2020 Volvo V90

What’s new

  • Adds new active safety features
  • R-Design trim gets new gloss-black trim elements
  • Part of the second V90 generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • Sleek wagon style with a decent amount of utility
  • Comes standard with many driver safety aids
  • Premium interior materials and design
  • Touchscreen system may be overwhelming
  • All-wheel drive only available in upper T6 trim
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2020 Volvo V90 Review

A devoted legion of wagon enthusiasts keep the fires lit for cars such as the 2020 Volvo V90. Wagons remain a niche market in America, and luxury wagons an even finer slice at that. But Volvo's rich history in building stylish family wagons with European flair — and using them to launch innovative safety features — makes them a distinct alternative to the established rivals.

The V90, like the related S90 sedan and XC90 SUV, is steeped in tech and style and shares the same design and quality. Leather upholstery, wood, leather and aluminum accents, and infotainment tech anchored by a large central touchscreen highlight the classy interior appointments.

The V90 also excels at both long-distance comfort and the daily shuffle of family life, in a larger package than the compact V60 wagon. The V90 even offers fold-down booster seats for the outer two rear seat positions to help young passengers transition from child safety seats to regular seats. There's even the more all-weather-oriented V90 Cross Country version.

Crossover SUVs tend to make more sense than wagons for many buyers — it's hard to argue the practical benefits of a taller cabin and an expansive cargo space. But wagons represent a solid middle ground, offering enough passenger space and cargo room without the big, boxy bulk of most mainstream crossovers. As a stylish standout in a small segment, the V90 also provides a measure of exclusivity that few SUVs can offer.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.7 / 10
The Volvo V90 is ideal for the buyer who wants both car-like handling and SUV-like utility. You might also enjoy its distinctive Swedish design. The V90's infotainment system is a bit clunky, but overall we're fond of this luxury wagon.

How does it drive?

7.5
The V90 is sufficiently quick and handles better than what most buyers would expect from a midsize luxury wagon. The T6 engine is responsive. And when you order the optional adaptive suspension, it can firm up for better body control when you want.

A minor point to consider for more discerning drivers: We noticed the occasional hiccup from the transmission in selecting an appropriate gear while driving in slow-moving traffic. Also, the V90 lacks the locked-on, straight-ahead highway feel that some of its German competitors possess.

How comfortable is it?

7.5
The V90's seats and suspension are perfect for long road trips or big-box store adventures. We particularly like the power-adjustable nature of the lower thigh support and seat bolsters. The ride down the road is firm but not jostling. In Dynamic mode, the optional adaptive suspension stiffens up and limits excessive body roll when cornering.

The climate control system works well but operating it can be a little frustrating since you have to access many functions through the touchscreen. However, if you're the type to set and forget, you should be fine.

How’s the interior?

7.5
The V90's beautifully executed interior provides ample space for four adults. The simple design is pleasingly free of clutter. A large portrait-oriented infotainment screen is front and center. It's bright and easy to read at all angles and light levels.

Using the infotainment system, however, is a bit nonintuitive. You'll often find yourself swiping to and fro while looking for a specific function in a sea of icons and menus. Another example is the surround-view camera system. It makes parking a snap, but activating it takes an uncomfortably long time if you're unfamiliar on how to do it.

How’s the tech?

8.0
Volvo's premium audio system sounds crisp across various audio formats and sources. Connecting to Bluetooth is easy, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support are standard. You can use the voice control system to operate the climate control — in addition to the usual navigation and media functions — but your commands need to follow a specific structure.

Volvo's Pilot Assist also deserves some mention for how well it tracks lane markings and naturally keeps pace with traffic through its adaptive cruise control. Drivers can easily disable individual systems if they so choose.

How’s the storage?

8.0
The generous cargo area, a V90 strong point, measures 33.9 cubic feet, which rivals what you'll get from many SUVs. It's also easy to load. The rear seats can be easily lowered, increasing volume to 59.3 cubic feet. Parents will love the easy-access car seat anchors and available child booster seats built into the outboard rear seats.

The only downside is storage space for small items. The front armrest storage bin is average size for this type of vehicle, but the door pockets are thin and shallow. The front cupholders aren't deep enough to hold larger cups and bottles.

How economical is it?

7.5
We tested the V90 T6, which is EPA-estimated at 25 mpg combined. During our time with the car, we achieved 22.9 mpg, with more miles spent in town than on the open road. We were able to achieve 25.3 mpg during our evaluation drive for handling and comfort, which has a much more balanced ratio of driving on the highway and in the city.

Is it a good value?

7.5
Volvo generally does a good job of taking care of its customers after they leave the dealership. It'll even tow your car to the nearest authorized repair center for as long as you own the vehicle. But we've noticed the brand's build quality tends to vary from car to car.

In our V90's case, the parts were all well put-together, and there were only minor creaks when it was fully loaded and subjected to some stress. The materials, too, were generally durable and felt good to the touch.

