2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid

MSRP range: $63,200
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MSRP$72,445
Edmunds suggests you pay$59,756

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2020 Volvo S90 Review

  • Seat comfort is among the best in the class
  • Impressive interior materials throughout the cabin
  • Comes standard with a wide array of convenience and safety features
  • Costs less than the German competition
  • Rough ride when equipped with optional wheels
  • Steering is on the heavy side
  • Base T5 engine dropped
  • New R-Design trim
  • Leather upholstery, front parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert now standard
  • Part of the second S90 generation introduced for 2017

Many shoppers focus on popular German models when shopping for a midsize luxury sedan and then call it a day. But they are doing themselves a disservice as there are a few gems in the class that are less expensive but just as impressive. Take the 2020 Volvo S90, for instance.

Though we think the Volvo S90's exterior styling is one of its most appealing attributes, the cockpit deserves praise, too. The design is simple yet elegant, with ample use of leather, chrome and wood trim. Limited use of hard plastics gives the cabin an impression of quality that is in line with more expensive competitors.

The price differential is much wider when you consider the Volvo's standard turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine. Though not quite as powerful as the turbo six-cylinders in competitors, this unusual engine produces plenty of thrust and propels the S90 to highway speeds in no time. There's even a high-performance plug-in hybrid that increases power considerably while returning better fuel economy and an electric-only range of 21 miles.

While the Volvo S90 has plenty going for it, there are a few drawbacks. It doesn't feel as sporty as others — the steering is heavy but not particularly sharp, and you can feel the weight of the car transferring as you drive it quickly around corners. Even with the optional air suspension, larger wheels translate to jostling while traveling on broken pavement. Finally, tall rear passengers might rub heads against the downward sloping roof. Overall, though, we think you'll be quite pleased with Volvo's S90.

Which S90 does Edmunds recommend?

If the price differential were tighter, we'd probably recommend the Momentum because it comes loaded with so many features. But the R-Design and the Inscription — which carry the same MSRP — are only a few thousand dollars more and add a ton of luxury upgrades. Which one is better is mostly a matter of personal taste. The R-Design adds black exterior trim and a few sporty touches, while the Inscription has chrome trim and extra amenities.

Volvo S90 models

The 2020 Volvo S90 is a luxury midsize sedan offered in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels. The Momentum is well-equipped for a base-level sedan, with features that include LED lights, keyless entry, leather upholstery, and a slew of driving aids. The trim structure then branches to the sporty R-Design and the luxurious Inscription, both of which offer more features than the Momentum.

All three trims come standard with the T6 powertrain, which features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged. It produces a healthy 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque; power is routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The R-Design and the Inscription are also available with the plug-in hybrid T8, which adds an 87-hp electric motor to the T6 engine for a combined output of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft.

Standard features for the Momentum include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. On the technology front, you also get Volvo On Call remote features, a 9-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a navigation system, and a 10-speaker audio system. A suite of advanced driver safety aids also comes standard.

The R-Design looks a little sportier, while the Inscription has a few trim and styling details to make it seem more luxurious. With these two versions you also get four-zone climate control, upgraded front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

A few other optional features are available for the S90, including a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera, massaging front seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, an adaptive air suspension, and a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system (R-Design and Inscription only).

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Volvo S90.

Average user rating: 4.8 stars
4 total reviews
5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 25%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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    2020 Volvo S90 videos

    [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Here we have the 2017 of Volvo S90. It's another very important car for a brand. This one in particular for Volvo because it will be their flagship sedan when it comes out later this year. Well first, take a look at the design. This is a simply gorgeous car. It's understated and subtle. A lot of other interesting things in this car. This is actually what's called the T8 Hybrid. It's one of three different powertrains. This one uses an engine that's twin-charged, so it's turbo charged and supercharged. And then has a hybrid battery system on top of that, which gives it a range of probably-- on electric alone-- we'll estimate around 25 miles. And then you have good fuel economy after that. I don't have the numbers in front of me. They may not even be released yet. There's also a twin-charge 2-liter gasoline engine, like you get in the Volvo S60. And that'll do about 316 horsepower. So this T8-- we didn't mention-- does about 400 horsepower net, the whole hybrid system included. And there is also a turbo charged 4-cylinder, 2-liter as well that'll do about 250 horsepower. So that's three 4-cylinder engines with increasingly complex levels of induction and hybridification, if you will, on top of one another. But that's not all of the tech. There's actually quite a bit of tech and safety features inside the car when it comes to crash, collision mitigation, and autonomous driving that we'll take a look at next. Here we are inside the Volvo S90, the T8 Hybrid, and-- wow-- there's a lot of details to take in. This has the luxury feel you want out of a full-size, large luxury sedan. The materials feel very nice to the touch. The design looks sophisticated, intelligent, and modern too. Now just take a look at this shift lever here. It's like a shift lever you've never seen before. It has a very interesting look and feel to it, and it sort of moves in a way that you see in only some luxury cars-- very interesting stuff. There's a lot to take in at first glance here. You can control your drive mode and whether you want the engine on or off. Is this-- this is the way you start it? That's really interesting-- twist to turn. Then your drive mode selector here. A lot of interesting details in this interior. The gauge cluster is completely digital. There's no analog component there, but it has a analog look to it-- but completely digital. And then here's your center screen, which we've covered a couple times. This is a similar infotainment system to what you've seen in the XC90, which isn't too surprising considering these cars share a lot of similar components. I haven't played a lot with this. I'm really eager to play with it more because it seems to work with the sort of fluidity you would expect from your modern smartphone and connected devices. In terms of safety and tech, this car will have autonomous driving features that control the speed and steering at speeds up to 80 miles an hour. Whereas autonomous driving-- I'm sorry, that's the autonomous driving. Safety features-- standard City Safety, which is Volvo's safety tech, does collision warning and mitigation at low speeds, which is really trick stuff, really clever stuff. And these materials, I can't stress, are just gorgeous looking. And I like how you can see the speakers through that metal sheen there. It's gorgeous. So we take a look at power ports-- one USB port here, one 12-volt power port there. There's actually not a whole lot of storage space right there, which is pretty surprising. All those little cubbies for your smartphone, which helps, and two cup holders as well. Let's take a look at the dash from the backseat, and that is really attractive. Look how it all comes together. That's something that's really appealing. Back here, one power port and-- [GROANS] not a flat bottom on the back, but that's fine too, because the space in the rear seat seems pretty comfortable. My head has plenty of clearance from touching the roof and so do my knees, to the seat in front of me. Nicely upholstered back here, just as it is in the front. And Volvo, from first glance, has made this car quite appealing, I must say. To find out more about the Volvo S90 and its competitors from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, and so on, be sure to visit Edmunds.com.

