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.
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:
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.
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.