Sunday, 27 September 2020

2021 Volvo V90 Review


2021 Volvo V90


Looking for something to break out of the cookie-cutter SUV mold but still need space for family and cargo? 

I suggest the 2021 Volvo V90: It's beautiful, practical, fuel efficient, and luxurious—it really is the whole package. 

Buyers can choose either a 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder with front-wheel drive or a 316-hp turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder with all-wheel drive. 

2021 Volvo V90

Are driver-assistance features interesting to you? 

The V90 has them all, and what's more, they're standard across the lineup. If the idea of bailing on an SUV is still too much, consider the lifted and ruggedized V90 Cross Country (reviewed separately).

2021 Volvo V90

What's New for 2021?

Volvo's 90-series vehicles—the S90 sedan, V90 and V90 Cross Country wagons, and XC90 SUV—all receive a visual freshening for 2021, but the effect is subtle. 

I 'am fine with that, since these Swedish fish are among the most beautiful vehicles in their classes. 

2021 Volvo V90

Volvo is likely to continue offering two power-trains in the V90 wagon when it goes on sale this summer: I expect to see the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (called T5) and the turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (called T6) return. 

An upgraded Bowers & Wilkins stereo system will be optional as well as a more effective cabin filtration system.

2021 Volvo V90

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Although the fancier Inscription trim looks the most upscale, I prefer the R-Design's racier bodywork. 

When it comes to the V90, most of the desirable features—a digital gauge display, panoramic sunroof, in-dash navigation, four-zone automatic climate control, and even a semi-autonomous driving mode—are standard.

2021 Volvo V90

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Volvo offers two different versions of a four-cylinder engine in the 2020 V90. 

The T5 is boosted by a turbocharger, makes 250 horsepower, and powers the front wheels. 

The higher-powered T6 model comes with both a turbocharger and a supercharger, makes a potent 316 horsepower, and comes standard with all-wheel drive. 

2021 Volvo V90

The V90 T6 Inscription needs 5.6 seconds to reach 60 mph; that's 0.2 second quicker than the V90 Cross Country with the same power-train but 0.8 second slower than the Mercedes-Benz E450 wagon. 

Thanks to its lower ride height, the V90 is slightly more engaging to drive than the Cross Country. 

2021 Volvo V90

However, there's a tradeoff to the additional sportiness: The V90's ride suffers compared with the lifted Volvo's, and it's nowhere near as creamy as that of the Benz. 

Cornering capability is high, Braking, too, is confidence-inspiring: The V90 R-Design hauls itself down from 70 mph in a short 157 feet.

2021 Volvo V90

Fuel Economy

Front-wheel-drive T5 models are among the most efficient in the class, earning a 35-mpg highway figure from the EPA.

2021 Volvo V90

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The vehicles in Volvo's lineup have some of the nicest interiors available, and the V90's is no different. 

2021 Volvo V90

Supportive seats wrapped in leather (or a mix of leather and faux suede) offer plenty of adjustments. 

2021 Volvo V90

The contemporary dashboard design looks rich with open-pore wood, real metal trim, and soft-touch padding. 

2021 Volvo V90

All models come with a large panoramic sunroof, making the already spacious cabin feels even more so. 

2021 Volvo V90

Overall, the V90 has more than adequate interior room, although it can't match the Subaru Outback in that regard. 

2021 Volvo V90

The V90 holds the same number of carry-on suitcases as the V90 Cross Country: eight behind the rear seats and 21 with them down. 

2021 Volvo V90

The V90 benefits from added small-item storage beneath the cargo floor, but cubby space elsewhere in the cabin is merely average for the class.

2021 Volvo V90

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Sensus Connect infotainment system, although slow to boot up when you start the car, is an intuitive and simple interface. 

It's displayed on a 9.0-inch vertically oriented touchscreen in all V90 models. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, and in-car Wi-Fi are all standard fare. 

Volvo also provides all trims with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that can be reconfigured to display a variety of information, including navigation.

2021 Volvo V90

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the V90(At the time of writing this post), but Volvo offers a significant amount of driver-assistance technology and passive safety features as standard equipment.

2021 Volvo V90

Key safety features include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •  Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  •  Standard adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode

  • 2021 Volvo V90

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Volvo offers completely average warranty coverage on the V90. It does, however, provide three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, which helps the V90 stand out in its small crowd of rivals. Only the Jaguar XF Sportbrake offers a better maintenance program.

  •  Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Power-train warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles.
  • 2021 Volvo V90


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