The interior layout, fit and finish
The driver of a Volvo S90 is treated to a brilliant seating position, no matter what their size or shape. The Swedish manufacturer's seats are famous for their supportiveness and these are no different, while standard electric adjustments, including lumbar support, make getting comfortable no problem at all.
The S90’s steering column has a generous amount of extension, and the wheel, seat and pedals all line up perfectly. That's not the case with its rivals – the pedals in an Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class are skewed over to the right, and the A6 and E-Class have more intrusion in to their footwells.
Forward visibility is very good and you get front parking sensors included. The rearward view is slightly obscured by the S90's thick back pillars but, again, rear parking sensors come as standard, as does a rear-view camera (a 360-degree camera is a pricey option). At night, bright LED headlights light the way clearly and feature adaptive main beams that can remain on without dazzling the cars in front.
The S90's Sensus infotainment system is the same as the one you'll find in the V90 and XC90, featuring a 9.0in tablet-style touchscreen through which you control most of the car's functions. It's reasonably responsive when you press the icons, but the small size of some of those and the large number of functions the screen operates make this a fiddly system to use on the move.
We prefer the dial controller you get in the 5 Series and E-Class, and a few more physical buttons in the S90, for frequently-used features such as the climate control, would improve it. At least wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto come as standard.
There’s a great ambience to the Volvo S90’s cabin. It’s a clean-looking design finished to a high standard – on a par with that of the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. Everything feels well built and there are plenty of soft, dense materials and solid switches throughout, which mark it above the Mercedes E-Class's slightly flimsier feel.
All models get leather seat trim and ambient interior lighting, but only the higher-grade Inscription trim gets softer Nappa leather and plusher wood veneers.
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