Volvo V90 D5

PowerPulse AWD

Inscription Plus

Volvo V90, front
Volvo V90, front
Volvo V90, front
Volvo V90, front
Volvo V90, side
Volvo V90, rear
Volvo V90, rear
Volvo V90, rear
Volvo V90, interior
Volvo V90, front

IF you're thinking of moving home but can't afford a removals van then fear not because Volvo has the perfect solution with its massive V90 estate car - and there will be room for the kitchen sink.

And there is more good news because despite being a giant of a car with one of the biggest load capacities around, the V90 looks classy with stylish design cues and all the on-board technology you could wish for.

The V90 joins the S90 saloon and XC90 SUV as the flagship models in the Volvo line-up and it boasts an elegant design that is complemented by a modern, premium interior that's packed with all the latest technical know-how.

It's no easy task creating a vehicle that's easy on the eye despite being just shy of five metres in length and capable of transporting a whopping 1,526 litres of luggage with its rear seats down, but the Volvo designers have succeeded on every count.

The V90, despite its larger-than-life stature, is beautifully streamlined with sleek lines and curves, LED headlights, distinctive T-shaped daytime running lights, a piano black front grille, smart alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof (part of an optional pack), a powered tailgate and instantly-recognisable tail lights.

Step inside the range-topping Inscription Plus model and there is a wealth of technology to explore within the minimalist and clutter-free car which is a true reflection of calming Scandinavian design.

Creature comforts are plentiful and include the likes of Nappa soft leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel, a Harman Kardon sound system with smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, four-zone climate control including a cooled glovebox and an easy-to-operate Sensus touchscreen system where all the car's features can be discovered.

Admittedly all this luxury comes at a price with the V90 PowerPulse Inscription Plus model with all-wheel-drive (AWD) costing £49,985 (£57,360 with options), but it's worth noting this was the all-singing, all-dancing model and the V90 line-up starts from a far more competitive £39,335.

Our car was powered by a 2.0-litre D5 diesel engine delivering 235hp and this was mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It could sprint to 62mph from a standing start in a very swift 7.2 seconds, topping out at 146mph. And according to official figures the V90 could deliver combined fuel economy of 39.2-43.5mpg under WLTP testing with carbon emissions of 146g/km.

Out on the open road, the V90 powers through bends with superb stability and road holding. It's perfectly balanced and the engine is smooth and responsive as the car fires through the gears.

There are different drive modes to choose from called Eco, Comfort and Dynamic that alter the manner in which the car reacts and the PowerPulse technology is also worth a mention. It aims to overcome turbo lag which is quite common in powerful turbocharged diesel engines and this set-up helps to make the engine more instantly responsive.

In town centres, the great all-round visibility is a plus factor, but the car will need a very large parking bay to avoid sticking out at either end.

Another rather clever feature that's standard across the V90 line-up is the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology. Using radar and a camera, it controls the steering up to 80mph to keep the car in its lane.

It works in conjunction with the adaptive cruise control to keep at the selected speed limit or at a set distance from the car in front. It accelerates, steers and brakes for you, although the driver does have to touch the steering wheel from time to time or the system will deactivate.

It's very clever stuff and worked very well when tested on the busy M4 where it was competent in stop, start traffic and also when the road opened up a little.

Comfort levels within the V90 are high and back seat passengers can really stretch out and relax with vast amounts of leg space. And, of course, the car has those exceptional storage limits making it a very practical family or fleet vehicle.

Being a Volvo, you would expect the V90 to be bursting with safety kit - and it is. The car was awarded the maximum five stars when it was tested for its Euro NCAP safety rating and it features a generous array of specifications including two new systems called Large Animal Detection which scans the road ahead for any objects and Run-Off Road Mitigation which helps keep the car within its road markings to avoid accidentally drifting away from the highway.

FAST FACTS

Volvo V90 D5 PowerPulse AWD Inscription Plus

Price: £49,985

Mechanical: 235ps, 1,969cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 146mph

0-62mph: 7.2 seconds

Combined MPG: 39.2-43.5

Insurance Group: 40

C02 emissions: 146g/km

Bik rating: 37%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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