The Volvo S90 luxury sedan is elegant and distinctively Scandanavian. It stands out amongst German rivals. It is not a sporty sedan with big horsepower and great handling. Instead, it focuses on comfort and serenity through its luxurious interior and smooth ride. Its minimalist design is also very attractive, both inside and outside. We don’t know the exact details of the 2021 model in the U.S., but we believe the following engine options will be available: A T6 model with a supercharged turbocharged four-cylinder and a T8 plug–in-hybrid model that adds an electric motor to increase power and range. Volvo’s safety record is supported by many driver-assistance options.
What’s new for 2021?
The S90’s design has been slightly updated for 2021. The new front bumper, revised fog lamps, updated wheel designs and reshaped rear spoiler will be difficult to see. However, they help to modernize the car’s appearance. The new features include an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins soundsystem, wireless smartphone charging and USB-C charging ports at the rear.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
There are three trim levels for the S90: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. The Momentum is the only one without the T8 hybrid powertrain. While Inscription and R-Design models are more expensive, the Momentum is a great value. The T6 nonhybrid configuration is quick and fuel efficient and it’s well equipped.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
The base powertrain, also known as T6 is a supercharged turbocharged four-cylinder. The T6 Inscription test car ran from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, but it isn’t the fastest S90. The T8 hybrid plug-in hybrid version of 400 horsepower debuted last year. It blasted down our track in 4.5 seconds. However, we did notice occasional hiccups while driving the hybrid powertrain. The S90’s accelerator pedal will respond to a sharp push, causing a slight delay. After that, the gasoline engine will kick in to help the electric motors. The ride is smooth and comfortable, with a good handling. Rough roads transmit more vibrations to the cabin than those with softer springs. Although the steering feels heavy, it’s not as precise or direct as it should. This reduces the S90’s athleticism.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The nonhybrid T6 model earns 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while hybrid T8 models get a combined rating of 60 MPGe. The T8 hybrid was able to deliver 32 mpg on our highway fuel-economy testing route. This is a significant improvement over the T6 Inscription model that we tested by just 1 mpg. We were not able to use the S90’s 21 mile electric-only range on the highway as the system automatically engages the gasoline engine at highway speeds.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The S90’s cabin features are by far the most striking. The S90’s cabin is a mixture of high-end materials, such as open-pore wood, genuine leather and brushed metal. It creates a modern and cohesive space. Our Inscription test vehicle’s 14-way power-adjustable front seat was all-day comfortable. It should be suitable for all body types. However, the S90 does not have many of the features that we are used to in this price range. A manual steering column makes a surprising–and disappointing–appearance, as nearly all of the Volvo’s rivals offer power adjustments. The S90 sedan is well-suited for most drivers. Models with the folding rear seatback provide ample cargo space. Do you have more gear? The V90 is the wagon-bodied sibling to the S90.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The S90 is just as connected as its competitors, and relies heavily upon its touchscreen infotainment system to control many functions. The center console of all S90s features a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. The touchscreen allows the user to adjust basic functions, such as the heated seats and the optional head-up display. This is the norm for luxury brands, with some systems being more user-friendly than others. Although the S90’s system is intuitive, drivers will need to learn how to change settings on the fly. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard features on the S90, which allows users to interact with their smartphones easily.