2018 Volvo S90

Pros: Spacious back seat; elegant, distinctive styling; impeccably luxurious cabin when properly optioned; good selection of safety features

Cons: Spendy option packages drive up the bottom line; ride is a bit stiffer than expected; vertically oriented touchscreen is complicated and not particularly intuitive

CG Says: For 2018, Volvo S90 is stretched 4.5 inches to increase rear-seat legroom and a T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain joins lineup. S90 production moves from Sweden to China. Volvo revived the S90 badge for 2017 on an all-new flagship sedan that replaced the outgoing S80 in the Volvo model lineup. The S90 is a premium midsize sedan that shares its basic platform with the Volvo XC90 SUV that debuted for 2016. The S90 offers three model/powertrain choices: T5 with a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; T6 with 316-horsepower supercharged/turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and all-wheel drive; and T8 plug-in hybrid that combines the supercharged/turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with an electric motor for a total 400 horsepower and is also all-wheel drive. All S90s use an 8-speed automatic transmission. As expected of Volvo, there’s a long list of safety features. The newest is Pilot Assist, a semi-autonomous driving system that can assist acceleration, braking, and steering to help the driver follow traffic within a chosen lane. Also available is a safety system that detects large animals on the road, warns the driver, and can also apply the brakes to avoid collision. The all-but-forgotten S80 was long overdue for replacement. The new S90 is not without its quirks, but it offers a uniquely luxurious personality, a notably roomy interior, and a fine selection of optional features—all of which make it a compelling alternative to the default premium-midsize-sedan standard bearers.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture China
Base Prices T5 Momentum: $49,095
AWD T5 Momentum: $51,295
AWD T6 Momentum: $55,095
AWD T6 Inscription: $59,595
AWD T8 Momentum: $64,695
AWD T8 Inscription: $69,145

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
316
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/plug-in electric
Horsepower
400
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Volvo S90 Excellence exterior side
2018 Volvo S90
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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