2020 Volvo S90

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$51,195 - $54,295
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2020 Volvo S90 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 14, 2020
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The Chinese auto market will soon be larger than that of Europe and the United States, as they are becoming increasingly aggressive with their strategies and plans of taking the worldwide market by storm. That will have a drastic impact on the kinds of cars Western consumers can buy, as automakers accommodate their designs and components to the taste of the world's largest customer base. If you don't know, Volvo is now owned by Geely(Chinese auto giant) which wants to sell 125,000 cars a year in America. If the predictions become true, it will soon outsell major American automobile manufacturers. When you imagine of a luxury vehicle, probably a German name(BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi) will come yo your mind. But think again as there are few jewels in the Vanity that are less expensive but just as exciting. Take the 2020 Volvo S90, for instance.

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Pros

Impressive materials used inside the cabin 

Less costly than the rivals

Comfortable seating among the segment

Available with a bunch of standard safety and convenience features

Cons

Steering takes a long time to response

Optional wheels lead to an uneven ride

Laggy infotainment system

What's New?

New R-Design variant introduced

Standard equipment includes front parking sensors, leather upholstery, and rear cross-traffic alert

Base T5 engine has been discontinued

R-Design now wears new front and rear styling along with fresh accents

Just like other 2020 Volvos, the exclusive 12.3-inch digital driver display is standard

Autobraking with cross-traffic alert technology is now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51195

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

316 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

295 lbs.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Geartronic Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

120.5 in.

length

64.1 in.

width

74 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

4819 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1161 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/35/27 mpg

highway range

507.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Volvo S90 Review video

Styles

2020 Volvo S90 in Black Stone color 2020 Volvo S90 in Bright Silver Metallic color 2020 Volvo S90 in Crystal White Metallic color 2020 Volvo S90 in Mussel Blue Metallic color 2020 Volvo S90 in Onyx Black Metallic color
Black Stone

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Competition

7.8

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo S90 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$51,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $51,195 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$54,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $54,295 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S90 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$54,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $54,295 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


We feel that the minimalistic cockpit of Volvo S90 also deserves praise along with the exterior styling. The design appears simple with the use of chrome and wood trim along with leather. You’ll witness limited use of plastic across the cabin that makes you feel upmarket in comparison to some of the expensive rivals.

Meanwhile, you’ll see a good price gap between Volvo’s standard turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder powertrain. Though its rivals offer more power with their turbo-six cylinders. Interestingly, there’s a high-performance plug-in hybrid model that gives a boost to the power while returning better mileage. However, the all-electric range is 21 miles.

2020 Volvo S90 Sedan
2020 Volvo S90 Sedan

9.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 
 

7.8/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Volvo S90 Features

9.0/10

The 2020 Volvo S90 is a luxury midsize sedan offered in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels. The Momentum is well-equipped for a base-level sedan, with features that include LED lights, keyless entry, leather upholstery, and a slew of driving aids. The trim structure then branches to the sporty R-Design and the luxurious Inscription, both of which offer more features than the Momentum.

The R-Design looks a little sportier, while the Inscription has a few trim and styling details to make it seem more luxurious. With these two versions you also get four-zone climate control, upgraded front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

A few other optional features are available for the S90, including a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera, massaging front seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, an adaptive air suspension, and a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system (R-Design and Inscription only).

Trims

T6 Momentum 

T6 R-Design

T6 Inscription

MSRP (AWD)

$51,195

$54,295

$54,295

Key Features

18' 5-Triple Spoke Graphite Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels

Adds/Upgrades to T6 Momentum Adds/Upgrades to T6 R-Design
 

Leather Upholstery

19" 5-Spoke Matte Black Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel

19" 10-Spoke Silver Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel

 

Dark Flame Birch Decor inlays

R-Design Leather / Nubuck Upholstery

Ventilated Nappa Leather

 

Dual integrated tailpipes

Metal Mesh Inlays

Linear Walnut Wood Inlays

 

Lane Keeping Aid

Black Rear View Mirror Caps

Dual integrated tailpipes

 

Color Coordinated Rear View Mirror Caps

Harman Kardon Premium Sound

Color Coordinated Rear View Mirror Caps
 

Dynamic Chassis

 

 

 

High-Performance audio system

 

 

We Recommend

Taking effective pricing into consideration, we'd recommend the Momentum because it comes loaded with value-added features. But the R-Design and the Inscription come with similar MSRP- are only few thousand dollars more and add an array of luxury upgrades. It depends on your personal choice. Meanwhile, the R-Design also adds black exterior trim and a few sporty types of equipment, while the Inscription adds chrome trim and extra amenities.

