What’s a Volvo V90 then?

Volvo’s latest big estate, which effectively replaces the old V70 and joins the existing XC90 SUV and S90 saloon at the top of the Swedish marque’s range.

What do I need to know?

Like the new Kia Optima SW, the Volvo V90 is a conspicuously handsome thing. Estates used to be almost anti-style, but these days they are often better looking than their four-door siblings. And so it is here. Unlike the Kia, though, the big Swede’s style has compromised practicality a bit. With the rear seats down, the V90’s boot has a capacity of 1,526 litres, considerably less than both the BMW 5-Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class estate.

But the watchword here is ‘functionality’, which by Volvo’s definition includes connectivity as well as boot space. To that end, the V90 uses the same large-format touchscreen infotainment system as the XC90, featuring Apple CarPlay smartphone integration as the highlight in a package of “class-leading” connectivity features.

The V90 uses the same iteration of Volvo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture as both its 90 series siblings, and uses the same line-up of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Petrol options are the 251bhp T5 and 316bhp T6; diesel choices are the 187bhp D4 and 232bhp D5. All engines drive the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The range will be headed by the ‘twin-engine’ T8 hybrid, which offers 407bhp and a (very) low tax bill. There are even rumours of a Polestar version to take on the Audi S6 Avant.

Volvo aims to eliminate crash fatalities in its cars within the next few years and, to that end, the V90 has a vast array of driver assist systems. Alongside what is claimed to be “the most advanced standard safety package on the market,” the V90 features Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving capability, Run-off Road Mitigation and Large Animal Detection. That last one might sound a bit pointless, but big beasts like a moose or horse can do serious damage to a car.

Anything else?

Volvo was one of the first manufacturers to sell an estate as we now know it off-the-shelf, launching the Duett in 1953. Previously, estate cars were typically specially commissioned from coachbuilders on the owner’s preferred chassis.

When can I buy one?

An exact on-sale date hasn’t been announced yet, but it will likely be during the second half of this year.

How much will it cost?

To be announced. But probably in the same £35k to £50k ballpark as its rivals.

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By Only Motors