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2021 Volvo V90 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 31, 2020

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The 2021 Volvo V90 is a practical and luxurious vehicle that is designed to perfection and it represents the last of a dying bread of luxury wagons. For 2021, the Wagon gets minor cosmetic updates and a freshly updated infotainment system. The V90 is accompanied by its off-road capable twin, the V90 Cross country. The new 2021 Volvo V90, a part of Volvo’s 90 series which will be available in dealerships near you later this year. 

The all-new 2021 Volvo V90 is offered in 4 trims and the range starts from $52,795 for the T5 R-Design Trim and up to $58,795 for the T6 Inscription trim and continues to be powered by the same 2.0L turbocharged and twin-charged setups.

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Pros

Great road presence and beautifully designed exterior

Captivating interior with tech laden features

Excellent driving dynamics with great overall visibility

A complete family SUV

Cons

Misses engine option across the lineup

Laggy infotainment system

Firm ride quality

What's New?

The 2021 V90 family SUV will continue the similar engine options, but it gets a refreshed new look from outside and on the inside it is welcomed with minor tweaks and changes to its 2020 iteration.


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Volvo V90 Review video
2021 Volvo V90 Safety video

Styles

2021 Volvo V90 in Savile Gray Metallic color 2021 Volvo V90 in Pine Grey Metallic color
Savile Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

7.7

Exterior

8.0

Competition

9.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Volvo V90 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
27 combined

$52,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $52,095 MSRP (23/27/35) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (required)
8-speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Volvo V90 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
27 combined

$54,845


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,845 MSRP (23/27/35) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (required)
8-speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Volvo V90 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

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

$58,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $58,095 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (required)
8-speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Volvo V90 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

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

$60,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $60,095 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (required)
8-speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


The V90’s are considered one of the best family Wagons and they are capable of grabbing a lot of attention with its beautiful exterior design, it sums up quite a lot of features and intrudes your senses with a captivating interior design. Under the hood, the 2021 Volvo V90 wagon gets a standard 2.0L Intercooled Turbo Inline-4 cylinder engine that produces 250hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. However, it shares the market with class-leading vehicles such as the reliable Mercedes Benz E-Class Wagon and the performance backed Audi A4 Allroad.

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon Front View
2021 Volvo V90 Wagon Rear View

8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Volvo V90 Features

8.0/10

The 2021 Volvo V90 trim levels comprise four trim options: T5 R-Design, T5 Inscription, T6 R-Design, and T6 Inscription paired with the latest tech and features including the standard Volvo V90 of safety features and offered in 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 cylinder engine, the estimated Price for the Volvo V90 starts at $52,795 for the base T5 R-Design trim and end at $60,095 for the top-of-the-line T6 inscription with 8-Speed Automatic Transmission.

Trim

T5 R-Design

T5 Inscription

T6 R-Design

T6 Inscription

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

MSRP*

$52,795

$52,795

$58,795

$58,795

Key Features

Italian leather seat upholstery

Includes T5 R-Design key features and adds:

Includes T5 R-Design features and adds:

Includes T5 Inscription features and adds:

 

Harman/ Kardon Premium Brand Speakers plus 14 Speakers

Heated Steering Wheel

2.0 Liter Twin charged engine

2.0 Liter Twin charged engine

 

Keyless Ignition

Bucket Front Seats

Panoramic Roof

Panoramic Roof

 

Four Zone Climate Control

Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat

Power Retractable Exterior Mirrors

Power Retractable Exterior Mirrors

 

Rear View Camera

Premium Leather

R-Design Exterior Styling

 

 

Interior Air Filtration

8 -Way Power Driver/Passenger Seat

R-Design Front Grille

 

 

Heated Windscreen

Ventilated Driver/ Passenger Seat

R-Design Front Decor Elements

 

*reference is taken from 2020

The T5 R-Design trim is offered at $52,795 with basic features like a rearview camera, heated windscreen, Harman/ Kardon Premium Brand Speakers plus 14 Speakers, and many more. The T5 R- Design trim is offered in front-wheel-drive. 

The T5 Inscription trim is offered at $52,795 with basic features included in T5 R-Design trim and added features like Heated Steering Wheel, Bucket Front Seats, Premium Leather, Ventilated Driver/ Passenger Seat, and many more added features but loses the sporty seats, wheels and other touches that are bespoke to the R-Design. 

