeable it is to travel in, and how consummately it transformed a dreary trudge of a daily commute into something so laid back that it was almost meditative.
Back in July when we took the V90 on, I had concerns. Would a four-cylinder diesel engine cut the mustard in a £45,000 estate? Would the V90 have the kind of handling character to hold my attention? How silly those worries seem now.
Because, sure, the V90’s D5 PowerPulse diesel engine isn’t as smooth, as powerful or as willing to rev as a BMW straight six or an Audi V6 diesel.
But it does have a very healthy slug of low-range torque below 2500rpm and you barely need to rev it beyond that point, so this large, fairly heavy car rarely feels its size when accelerating.