2021 Volvo S90
The S90 has received a slight upgrade for 2021. With a new front bumper, reconfigured fog lights, revised wheel design, and redesigned rear spoiler, the S90 aims for a more modern aesthetic. There are also new features internally like an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system, wireless smartphone charging, rear USB-C charging ports.
The trim levels for the S90 is presented in Momentum, R- Design and Inscription. You will find that the Momentum trim is the only one without the T8 hybrid powertrain. R-Design and Inscription trims are more of the elegant options, while the Momentum is nicely adequate in terms of price point for how efficient and quick it is.
Recharge R design: $77,719
Recharge Inscription: $77,719
The base powertrain is a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder called T6. The 400 horsepower plug-in hybrid T8 version debuted last year and resulting in a surprisingly 4.5 seconds zero-to-100km. However, you will notice the S90‘s gas pedal a sharp input and there’s a momentary delay, followed by an abrupt moment of acceleration as the gasoline engine engages to assist the electric motors. Handling is steady, but the trade-off is a ride that hardly feels like as smooth as it should. Rough stretches of road transmit more vibrations into the cabin than in more softly sprung competitors. The steering has a weighty feel, but it isn’t as direct or as precise as it should be, which erodes the S90‘s perceived athleticism.
The S90‘s cabin is by far its most highlighted feature. A mixture of high-end materials— wood varnish, genuine leather, brushed metal, inter-grated finely grained plastics, the S90 comes together in a cohesive and undeniably modern look. The 14-way power front seats are extremely comfortable and should fit all body shapes. The S90 sedan will meet the needs of most drivers, and models with the folding rear seatback offer a cavernous cargo area.
front engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED:
Supercharged, turbocharged, and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4; aluminum block and head; direct fuel injection
120 cu in, 1969 cc
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
295 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.6-in vented disc/12.6-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+, 255/35ZR-20 97Y M+S
Passenger Volume: 2888L
Trunk Volume: 396L
Curb Weight: 4246lb
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 9.4/10.6/7.6 L/100km
The S90 is as connected as any of its rivals, and it relies heavily on its infotainment touchscreen to control many of its functions. All S90s feature a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen mounted in the center of the dashboard. To adjust simple functions such as the heated seats or the optional head-up display, the user must interact with the system. This is becoming par for the luxury-brand course, and some systems are more user-friendly than others. The S90‘s system is easy enough to use, but the driver will have a learning curve before feeling comfortable enough to make changes on the go. The S90 offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard, allowing users to easily interact with their smartphones.