The moment you have a glimpse of the updated version of the Volvo S90, you have a calm and serene feel of an E-class sedan instead of the athletic, up-on-its-toes feel of the arch-rivals. The aura of feel-good starts the moment you step into the cabin and use the impressive tactile ‘on/off’ switch instead of a starter button. You find this sedan in four attractive colours in S90- Black Metallic, Magic Blue Metallic, Mussel Blue Metallic, and Crystal White Pearl Metallic. It is available throughout the world in two configuration- 2.0 D4 190 Momentum AT and 2.0 D4 190 Inscription AT. However, in India, only the 'Inscription' variant will be available for the car lovers. BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6, and Jaguar XF may act as close competitors of Volvo S90. The ex-showroom price of this premium sedan starts from INR 53.5 lakhs in Mumbai.
The most striking addition of Volvo S90 is the addition of front radar for sensing the obstructions in the car. It also helps the vehicle in adaptive cruise control, providing collision and lane departure warning, and blind-spot detection. The plethora of safety provisions makes Volvo one of the most trustable companions on Indian roads. The design of S90 follows the trademark of Volvo in having a big, squarish front, broad shoulders, and 23 convex slat vertical grilles in the front. You cannot miss the Thor hammer’ LED Headlamps which is a signature of Volvo cars. The rear end has large boomerang shaped taillamps and longer wheelbase than the previous S90. The body is made from hot-formed boron steel which makes it lighter yet safer upgrade. It is the second Volvo member after The XC90 to sit on Scaleable Product Architecture (SPA) Platform.
Volvos interiors get admired by the car lovers due to its design finesse, safety features, and ease of operation. The dashboard remains covered by high-grade leather with the right amount of wood and chrome inserts offering a premium feel. The central console also has a limited number (only 8, whereas S80 had around 40) of buttons making the dashboard clean and the operations easy. The tablet-like 9-inch infotainment system is a striking feature of S90 housing most of the car functions like car navigation, the performance of air cons, and selection of drive modes. You also get Bowers and Wilkins music system with subwoofer transforming the car into a mini-opera. Volvo takes the help of Orthopaedic surgeons in developing the seats which are ergonomic and comes with all comfort features.
Volvo S90 comes with twin-turbocharged, all-aluminium 2L diesel engine producing a maximum power of 187 bhp@4250 rpm and a torque of 400 Nm@1750-2500 rpm. The power gets transmitted by an automatic 8-speed gearbox which can reach a maximum speed of 230 Kmph. You can zoom in this automobile from 0 to 100 Kmph is just 8.2 seconds. The power delivery is smooth and linear, and the closely-stacked gear ratios never make the motor feel out of breath. The tall 8th gear also helps in cruising.
Few notable upgrades have made the Volvo S90 one of the most promising sedans in 2018.
• The car has a solid body, powerful engine and smooth power transmission which make driving a pleasure. • The interiors are made with the finest quality leather; seats have enough leg and knee space offering premium experiences to the occupants. • The 9-inch infotainment system with Bowers and Wilkins speakers are one of the best in the segment. • The car has numerous top-notch safety features like adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and lane departure warning.
In spite of having many updated features, there are some drawbacks in S90 which you cannot ignore.
• The inclusion of thick roof pillars has reduced the visibility of the car. • The steering wheel is chunky which may lead to fatigue in drivers. • The after sales service of Volvo needs improvement in India.
Finally, our verdict is if you are looking for a premium car which is exceptionally precise about the safety and comfortability of the passengers, Volvo S90 is worth considering.