The new Volvo S90 blends practicality with a European taste for luxury.
In a world full of ‘me too’ luxury sedans, there’s something very different about the Volvo S90. This isn’t a car meant for the club-hopping, pedal-flooring, well-heeled businessman. The S90 is for a more mature mindset—one that has an evolved sense of the term ‘luxury’. This Swedish supermodel is a keeper, and for good reason too. Volvo builds further on what the XC90 started—a complete revolution for the brand itself, a package that true connoisseurs of refined, luxury motoring will appreciate and never part with.
Step inside and the S90 greets you with light-coloured Nappa leather ventilated seats, replete with a heating function for those cold winters up North, extendable under-thigh support, and with all-way lumbar adjustment. There’s pure walnut wood burnishing all around the dashboard, door trims and centre console. When on the road, the cabin is one of the quietest we’ve seen (which does wonders in fighting fatigue on the highway), with CleanZone technology for air filtration.
For the tech geeks out there the S90’s most eye-catching feature is the portrait nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system that takes care of everything from music, connectivity and car settings to the air conditioning system. To top it off, there’s the mind-blowing Bowers & Wilkins sound system, too.
One glance and the S90 catches the eye with its concave grille, sleek and strong lines and, of course, the very long bonnet flowing into a curvy cabin to finally culminate in a visually wide tail. Then there’s the Norse God detail for daytime running lights, aptly christened ‘Thor’s Hammer’. Rounding it up at the back are the ‘square bracket’ tail lamps that seem to emphasise the Volvo nameplate on the boot lid—possibly one of the most recognisable rear ends in the world (barring a certain Kardashian, of course).
The S90 has numerous SIPS air bags, inflatable curtains and, in the case of an accident, whiplash protection, too. Apart from the regular list of acronyms like ABS and EBD, the S90 brings in Emergency Brake Assist as well as Lane-Keep Assist.
Under the hood
Volvo’s D4 diesel engine is a 1969 cc, four-cylinder mill that churns out 190PS of power and 400Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed auto’box that makes the S90 easy to drive. Judging from our short-ish experience with the car so far, it is decently fuel efficient and the 55-litre fuel tank will take you far enough on a road trip. Ride quality is notably plush, thanks to its 18-inch wheels coupled with air suspension, but the 152mm ground clearance means that you have to be careful with potholes and speed breakers.
(A pitstop for modern-day car and bike enthusiasts, this column features the latest machines, reviews, roadtrips and more. By a team of automotive insiders, who call themselves MotorScribes)
Volvo S90 D4 Inscription at Rs 53.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai)