What's the used Volvo S90 like?
Large luxury saloons have quite a tough remit. They have to satisfy the needs of the demanding businessman, eager to make smooth, reliable and economical progress while still making a suitable impression, and often double up as upmarket family transport, large and practical enough to seat five and despatch a continental holiday with ease.
Traditionally the Germans have held sway here, with the occasional Jag to shake the established order, but Volvo has always offered an alternative in this class, too, with this latest S90 proving itself more than a match for its rivals.
It’s large and good-looking outside and very spacious inside, for one, with a welcoming, stylish and luxurious interior. Add to that its comfort on all manner of roads and its motorway refinement and the case for considering the S90 becomes very strong, even if ultimately it can’t quite match its sporty rivals when it comes to handling finesse. Countered against that is Volvo’s reputation for safety, which continues in this car with a whole host of innovative, high-tech kit.
Engine choices are a pair of 2.0-litre diesels, a 2.0-litre petrol and a powerful petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. From new, a good range of trims is available, but even entry-level models get plenty of toys as standard. Both new and used the S90 is priced right up against those premium models from the German brands, including the very capable BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and the British Jaguar XF.