By Tony Yates
If you have ever owned a Volvo you will know only too well about the stigma that used to surround the owner of such a vehicle and how many people will assume the only reason you bought one in the first place was because you were either a painter & decorator, over the age of 65 or you find watching the ‘Time Team’ on TV one of the most exciting events since the birth of the baby Jesus.
Well, none of the above is actually true of course and it’s all a bit of a red herring if I’m being honest because buying a Volvo right now will probably be the best decision you are ever likely to make now or at any time in the future.
Power and Efficiency
The V90 I have on test is powered by a 1969cc petrol engine that has 190hp and 300Nm of torque. Fuel economy also comes in at around 40 mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of 156g/km, along with a Top speed of around 130mph. This is a big car though – and I felt that the engine needed a bit more power to help give it a bit more of a sprint appeal – but, if you select one of the more ‘engaging’ driving modes – then things start to feel that little bit more exciting and the V90 picks up its pace, but without having a massive effect on fuel economy.
On the Road
I expected nothing but the best and I was not disappointed. The V90 does not roll and scamper around like a scalded cat – it just glides. It’s actually like driving around on air – it’s that good. The grip levels are also another part of the V90 that work so well – because Volvo has once again built a car that feels epic on the road and so sure-footed that even the most over-enthusiastic driver would struggle to get it out of shape.
The new V90 also delivers cutting-edge Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, which for me is the most advanced standard safety package on the market today and Run-off-Road Mitigation – which is yet another safety feature keeping you safe while out on the open road.
Safety and Technology
Some of the standard equipment in the V90 includes; Sensus Navigation, Voice-control system, City Safety – includes pedestrian, cyclist and front collision warning with fully automatic emergency braking – including at junctions. Plus, Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, Run-off road protection – automatically tightens the front seatbelts should the car inadvertently leave the road, LED headlights with active high beam, Two-zone climate control with ‘Cleanzone’ air-quality system, Eight-inch active TFT crystal driver’s information display, 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch on D5 PowerPulse versions)and Volvo’s in-car infotainment control system which is basically a 9″ touch screen control panel and where the majority of functions inside the vehicle are controlled from.
To Sum Up
The V90 is simply epic – and why we all should consider owning one.
Price model as tested: £44,880 including options