Volvo has announced prices and specs for the big Volvo S90 saloon and Volvo V90 estate, both of which are on sale now and start at £32,555.
There’s a choice of two diesel engines to begin with, both 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo units. The entry-level D4 serves up 189bhp, with fleet manager-pleasing economy of 64.2mpg and 116g/km of Co2 (V90: 62.8mpg, 119g/km).
Much more interesting, though, is the 233bhp D5, which features what Volvo calls PowerPulse. This is shot of compressed air into the turbo, which compensates for lag low down in the rev range. We’ll have to wait and see it if actually works, but it’s certainly an intriguing solution to an age-old problem.
Both engines are attached to eight-speed automatic gearboxes, while the D5 has four-wheel-drive. Volvo hasn’t released any performance figures yet: we expect they will be ‘sprightly’ rather than ‘quick’. Probably won’t be as sharp to drive as the BMW 5-Series or Jaguar XF either, but the closely-related XC90 SUV impressed us with its steering accuracy and body control. Competent, we think, will be the word.
Loads of kit comes as standard: leather upholstery, LED headlights and two-zone climate control; Sensus infotainment with a 9in screen, satnav, voice-control and internet access, PilotAssist semi-autonomous driving and City Safety automatic emergency braking.
Top-spec Inscription models add plusher leather, power seats and 12.3in TFT driver info display. Options include a reversing camera with 360° top-down view, park assist and 1,400W Bowers & Wilkins stereo.
Prices for the S90 start at £32,555 and run to £42,055. The V90 carries a £2,000 premium.
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By Only Motors