Volvo S90

5/5
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Verdict

Unveiled towards the end of 2015, the S90 is Volvo’s second instalment in their current model offensive. The all-new XC90 was their first step to showing how Volvo will look and feel over the next generation of their cars and the XC90 will probably be the oldest car on their fleet in five years. The S90 is a brand new model for Volvo and its set to replace the S80 towards the end of 2016. The S90 looks set to offer massive competition to the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. A lot of what is on offer in the S90has been taken from the design cues of the XC90 and it shows that Volvo will truly be classed as a luxury and high-end manufacturer.

Performance

This vehicle is available to the Irish market with a D4 and D5 delection of diesel engines. A T8 Twin Engine model will become available in the near future. This is a plug-in hybrid option and between the engine and the power from the electric motors this should supply maximum power of 400 bhp. As far as we are aware, there are no plans as of yet to introduce the T6 engine to the Irish market. All engines have four cylinders and are mated to either an eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Ride & Handling

After driving this model for the first time at its international launch in Spain, we can say that the ride and handling is much improved on the XC90. On corners this nearly 5-metre machine is surprisingly good, and the yet-to-be-introduced V90 matches the drive dynamics.

Refinement

The S90 is even quieter inside than the XC90. WHile the XC90 is a refined car, it did suffer from road and occasional wind noise. The S90 is a more aerodynamic vehicle, which is part of the reason for the lower decibels. It also appears that more padding has been added to the S90.

Quality & Reliability

Much of what will be on offer in the S90 will have been seen already in the XC90. This car is super-luxurious and comfort has been high on Volvo’s priorities list. The S90 features the XC90’s iPad-like infotainment system and while this system does look amazing, it may take some learning to navigate it to its full potential.

Safety & Security

The S90, and indeed the XC90, are not just showing off the future design language of the brand. These vehicles also represent the future of safety within the Volvo fleet. Volvo’s vision for 2020 is that no deaths or serious injuries will occur in one of their new vehicles and the S90 shows-off a myriad of excellent and first-time technologies which have been especially designed for the purposes of that goal. The S90 is the first of the Volvo fleet to use their steer assist technologies. This system shows some of their autonomous driving technologies and if the car feels like it is going out of lane the steering wheel will receive gentle pushes to keep it on the straight and narrow. The S90 also features the latest City Safety features including “large animal detection” which is designed to offer brake support if the car thinks that you are about to collide with a passing animal.

Space & Practicality

The car has a wheelbase of 2,941 mm and is 4,963 mm in length - which essentially means that this is a spacious vehicle. Leg room to the rear is an ample 911 mm and to the front is 1071 mm. There are no head room issues at all. The boot offers 500 litres - which is ample, but it's worth noting that the less expensive Skoda Superb beats that by at least 100 litres.

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Key Facts

Make

Volvo

Model
S90
Variant
S90 D4 (190hp) Momentum  Geartronic
Trim
D4 Momentum
Car Category
Executive
First Launched
2016
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
8 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Saloon
Price New
€48,400
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
L/100km Combined
4.4
Average km/L
22.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range
1250 km
Cost of filling a tank
€67.05
Average Cost Per 200 km
€10.73
CO2 emmissions
118 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
190 bhp
Max Power kW
142
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1969
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Twin Turbo Charg
Top speed
230 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
8.2 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Saloon
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
500 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Years comprehensive protection
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Years comprehensive protection
Car Body
12 Years against rust perforation
Paintwork
3 Years on paintwork
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
2 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
500 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
225/45 R18 mm
Tyre size back
225/45 R18 mm
Length
4963 mm
Width
1890 mm
Height
1443 mm
Wheel Base
2941 mm
Front Track (mm)
1443
Rear Track (mm)
1618
Turning circle (m)
11.4–11.8

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Double wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent, spring multi-link with stabilizer
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
190 bhp