The 2018 Volvo V90 is the culmination of all the knowledge that Volvo has gathered since its first wagon, the Duett, was introduced in 1953. It's functional and stylish, and it comes with a bunch of standard safety features. And along with the S90 sedan and XC90 SUV, it represents Volvo's attempt at the luxury segment.
The V90 comes in two trims, the R-Design and Inscription. These designations are mainly style differentiators. Physically, the R-Design features a sportier suspension calibration, while the Inscription comes with heated and ventilated seats. Visually, the R-Design is dark, with carbon-fiber and aluminum accents, while the Inscription is warm, with woods and leather.
From there, you can have your V90 in either of two powertrains, the T5 and T6. The T5 comes with a turbocharged inline-four that produces 250 hp and powers the front wheels through an eight-speed transmission. The T6 uses a turbocharged and supercharged inline-four that produces 316 hp, and it powers all four wheels through an eight-speed transmission.
Regardless of trim or powertrain, all V90s come equipped with features that are optional on far pricier cars. Volvo's Pilot Assist, blind-spot monitoring, navigation, four-zone climate control, and 19-inch wheels are all standard, for example. Pilot Assist consists of a radar-based adaptive cruise control system and a camera-based lane keeping system to keep the car centered in its lane and a safe distance away from a lead car.
The gigantic screen in the center of the dash is where the command center of the car is. It's how you interact with all the safety functions, climate control, navigation and connectivity systems. Oh and the radio, too. We're not going to lie: The system is overwhelming, but understanding how the Sensus system and mobile phone integration works is what will take your Volvo experience to another level.
Thankfully, the rest of the interior is calm and inviting, with quality materials and construction throughout. The 60/40-split rear seats fold flat, and there's a pass-through in the center seat for long items such as skis. A feature we really like is the optional booster seat. The outer two rear seat positions can be optioned with fold-down booster seats, helping children transfer from riding in baby seats to regular seats.
No matter which version you like, let Edmunds help you find or build the perfect 2018 Volvo V90 or V90 Cross Country.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.