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2021 Volvo S90 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 30, 2020

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Volvo introduced the S90 back in 2016 and since then, the S90 has been a perfect blend of technology and tradition. Volvo has managed to pack in the most hi-tech features in a very calm and mature looking sedan. The Volvo S90 has a very modern and distinguishable design and appeals to a wide set of buyers. The car is known to have immensely advanced safety and security system, along with a soft and supple ride. The 2021 Volvo S90 is intended to keep the magic alive, and we’ll see just how good it is!

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The 2021 Volvo S90 is a luxury midsize sedan, with a starting price of . The 2021 Volvo S90 is a direct rival to the likes of BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF and Mercedes Benz E 350. Here’s our take of the 2021 Volvo S90 basic sedan and what all to expect from it.

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Pros

Elegant Design

Powerful and responsive engine

Spacious Cabin

Cons

Less fuel efficiency

Expensive options

What's New?

The 2021 Volvo S90 gets a redesigned bumper, fog lamps, redesigned wheels and a new rear spoiler.


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Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Styles

2021 Volvo S90 in Black Stone color 2021 Volvo S90 in Bright Silver Metallic color 2021 Volvo S90 in Crystal White Metallic color 2021 Volvo S90 in Onyx Black Metallic color 2021 Volvo S90 in Alpine Gray Metallic color
Black Stone

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

8.1

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Competition

7.8

8.3

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Volvo S90 T6 Momentum

T6 Momentum

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

$53,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Momentum 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $53,800 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Volvo S90 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

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

$56,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $56,295 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

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

$56,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $56,895 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


The 2021 Volvo S90 gets some minor changes in the exterior design which makes it look more elegant and beautiful. The S90 gets a 2.0L Inline 4 Cylinder Turbo and Supercharged engine, that makes it one of the most powerful vehicles in the segment. The S90 will have a starting price of just a shy over $51,000 and is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. 

The 2021 Volvo S90 locks its horns directly with the likes of Mercedes Benz E 350, BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF. Read our in-depth review and pricing analysis for the 2021 Volvo S90, to get a clearer picture of how it is strategically placed in the U.S market.

2021 Volvo S90 Sedan Front View
2021 Volvo S90 Sedan Rear View

9.0/10
Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

8.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.8/10
Competition


2021 Volvo S90 Features

9.0/10

The 2021 Volvo S90 will be offered in 3 trim levels: T6 Momentum, T6 R-Design, and T6 Inscription. The basic trim level is the T6 Momentum, adding on to it is the mid-spec T6 R-Design, and the top of the line T6 Inscription trim level, which comes loaded with all the bells and whistles that Volvo has on offer.

The 2021 Volvo S90 will also be offered with a choice of two engines T6 and T8. The T6 is a 2.0L Inline 4 Cylinder engine, that comes with both a turbocharger and a supercharger. The T8 powertrain adds an 87 hp electric motor to the setup. The 2021 Volvo S90 will have a starting price of $53,800 and the T6 Inscription will set you back about $57,000. 

Trim

T6 Momentum

T6-R-Design

T6 Inscription

MSRP

$53,800

$56,295

$56,895

Key Features

Dark Flame Birch Decor inlays

In Addition to T6 Momentum

In Addition to T6 R-Design

 

Lane Keeping Aid

19" 5-Spoke Matte Black Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels

Ventilated Nape Leather

 

18' 5-Triple Spoke Graphite Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels

Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound

19" 10-Spoke Silver Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel

 

Dynamic Chassis

Metal Mesh Inlays

Linear Walnut Wood Inlays

 

High-Performance audio system

R-Design Leather / Nubuck Upholstery

Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound

The T6 Momentum trim is priced at $51,195. Despite being the basic trim level, it comes loaded with tech and features as the S90 is a luxury car. Some of the noteworthy features are dual integrated tailpipes, leather upholstery, and more. 

The T6 R-design trim is priced at $54,295 and adds on to the T6 Momentum trim level, and you get some really nice luxury features alongside 19” wheels and a Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system.

The top of the line T6 Inscription variant is priced at $54,295 drenched in luxury and comes with Nappa Leather upholstery and beautiful wooden inlays on the dashboard.

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2021 Volvo S90 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Volvo S90 is a luxury car, and although luxury cars aren’t expected to be too cheap to maintain, they are definitely expected to be exceptionally well built and reliable. The Volvo S90 doesn’t disappoint at all and has always been one of the most reliable vehicles in the U.S. Over the years, Volvo has sold in enough numbers to prove the fact that the car is reliable and user-friendly. 