Wildcard

8.0
Wagons aren't popular, but there's a subset of the driving population that still look fondly upon these long-roofed vehicles. If you like wagons, you'll think the V90 is cool. But there are some things we'd change about the V90, such as a more mature or stately powertrain. But even then, it still manages to be pretty fun to drive.

Which V90 does Edmunds recommend?

For most buyers, the V90 Inscription T6 will do. The T6's powertrain includes standard all-wheel drive and a twin-charged four-cylinder engine (supercharged and turbocharged) that delivers a power boost over the T5 and pairs nicely with the V90's refined ride and handling.

Volvo V90 models

All 2020 Volvo V90s come very well equipped, so you're basically paying for powertrains. The T5 starts off the lineup with the lowest power and front-wheel drive. Some may find the T5 underpowered, especially when fully loaded. The T6 provides more power and all-wheel drive.

The R-Design and Inscription versions of the T5 are equipped to nearly the same level and differ in interior materials, seat designs and colors. They both are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (250 hp, 258 lb-ft) driving only the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features for both include 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof and a hands-free liftgate. Tech highlights are the Sensus infotainment system, composed of a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a premium Harman Kardon audio system. A full suite of active driver aids also comes standard.

The R-Design features a unique sport suspension calibration and comes standard with paddle shifters and sport front seats. The Inscription, meanwhile, adds heated and ventilated front seats. Optionally, you can tack on the Advanced package, which includes adaptive LED headlights, high-pressure headlight washers, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera system.

Various stand-alone options include an air suspension, an automated parking system, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a premium Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

The T6 R-Design and the range-topping T6 Inscription are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's both turbocharged and supercharged. At maximum power, it produces 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. And unlike the T5, the T6 comes with all-wheel drive. Otherwise, the T5 and the T6 are essentially the same inside and out.


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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite V90 safety features:

    Run-Off Road Mitigation
    Scans the road ahead and tenses up the seat belts if it detects the car will run off the road.
    Rear Collision Warning
    Warns you if an approaching car may cause a rear-end collision. Will flash the lights, tense up the seat belts and apply brakes.
    Emergency Brake Lights
    Warns rear oncoming drivers when you panic-stop by flashing the brake lights at four pulses per second.

    Volvo V90 vs. the competition

    Volvo V90 vs. Audi A4 Allroad

    The A4 Allroad is a luxury wagon that offers the driving manners of a sedan but with increased cargo capacity and a trace of off-road flavor. The Allroad is the only wagon Audi currently offers, which means you'll need to accept its slightly taller height and rugged looks. While it costs less than the V90, the Audi is also smaller. The longer and wider V90 is more capable of SUV-like cargo capacity. It's best to think of the Allroad as a large hatchback.

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    Volvo V90 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    The Mercedes E-Class has become synonymous with the European luxury family wagon. The Benz has been the go-to for buyers looking for a luxury wagon for decades, and that hasn't changed with today's E-Class wagon. Its exquisite interior, smooth and powerful engines, cavernous cargo space, and semi-automated driver aids make the E-Class the leader in this segment. In the Volvo's favor are its lower price and enhanced off-road ability.

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    Volvo V90 vs. Jaguar XF

    The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is the newest luxury wagon alternative and a good one at that. Where the Volvo hews closely to the Mercedes template of cool luxury and advanced tech, the Jaguar takes a sportier approach. The Sportbrake excels in handling and driver engagement. But the interior fit and finish isn't up to the V90's standards. The Jag also can't match the V90's level of advanced driver safety aids.

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    FAQ

    Is the Volvo V90 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 V90 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. You probably care about Volvo V90 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the V90 gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 26 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the V90 has 53.9 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 V90. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Volvo V90?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Volvo V90:

    • Adds new active safety features
    • R-Design trim gets new gloss-black trim elements
    • Part of the second V90 generation introduced for 2018
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    Is the Volvo V90 reliable?
    To determine whether the Volvo V90 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the V90. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the V90's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Volvo V90 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Volvo V90 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 V90 and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 V90 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Volvo V90?

    The least-expensive 2020 Volvo V90 is the 2020 Volvo V90 T5 R-Design 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $51,450.

    Other versions include:

    • T6 R-Design 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) which starts at $57,450
    • T6 Inscription 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) which starts at $59,450
    • T5 R-Design 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $51,450
    • T5 Inscription 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $53,450
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    What are the different models of Volvo V90?
    If you're interested in the Volvo V90, the next question is, which V90 model is right for you? V90 variants include T6 R-Design 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T6 Inscription 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T5 R-Design 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and T5 Inscription 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of V90 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Volvo V90

    2020 Volvo V90 Overview

    The 2020 Volvo V90 is offered in the following submodels: V90 Wagon. Available styles include T6 R-Design 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T6 Inscription 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A), T5 R-Design 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and T5 Inscription 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Volvo V90?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Volvo V90 and all its trim types. 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 V90.

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    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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    2020 Volvo V90 T6 Inscription 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A)

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