2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid

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What’s new

  • 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

Pros & Cons

  • 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
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2020 Volvo S90 Review

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.

2020 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).


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5 star reviews: 67%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.7 stars based on 3 total reviews

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    Features & Specs

    T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$63,200
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower400 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$63,200
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower400 hp @ 6000 rpm
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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

    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
    Learn more
    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 Inscription 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 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $63,200
    • T8 R-Design 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 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and T8 R-Design 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 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A), and T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A).

    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 4.7 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 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid, T8 R-Design 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.

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    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid and all available trim types: T8 R-Design Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid, T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Volvo S90 Hybrid?

    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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