The T6 R-Design trim is offered at $58,795 with many features included in the T5 inscription trim and many added features like the Panoramic Roof, 2.0 Liter Twin charged engine, and many more, it is offered in All-wheel-drive. 

The last trim is the T6 Inscription and is offered at $58,795 with a maximum number of features like the Power Retractable Exterior Mirrors and all the features included in the T6 R-design Trim along with AWD drivetrain which is standard with both the T6 powered models.

See full 2021 Volvo V90 specs and features >>

2021 Volvo V90 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

For the 2021 Volvo V90, we do not have any rating from the IIHS and NHTSA and offer the best safety features. Volvo always provides its customers with extreme comfort, satisfaction, driving experience, and resale value. Whereas in terms of reliability we get a predicted rating of 2.5 out of 5 that’s below average from the J.D. Power report. 

The below-average rating for the Volvo V90 is because of its huge estate like design and thus the fact that it gets only a four-cylinder engine with either a turbocharged version or a supercharged version. It did lack a few good features which made it score so less in the past but now these shortcomings have been answered by Volvo and thus it will get away with a better score.

5-year maintenance and ownership costs

The 5-year ownership cost table will require an update for the upcoming 2021 Volvo V90, but on average we estimated the ownership cost of a Volvo V90 and it is around $52,000 for the base model. Overall repairs and maintenance costs summed up for $5000 for the Front-wheel-drive powertrain and also there is an optional All wheel drive powertrain for the top of the line trims, it also offers best safety features and comfort.

Warranty

The Volvo V90 may not provide a better warranty period than its rivals. However, it still manages to provide best in class being one of the trusted partners from the last 75 years of experience in comfort, performance, and luxury, owing to a great warranty period of 4 years/ 50,000 miles of the basic warranty, the powertrain warranty period of 4 years/ 50,000 miles and 24-hour emergency road service available in the united states valid during for the 3 years/ 36,000 miles of the warranty period.

Criteria 

Period

Limited Warranty

4 Years/ 50,000 Miles

Powertrain Warranty

4 Years/ 50,000 Miles

24- Hour Roadside Assistance

3 years/ 36,000 Miles

The 2021 Volvo V90 offers the same limited and powertrain warranty period as its rivals like Mercedes Benz E450. It also offers 24-hour roadside service availability of 3 years/ 36,000 Miles included in its service package.

Miles per Dollar

As per the reports, the Volvo V90 delivers 23 MPG (city) 35 MPG (highway) and in total it offers 27 MPG (combined) and carries 14.5 gallons of tank capacity which easily covers 392 miles on a full tank and if a gallon of fuel costs 2.5USD, then it should equate to about approximately 10 miles per dollar. 

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2021 Volvo V90 Buying Advice

As per our recommendation, you should opt for the T5 R-Design trim which is offered at $52,095 with basic features like rearview camera, heated windscreen, Harman/ Kardon Premium Brand Speakers plus 14 Speakers, and many more. 

The T5 R- Design trim is offered in front-wheel-drive. The Volvo V90 is the complete package for those who are looking for the lavish cabin features with ample room space to stretch out easily and its performance with premium safety features at such a lowest price amongst its segment. 

Is buying a used Volvo V90 Wagon a good idea?

The Volvo V90 retains a pretty good resale value for the 2018 model year as only minor changes have been seen since then. The Volvo V90 holds its resale value and has been above average in the past and buying used 2018 model year is nearly identical to the 2020 V90, and it likely costs less. 

Calculating the depreciation value, the value of a used 2018 Volvo V90 ranges from $32,980 to $39,451 depending on the vehicle condition, mileage, and performance. So according to its resale value, Volvo V90 is a better buy as it is ranked 8th in the best wagon in 2018. So according to its resale value, a used Volvo V90 is a good buy. 

2021 Volvo V90 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2021 Volvo V90 offers two engine options, Where the T5 Trims comes with a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4 cylinder engine that delivers 250 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque paired with front-wheel drive powertrain and the T6 gets the same 2.0L engine as the T5 and uses Twin-Charging i.e a combination of turbocharger and supercharger to produces a whopping 316Hp and 295 lb-ft of torque equipped with an All-wheel drive system. All the trims are coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission for a seamless experience.

