2017 Volvo S90: The Midsized Flagship
Volvo has been anything but conventional for many years. Putting their name on the line in the world of vehicle safety Volvo has developed a stellar reputation for leading the automotive world when it comes to keeping you informed and in place in your vehicle. Recently they developed engine technology we hadn’t seen before that gives us vehicles that have both supercharging and turbocharging to give us fuel efficiency and power. Now, a new Volvo S90 sedan emerges onto the scene to fit in the midsized segment, but with more luxury and features than any other midsized sedan.
Not to be confused, the S90 does a masterful job of giving you the creature comforts you want without being excessive about it. This car also shows up with one of the most complete semi-autonomous driving features on the market to give you a break from the drive when you need it. After the success of the XC90 SUV Volvo felt this was the next most logical step for its lineup and we now see a gorgeous sedan that’s perfect for any driving you need to do.
The new S90 gives you many ways to enjoy the ride. You can turn on all the driver assistance features of the car and have one of the most sophisticated systems on the market or you can turn them off and drive the car yourself. There are plenty of in-between ways to drive this car as well and every driving experience you have with this Volvo will be full of smooth riding and confidence. The drive of this car is meant for the cruising you want on the weekends and even for the heavy traffic during the week, not the active sports sedan driving that other automakers offer in their vehicles.
Under the hood you find what you would expect, the same engine pair that power the XC90 SUV. The base engine is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine which offers up 250 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission to provide you with a FWD experience that exceptional. This powertrain delivers 23 city/34 hwy mpg for you to enjoy the ride. The second engine is the same size with supercharging added to the mix to bring the power to 316 horsepower and 3295 lb.-ft. of torque. Using the same transmission and AWD this version will bring you 22 city/31 hwy mpg to enjoy.
As a new car to the market it’s hard to say what the price should be, but the S90 is listed at the base price of a little less than $48,000 for the Momentum model and the Inscription will start at a little more than $67,000. Both versions are full of awesome luxury features with the Inscription using the more powerful engine and offering you AWD to improve the drive a great de
Standard offerings for the S90 include the Gen2 Pilot Assist system, Run-off Road Mitigation, the City Safety collision avoidance system and LED headlights. Of course these are just notable offerings, the S90 comes packed with the features you want from Volvo. Moving up and adding more features will give you Apple CarPlay, USB integration, cross traffic alerts, a 360 degree camera system, parking assistance, a power operated trunk, chrome trim, perforated leather seats, a leather covered instrument panel, walnut inlays and a rear air suspension system. With the number of features and safety aids that are present on this car you can easily see how the S90 is a car that offers an excellent semi-autonomous driving system for you to enjoy.
On the inside you see a car that feels simpler than what I’ve described and that’s on purpose. Volvo chose to keep it simple, elegant and enticing to give you a cabin that is an oasis away from the outside world. As for the exterior, the S90 caps off the Volvo lineup with a long, luxurious and sophisticated look that’s perfect for you to show off to your friends and neighbors. This is the Volvo you want to drive and with the amazing features and perfectly matched size you won’t ever want to drive another car.