With the many accolades earned by the XC90 still ringing in their ears, Volvo’s latest luxury release, the S90, aims to replicate the success of its crossover big brother, but this time in the luxury mid-size saloon sector. While Volvo is fast becoming a genuine premium contender, it enters a segment that isn’t short of competition, with the likes of the Audi A6, BMW’s 5 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class all worthy adversaries.
However, initial signs for the Volvo are good, as the S90 follows the same DNA that made the XC90 such a success, with similar design cues such as the concave front grille and “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running lights ensuring that the S90 is a looker from the front.
The luxury feel is continued in the interior, as leather and soft-touch materials abound and the large touchscreen infotainment system, complete with climate control and impressive Bowers & Wilkins sound system, dominates the space.
When it comes to driving, the S90 is powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-litre engine connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. While the standard model produces 254hp and 350Nm of torque, meaning 0-100kph takes 6.8 seconds and the top speed is 230kph, the T6 version we tested 320hp and 400Nm of torque, propelling it from standstill to 100kph in just 5.9 seconds and on to a claimed top speed of 250kph.
While the S90 has more than enough grunt to deal with quick overtakes, the focus here is far more on comfort and safety (it is a Volvo, after all) than speed or adrenaline-inducing manoeuvres. Speaking of safety, the S90 is equipped with some seriously high-tech kit and a host of driver aids, including Pilot Assist and Parking Assist, which mean that the car is nigh on impossible to crash.
Large, luxurious and supremely comfortable, the S90 has everything to challenge its Teutonic rivals in this most competitive of segments.