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VOLVO S90 SALOON

2.0 T8 Recharge PHEV R DESIGN 4dr AWD Auto

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Optional Extras

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 112mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • 9" centre console touch screen
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Drive mode selector
  • Intellisafe Assist (Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control)
  • Lane keep assist with driver alert control
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Opening/closing handsfree bootlid
  • Powered bootlid operation
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call app

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors
  • Automatic active bending LED headlights with adaptive shadow technology incorporating day running lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and backlight
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes with high gloss black surround
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Headlight cleaning system
  • Heated washer nozzles
  • High gloss black Deco lower front bumper
  • High gloss black deco rear bumper
  • High gloss black door mirrors and window surround
  • High gloss black mesh front grille with silk metal surround
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Illuminated front and rear aluminium tread plates
  • Laminated rear and side windows
  • Puddle lights
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Rear LED lights with sequential indicators
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Roof antenna
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front + rear tunnel console and boot
  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with high gloss black trim
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • Ambient door and instrument panel lighting
  • Auxiliary fuel fired heater with pre conditioning functions
  • B Pillar ventilation
  • Black headlining
  • Boot lid Illumination
  • Centre armrest storage illumination
  • Centre console cupholder and storage
  • Charge cable bag
  • Door step illumination
  • Driver's side lower dashboard storage compartment
  • Extended front seat cushions
  • Front and rear door pocket and front cupholder illumination
  • Front footwell and side step illumination
  • Front head restraints
  • Front tunnel net pocket
  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated glovebox with lock
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • Integrated sun curtains in rear doors
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Multicolour theatre lights
  • Net pocket cargo area
  • Power driver seat with multi-directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • Power Folding Rear Seat Backrests and Headrests
  • Powered integrated rear window sunblind
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Ski hatch in rear seat backrest
  • Sport pedals
  • Sports floor mats
  • Sports leather gear knob
  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • First aid kit
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Warning triangle
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Care key
  • Deadlocking system
  • Keyless drive with remote tag
  • Keyless Start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Nappa leather key integrated remote control central locking including fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for boot area

Technical

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions
  • Electric rear axle drive
  • Lowered sport chassis

Trim

  • Metal mesh inlays
  • Tailored Instrument Panel and Door Tops with Contrast Stitching

Wheels

  • 19'' 5 spoke diamond cut black alloy wheels
  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    11.6
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max
    48
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min
    56
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    29.8
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    34.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    17.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    15.9
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    3.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    60
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    37
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    31.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    36.7

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    43
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    61
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    43

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1969
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    2.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    104.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    148.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    390
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    T8 Recharge PHEV
  • Coin Series
    R Design
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    44E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.1
  • Engine Power - BHP
    390
  • Engine Power - KW
    287
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2200
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1443
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4963
  • Wheelbase
    2941
  • Width
    1895
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2019

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    60
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2590
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    461
  • Max. Loading Weight
    566
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2024
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4

The improved version of Volvo's S90 full-sized executive saloon offers something refreshingly different in its segment, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Background

If you're thinking of buying a full-sized executive car, then you're probably thinking of a BMW 5 Series, an Audi A6 or a Mercedes E-Class. Other brands have tried and failed to upset German dominance in this segment, Volvo being one of them. The Swedish maker's old S80 never managed to make much of an impact here - but then that was a car from a different era of Volvo ownership. These days, the Gothenburg marque has huge Chinese investment to drive it forward and the result is a much stronger range of product - cars in fact like this one. Volvo itself reckons that this improved S90 (and its V90 estate counterpart) represent even more of a step forward than the second generation XC90 SUV did - and sure enough, this car showcases the Gothenburg brand's latest Plug-in hybrid tech.

Driving Experience

Because this S90 uses the same 'Scalable Product Architecture' as its XC90 SUV stablemate, it also uses many of the same engines too, or at least it did. This car is now only available in our market with the brand's PHEV Plug-in tech. Only the T8 Plug-in package is available This powerplant comes with 303hp, plus an extra 87hp of boost on demand, so 62mph from rest can still be dispatched in just 4.8 on the way to a restricted maximum of 112mph. Yet there's also the potential for the kind of fuel and CO2 readings that theoretically could equal those of a frugal supermini. Which of those two extremes you reach in an S90 T8 will depend on your choice between the five driving settings that owners of all Volvo Plug-in hybrid models are offered. Ultimate speed is delivered by a 'Power' mode that sees both petrol and electric units permanently working together. Alternatively, there are four other drive choices: a 'Hybrid' setting that sees the two engines cutting in and out as necessary: an 'AWD' mode that gives you permanent 4x4 traction: plus a 'Pure electric' setting that only uses the battery power and can take you up to 28 miles (more than most people's daily commuting distance) on a single charge. There's even a 'Save' option so that on a longer trip, you can hold that charge until you get to the city driving you might have to do at the end of the journey. On the move, the drivetrain with its smooth 8-speed auto transmission doesn't serve up anything that encourages much driving involvement -blame the rather vague steering for that - but in compensation, there's unruffled poise and exemplary refinement. You get supple standards of ride comfort from the soft suspension too. And if you do push on a bit, grip and traction are actually quite impressive and cornering bodyroll decently well controlled.

