Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • 9" centre console touch screen
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Connection
  • Drive mode settings
  • Handsfree bootlid opening/closing
  • Intellisafe Assist (Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control)
  • Lane keep assist with driver alert control
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call

Entertainment

  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls

Exterior Features

  • Active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome front lower bumper
  • Chrome window surround
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Headlight cleaning system
  • High gloss black front grille with chrome inserts
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Illuminated front and rear tread plates
  • Integrated roof rails in silver
  • LED front fog lights with cornering light function
  • Puddle lights in exterior door handles
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Twin exhaust tailpipes with chrome sleeves
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • Ambient door and instrument panel lighting
  • B Pillar ventilation
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Cargo divider with grocery bag holder
  • Centre armrest storage illumination
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Charcoal nappa leather key Integrated Remote
  • Colour coordinated nappa Leather Key Integrated Remote
  • Driver's side lower dashboard storage compartment
  • Extended front seat cushions
  • Front and rear aluminium tread plates
  • Front footwell and side step illumination
  • Front seat backrest massage
  • Front tunnel net pocket
  • Front/rear door pockets and front cupholder illumination
  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated gear knob
  • Illuminated glovebox with lock
  • Illuminated tailgate
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Load cover
  • Luxury floor mats
  • Multicolour theatre lights
  • Nappa soft leather perforated /ventilated upholstery
  • Passenger seat with power height adjustment and multi directional lumbar support
  • Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • Power Folding Rear Seat Backrests and Headrests
  • Power passenger seat with memory
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Ski hatch
  • Sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles
  • Underfloor cargo storage

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Keyless drive with remote tag
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Private locking for tailgate

Trim

  • Tailored Instrument Panel and Door Tops with Contrast Stitching

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

159

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1969

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

250

Based On ID

Coin Description

T5

Coin Series

Inscription Plus

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

8

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

95

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

80

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

76

NCAP Safety Assist %

93

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

7

Engine Power - BHP

250

Engine Power - KW

184

Engine Power - RPM

5500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

258

Engine Torque - MKG

35.7

Engine Torque - NM

350

Engine Torque - RPM

1800

Top Speed

140

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

255/40 R19

Tyre Size Rear

255/40 R19

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

10 SPOKE

Wheel Type

19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1475

Length

4936

Wheelbase

2941

Width

1895

Width (including mirrors)

2019

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

55

Gross Vehicle Weight

2300

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1526

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

723

Max. Loading Weight

610

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1800

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1690

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.6

On The Road

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Summary

This is the classiest Volvo estate ever - and a really credible rival for its German competitors. No, it won't threaten the Teutonic brands overnight, but that's only because Volvo won't initially be importing the kind of volumes that would do that. On merit though, this is a car you need to consider if you're fortunate enough to be buying in the top echelon of the large luxury estate segment. We think that many business buyers currently purchasing large luxury SUV would actually be more comfortable in something like this V90. Try one and you'll understand why.

Background

There's nothing quite like a big, boxy Volvo estate car: it's the kind of product that defines this Swedish marque. Nor is it the kind of car this Scandinavian brand is going to leave behind as it redefines its product range under rejuvenated Chinese ownership. For proof of that, check out this car, the V90. This is the station wagon version of the S90 saloon, a car based on the same sophisticated architecture as the company's award-winning XC90 luxury SUV. It's a size larger than the existing V70 model - and a good deal more sophisticated under the skin. Plus, as you'd want, it remains as Swedish as meatballs and as practical as ever. The prospects then, are promising.

Driving Experience

Unlike older V70 models, this V90's more sophisticated underpinnings can accommodate a complete range of the brand's 'Drive-E' engines, 2.0-litre units that are impressively efficient. Mainstream buyers are being offered the choice between two units: either the 190PS D4 powerplant borrowed from Volvo's smaller S60 and V60 models. Or the 235PS D5 twin turbodiesel, also with four cylinders, this matched with the security of AWD. All V90s come with smooth 8-speed auto transmission. Go for the Cross Country bodystyle and you can have AWD with either engine. The 235bhp D5 variant utilises an innovative technology called PowerPulse to boost responsiveness. This uses compressed air, which is stored in a tank in the engine bay and refilled automatically, to spool up the turbo at low revs. This helps to overcome turbo lag, which is the short delay in the power delivery you experience in traditional turbocharged engines. With both diesel engines, there's also the option of 'Cross Country'-spec models that have AWD, a 65mm higher ride height and a wider track. At the top of the range sits the T8 Twin Engine petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model. This delivers a combined 412PS output, with a thumping 640Nm of torque. 62mph from rest is dispatched in under 6s. There's also the option of a four cylinder petrol-powered 2.0-litre T6 variant which puts out a potent 320PS. Plus there's also a more conventional T4 190bhp four cylinder petrol turbo unit.

Design and Build

This is certainly a more credible full-sized executive estate than anything Volvo has brought us to date. The V90 has a proud yet non-aggressive face, characterised by a concave grille - apparently a homage to the Volvo P1800 - that's home to the brand's distinctive 'Iron Mark' logo. The T-shaped 'Thor's Hammer' lights are recognisable from the XC90 and deliver a powerful sense of direction that makes this car unmistakable on the road. Inside, you'll find basically the same interior as the S90, with beautiful finishing and plenty of leather, classy wood and glass. At the rear, there's up 1526-litres of bootspace (including underfloor storage). That's a useful figure, though is a little bit less than you'd get with rival BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class estate competitors. That's probably down to the stylish sloping rear glass. As with the XC90 luxury SUV, the dash features a massive tablet-like touch screen that plays a key role in creating an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered. Volvo's clearly put a lot of budget into driving up materials quality and this V90 gets soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £35,000 for the entry-level D4 diesel manual model. That represents a premium of £2,000 over the S90 saloon variant. Figures elsewhere in the range swell up towards the £45,000 mark, as you'd expect from a car in this class aiming to go up alongside full-sized executive segment rivals like BMW's 5 Series Touring, Audi's A6 Avant and Mercedes latest E-Class Estate. There's also the option of 'Cross Country'-spec models that have AWD, a 65mm higher ride height and a wider track. Top models can be ordered with features like 21-inch alloy wheels and powered, heated and ventilated seats trimmed in Nappa leather. Inside, the tablet-like touch screen in the centre console drives the minor controls and a whole host of Internet-based products and services. Audio services in the plushest variants come courtesy of a monster Bowers & Wilkins stereo. The electronically controlled air suspension has a choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste. V90 safety gear includes a run off-road protection package which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead. Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of on coming traffic. Plus the V90 also introduces a world-first - large animal detection - a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day. All these safety systems aim to bring Volvo closer to its vision of nobody being seriously injured or killed in any of its vehicles by 2020.

Cost of Ownership

With the D5 diesel most V90 buyers will choose, expect 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 129g/km of CO2. These figures improve to 62.8mpg and 119g/km in the less powerful D4 diesel variant. The efficiency champion is the top T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid model, which should deliver under 50g/km of CO2 and up to 26 miles of pure electric driving range. Depreciation will be a key consideration for potential owners. It'll be interesting to see to how the market responds to Volvo's new direction in style and quality here. Think in terms of RVs that are comparable with a brand like Lexus in this segment and you shouldn't be too far out.