The 2018 Volvo V90 Wagon is a sleeker, sportier alternative to the ubiquitous luxury SUVs.
Volvo’s previous design language was a bit old-fashioned, but the latest generation of vehicles has shifted its lineup to light. The new design is quite futuristic, without a lot of complicated folds. The side, for example, has a strong line of character running along the bodywork, which is enough to give it strength without doing too much. The best parts of the car, however, are its front and rear. Volvo’s “Thor’s Hammer” headlamps are some of the finest in the industry, and our tester’s R-Design package removes some of the chrome bits on the other moldings, Inscription. It’s a clean look that makes good use of LEDs, again, without going too far. It’s aggressive, but not so much that it looks like you’re trying to show yourself.
The arrangement of technology in the Volvo V90 takes a little while to get used to, but it’s easy to engage in memory. Everything happens through the 9-inch Sensus Connect touch screen, which has a vertical orientation, unlike its rivals. This allows one group of information to be displayed at a time, which can be awesome sometimes and a little overwhelming to others. The home screen contains tiles for your most frequently used functions, be it navigation, media or Apple AutoPlay or Android Auto. Swipe left and you can access almost all functions and settings. You can turn on and off the security systems individually, and this is also where you can turn on the peripheral vision camera, which displays the area around the vehicle with excellent clarity.
Under the hood, the V90 shares the powertrain of the S90. The entry-level T5 models feature front-wheel drive and a 250-hp version of Volvo’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged Drive-E four-cylinder engine with 258 lb-ft of torque. The T6 uses all-wheel drive and adds a supercharger to greatly improve engine responsiveness at low speeds while increasing power to 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. Both versions use an Aisin-Warner eight-speed automatic transmission that allows full manual control.
Our V90 R-Design tester arrived at $ 68,290 (including $ 995 for the destination), with approximately $ 13,000 worth of options in addition to its base price of $ 55,950.