Volvo S90 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £55,190What Car? Target Price from£52,464

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Because the S90 is a hybrid only, it's not the cheapest car among its immediate peers. You can buy a petrol or diesel version of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class for less, but it's not even the cheapest PHEV. The 530e starts at a much lower cost for cash buyers.  

Still, this won't bother company car buyers, because being a PHEV the S90 T8 Recharge will attract very low company car tax thanks to official CO2 emissions of just over 40g/km. If you manage to keep the battery topped up and run on electricity alone for the majority of your journeys, it'll cost you very little to fuel, too. However, if you run out of electricity and use the petrol engine, you'll struggle to get the average MPG to break into the early 30's. If you're a high-mileage user, that may mean that diesel is still a better option. 

You do get a good amount of standard equipment, though. 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. And don't forget, as we've already discussed it comes with front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, adaptive LED headlights and a well-equipped infotainment system. 

We'd choose Inscription trim, though. As we said previously, it rides better and also adds ventilated front seats and softer Nappa leather seat trim.  ​

Volvo is synonymous with safety and as standard the S90 comes with lots of kit, such as traffic sign recognition, lane assist and emergency city braking, which recognises cars, large animals, pedestrians, and cyclists. You still need to add the Driver Assist pack if you want blind spot monitoring, though. According to Euro NCAP the S90 will protect adult occupants slightly better in a crash than an A6, but it highlighted a weakness when it comes to child occupancy in the rear – a child sitting in a booster cushion was at a reasonable risk of chest injuries. It's still a very safe car overall, though. 

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Overview

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.

  • Offers excellent passegner space
  • Generous standard kit
  • High quality cabin
  • Not as comfortable of nimble as its rivals
  • Fiddly touchscreen system
  • Relatively small boot

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