Design and Build

Visual updates to more recent versions of this car are minor - new fog lights, a fresh spoiler design and a new lower front bumper. Otherwise, the look of this car is as before. This remains the most credible full-sized executive saloon Volvo has brought us to date. The S90 has a proud yet non-aggressive face, characterised by a concave grille - apparently a homage to the Volvo P1800 - that's home to the brand's distinctive 'Iron Mark' logo. The T-shaped 'Thor's Hammer' lights are recognisable from the XC90 and deliver a powerful sense of direction that makes this car unmistakable on the road. Step inside an S90 and if you've previously tried the brand's second generation XC90 model, it'll all be pretty familiar, though a difference lies with smart air blades that stand vertically on each side of the Sensus user interface. This massive tablet-like touch screen control plays a key role in creating an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered. Changes made to this updated model are minor. You can now specify seats with an exclusive tailored wool blend, there's an improved version of the premium Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system and there are now double USB-C charging points in the rear. The 461-litre boot is big for an executive saloon PHEV but if that's not enough, then the brand also offers a spacious V90 estate version of this design.

Market and Model

You're looking at around £56,000 for one of these and there are two very similarly priced trim levels - sporty 'R-Design' and the more luxury-orientated 'Inscription'. This model is directly aimed at full-sized executive segment PHEV rivals like BMW's 530e and 545e, Audi's A6 50 TFSIe and the Mercedes E300e. Standard S90 equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels and leather upholstery. Inside, the tablet-like touch screen in the centre console drives the minor controls and a whole host of Internet-based products and services. Audio services in the plushest 'Inscription' variant comes courtesy of a monster Bowers & Wilkins stereo. The electronically controlled air suspension has choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste. S90 safety gear includes a run off-road protection package which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead. Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of oncoming traffic. Plus the S90 also features a large animal detection set-up capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day.

Cost of Ownership

The Recharge plug-in S90 variants achieve an all-electric driving range of up to 36.7 miles, assuming you limit yourself to the car's 'Pure' all-EV mode. As for the WLTP fuel and CO2 stats, well the figures are up to 148.7mpg and 44g/km. As with any plug-in hybrid, there's little point in purchase unless you establish a regular recharging regime for the battery pack, which in this case is 11.6kWh in size. Customers will be able to buy a wallbox from Volvo that will charge their cars on 16-amp power in about two and a half hours. If you're out and about and find a 10-amp pubic charging point, the charging time will be slightly longer - three and a half hours - while connecting up to a normal domestic three-pin 6-amp supply will take six hours. The important thing of course, is that the government believes the fantasy-land CO2 stats, so business users will be able to write down as much as 100% of the cost of an S90 T8 against their tax liability. And a 40% tax payer could be driving this variant while incurring a BIK tax bill of no more than around £100 a month. If you're a business buyer browsing in this segment, these are figures that'll reward a bit of thought if you're just about to blindly sign on the dotted line for a conventional six cylinder diesel model from a rival brand. What else? Residual values? They're key in this segment of course and you'd expect those of a big, relatively expensive Volvo luxury saloon to lag severely behind the kind of figures you could realise in a rival BMW or Mercedes. You'd be wrong though. The S90 is selling here in very restricted numbers and that, along with this model's many other attributes, has turned around Volvo's performance in the Executive sector when it comes to depreciation. To the point where independent experts reckon that after owning a typical B4 model for the usual three year/60,000 mile ownership period, you'd get between 39 and 41% of your original purchase price back, depending in the trim level chosen. That's pretty close to the kind of return you'd get from a rival Mercedes E-Class.

Summary

In this S90, Volvo has a properly credible and very charismatic flagship saloon that will complement the discernment of the relatively few business buyers likely to choose it. Inside, there's properly distinctive luxury, rather than merely the kind of upgrade from a smaller, cheaper model that rivals offer. Sure, not everyone will like it. But then there won't be enough S90s imported to satisfy everyone anyway. Those who do choose this car can justify their decision not only on the basis of wanting something different but also through a range of more foundational attributes. Things like strong residuals, much higher levels of standard equipment and class-leading safety. Overall, with an S90, you'll get yourself a unique blend of performance and efficiency. It's all quite unexpected. From a car that may well make you rather like the unexpected.

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