2020 Volvo S90 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

All three trims come standard with the T6 powertrain, which features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged. It produces a healthy 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque; power is routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The R-Design and the Inscription are also available with the plug-in hybrid T8, which adds an 87-hp electric motor to the T6 engine for a combined output of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft.

2020 Volvo S90 Sedan Has a 2.0L Inline-4 Engine

Models

Volvo S90 T6 Momentum

BMW 5-Series*

Jaguar XF* (30t prestige)

Mercedes-Benz E300 Sport*

MSRP

$51,195

$54,395

$58,980

$56,995

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic

Power

316hp@5,700rpm 248hp@5,200rpm 296hp@5,500rpm 241hp@5,550rpm

Torque

295lb-ft@2,200rpm 258lb-ft@1,450rpm 295lb-ft@1,500rpm 273lb-ft@1,300rpm

Note: The (*) mark on the model represents 2019 model year. 

How fast is Volvo S90?

The Volvo S90 takes 5.9 Seconds to sprint zero to 60 mph. It is quite slower than rivals like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes Benz E300 Sport. 

2020 Volvo S90 takes 5.9 Seconds to sprint zero to 60 mph.

Models

Volvo S90 T6 Momentum

BMW 5-Series*

Jaguar XF* (30t prestige)

Mercedes-Benz E300 Sport*

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.6 sec

6.3 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

13.5 sec

12.3 sec

14.1 sec

Top Speed 130 MPH 155 MPH 155 MPH 155 MPH

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

How is the braking system on Volvo S90?

The S60 Sedan comes with two engine options, both of them are adequate on power but the T6 is much thrilling. The S 60 Hybrid is the fastest among all with 400 hp power output and instantaneous acceleration. The suspension is tuned for a compliant ride and precise handling. Double wishbone front suspension and integral axle rear suspension soaks up road bumps in the best possible way. The optional rear air suspension with active chassis offers different settings to maximize traction levels on the road.

2020 Volvo S90 Sedan Front Brake is 10.9 in.

The steering is well-weighted and offers a good response but it isn’t sporty in any sense. The majority of drivers will be satisfied with the ride and steering response. The standard drive modes include Comfort, Dynamic, and Individual. 

Model

Volvo S90 T6 Momentum

BMW 5-Series*

Jaguar XF* (30t prestige)

Mercedes-Benz E300 Sport*

Brake Rotors Front

10.9"

11.0"

11.0"

11.3"

Brake Rotors Rear

9.0"

10.4"

10.3"

10.7"

Curb Weight

4819 lbs

3790 lbs

3665 lbs

3935 lbs

60-0 MPH

112 ft

123 ft

114 ft

118 ft

2020 Volvo S90 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

A host of engine options and forced induction helps to keep the Volvo relatively fuel-efficient than most of the rivals. The standard 250 hp variant of the S90 T5 puts out 23 mpg city, 35 highway and 27 combined with front-wheel drive. Adding an all-wheel-drive doesn’t affect the fuel economy much and it delivers 22/31/26 mpg for the T5 AWD. The T6 is only available with all-wheel drive and it delivers 21 mpg city, 31 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. To maximize the efficiency there’s an Eco Mode, which adjusts the gearbox and throttle response for the lowest possible fuel consumption.

Model

Volvo S90 T6 Momentum

BMW 5-Series*

Jaguar XF* (30t prestige)

Mercedes-Benz E300 Sport*

MPG (City)

21

24

23

21

MPG (Highway)

31

34

31

29

MPG (Combined)

25

27

26

22

Fuel Capacity 15.9 gallons 18.0 gallons 19.5 gallons 17.4 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 334/493/397 miles 414/594/486 miles 429/605/507 miles 365/505/382 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

7.1 6.5 7.1 7.7

2020 Volvo S90 Interior

8.0/10

The S90's cabin is by far its most impressive feature. A mixture of high-end materials includes open-pore wood, genuine leather, brushed metal, and finely grained plastics. The 14-way power-adjustable front seats are comfortable and should fit all body shapes.

