The Volvo S90 is a luxury sedan that takes pride in distinguishing itself from the German competition with its unique interior and exterior design and its comfortable ride quality. Its cabin, decorated in spare Scandinavian fashion, is a haven of comfort; the ride, while not particularly exciting, is peaceful and serene. The S90 Recharge has a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 455 hp and an EPA-rated 38 miles of all-electric range, while the base B6 has a mild-hybrid setup. The S90 is priced competitively with other full-size luxury sedans despite offering numerous high-end amenities and driver assistance features.
In 2022, What’s New?
Since the S90’s redesign, the B6 has served as the base engine instead of the T6. It’s the same 2.0-liter inline-four that we’ve seen before, but this time it’s hybridized with a 48-volt system and pumps out 295 hp. Plug-in hybrid T8 models now have 455 horsepower and can go 38 miles on electric power alone. Upgraded sensors for the driver-assistance systems and an Android-based infotainment system are also included in the S90’s list of new features.
Volvo s90 price
2023 Volvo S90 Plus – MSRP From $58,295
2023 Volvo S90 Ultimate – MSRP From $63,845 (Recharge $71,975)
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Engine, Transmission, and Performance
In our tests, the S90’s new 295-horsepower B6 mild-hybrid drivetrain propelled the vehicle from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Although this is a tad slower than the outgoing T6 model, the hybrid powertrain’s low-end torque and quick eight-speed automatic transmission help keep the car feeling peppy from a stop.
The Recharge plug-in hybrid’s acceleration on the test track was on par with that of a BMW 540i xDrive with six cylinders (4.5 seconds), but we saw some hitches when driving on the open road. The S90 responds slowly to a vigorous gas pedal press before accelerating quickly as the gasoline engine provides further assistance to the electric motors. The nimble handling comes at the expense of a ride that is not as plush as terry cloth. This vehicle’s cabin is more susceptible to vibrations from rough roads than those of rival vehicles with softer springs. Weighty in feel, the steering isn’t as straight or accurate as it could be, taking away from the S90’s athletic impression.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA gives the B6-powered cars a rating of 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while the hybrid Recharge models get a combined rating of 66 MPGe. We got 29 mpg when we drove the basic S90 with the B6 powerplant down the interstate at 75 mph.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
By a wide margin, the S90’s most remarkable attribute is its cabin. Open-pore wood, genuine leather, brushed metal, and fine-grained plastics all come together to create a room that is both stylish and unquestionably contemporary. Our Inscription test vehicle had front seats that could be adjusted electronically in 14 different ways, making them suitable for a wide variety of drivers. The S90, however, is missing some standard fare for the class. When compared to Volvo’s competitors, almost all of which feature power adjustments, the presence of a manual steering column comes as a surprise and a letdown. The S90 sedan is versatile enough for most drivers, and its trunk space expands significantly when the rear seatback is folded down. Need to carry even more equipment?
Infotainment and Connectivity
The S90’s infotainment touchscreen serves as the primary interface for a variety of features, making it as connected as its competitors. A 9.0-inch infotainment screen is standard on the S90 and is located in the middle of the dashboard. Changing settings on the optional head-up display or heated seats requires user input. This is now expected of luxury brands, while some have more user-friendly systems than others. The S90’s interface is straightforward, although there is some practice required before the driver feels confident making adjustments while moving. However, Volvo has stated that support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring would be introduced to the updated Android-based infotainment system shortly.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Supercharged Turbo 4-cylinder||295 hp||310 lb-ft||26 mpg|
|2.0L Supercharged Turbo 4-cylinder Plug-In Hybrid||455 hp||523 lb-ft||66 MPGe|
2022 Volvo S90 B6
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base/As Tested: $53,895/$65,450
S90 R-Design, $56,995; Bowers and Wilkins premium sound, $3200; advanced package, $1900; adaptive air suspension, $1200; 20-inch matte black alloy wheels, $800; climate package, $750; metallic paint, $695
turbocharged, supercharged, and intercooler DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block, and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 120 in3, 1969 cm3
Power: 295 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque: 310 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm
Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.6-in vented disc/12.6-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
F: 255/35R-20 97V XL M+S VOL
R: 255/35R-20 97V XL M+S VOL
Wheelbase: 120.5 in
Length: 200.4 in
Width: 74.4 in
Height: 57.1 in
Passenger Volume: 102 ft3
Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 4303 lb
60 mph: 6.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.8 sec @ 94 mph
100 mph: 16.8 sec
The results above omit a 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.2 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.7 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 113 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft
Observed: 21 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 29 mpg
Highway Range: 460 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 26/23/31 mpg