Volvo S90

Starting price $79,900
Georgie savings $3,995 - $13,789

Review

Once upon a time, a Volvo was a very safe, very square and very boring contraption that stopped you from getting to work on time and made you swear at traffic. It's still very safe but now it is a breath of fresh Scandinavian air that purifies your soul.

The new Volvo S90 is here to steal your attention away from the predictable German triplets and it has dropped the mic when it comes to style, interior innovation and safety. There's more to this gorgeous sedan than meets the eye, so read on to find out what a stunner it truly is.

 

 

An interior like no other

One of the S90's highlights is its incredible interior, that combines the finest Swedish design elements with levels of quality that didn't exist before. It’s blissfully bare and peaceful, decorated with a fine, high-quality set of fixtures. Everything you need to control or adjust is done through the large tablet-like touch-screen which is neatly embedded into the dash, unlike some screens that are stuck on like a last-minute patch up.

Screen operation is mostly logical and intuitive, so long as you’re familiar with smart phones and tablets. If you’re not, you will need to spend some time simply sitting and scrolling and swiping your way through the functions until you’ve explored every corner. This is fun, anyway.

Climate controls pop up from the bottom centre, and in-depth car settings are top centre. It’s as easy as that. Of course, you can go into finer control once you dive deeper into the apps and settings. We found the climate to be a little perplexing at first, and a little noisy when the rear venting is on. Seat massaging is just the icing on the cake, in a serene, minimalist haven of tranquility.

 

Thor-oroughly sensual

This is Volvo’s all-new large luxury sedan which can also be had in V90 wagon form. It’s promising a distinct freshness to the otherwise yawn-inducing segment by blending a suave Scandinavian design with clever functionality and hidden technology, and market-forefronting safety.

It doesn’t matter whether you like Volvos or even like cars, the S90 has to be one of the nicest-looking sedans in this segment, surely? It features beautiful lines around the front, appended by sophisticated ‘Thor hammer’ headlights, clean panel contours, and a rigid, slab-like rear end that definitely cannot be confused with any other model.

 

 


 

Our verdict

The S90 is a refreshing take on the large luxury sedan market. It stands out with fuss-free functionality, quality design and features, and impressive safety tech. Human-machine interface simplicity also makes it one of the most relaxing cars in this segment. With a range of innovative engines in petrol, diesel and hybrid form, the German status-quo has just been shattered with a mighty throw of Thor's hammer. 

 

5 specs you need to know:

  1. Engine: 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder
  2. Transmission and drive: Eight-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
  3. ANCAP safety rating: Five Stars
  4. Official fuel economy: 5.1L/100km (7.5L/100km tested)
  5. Tested time from 0-100km/h: 7.41 seconds

 

Pros

  • Design and character?
  • Comprehensive touch-screen interface
  • Advanced safety tech
  • PowerPulse turbo technology
  • Credible performance with good efficiency 

 

Cons

  • Transmission needs further calibration; indecisive, changes down too late and abruptly
  • Not as sporty to drive compared with German rivals

 

 

 

Review

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