Volvo S90 2.0 T8 Recharge PHEV R DESIGN 4dr AWD Auto Review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
4 doors
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RRP £56,275What Car? Target Price£52,947
Review

The Volvo S90 is a spacious, beautifully finished luxury saloon with loads of space for passengers. It's also cheap to run, if you can keep the battery fuelling most of your trips rather then the petrol engine, and a cheap company car thanks also to its hybrid (PHEV) power. That said, it's pricey to buy outright, doesn't ride that well, and the boot is relatively small. The BMW 530e is a better hybrid option overall.

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R-Design trim comes with keyless start, a powered boot lid, leather trim, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, privacy glass, 19in alloy wheels and sporty styling, inside and out. You also get front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, adaptive LED headlights and a well-equipped infotainment system, but you do need to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as an option. We'd choose Inscription trim, though, because it adds a few nice extras and has softer suspension for a smoother ride.

Comes with a battery pack powering an 86bhp electric motor that drives the rear wheels, and a 299bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine powering the fronts. Combined, that means near-instant response the minute you put your foot down and plenty of poke thereafter, with 0-62mph cracked off in just 5.1sec. To get that kind of performance from an Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series you'd need to choose one of the larger engine options, because even a 530e PHEV can't match it. Also has a claimed electric-only range of up to 35 miles.


Key information

Doors4
Seats5
0-62 MPH5.1 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

148.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

461

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

43

g/km

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