2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD
Pros : dandified design outside and in, above normal roadholding and stopping performance
Cons : dense driving, structure feels less than resolute, mild four cylinder
The brand-new Volvo S90 with cleanable formations that flow smoothly from nose to tail and a coupelike roofline, the S90 looks stylish without any visual performances. It does have a large performance of the conventional Volvo opening, but it’s tastefully alloyed into a cleanable nose with harmoniously caused breeze intakes and lights. The S90 does have its own lightening names, with daytime running lights in a Thor’s striker design within the light machines and unique lamps. The Scandinavian furnishing style known as Danish contemporary relies on axenic, plain, yet beautifully killed shapes rather than complex designs, and the S90, appropriately enough, continues this practice.
Inside, the Volvo maintains this design formulation, with a simple dashboard design that is less clarify than those of its oppositions, although it’s not as thin as Scandinavian furnishing once was. There’s a good concoction of light and Acheronian leather, matte-finished open-pore wood cut, and fancify aluminum. The retractile, multipanel woody cover that hides the cupholders and charge venue is a particularly affluent execution. Perhaps the S90’s superior indoor discrimination is its vertically lied LCD center-stack infotainment surface, which operates much like a tablet. As you stroke among its surfaces, you command almost everything in the vehicle there’s only a thin part of buttons below the surface so you’ll need to get acquainted with a touchscreen if you’re not already.
Possessors will have to disburse some moment to rise its learning formation, just as with a tablet, swiping side to side as well as moving down from the top or up from the bottom is demanded to navigate all of the menus. The produced owner’s manual is none too helpful in this detail, so appoint your merchant carefully or be prepared to disburse some moment with the video sessions for the vehicle. At the same moment, you can learn about some of the S90’s other different commands, such as the projection that starts and stops the motor, the barrel caused thumbwheel that selects the drive method, and the trip computer reset button at the extremity of the turn signal stalk. The gauge cluster is another surface, with bewitching contents of the devices and user friendly space in between to display a map, turn-by-turn paths, a phone menu, and different sound-system functions.
The S90 also takes a different automatic route by believing exclusively on four-cylinder engines. The T6 writing model we rode for this experiment is the top cut stage until a hybrid bred T8 arrives next year. It has the more mighty 316-hp model of the Volvo’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, supplied with both a turbocharger and a compressor, joined to an all wheel drive system. Just about every vehicle in this collection uses a four-cylinder as its base engine, but Volvo’s pledge to headdress its engines at a limit of four solids precludes the six and even eight cylinder motors as options given by most of the competition.
The last Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC we try out had a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with 13 horses more than the Volvo but a momentous 59 lb-ft force benefit. As a phenomenon, it knocked 60 mph 0.6 ordinal fast than this Volvo’s 5.6 seconds, and the Benz kept moving away, collection a 3.7 second govern over the S90’s 26.2 second zero-to-130-mph moment. And the Mercedes was more than 200 pounds dense than the Volvo’s admirably light 4037 pound restrain weight. On the other extremity, the Volvo is fast than our current four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz E300 4MATIC that needed 6.5 seconds to find 60 mph. The S90’s performance is beautiful much in the Pre-Raphaelite with the most new figures we saved for the all-wheel-drive versions of the Audi A6 3.0T, the BMW 535i, and the Cadillac CTS 3.6. Thanks to the compressor, valve consequence is good, even from a finish stop, and passing acceleration with the support of a transmission kickdown is also respectable.
The Volvo’s four-banger also sounds beautiful far away, although most of our sound measurements are one decibel or so big than its oppositions. Moreover, the standard of its sound reveals the S90’s scarcity of oxidation architects. At full valve and high rate, the engine sounds satisfactory, undoubtedly increased by some audio semblance. But when you perceive tufts of motor sound at part valve, the sound is more a mild drone than a turbine like speaking. We suspect that many customers in this part pay for oppositions’ six-cylinder engine options as much for the more admirable sound standard as for the increased performance, and the S90 doesn’t offer that alternative. The S90 T6 squeezes an EPA combined 25 mpg beats 2016 Mercedes E400 and Audi A6 and BMW 535i. In our experimenting, prejudiced even more heavily than is our standard toward energetic effort on back anchorages, we totalled 22 mpg.