Volvo V90 T8 Twin

Engine AWD

Inscription Plus

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Volvo V90, front
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VOLVO's classy V90 estate model completes the company's flagship 90 series joining the S90 and XC90 and it really is the icing on the cake.

It has all the practicality of an SUV, but the driving dynamics of a high-performance saloon, making this estate car a very attractive all-rounder.

There are powerful yet efficient diesel and petrol engines to choose from and we opted for the T8 which is a plug-in hybrid variant that mates a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor to produce a total of 390bhp.

And if you're wondering what that power translates into performance-wise, this full-sized twin engine estate car can sprint from 0-60mph in just 5.0 seconds and maxes out at 155mph.

The official economy stats show the V90 T8 can deliver a combined 97.4-117.7mpg with carbon emissions of 49g/km.

In the real world however, this incredible fuel efficiency could only ever be achieved if the batteries are fully charged, the car is only travelling in electric mode most of the time and it is driven very gently.

The V90 is a great looking vehicle that boasts real road presence and the high-end Inscription Plus model, costing £60,405 (£68,080 with options) is packed with all the techno treats imaginable.

First impressions count and the V90 looks the business from any approach thank to its dynamic styling with sweeping headlights featuring the T-shaped signature lights and LED headlights with active high beam. There are dark tinted rear windows, a piano black grille, plenty of chrome trim and 20-inch alloys to complete the look.

Move inside and the interior is pure class with soft Nappa leather, neatly crafted wooden inlays, soft-touch surfaces and a wealth of on-board creature comforts to explore.

Many of the systems are accessed via Volvo's clever Sensus touchscreen system which works similarly to a tablet with swipe and zoom functions.

A £3,000 option saw the introduction of a premium Bowers & Wilkins sound system along with full smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. In addition, a Winter Pack, priced at £200 added a heated steering wheel and heated washer nozzles.

But there is plenty of kit as standard on the V90 such as heated and powered front seats, two-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a navigation system with full European mapping with traffic information and lifetime map updates, plus plenty more besides.

Passenger comfort levels are exceptionally high and there is room for three adults in the back of the car, although the person in the middle seat will find their legs straddling quite a large tunnel that eats into the foot space.

The boot is vast with a capacity ranging from 560 to 1,526 litres and it is accessed via a powered tailgate which is handy when approaching the car laden down with shopping bags - and there are plenty of useful storage compartments scattered throughout the car, including a lockable glovebox, front and rear cup holders, a rather shallow central cubby box and decent door bins.

When it comes to performance, the V90 is a delight to drive.

The acceleration is sharp and responsive as the car powers smoothly through its eight-speed automatic gearbox.

There are drive modes called Pure for eco driving, Hybrid for everyday use, Individual for personal preferences, Power for a sportier drive and Constant AWD for just that.

The road holding is ultra grippy and bends can be attacked with confidence. It's also a car that effortlessly eats up the motorway miles cruising with ease at 70mph - given the chance.

In town centres all the sensors and cameras are very useful but due to the V90's near five metres length, a three-point turn will often turn into five or even seven manoeuvres.

But that aside, the all-round performance of the V90 is most impressive and as one would expect, the car is packed with safety specifications and driver assistance aids to protect occupants, pedestrians and help prevent accidents happening in the first place.

The V90 was awarded the maximum five stars when it was tested for its Euro NCAP safety rating and features the likes of City Safety which detects pedestrians, cyclists and large animals ahead and warns the driver of the danger.

There is front collision warning with fully automatic emergency braking. And the car has semi-autonomous Pilot Assist with Adaptive Cruise Control which works up to 80mph and assists with accelerating, braking and steering to keep the car within its lane markings. These are just a few of the many safety features on the V90.

FAST FACTS

Volvo V90 T8 Twin Engine AWD Inscription Plus

Price:£60,405

Mechanical: 390bhp, 1,969cc, 4cyl petrol engine and electric motor driving four wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 155mph

0-62mph: 5.3 seconds

Combined MPG: 97.4-117.7

Insurance Group: 44

C02 emissions: 49g/km

Bik rating: 16%

Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited miles

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