Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - February 5, 2019

2019 Volvo S90 OVERVIEW

The 2019 Volvo S90 is a flagship sedan that brings Swedish flair to a highly competitive segment. Featuring Volvo's simplistic yet elegant design, the S90 brings a high level of luxury on top of its stylish exterior. There's also a large amount of space on the inside, especially in the back. Tech lovers will also find something to like with the S90, as it's packed with a treasure trove of features, including the latest ones in safety.

What's New for 2019

The T5 trim receives more standard equipment, as do Inscription models. Besides that, the S90 carries over mostly unchanged.

Choosing Your Volvo S90

There are two major classes for the S90: Momentum and Inscription. The Momentum is the base level for the S90's trims, though it comes with all sort of luxurious goodies, while the Inscription is the luxury-forward lineage. There are three powertrain configurations.

The base powertrain, dubbed T5 by Volvo, is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The next step up is the T6 featuring a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's good for 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Range-topping T8 models have a hybrid powertrain that features a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and an electric motor. Combined output for the system is 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. The T5 is available in either front- or all-wheel drive, while the T6 and T8 exclusively use all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is the sole transmission option.

Despite being the most powerful option, the S90 with the most power is also the most fuel-efficient version. The EPA rates T8 models to get up to 29 miles per gallon combined when running on gasoline and 71 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent in hybrid mode. Since the model is a plug-in hybrid, it also has an electric range of up to 21 miles. The best gas-only S90 is the T5 with front-wheel drive, which is rated to get up to 23 mpg city, 35 highway, and 27 combined.

Volvo offers the S90 with an excellent list of safety features – no surprise there as it's Volvo. Standard safety features include pilot assist, which is Volvo's semi-autonomous system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, run-off road protection, run-off road mitigation, driver alert control, and pedestrian, cyclist, and large animal detection. Volvo On Call is also standard on the S90, which allows owners to remotely lock and unlock the sedan, start the vehicle, and track their car.

There are two trims and, as we alluded to earlier, three powertrain configurations for the S90:

T5 Momentum

The base T5 FWD Momentum starts at $48,345 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). The T5 AWD Momentum is an extra $2,500. Standard features include a panoramic moonroof, LED headlights with Thor's Hammer daytime running lights and automatic high beams, heated windshield washer nozzles, LED fog lights with corner illumination, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, retractable side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Standard interior features include 10-way power front seats, navigation, a 9-inch touchscreen, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch digital driver display, a 10-speaker audio system, a USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a leather steering wheel, aluminum sill plates, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, two-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and drive, and Bluetooth. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are also standard.

There are two major packages offered for the T5 Momentum. The Heated Front Seats and Heated Steering Wheel Package ($750) adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, just like its name implies. The Advanced Package ($2,900) brings Park Assist Pilot, a high-pressure headlight cleaning system, a head-up display, a power-operated trunk, a surround-view camera, Visual Park Assist, and active bending lights.

T6 Momentum

The T6 Momentum starts at $55,345. Standard features over the T5 include 18-inch, 10-spoke wheels, dual integrated tailpipes, heated front seats, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The extra money also brings the 316-hp turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The Advanced Package returns unchanged, while a Heated Rear Seats and Heated Steering Wheel Package ($750) brings what its name implies.

T6 Inscription

Pricing for the T6 Inscription starts at $60,445. Ticking the box for the Inscription brings some more luxury features, including 19-inch wheels, dual integrated tailpipes, fog lights, a front spoiler, color-coordinated door handles, a 12.3-inch digital driver display, Nappa leather upholstery, drive mode settings, bespoke mats, illuminated metal tread plates, a leather key remote, a memory function for the driver's seat and side mirrors, and a rear center armrest with cup holders and storage.

There are three available packages for the T6 Inscription, including the Heated Rear Seats and Heated Steering Wheel Package and Advanced Package. The newly available Luxury Package ($3,450) brings massaging front seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, a Nubuck headliner, a luxury rear armrest, and a heated steering wheel.

T8 Momentum

The T8 Momentum starts at $64,895 and comes with the 400-hp supercharged and turbocharged engine with the electric motor. Standard features over lower trims include 19-inch wheels, a crystal gear shift knob, four-zone automatic climate control, a cooled glovebox, and a tire repair kit. The T8 Momentum can be fitted with the Heated Rear Seats and Heated Steering Wheel ($750) and Advanced ($2,900) Packages.

T8 Inscription

The range-topping T8 Inscription costs $69,995. On top of the T8 Momentum, the Inscription trim adds unique exterior styling. Available packages mimics the T6 Inscription with the Heated Rear Seats and Heated Steering Wheel ($750), Advanced ($2,900), and Luxury ($3,450) Packages.

CarsDirect Tip

With the 2019 Volvo S90's handsome interior and exterior design, we recommend skipping the Inscription trim. Sure, it's a little more luxurious than the Momentum, but the Momentum should be enough for the majority of drivers. If you're not after horsepower, the T5 Momentum is a fine choice, while ticking the boxes for all of the available packages results in a high-end luxury vehicle with premium features.

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