Volvo’s best sedan is full of features and a good all-wheel drive cruiser


The time from zero to 60 is approximately 5.6 seconds.

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The S90 is Volvo’s best luxury sedan, and it comes in a variety of forms, including a 400-horsepower plug-in hybrid recharge. The 2022 version tested has the base two-liter B6 mild hybrid setup, replacing the T6 and producing 296 horsepower with 310 pound-feet of torque. The engine is both turbo and supercharged and connected to a 48 volt electrical system.

The good news is, you don’t really need 400 horsepower, and this powertrain delivers 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 23 in the city (26 mpg on average). Opt for the plug-in hybrid if the fuel costs weigh heavily: it delivers 63 miles per gallon equivalent using the electric stove.

The car in the driveway also had all-wheel drive, which slightly compromises fuel economy. This model’s full name, mouthful, is S90 B6 AWD R-Design, priced tested at US $ 64,540.

A rechargeable hybrid transmission Recharge is an option on the S90.

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The cars are loaded at the R-Design level, but there are still options to purchase. These (adding around US $ 10,000 to the price) were the useful US $ 750 climate package (adding heated rear seats and steering wheel), the US $ 1,900 advanced package (power tailgate, head-up display, panoramic view camera, air purifier system), a US $ 3,200 Bowers and Wilkins audio system, US $ 1,200 adaptive air suspension, US $ 800 alloy wheels and $ 895 metallic paint US. Part of it gilds the lily: R-Design brings you premium sound from Harman Kardon speakers.

In this form, the S90 buyer gets an ultra-safe and very comfortable cruising machine. Remember, Volvo’s mission is that “no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo”. The list of safety equipment had 15 entries. Protecting the passengers with a roll cage, adding airbags and technology systems, all of these add weight, resulting in a 4,389-pound car.

The S90 has an opulent cabin, with nappa leather.

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The S90 was a good companion despite the inclement weather, with all-wheel drive and 19-inch alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Cinturato tires keeping it on the road. Acceleration to 60 miles per hour is on the order of 5.6 seconds. It’s not a road rocket, but it moves quickly along the way. The interior is refined, especially with R-Design features which include Nappa leather options. The rear seat back folds down, a very useful feature.

The S90 now supports Apple CarPlay, a default choice in many test cars. However, no machinations from this test pilot could get it started, though the phone paired properly. The infotainment system uses a nine-inch touchscreen with plenty of swiping action. It’s Android based, and good in itself once its tips are absorbed. Some features like heated seats are also controlled from the screen.

Many buyers have moved away from sport sedans for equally fast SUVs, but the format still enjoys many advantages in terms of handling, aerodynamics and passenger accommodation. For sedan buyers, the S90 is a credible choice. If more room is needed, the V90 Cross Country wagon (or “station wagon” as it is sometimes called) is worth considering.

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