2021 Volvo S90 Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Volvo S90 has received excellent customer feedback. Although the latest iteration of the S90 has not been tested by J.D.Power yet, the 2018 Volvo S90 scored an amazing 82 out of 100 points in terms of overall reliability. It scored 92 points in terms of quality and reliability and 72 out of 100 for resale value. We are quite confident that the 2021 Volvo S90 sedan will surely continue the company’s legacy for making a few of the most reliable vehicles on sale today. 

The average price for the Volvo S90 across the US comes out to be around $50,550. The price for a vehicle depends on various factors like destination charges, sales tax, and individual dealership discounts. On the other hand, the people from Oregon, Delaware, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Montana enjoy the best prices as sales taxes are exempted from these states.

The Volvo S90 is a luxury vehicle and comes naturally equipped with high-quality materials and parts. It is quite an exuberant affair inside the car and even the mechanicals have proven to be quite sound. The owners have reported only minor issues, if any, with the vehicle. The true ownership cost for a vehicle is calculated as per an estimate of 5 years of ownership and 15,000 annual mileage. The cost is determined by certain factors such as maintenance costs, repair costs, insurance costs, and others. As the S90 was introduced in 2016, therefore, the results are awaited, however, we will keep you posted about the same. The average maintenance cost for the Volvo S90 comes out to be around $522

More importantly, the S90 has not had any major issues during its production run and hasn’t seen any major recall either. There was only one instance where the Volvo S90 was recalled by the NHTSA for a forward-collision warning system update. Therefore, the Volvo S90 is a reliable vehicle and offers a smooth ownership experience.

Warranty

The 2021 Volvo S90 will be offered with a decent warranty package which can be doubled for the T8 variant. The warranty pack is quite extensive and covers many important aspects of the vehicle, so any issue with the hi-tech electricals or mechanicals will be covered under the warranty package.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4-year/ 50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

4-year/ 50,000 miles

24-Hour Roadside Assistance

4-year/ 50,000 miles

The S90 gets lots of electrical components and tech-savvy features, and when exposed to adverse conditions or extensive use, some very frequently used components might develop some issues. Hence, the exceptional warranty plans come in very handy as repairing or replacing parts like that could cost the owner a fortune.

2021 Volvo S90 Buying Advice

The Volvo S90 is a luxury car and it comes loaded with tech and features. When we look at the R-Design and the Inscription trim levels which are priced identically, we can see that the price difference between the base Momentum trim level and the top-spec variant isn’t too tall. Hence, we would recommend going with the fully loaded, top of line Inscription trim, as it comes drenched in luxury and is worth the extra money you pay and will cost you about $54,500.

Is buying a used Volvo S90 a good idea?

In case you do not want to go for a new one, getting a used Volvo S90 can save you a great deal of money. Also, you must take into consideration that the car depreciates about 21.21% annually. Anyone buying a used car must thoroughly study these factors, and only then make a decision. A used 2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription model, with about 30,000 miles on the clock and no accident history can be fetched for less than $30,000

The S90 would be an easy find in the used car market and we don’t find any reason to say that buying a used one would be a bad idea. You can also check out the Car Indigo used car inventory to find some great deals on used Volvo cars


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2021 Volvo S90 Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The 2021 Volvo S90 will be offered with a choice between two different powertrains under the hood. The standard car can be had with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo and supercharged engine, that pushes out 316 hp and about 295 lb.fts of torque and is known as the T6. 

While the plug-in hybrid version gets an additional electric motor that adds another 87hp, taking the tally to around 407hp. The 2021 Volvo S90 gets a standard 8-speed automatic gearbox on both versions and it is a butter-smooth setup overall.

Models

2021 Volvo S90

2021 BMW-5 Series

2021 Jaguar XF 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E 350 

MSRP

$53,800

$54,200

$55,550

$54,250

Engine

2.0L Twin-Charged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power

316 hp

248 hp

298 hp

255 hp

Torque

295 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

295 lb-ft

273 lb-ft

The Volvo S90 has the maximum power and torque output on offer. The all-wheel-drive is also really efficient and transfers the maximum power on the tarmac. The Jaguar XF on the other hand offers 298 hp and 295 lb-ft of torques, however is the most expensive of the lot.

2021 Volvo S90 Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2021 Volvo S90 can cross the 60 mph marker from a standstill in 5.9 seconds and it will also cross the quarter mile in 14.3 seconds. The steering is very sharp and responsive and offers adequate precision while on the road, and the car goes right where you want it to go. 

