2021 Volvo S90 Review

2021 Volvo S90 Review

It’s a large, Swedish luxury sedan full of standard features, and it’s roomy enough to use as an elegant mobile office, but will it suit your family?

Volvos are some of the safest cars in the world. They pioneered the 2-point safety belt, which went on to become the 3-point safety belt, also their invention. Fast-forward to 2021, and Volvo is still blazing trails, especially where electrification and semi-autonomous driving are concerned. While most families opt for SUVs these days, the sedan, especially the Volvo S90, shouldn’t be ignored. Here’s why.

  1. It’s marvelously spacious

One of the many things you won’t lack in the S90 is legroom. You can also specify your S90 to the hilt with additional comfort features.

The S90 competes with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, so it goes without saying that there is sufficient space on the back seat. Why yes, you can seat three adults’ side-by-side, but not if they’re tall — the sloping roofline impinges on headroom. However, two kids will have more space than they know what to do with, even when there are baby seats installed.

The boot, at 500 litres, offers enough space for a family’s luggage, and the rear seats fold down in a 40:20:20 split, which is a standard feature. Bear in mind that the loading lip is not all that low, so you’ll need to put your back into it when lifting heavy items into the cargo area, like baby strollers. Not many SUVs can boast 500 litres of space in the boot.

  1. It’s user-friendly and uncomplicated

The Swedes are practical, no-nonsense folk. They don’t like to fuss and are not big on visual clutter. Everything inside the cabin has been designed to save you time and hassle, whether it’s fitting a child seat or doling out commands to the iPad-like central ‘Sensus’ touchscreen. This entire setup suits busy parents well who already have too much on their plates.

  1. Its interior is timelessly classic, and it’s durable if you don’t spec pale-coloured trim

The materials used inside the Volvo are top-notch, and every surface that makes contact with your skin feels luxurious. The interior design has a modern classic feeling, combining the best of Swedish minimalism with old-world well-heeled style. I certainly wouldn’t opt for a light leather interior if the kids are still in primary school — it’s best to opt for a darker leather interior, especially if your children are still in the destructive stage.

  1. It basically drives itself, thanks to Volvo’s Pilot Assist system

Semi-autonomous tech is one of Volvo’s strongest points. The system is user-friendly, highly effective, and probably more intuitive and intelligent than your ex. If you let Pilot Assist “take the wheel”, it will steer around bends, stop and go all on its own in traffic, read road signs, and stop automatically should another vehicle, a cyclist, deer, or pedestrians get in your way. Just remember you can’t let go of the steering wheel ad infinitum — our legislation doesn’t allow for driverless cars just yet. At most, it will allow brief periods of self-driving, but will prompt you to take hold of the steering wheel again before resuming on its course with regular driving input from you.

  1. The drivetrains are smooth and punchy, and ride quality is cushy

We guarantee that you’ll get spoiled quite quickly wafting along in the quiet, luxurious S90. It’s a complete dream boat, but that’s not to say it sails like a boat. It’s no BMW M5, but you’ll certainly be impressed with the diesel S90s’ low diesel usage, while the T6 model will give you the necessary thrill from its 2.0-litre turbo-petrol powerplant. Here is what the current line-up of Volvo S90s looks like (all have 2.0-litre diesel or petrol engines in various states of tune):


Volvos have always been geared towards families, and whatever model you choose should be a hit with your loved ones, it just depends how many of them there are. The S90, with its large boot, multitude of standard safety features, user-friendly tech and spacious interior gets 4 out 5 stars in my books — but only because of the boot’s low loading lip. If your kid(s) no longer need that bulky stroller, or it’s not heavy to lift, then by all means, the S90 is your girl.

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