Volvo S90
Volvo S90
Volvo S90

2020 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: The 2020 Volvo S90 drops its base T5 250-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and there is a new R-Design trim. Volvo revived the S90 badge for 2017 on an all-new flagship sedan that replaced the outgoing S80 in the Volvo model lineup. S90 production moved from Sweden to China in 2018. The S90 is a premium midsize sedan that shares its basic platform with the Volvo XC90 SUV that debuted for 2016. The S90 offers two model/powertrain choices: T6 with 316-horsepower supercharged/turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and T8 plug-in hybrid that combines the supercharged/turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with an electric motor for a total 400 hp. All S90s have all-wheel drive and 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 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 all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture China
Base Prices T6 Momentum: $52,190
T6 R-Design: $55,290
T6 Inscription: $55,290
T8 R-Design: $64,840
T8 Inscription: $64,840

Base Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T6)
Horsepower
316
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (T8)
Horsepower
400
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
30
EPA Electric Motor Combined (MPGe)
60