The steering when paired with the kind of acceleration the car has on offer, makes a great combination and it makes a good driver’s car. This kind of acceleration needs great stopping power as well, and the S90 ticks this checkbox too with its powerful braking setup which helps control the car greatly. The 2021 Volvo S90 can be brought to a complete halt from 60 mph in a mere 110 ft of distance.

Models

2021 Volvo S90

2021 BMW-5 Series

2021 Jaguar XF 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E 350 

0-60 (seconds)

5.9

5.8

6.3

6.1

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.3

13.2

13.1

14.1

Top Speed (MPH)

130

155

155

155

Braking Distance (ft.)

110

108

116

110

However, the S90 is slightly slower than the BMW 5 series and slightly faster than the Mercedes Benz E 350 when it comes to acceleration and quarter-mile figures. The BMW has a strong mid-range, while the Volvo S90 gives a quick splurge of torques and takes the lead in the beginning, and we feel this is the main reason why the BMW 5-series is quicker in a quarter-mile drag. On the other hand, the Jaguar XF puts up a great show in straight-line acceleration

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2021 Volvo S90 Fuel Economy

8.1/10

The 2021 Volvo S90 is expected to offer a decent fuel economy and the mpg figures are quite impressive for a vehicle of the size that offers such performance. The S90 will return about 21 mpg while in the city, and 31 mpg while on the highway, which is well suited to the segment standards. The S90 will also get a 15.9-gallon fuel tank, which in turn allows about a minimum of 334 miles between fuel stops.

Model

2021 Volvo S90

2021 BMW 5-Series

2021 Jaguar XF

2021 Mercedes-Benz E 350

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

The BMW 5 Series outperforms all its rivals in terms of fuel efficiency. With a combined mileage of 27 mpg, the Beemer can do an amazing job of 34 mpg on the highways and the 18-gallon gas tank also gives it a minimum of 414 miles between fuel stops.

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2021 Volvo S90 Interior

8.0/10

The 2021 Volvo S90 will offer breath-taking interiors. The moment you step inside, you start feeling the kind of opulence the cabin offers, and right away your attention is drawn towards the massive central infotainment system, which also teams up with the center console and automatic climate control and other functions as well. The S90 has a supple ride, and you can set the suspension as per your requirements. The dampers too are very well-engineered, and all of this makes the S90 a fun car to drive. 

2021 Volvo S90 Sedan Rear Seats

The 2021 Volvo S90 uses high-quality materials and the dashboard layout is very sophisticated and simplistic and yet it looks flashy enough to stand out in the lot. The wooden inlays on the dash give a premium feel and the leather accents add to the overall experience. The seats are finished in supreme quality leather and very well bolstered, the seating position too is quite comfortable, and the space is fantastic.

Models

2021 Volvo S90

2021 BMW-5 Series

2021 Jaguar XF 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E 350 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

 

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 (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

 

37.8/55.4/40.4

37.5/55.9/36.5

38.2/54.9/37.1

38.2/57.1/36.2

The rear seats are immensely comfortable and offer a decent headroom and knee room. The bench itself is very comfortable, and it is perfectly cushioned, under-thigh support is adequate, and even long journeys are going to be comfortable in the S90. The cabin is a supremely luxurious place to be in and is quite roomy, the sunroof adds to the experience, and overall, it is a great place to be.

How’s the 2021 Volvo S90’s infotainment system?

The 2021 Volvo S90 gets a hi-tech infotainment system in the form of the 9-inch central tablet-like touchscreen info display. It also offers a Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system and comes as standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity alongside Satellite Navigation. 

The interface is quite intuitive, fast, and easy to use. Visuals and graphics too, are quite crisp and clear. The Volvo S90 also gets a 12.3-inch driver assistance display which gives all the important information needed by the driver and is quite appealing visually.

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2021 Volvo S90 Exterior

9.0/10

The Volvo S90 is a very handsome and mature looking sedan, and the styling will appeal to a very wide range of audience. The 2021 Volvo S90 gets very minimalistic changes in the design cues like a slightly redesigned front bumper, new fog lamps and newly designed alloy wheels. The Volvo sets a very nice example of how simplicity and minimalism can be so appealing and imposing. 

The 2021 Volvo S90 as always, has a very calm and composed stance and is very well proportioned. The balanced design gives it a sense of tranquillity, which is admired by most buyers. The car has the longest wheelbase and that makes the car immensely spacious.