    2017 Volvo S90 Walkaround Review | Detroit Auto Show

    NOTE: This video is about the 2017 Volvo S90, but since the 2020 Volvo S90 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

    Edmunds Road Test Editor Carlos Lago takes you on a walk around the all-new 2017 S90, Volvo's flagship sedan. He goes over specs, design, the interior and more.

    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $63,200
    MPG & Fuel
    N/A City / N/A Hwy / 29 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: all wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 400 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 472 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 200.1 in. / Height: 57.1 in. / Width: 74.0 in.
    Curb Weight: N/A
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.5 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite S90 safety features:

    Pilot Assist
    Maintains a gap between the S90 and the car in front and keeps the S90 in its lane, giving the driver an additional layer of safety.
    Blind Spot Information System
    Notifies the driver if a car is lurking in the blind spot as well as if cars are approaching from the sides when backing up.
    Low & High Speed Collision Mitigation
    Warns the driver if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if no action is taken.

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good



    Volvo S90 vs. the competition

    2020 Volvo S90

    2020 Volvo S90

    2019 Audi A6

    2019 Audi A6

    Volvo S90 vs. Audi A6

    The Audi A6 is one of the newest midsize luxury sedans on the market. It has all the latest gadgets — including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — though some of our staff found the twin-touchscreen interface a little distracting to use. It must be said that we have just as much trouble with the S90's infotainment system. These two vehicles stack up nicely, though the Audi is quite a bit more expensive.

    Compare Volvo S90 & Audi A6 features 

    Volvo S90 vs. Audi A7

    The Audi A6 and the Audi A7 are essentially the same car, with the A7's hatchback body style being the primary differentiator. Compared to the A6 and the Volvo S90, the A7 has less rear headroom, more cargo room and a much heftier price tag. It's up to you to decide whether the A7's styling and more useful cargo area are worth the significant price bump.

    Compare Volvo S90 & Audi A7 features 

    Volvo S90 vs. Volvo S60

    The Volvo S60 is the S90's smaller sibling — the S90 is a midsize sedan, while the S60 is a compact. The S60 doesn't offer as much interior room and is less expensive than the S90. However, the S60 is powered by the same engines, and its lower curb weight gives it a quicker, more dynamic feel. Both have similar safety features, but the S90 has additional luxury amenities.

    Compare Volvo S90 & Volvo S60 features 

    FAQ

    Is the Volvo S90 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 S90 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Volvo S90 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the S90 gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the S90 has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volvo S90. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 Volvo S90?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Volvo S90:

    • Base T5 engine dropped
    • New R-Design trim
    • Leather upholstery, front parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert now standard
    • Part of the second S90 generation introduced for 2017
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    Is the Volvo S90 reliable?

    To determine whether the Volvo S90 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the S90. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the S90's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 Volvo S90 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Volvo S90 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 S90 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Volvo S90?

    The least-expensive 2020 Volvo S90 is the 2020 Volvo S90 T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $63,200.

    Other versions include:

    • T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $63,200
    • T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $63,200
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    What are the different models of Volvo S90?

    If you're interested in the Volvo S90, the next question is, which S90 model is right for you? S90 variants include T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of S90 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Volvo S90

    2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid Overview

    The 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid is offered in the following styles: T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A). The 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 S90 Hybrid 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 S90 Hybrid.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 S90 Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid, T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid?

    2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $72,445. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $12,689 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $12,689 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $59,756.

    The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 17.5% below the MSRP.

    2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $72,595. The average price paid for a new 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $12,716 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $12,716 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $59,879.

    The average savings for the 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 17.5% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid?

    2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    29 compined MPG,

    2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    29 compined MPG,

    EPA Est. MPG29
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Trainall wheel drive
    Displacement2.0 L
    Passenger Volume116.0 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase120.5 in.
    Length200.1 in.
    Width74.0 in.
    Height57.1 in.
    Curb WeightN/A

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Volvo S90?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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