2020 Volvo S90 Sedan Front Seats

Model

Volvo S90 T6 Momentum

BMW 5-Series*

Jaguar XF* (30t prestige)

Mercedes-Benz E300 Sport*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/57.5/42.2

38.8/58.7/41.4

40.2/56.9/41.5

41.4/57.8/41.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/55.4/40.4

37.5/55.9/36.5

38.2/54.9/37.1

38.2/57.1/36.2

Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 13.5 18.7 17.8 13.1

Interior Features

  • 10-way, Power Front seat Power Lumbar And Driver Seat Memory Sensus Navigation
  • Volvo Sensus Connect with 9" Touchscreen
  • 8" Driver Display (Digital Instrument Cluster)
  • 3" Driver Display (Digital Instrument Cluster)
  • USB Input
  • Rear Seat USB Hub
  • Voice Control
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dark Flame Birch Wood Inlays
  • Crystal Gear Shift Knob by Orrefors
  • Volvo Aluminum Sill Plates Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Clean Zone Air Quality System
  • 2-Zone Climate Control
  • 4-Zone Climate Control and Cooled Glovebox
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2020 Volvo S90 Exterior

9.0/10

The S90 sedan is a classic expression of timeless minimalistic design with bold lines and tastefully creased metal. The concave grille is upright, shaped between sweptback headlights that are shaped like Thor’s hammer. The long-hood, low-slung body, with the classic Volvo hallmark of a wide and muscular shoulder line makes the car look lower than it actually is. The standard panoramic moon roof lets you get fresh air and create endless space.

2020 Volvo S90 Sedan 3rd Quarter View

Around the back, The S90 looks ultra-modern with C shaped taillights and trunk lid spoiler. A body-colored rear diffuser with integrated tailpipes adds to the sporty aspect with a classic “Volvo” badge.

Model

Volvo S90 T6 Momentum

BMW 5-Series*

Jaguar XF* (30t prestige)

Mercedes-Benz E300 Sport*

Curb Weight

4819 lbs

3790 lbs

3665 lbs

3935 lbs

Length

200.1"

194.6"

195.0"

193.8"

Width

74.0"

73.5"

78.2"

72.9"

Height

57.1"

58.2"

57.4"

57.8"

Ground Clearance

6.0"

5.7"

4.6"

4.7"

Wheelbase

120.5"

117.1"

116.5"

115.7"

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2020 Volvo S90 Safety

Volvo is synonymous with road safety. Your Volvo S90 comes with comprehensive IntelliSafe technologies as standard, including all the safety you’d expect from a Volvo and more. These technologies can see what the driver cannot.

  • Volvo On-Call Emergency Sos
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • BLIS Blind Spot Sensor
  • City Safety and Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keeping Aid/Run-Off-Road Mitigation Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keeping Aid/Run-Off-Road Mitigation Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Park Assist Back-Up Camera
  • Dstc/RSC Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control

2020 Volvo S90 Competition

7.8/10

Volvo S90 VS BMW 5-Series

The BMW 5 Series Sedan comes with standard front and rear gas-charged shocks that offer better control over choppy roads. On the other hand, the S90’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

Ensuring better ride quality, the front and rear suspension of the 5 Series Sedan uses coil springs, while the S90 uses transverse leaf springs in the rear. The 5 Series Sedan is 5.5 inches shorter than the S90, making the 5 Series Sedan easy to maneuver and park in tight places.

Volvo S90 VS Jaguar XF

In terms of power transmission, the Jaguar XF turns out to be better than the Volvo S90. The rear-seat passengers get enough space in the Volvo S90 than the Jaguar XF, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering more front head- and legroom than the Jaguar XF, drivers may find S90’s cabin roomier and comfy.

With the Jaguar XF, you will make fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volvo S90, due to its bigger fuel tank and better fuel economy. In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit the same number of passengers in both the Jaguar XF and the Volvo S90. Jaguar XF allows more equipment or luggage compared to the Volvo S90.

2020 BMW 5-Series
2020 BMW 5-Series
2020 Jaguar XF
2020 Jaguar XF

2020 Volvo S90 Final Verdict

The S90 sedan may appeal to everyone who has a BMW or an Audi or a Jaguar in their shopping list. In terms of quality and comfort, the S90 surpasses the German Rivals but falls short when it comes to aggressive driving. You can throw it in corners or enjoy around town, everything comes into balance on the Swedish super sedan. The  S90 is about on-point as it gets when you strip away sillier expectations.