Models

2021 Volvo S90

2021 BMW-5 Series

2021 Jaguar XF 

2021 Mercedes-Benz E 350 

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,597

3,790

3,665

3,935

Length (inches)

200.1

194.6

195

193.8

Width (inches)

74

73.5

78.2

72.9

Height (inches)

57.1

58.2

57.4

57.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

6

5.7

4.6

4.7

Wheelbase (inches)

120.5

117.1

116.5

115.7

The dimensions of the 2021 Volvo S90 are well suited to the segment standards. It is a big vehicle by all means and offers the longest wheelbase, and is amongst the most spacious cars in the segment. The minimalist exterior has some flashy bits, like the big 18”5 inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, the signature LED lighting, and the strong character lines. Overall, the S90 is a fabulous looking car and will impress a lot of people with the way it looks.

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2021 Volvo S90 basic Sedan front view
2021 Volvo S90 basic Sedan rear three quarter view
2021 Volvo S90 basic Sedan rear three quarter view
2021 Volvo S90 basic Sedan grille
2021 Volvo S90 basic Sedan left side view

2021 Volvo S90 Safety

Volvo has been quite famous to make some of the safest cars, and the 2021 Volvo S90 is no different. Although we don’t have the official results from the NHTSA or the IIHS yet, from the list of equipment Volvo offers for safety and security. The 2021 Volvo S90 comes loaded with a long list of safety features as standard and will be one of the safest vehicles in the segment.

The S90 is one of the premiership sedans from the brand that gets a plethora of driver assistance and safety tech as standard. Some of the most prominent ones include the following:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Collision Mitigation Support, front
  • Blindspot Information System with cross-traffic alert
  • Hill-start assist
  • Whiplash protection, front seats
  • Emergency Brake Assist, EBA

View 2021 Volvo S90 Safety >>

2021 Volvo S90 Competition

7.8/10

2021 Volvo S90 vs 2020 BMW 5-series

The Volvo S90 and the BMW 5-series are both very balanced and well-proportioned cars with great driving dynamics, while the BMW offers a more conventional and palatable approach towards interior design and cabin layout, the Volvo is more futuristic and tech loaded. Both the vehicles are fun to drive, and it is just a matter of choice and taste, but we do have to say that the 5-series sells better numbers than the Volvo, and is a very common sight on the roads.

BMW 5 Series Sedan

2021 Volvo S90 vs 2020 Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF has been updated some time ago, and the car has a beautiful design and a very opulent interior. While the S90 has some sharp cuts and creases and dons some very prominent character lines, the XF’s design is more subdued and does involve some very smooth and sexy curves. The Jaguar too has been in the market for a very long time and has been selling decent numbers.

Jaguar XF Sedan

2021 Volvo S90 vs Mercedes-Benz E300

The Mercedes-Benz is a very popular choice amongst luxury car buyers and the S90 has tried pretty hard to compete with the vehicle, but given the reputation and track record of the Mercedes, buyers would still be inclined towards the ease of ownership offered by Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz E 350

2021 Volvo S90 Final Verdict

The Volvo S90 is a very capable car and will appeal to a large set of buyers, the car looks great, drives great, and more or less has everything you would want in a luxury sedan. The car has been updated from time to time, and it comes with new-age features and tech on offer. 

More importantly, it has one of the most opulent cabins in the segment, and has a lot of customization options available too, so finding the right match for you won’t be a problem. The car is priced well within the segment standards and looks like a great proposition overall.

2021 Volvo S90 FAQs

Does the 2021 Volvo S90 have Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 Volvo S90 gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. 

What is the 2021 Volvo S90 release date?

The 2021 Volvo S90 is all set to be released by fall 2020. 

What is the option of colors offered with the 2021 Volvo S90?

The 2021 Volvo S90 will be offered with a choice of 9 colors: Birch Light Metallic, Black Stone, Bright Silver Metallic, Onyx Black Metallic, Pebble Gray Metallic, Thunder Grey Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic, Crystal White Metallic, Bursting Blue Metallic. 

What are the changes offered for the 2021 Volvo S90?

The 2021 Volvo S90 receives a refreshed styling, upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system, USB-C rear charging ports, and wireless phone charging. 

How can I find a used Volvo S90 near me?

You can simply check out the Car Indigo Used Cars Inventory, using the following link and check out some of the best deals on used Volvo S90 sedans near you. Click Here to check out the inventory

Used Volvo S90 for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2021 Volvo S90 2 Great Deals Out of 42 $49,130 42 Listings
2020 Volvo S90 11 Great Deals Out of 287 $45,645 287 Listings
2019 Volvo S90 11 Great Deals Out of 167 $26,900 167 Listings
2018 Volvo S90 11 Great Deals Out of 397 $19,995 397 Listings
2017 Volvo S90 14 Great Deals Out of 399 $19,799 399 Listings
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