The interior layout, fit and finish
Volvo seats are famously comfortable, and the driver’s seat in the V90 is no different. It's wide but still bolstered enough at the sides to hold you in place through corners. It’s also very supportive on long journeys and has a full range of electrical adjustment from R-Design trim, but all trims include four-way adjustable lumbar support and a variable-length seat squab.
The pedals are near-perfectly aligned with the driver’s seat (in the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring they're offset to the right) and the steering wheel has masses of range forwards and backwards, as well as up and down. You also get a set of easy-to-see digital instruments so it's pretty hard to fault the driving position.
If you're a nervous parker, rest assured: there are front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera as standard. A 360-degree camera is also on the options list, and you can upgrade (for a fee) the standard LED headlights for adaptive LED headlights – you can leave these on main beams and they won't dazzle other road users.
The 9.0in infotainment touchscreen is portrait orientated and dominates the dashboard. The display quality is top-notch and uses Google Maps for its sat-nav, and gets Bluetooth, a DAB radio, and wireless phone-charging.
When you tap or swipe the screen, it responds promptly to your inputs. It’s quite easy to navigate between menus, but we still prefer the 5 Series' iDrive system with its physical controller and shortcut keys, which is easier to use when you're driving.
The system works best when you’ve logged into a Google account, because then you’ll be able to download the various apps you would have on your phone to the car. If you don’t fancy that, Apple CarPlay will be available as an over-the-air software update in the near future.
The standard stereo has 10 speakers, which you can upgrade in one of two ways. The reasonable cost solution is the 13-speaker, 600-watt Harman Kardon upgrade, and that's pretty good.
All V90s have a lovely interior finish that's right up there with the best estate cars. The Inscription trim is even better thanks to its leather-wrapped dashboard, nappa leather seats and smart oak or ash wood veneers. It's not just well finished – it's also bolted together solidly.