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Volvo S90
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57.96 Lakhs-57.96 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Well-Equipped Variant
  • Value For Money 
  • Good Ride 
     

Weak Areas

  • No Petrol
  • Average Performance 
  • High Price
  • Single Trim
     
Volvo S90
 

Volvo S90 Test Drive, Road Test

Volvo’s challenger to the likes of Audi A6, BMW X5, and Jaguar XF is finally here. We took it for a spin to find out how good this S90 saloon is.


Volvo S90 Test Drive, Road Test Review

To take on the likes of BMW 5 series, Audi A6 Mercedes E-class and Jaguar XF, Swedish maker Volvo has S90 in its Kitty that is available in single inscription trim priced at Rs 53.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). This new Volvo S90 is based upon larger xc90 SUV and Volvo is confident that with same underpinnings, S90 has advantage over its rivals in terms of dynamics, chassis, and overall handling capabilities. Being a Volvo, you can rest assured that S90's overall safety and security features will easily Triumph over the Rivals and with the inclusion of Radar based safety system, Volvo S90 can be easily considered as one of the safest executive saloons available in Indian market. Now to know, what else is making S90 special among the available lot, we get behind the wheels of this Swedish beauty and bring you this road test review.
 
           Massive road presence of S90
                                                            Massive road presence of S90 


Design, Style & Interiors

          Elegant design and style
                                                   Elegant design and style 

The minimalistic design of
Volvo S90 is one of its biggest strengths. The car doesn't pretend to show off much rather it believes in saying all the things with simplicity and uncluttered manner. Straightforward lines, uncluttered bulges, Thor-Hammer headlights, low-slung nose, sloping roof line, and Boomerang tail lamps are some of the highlights of S90's design. Massive 18-inch alloy wheels have their own charm and also provide extra stability to the car on the Highways. You will be getting high-pressure headlights with washers and wipers for extra clarity in those night Journeys. The car oozes out much elegance and feels every bit a premium offering. We are especially impressed by the overall design philosophy of the S90 which clearly demonstrate that you need not to be loud to impress someone.
 
           Plush interiors
                                                                             Plush interiors

Step inside the cabin and you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality, layout, and overall ambiance the Volvo has provided in the S90. You cannot find any fault with the materials quality which is of top notch and the simple and minimalistic layout of the dashboard also enhances the feeling of space inside the cabin. Volvo has equipped S90 with Nappa leather upholstery, power adjustable front seats with driver seat capable of memorizing the last settings, heated front seats, centre armrest with cup holders, and power folding rear headrests. You will also be getting the side seats for the children and Storage Area inside the cabin. In terms of equipment and features, S90 comes with 4-zone automatic climate control along with very posh Bowers and Wilkins audio system. Audio system just sounds fantastic and is good enough to keep you satiated for all your music taste buds. S90 also comes with the rear parking camera as well as parking sensors for further aiding the convenience. You can enjoy the drive while switching on the cruise control and this feature is very comforting especially on the Highways.

Engine, Transmission & Driving Dynamics

         2.0-liter D4 diesel engine
                                                          2.0-liter D4 diesel engine 

Under the hood, the car is powered by 2.0-litre D4 turbocharged diesel engine capable of putting out 190 PS and 400 nm of Max Power and max torque respectively. Transmission duties are handled by 8-speed automatic gearbox which is quite impressive in terms of providing both refinement and performance to the car. The combination of engine and transmission is very much likeable and we are especially impressed by linear power delivery of this D4 motor. Turbo lag is apparently absent and once the motor starts pulling, you can easily feel the punch in the mid and top-end range. Volvo has also done a good job in containing level of NVH as for the most part of the driving, we didn't hear any outside sound including the one emanating from the engine Bay. Towards the top-end, however, the engine start feeling restrained and the progress becomes slightly laboured thereafter.
 
            Acceptable ride and handling combo
                                                     Acceptable ride and handling combo

The ride and handling combination of S90 is also acceptable especially given the fact that the car is around 5-meter long. The long travel suspension does a good job in isolating the occupants from the real Road conditions and it is only when you cross over large pothole without speeding down, you will feel the thud inside. The amount of role is also acceptable and as long as you do not push the car in corners very hard, there is no need to worry about
Volvo S90 getting off its desired path. 

Overall Verdict

Volvo S90 is priced at Rs 57.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and when compared with the Rivals, there is nothing much to differentiate in terms of value for money. All the rival offerings are priced almost in the same range; however, unlike the Volvo S90, the Rivals do offer a choice of variants. Undoubtedly S90 is very capable proposition and many will like it for its simplicity and sober design approach. There is no dearth of luxury inside the cabin either and Volvo has made sure that it equipped S90 with all the bells and whistles. The very capable D4 diesel engine has its own charm and we are really impressed by its linear power delivery well complemented by 8-speed automatic gearbox. The only hiccup that could potentially harm the prospects of S90 is relatively small dealership; otherwise S90 is as good as any of its rival. 

Style & Substance                    4/5                                       Ride & Handling          3.5/5

Interiors & Ergonomics:             4/5                                  Safety & Equipment     5/5

Power-Plant & Transmission      3.5/5                               Fuel Efficiency            3/5

Value for Money                         3.5/5

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