Volvo S90 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

Volvo S90 2021 infotainment
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  • Volvo S90 2021 charging socket
  • Volvo S90 2021 front seats
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  • Volvo S90 2021 front right tracking
  • Volvo S90 2021 rear cornering
  • Volvo S90 2021 dashboard
  • Volvo S90 2021 rear seats
  • Volvo S90 2021 infotainment
  • Volvo S90 2021 front cornering
  • Volvo S90 2021 right tracking
  • Volvo S90 2021 charging socket
  • Volvo S90 2021 front seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

As the Volvo S90 is a plug-in hybrid only, it's not the cheapest car among immediate rivals. You can buy a petrol or diesel version of the Audi A6BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class for significantly less. Compared to other PHEVs, it sits in between the 530e and 545e, but the BMWs are predicted to depreciate at a slower rate.  

The S90’s high list price won't bother company car buyers, who will find that it attracts very low company car tax thanks to its incredibly low official CO2 emissions of 19g/km. Because the claimed electric range is so good, it even sits in a lower tax band than the plug-in hybrid BMWs it’s up against.

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. Inscription trim sits above that, and 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, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist and emergency city braking (which recognises cars, large animals, pedestrians and cyclists).

According to Euro NCAP the S90 will protect adult occupants slightly better in a crash than an Audi 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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Volvo S90 2021 infotainment

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 than the petrol engine, and a cheap company car thanks also to its plug-in hybrid 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 passenger space
  • Generous standard kit
  • High quality cabin
  • Not as comfortable or nimble as its rivals
  • Fiddly touchscreen system
  • Relatively small boot
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