Volvo entry-level T5 engine has a front-wheel-drive powertrain and is more fuel-efficient than the top end engine due to the absence of AWD and the Supercharger, both of which consume a sizeable chunk of fuel, but the T6 powered Wagons do feel a lot more responsive.

Models

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

MSRP

$52,795

$45,700

$64,200

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power

250 hp @ 5,500 rpm

248 hp @ 5,000 rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

Amongst its rivals, the Mercedes Benz E450 is the most powerful luxurious car in its segment that produces a power of 362hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Whereas, the Volvo V90 is the closest competitor in terms of power and performance that produces 250 hp.

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon Acceleration and Braking Performance

The Volvo is powered with one of the powerful engines and as per the reports, it manages to accelerate the car to reach 0-60MPH in 6.4 Sec. The car offers the 2.0L Intercooled turbo Inline-4 engine producing power of 250hp and a toque of 285 lb.-ft. 

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon does 0-60 mph in 6.4 sec

The brakes provide plenty of confidence as being the heaviest in weight amongst the rivals. It takes nearly 110ft to come from 60-0MPH but Mercedes Benz E-class takes the top place in this segment as it covers 108ft of distance to come to a halt position.

Models

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

0-60 (seconds)

6.4 

9.5 

5.9 

5.1 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.9 

17.4 

14.4 

13.3 

Top Speed (MPH)

130 

139

130 

130

60-0 (feet)

110 

129 

119 

108 

Compared to its competitors, the Mercedes Benz E-Class accelerates from 0-60 in 5.1 sec and covers a distance of 108 ft. to come from 60-0MPH to a halt position despite being the heaviest in the segment. On the other hand, the Volvo V90 gives good competition in terms of braking.

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2021 Volvo V90 Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The best thing about Volvo V90 is its fuel-efficiency despite its size and performance. We do not expect any major changes in the fuel economy in the upcoming model. It gives a fuel economy of 23 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the Highway for a combined rating of 27 MPG with its refined 2.0L turbo inline engine paired with 8-Speed Automatic transmission for better fuel efficiency. 

The Volvo V90 has a fuel capacity of 14.5 gallons which can easily cover a range of 392 miles on a full tank. The all-wheel drive is less efficient than their front-drive counterparts.

Models

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

MPG (City)

23

22

19

MPG (Highway)

35

29

26

MPG (Combined)

27

25

22

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

14.5 

15.3 

21.1

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined; miles)

334/ 508/ 391

336/ 443/ 382

422/ 590/ 464

The A4 comes close in terms of fuel economy to the Volvo but considering the fact that it's barely able to match the Volvo's figures despite sitting in a segment below just goes to show how well Volvo does in the fuel efficiency department.

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2021 Volvo V90 Interior

7.7/10

The Volvo V90 Wagon provides a capacious cabin space that makes it easy to accommodate 5 people and provides a comfortable ride. The seats are provided with the best cushioning which provides extreme relaxation and comfort to the passengers. The 2021 Volvo V90 Wagon offers a blend of premium materials and usable space in its cabin. The seats of the car are very well ventilated and are 8-way power-adjustable. 

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon gets light interior tones for an airy feel

Many other features like the two-tone leather on the steering wheel, textured knobs, beautiful open-pore wood, artful speaker covers, etc. are added to the interiors of the car to give it an enhanced look. 

Models

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

Seating Capacity

5

5

7

First (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.8/ 57.5/ 42.2

38.9/ 55.9/ 41.3

37.5/ 57.8/ 41.5

Second (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.7/ 55.9/ 35.9

37.4/ 54.5/ 35.7

39.6/ 57.1/ 35.8

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

19.8

24.2

35.0

The Mercedes Benz E-Class has the maximum cargo and cabin space which can easily accommodate 7 passengers whereas the Volvo V90 needs to up its game in this particular section. 

How’s the 2021 Volvo V90 Wagon infotainment system?

