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.