Volvo V90 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

Volvo V90 2021 interior infotainment
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Petrol or diesel Volvo V90s tend to cost a similar amount to the equivalent BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class Estate, while the Audi A6 Avant tends to be slightly more expensive. The plug-in hybrid Recharge costs more than the competition, but has a longer electric-only range to justify this. Our pick of the engines, the B4 (P) petrol, officially averages 40mpg. If you're intending to do lots of miles, the diesel is more economical – expect it to average another 10mpg on top of what the petrol offers.

Head over to our free New Car Deals pages to look for the best prices on the new V90 because that will help to offset its pretty savage depreciation. In three years it'll be worth not much more than a third of the list price, and that's nowhere near as good as the A6 Avant, 5 Series Touring, or E-Class estate. Poor resale values tend to mean higher PCP finance payments.  

To make up for its price and heavy depreciation, Volvo gives you plenty of equipment. The entry-level Momentum trim has all the items we've mentioned – the infotainment suite, the parking aids, the LED headlights etc – plus leather seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 18in alloy wheels and keyless entry.

Momentum is our pick, but it’s a great shame you can’t add the optional air suspension on that trim, which is why it’s also worth considering R-Design, which gives you that option and adds leather/nubuck trim, privacy glass and 19in alloys. 

The R-Design trim also adds blind-spot monitoring, but every V90 is equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) front and rear, which recognises pedestrians, cyclists, large animals and, of course, cars, along with traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance.

Euro NCAP awarded the V90 the full five-star crash safety rating. If you look at its individual category results, you’ll see it does a better job of protecting adults’ chests when they’re sat in the front seats than the A6 Avant and E-Class Estate.

Volvo finished 19th in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey (out of 30). That’s a few places below BMW and just below Audi, but above Mercedes. All V90's come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, which is not overly generous.

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Overview

The Volvo V90 is a practical and classy choice that rides and handles well if you specify it with the optional adaptive dampers and avoid massive alloy wheels. It isn't that cheap to buy and it suffers quite heavy depreciation, which are two reasons we rate the BMW 5 Series Touring more highly, but the V90 is definitely worth a look if you can bag yourself a great deal.

  • Super-spacious rear seats
  • Generous standard kit
  • High quality interior
  • Poor resale values
  • Lethargic gearbox
  • Touchscreen infotainment can be distracting on the move
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