The 2021 Volvo V90 Wagon offers a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen in all its models and is also accompanied by The Sensus Connect infotainment system which gets updated software and hardware which has been developed in conjunction with Google to deliver a seamless experience. The Volvo V90 Wagon is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and also offers a built-in navigation system and Wi-Fi support. The 2021 Volvo V90 also provides a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster in all its trims and does provide high-quality audio with Bowers & Wilkins stereo system

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon gets a 12.3-inch digital drivers display

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 9-inch touchscreen vertically oriented infotainment display 
  • 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster 
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play 
  • In-Built navigation system
  • Wi-Fi built-in Configurable instrument cluster to work in conjunction with the infotainment system

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2021 Volvo V90 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 Volvo V90 does not go under extreme changes since its previous models and only gets to see a few changes. A few changes like the new fog lights, LED lighting, new rear spoiler design, and few more changes are seen in the 2021 Volvo V90. 

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon looks modern and luxurious

The 2021 Volvo V90 Wagon gives a mesmerizing look giving a few added changes which give it an aggressive look but still maintains its image and luxurious look. Various trims of the Volvo V90 come with all-new wheel designs.

The 2021 Volvo V90 is offered in few color options and also allows customization depending upon the choice of the buyers. The car continues to give its strong and stylish look which makes heads turn. 

Models

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,897

3,450

4,299

Length (inches)

194.3

186.1

194.2

Width (inches)

74.6

72.5

72.9

Height (inches)

58.1

56.2

57.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.0

N/A

6.0

Wheelbase (inches)

115.8

111.0

115.7

The Volvo V90 is the largest and widest car in this segment but the A4 Allroad's rugged and utilitarian appeal brings a different category of buyers to the table.

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2021 Volvo V90 Safety

The 2021 Volvo V90 Wagon offers a standard driver-assistance feature, whereas it is known to be the safest car as safety has been their priority. The 2021 Volvo V90 Wagon has not yet been tested by NHTSA and IIHS. Though the 2021 Volvo V90 offers many added safety features like pedestrian detection, Post-Collision Safety systems, airbags, and many more safety features which is an important factor for the buyers. 

Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist

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2021 Volvo V90 Competition

9.0/10

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

The Mercedes-Benz E450 4 Matic is a seven-seater car that comes with greater power and performance, that it derives from a 9-speed automatic transmission paired with an all-wheel-drive powertrain which makes the ride much smoother and also offers better cabin and cargo space. It lacks fuel efficiency and it is one of the most expensive luxurious family cars in its segment. However, the E- Class is a complete package for those who want luxury and comfort and don't mind spending some extra.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

2021 Volvo V90 Wagon vs 2020 Audi A4 Allroad 

The Audi A4 Allroad gives tough competition to Volvo V90 in terms of powerful performance and the Audi A4 Allroad carries more cargo capacity. Whereas, the cabin space inside the Volvo V90 carries a very luxurious and lavish look and offers very good fuel efficiency. So overall, The Audi A4 Allroad is a better value for money luxurious car as it is less expensive than Volvo V90 Wagon 

Audi A4 Allroad

2021 Volvo V90 Final Verdict

The Volvo V90 wagon is a premium offering in a dying segment. The Volvo V90 wagon offers the perfect blend of luxury and practicality with the latest features like comfy seats, premium cabin space, and many more which makes the journey comfortable and worth it. We cannot wait to see the 2021 Volvo V90 on the roads as it also gives a decent fuel efficiency. The 2021 Volvo V90 has all the standard safety features and is a perfect fusion of high luxury and comfort.

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2021 Volvo V90 FAQs

What's the warranty plan with the new Volvo V90?

Volvo offers no extraordinary package for the warranty to its buyers. The limited warranty package is more lasting than its rivals. Its characteristics are as follows:

  • 4 Year/50,000 miles New Vehicle Limited Warranty
  • 4-Year/50,000 miles Powertrain Warranty
  • 3 Year/36,000 miles 24/7 Roadside assistance program

How many Trims does the 2021 Volvo V90 offer?

The 2021 Volvo V90 lineup is offered in four trim levels which include the likes of the T5 R-Design, T5 Inscription, T6 R-Design, T6 Inscription. Both T5 models carry a starting price of $52,795 and both T6 models carry a starting price of $58,795.

Is the 2021 Volvo V90 a seven-seater?

No, the 2021 Volvo V90 is only offered in a five-seater configuration across the board however this means that it packs an exceptionally large boot with a cargo capacity of 53.9 cu-ft. 

Used Volvo V90 for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2019 Volvo V90 1 Great Deals Out of 39 $36,900 39 Listings
2018 Volvo V90 1 Great Deals Out of 8 $35,800 8 Listings
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