Volvo S90 2020 Engine

The Volvo S90 2020 continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.

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Volvo S90 2020 Overview

Sporting a style all its own allows the S90 to stand out from the prevailing luxury-brand status quo. Its interior design is as simplistic and elegant as the exterior and provides acres of passenger space in both front and rear seats. The S90 serves as a rolling technology showcase, too, as Volvo has equipped it with futuristic driver-assistance features and offers three powertrains: The turbocharged four-cylinder T5, the unique turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder T6, and the plug-in hybrid T8 with usable electric-only driving range. If the S90’s ride and handling were as refined as the rest of the car, it would create even more of a disruption in this highly competitive field of luxury sedans. Still, Volvo’s goal to create a safe and comfortable driving experience is noble, and the S90 comes in such a stylish wrapper that it’s easy to understand why it’s so appealing.

Highs: Restrained yet handsome styling, elegant interior, standard semi-autonomous-driving tech. 
Lows: Uninspired ride and handling, clumsy infotainment software, lacks engine refinement. 
Verdict: An unconventional luxury car for the unconventional buyer.

What’s New for 2020?

The base S90 T5 Momentum no longer comes standard with leather seats and instead gets faux leather for 2019. Bummer. To make up for it, Volvo now offers a digital gauge display, HomeLink garage-door-opener integration, a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area, and heated windshield washer nozzles as standard; all-wheel-drive models automatically come with heated front seats. Inscription models gain a Harman/Kardon audio system as standard equipment, but the full LED headlamps with auto high-beams and the headlamp-washing feature are now optional and part of the new Advance package which also includes a self-parking feature, a 360-degree exterior camera system, a head-up display, and a power-operated trunklid.

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Volvo S90 Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • T5 Momentum: $49,095
  • T6 Inscription: $59,595
  • T8 PHEV: $64,645

We’d go with the T5 Momentum and then add a number of that model’s available standalone features, such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, and a Harman/Kardon audio system. Front-wheel drive is standard on the T5 Momentum; all-wheel drive is optional and costs $2500.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Likes: Unique turbocharged and supercharged engine in T6 models, available plug-in hybrid, brisk handling. 
Dislikes: Engines lack the refinement expected in a luxury car, ride isn’t luxury-car smooth either.

The base powertrain is a turbocharged four-cylinder and is called T5; we’ve found this setup perfectly suitable but far from thrilling. Stepping up to the T6 powertrain adds a supercharger to the mix and improves acceleration. Our T6 Inscription test vehicle ran from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds—but it’s not the hottest S90. The 400-hp plug-in hybrid T8 version debuted last year and it blasted down our test track, matching results of the six-cylinder BMW 540i xDrive (4.5 seconds) in our zero-to-60-mph testing, but out on the road we noticed some occasional hiccups when driving the hybrid powertrain. Give the S90’s gas pedal a sharp input and there’s a momentary delay, followed by an abrupt moment of acceleration as the gasoline engine kicks in to assist the electric motors. During more sedate driving, this is rarely an issue.

The best value in Volvo S90 2020 is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.

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