2019 Volvo V90 Review
Which V90 does Edmunds recommend?
The V90 Inscription T6 will suit most buyers. The T6's twin-charged four-cylinder engine (supercharged and turbocharged) delivers a boost in power that pairs nicely with the V90's refined ride and handling. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive for sure-footed capability in all seasons.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
- For 2019, the V90 gets more standard features
- Part of the second V90 generation introduced for 2018
The V90 provides ample oomph for the daily commute along with predictable and confident stopping power. A soft ride makes for somewhat floaty handling, but you'd only notice if you're trying to set a lap record. This smooth-operating luxury wagon delivers the driving experience you'd expect.
The feel of the interior matches the chic design, provided you tick the right options. We recommend the premium leather, the powerful seat massage and the air suspension, but skip the 20-inch wheels if you prioritize ride quality over style. Smaller wheels should reduce the impacts and thunks we noticed.
The unique design makes a good first impression, but the glossy black plastic quickly attracts smudges. Still, this is an elegant-looking and pleasing place to sit, a sensation bolstered by easy entry and exit, intuitive controls, a commanding view of the road ahead, and a strong sense of spaciousness.
The V90 delivers the versatility you expect from a wagon. It has SUV-rivaling storage space and a host of clever options, such as a grocery bag holder and a steel guard that protects passengers from sliding cargo. The optional two-height rear booster seats are a novel idea. Interior storage is adequate.
The digital displays are clear and easy to read, and phone integration is as simple as plugging in a cable. The high-end optional stereo system is among the finest we've sampled. Most advanced driver aids function well, but we had trouble with lane keeping assist and the auto parking system.
Most helpful consumer reviews
T5 R-Design 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
This car completely surprised me with the options and features it offers and of course the safety is perfection. Great gas mileage, great performance plus it drives itself. The built-in booster seats in the rear are a great option for kids. I have gotten tons of compliments on this car.
T5 Inscription 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Just leased a 2019 V90 Cross Country equipped with the “Advanced” package, which includes a ton of safety features not included as standard with this model. A real pleasure to drive, a solid, well-built wagon not to be confused with a SUV, cross-over, or the like. AWD, and rather mediocre fuel mileage reflects this...mid-20s mpg in city, near 30 on freeways. But the driver/passenger safety and security of this vehicle trumps any other shortfalls, as minimal as they are. More than adequate performance, but can be enhanced by choosing “Dynamic” driving mode. All in all, a quality car with an excellent mfr. pedigree.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the V90 models:
- 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.