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Volvo S90: The flagship saloon from Scandinavia

Replacing the old and staid S80 sedan in its line-up, the Volvo S90 is the new flagship saloon from the Scandinavia-based automaker. Where the S80 sedan from earlier days had a somewhat uninspiring design, the new S90 takes its inspiration from the XC90 SUV.

Moreover, the S90 is based on the SPA architecture and happens to have a lot of components shared with the XC90 SUV, while the design language on both cars is similar as well.Where the S90’s mainstream rivals offer a blend of sportiness with luxury, Volvo’s emphasis here is strictly based on sheer opulence.

The S90 is the second modern Volvo launched after the takeover by Chinese car producer – Geely, and with most car buyers comfortable in the back seat, the S90 is sure to have an impact on the luxury sedan segment, given its terrific price tag. So, let’s take a look at what the Volvo S90 brings to the table.


As mentioned earlier, the Volvo S90 now follows a design language that’s similar to the XC90 SUV. The main highlight at the front is the use of sleek headlamps with signature ‘Thor hammer’ LED DRLs. The multiple-bar grille gels well with the overall front-end too. In profile, the 18-inch wheels fill the arches very well. The massive C-shaped LED taillamps at the rear combined with a sharp character line on the boot give the rear a distinctive appeal.

As for the overall dimensions, the S90 measures in a length of 4,963mm, 1,879mm in width and stands 1,443mm tall. It has a wheelbase that stretches to 2,941mm while it sits on 18-inch alloy wheels. Moreover, the lower-spec S90 has a kerb weight of 2,962kg and a fuel tank capacity of 55-litres.

Under the hood, the S90 comes with a sole diesel engine. It’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder oil burner, which is good for 190bhp and 400Nm of torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as a sole fitment. Moreover, it is compliant with the stringent BS-VI emission norms. The diesel engine might not be the most enthusiastic in nature, but it responds well to throttle inputs. Having said that, the refined is nothing short of impressive and the engine remains buttery smooth throughout the rev range.


Since it’s available with just a sole engine-gearbox combination, the fuel-efficiency figure for the Volvo S90 is fixed at 18km/l. In a real-world scenario, however, expect it to deliver somewhere around 11-12km/l.


Just like any other Volvo, the S90, too, gets an extensive feature list. As discussed above, it gets full-LED headlamps with LED DRLs on the front, LED taillamps at the rear, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

On the inside, it gets our-zone climate control, powered boot lid, Apple Car Play, a Bowers & Wilkins 19-speaker 1400-watt audio system, LED headlamps, Nappa leather, 12.3-inch driver instrument cluster display, ventilated front seats with heating and cooling functions, and a head-up display. You also get electrically-adjustable front seats, an electric sunroof, and adaptive cruise control amongst other segment standard features.


The S90, as of early-2020, comes in four shades, namely, Magic Blue Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Black Metallic, and Mussel Blue Metallic.


All the details regarding the Volvo S90, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Volvo S90is available in two variants, both in the samediesel-automatic configuration. The prices start at Rs. 51.90 lakhs for the Momentum D4 variant going all the way to Rs. 58.90lakhs for the Inscription D4 variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

Ayush Khanna is an automobile journalist. Born and residing in the capital state of India, he has a knack for driving and testing cars and bikes to their extreme limits. He enjoys his time writing and travelling which is well suited for his profession. He also loves to work out after the office hours and watch Cricket in his free time.

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