John Diether
Automotive Editor - May 4, 2017

2018 Volvo V90 OVERVIEW

Volvo wagons are making a comeback, and the new V90 is plushest and most stylish of them all. It performs and coddles like a proper luxury sedan, and yet can haul a load when duty calls. If the V90 is any indication, upscale wagons still have a place in America's driveways.

What's New for 2018

The Volvo V90 is a new model based on the S90 sedan, which debuted last year.

Volvo V90

Choosing Your Volvo V90

Although it's officially classified as midsize, the V90 ranks as one of the largest wagons on the market. Passenger comfort takes priority over cargo capacity, as evidenced by the expansive rear seat. Three adults can stretch out with 19.8 cubic feet remaining in back for luggage and such. Folding the rear seat yields 54 cubic feet of load space, about the same as a compact crossover.

Front-drive models, dubbed T5, carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. T6 models get all-wheel drive and a more powerful 2.0-liter that's both turbocharged and supercharged (or "twincharged," if you prefer). Output jumps to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V90 is rated to tow up to 3,700 pounds.

The T5 and T6 come in sporty R-Design and plush Inscription trims:

T5 R-Design

Starting at $50,945 (including $995 destination charge), the R-Design comes with front sport seats, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, and specific wheels (19-inch) and trim throughout. Other standard features include leather upholstery, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and a 10-speaker sound system. Safety technology is present in full force – this is Volvo, after all. Volvo's Pilot Assist, which includes adaptive cruise control with steering assist, front and rear collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist, is standard and is inarguably among the best semi-autonomous systems on the market. The optional Convenience Package ($1,950) adds surround-view cameras, an automated parking system, and heated washer nozzles. Heated front seats and a heated steering are available in a $750 bundle.

T5 Inscription

Follows a more traditional luxury theme with a comfort-tuned suspension, ventilated and heated front seats, wood interior trim, and chrome styling elements. Otherwise, equipment is the same as the R-Design, and the Convenience Package remains available as an option. The R-Design's paddle shifters and sport steering wheel can be added for $200. The Inscription is priced from $52,945.

T6 R-Design

Comes with the more powerful 2.0-liter engine and all-wheel drive for $56,945. Equipment and options are shared with the T5 R-Design.

T6 Inscription

Volvo prices the 2017 V60 Polestar from $62,595 (destination included). Besides the enhanced engine, the V60 Polestar adds a special grille, tread plate, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and exhaust pipes. All models are outfitted with Brembo brakes, Ohlins shock absorbers, and Polestar sport pedals, steering wheel, and carpeting.

All V90 models are available with a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system ($3,200), heated rear seats ($425), and a head-up display ($900). T6 models can also get an adaptive air suspension for $1,200.

CarsDirect Tip

Choosing between the R-Design and Inscription is simply a matter of personal taste — do you lean toward sport or luxury? Whether to spring for the T6 setup is little more complicated. Even if you don't necessarily need all-wheel drive, the more powerful engine is reason enough to upgrade if you intend to fill up your wagon on a regular basis.

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