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2018 T5 R-Design 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Wagon
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Price:   -  From $49,950
2018 T5 Inscription 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Wagon Price:   -  From $51,950
2018 T6 R-Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Wagon Price:   -  From $55,950
2018 T6 Inscription 4dr All-Wheel Drive Wagon Price:   -  From $57,950


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:

Volvo V90

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.

Volvo V90

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.

Volvo V90

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.

Volvo V90

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.

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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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Wagons were supposed to be retired, but, happily, Volvo never got the message. The 2018 Volvo V90 makes you forget everything you hated about this body style in the past. The V90 delivers beautiful looks, an elegant interior, and a quiet, comfortable ride. We just wish that it was easier to find on dealer lots.

Best Value

Volvo offers the V90 in standard and Cross Country lines. The all-wheel-drive Cross Country offers slightly more ground clearance, although it isn’t designed for rigorous off-road duty. Take either model down a well-worn path, preferably one covered in gravel, and you won’t worry about becoming stuck.

Volvo offers the 2018 V90 in R-Design and Inscription trims, and we'd choose the R-Design. Volvo makes this one available in T5 and T6 models. We chose the T6, as it's an all-wheel-drive model with a turbocharged and supercharged engine. This combination supplies superior performance and handling, especially when flooring the gas pedal or pulling out of corners. If you live in a snowy climate, all-wheel drive should be your choice.

  • Model: 2018 Volvo V90 R-Design T6
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged inline-four
  • Output: 316 hp / 295 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 22 City / 31 Hwy
  • Options: Convenience Package ($1,950, surround-view camera, heated washer nozzles, parking assist, Homelink, compass, grocery bag holder)
  • Base Price: $56,945 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $58,895


Volvo V90

Volvo offers only one engine choice: a 2.0-liter inline-four. It's what Volvo does with this engine that's so interesting. Base models are turbocharged and some models, including our recommended model, have both a supercharger and a turbocharger. Volvo is the only production brand offering this unusual boosting combination. Some Volvos, but not the V90 (at least not yet), add a plug-in hybrid system for maximum boost and efficiency.

The all-wheel-drive V90 utilizes both boosting methods to deliver 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are better than what most V6 engines provide and easily beat some V8 models from a few years ago. Volvo pairs this engine with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

The boosting combination means that you have full power from the onset and continue to enjoy robust performance as you move forward. As the supercharger eases, the turbo kicks in, ensuring that you’re never lacking in power. The engine is noisy at times and, thankfully, Volvo doesn't fool you into thinking that there's a V8 under the hood with a fake exhaust soundtrack.

The V90 acquits itself well on the road, pulling out of corners with ease and staying centered in its lane. The available air suspension system loads evenly and aids in supplying a well-controlled ride.


You don’t have to go back too far to find station wagons that were downright ugly. Here’s looking at you 1992 Chevrolet Caprice Station Wagon. In more recent years, the Dodge Magnum showed us that wagons can be hot. These days, you’ll find even more competitors as the Buick Regal TourX and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake vie for customers along with models from Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

As for the Volvo V90, it offers all the styling charm and handsomeness of the similar S90 sedan and XC90 crossover. Both models combine traditional and contemporary Volvo design features to deliver some of the most beautiful designs of our day. The V90 carries this look out carefully and it executes well. The only downfall with the exterior that we found is the tapering sides and angled cut of the hatch, which combines to limit the height of the cargo area.

Moving inside, we found the cabin spacious. The only challenge for tall passengers entering the back seat is making sure their heads are low enough before sliding in. You’ll find a reasonable amount of storage spaces, including underfloor storage in the rear compartment. The cabin is definitely a cut above, but it isn’t lost on us that Volvo still lacks luxury cachet.

The Best and Worst Things

Volvo is tops in all things safety and can claim the same with its many active safety features. These include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. If there's anything we don’t like about the V90, it's its lack of availability. Finding one, especially the V90 Cross Country, can be a challenge. Likely, you’ll have to order yours.

Right For? Wrong For?

Volvo V90

The Volvo V90 is for anyone who wants an upscale model and isn't put off by a wagon. For everyone else, the XC90 SUV will do, especially if you need taller cargo compartment clearance.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Volvo V90 offers a handsome silhouette in an uncommon body style. Prices can move up quickly, but a well-equipped model can cost you less than $60,000. That’s within the range of models from Audi and Mercedes-Benz, but more than what Buick charges for the TourX.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Geartronic 8-spd Geartronic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 250 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 34 / 29 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
69.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
98 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
194.3 "
Exterior Width
74.6 "
Exterior Height
58.1 "
Front Headroom
37.8 "
Rear Headroom
37.7 "
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,913 Lbs.
Wheel Base
116 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Leather / Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Sensus Connect Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 Performance / 19 Bowers & Wilkins
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Sips Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Sips Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
City Safety Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Aid/run-off Road Mitigation Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pilot Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Control Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Active Bending Lights Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear / Park Assist Pilot Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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