Volvo S90 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Introduction

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If you’re bored of all those big German cars, the Volvo S90 could be the breath of fresh, crisp Scandinavian air you’ve been looking for.

The S90 is a luxury saloon that shares its underpinnings and much of its interior with the Volvo V90 estate and Volvo XC90 SUV. If you're interested in cutting your emissions, reducing the amount you pay in company car tax, or both, this might be the car for you.

Why? Well, Volvo has dropped diesel and petrol-only engines from the S90 range, and it's now available exclusively with a 2.0-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid system. It has also dropped some of the trims, rationalising them down to just two. 

We suspect there will be plenty of buyers frustrated – and perhaps somewhat confused – by Volvo’s decision to keep the cheaper engines on in the equivalent V90 while removing them from the S90. But the Swedish manufacturer is on a mission to become something of a market leader in electrification and this move in effect turns the S90 into a halo model for the brand.

That does, however, mean that its starting price is now significantly higher than the entry-level versions of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Jaguar XF.

Buyers of large luxury saloons are a demanding bunch who expect a comfortable ride, superb refinement and generous levels of luxury equipment. So, is this electrified car good enough in those areas to tempt them away from its impressive rivals? Read on over the next few pages of this Volvo S90 review to find out.

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At a glance

Number of trims2 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid
MPG range across all versions148.7 - 148.7
Avaliable doors options4
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£1,237 / £1,254
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£2,474 / £2,508

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Volvo S90 2.0 T8 Recharge PHEV Inscription 4dr AWD Auto

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