VOLVO

VOLVO V90 ESTATE 2.0 B4P R DESIGN 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2158 g/km

SAUCY SWEDE?

June Neary and family check out Volvo's spacious V90 estate

Will It Suit Me?

As a family, we've always thought an estate car would suit us. And in this day and age of fast motorways, town congestion and sheer volume of traffic, we're tempted to invest more money in a family car than we've done in the past for the extra peace of mind that superior build quality brings. The latest generation Volvo V90 estate that I was driving recently appealed to me far more than I expected it to. After all, it looks like a Volvo, solid and dependable - but not quite as dull as the V70 model it replaced.

Practicalities

Volvos are nothing if not practical. Five passengers will travel in complete comfort and the boot space will swallow up a fair bit of kit, too. The driving position is well thought out, with all the buttons and switches close to hand and easy to identify. My first impressions were that the rear end of this V90 looked a little more sleeker than before but it was clear that Volvo hasn't been diverted from this car's raison d'etre - lugging gear. There's a class-competitive 560-litres of virgin space back there and a massive space can be liberated if you fold the rear seats down and stack your cargo to the roofline. The total cargo capacity is though, 110-litres shy of what you'd get in a Mercedes E-Class Estate. Still, forget the numbers and just enjoy the usability: the cargo divider that raises out of the boot floor; and the way that you can raise that floor on little struts so that muddy items can foul a part of the cargo area which can afterwards be shut away out of sight if you can't be bothered to clean it. You get a proper spare wheel beneath the boot floor (Mercedes take note); there's a ski hatch for long narrow items; an optional retractable tow bar can spring out at the press of a button; and there are more buttons to help you retract the rear seat head restraints and seat backs. Activate them and a completely flat cargo area is revealed. Ok, so at 1,526-litres in size, it's the smallest area on offer in this class, but we don't think many potential owners will mind too much. Those who do will be directed towards Volvo's XC90 SUV, which offers up to 1,868-litres. On to safety, which as you'd expect is a Volvo strongpoint, a subtle reminder of the fact found with the 'Since 1959' references on the seatbelt buckles, this being the year that the brand invented the three-point seatbelt we all now use. Today, the company's continues its safety ambitions with the most daring and far-reaching safety objective in the industry: that by 2020, no one should ever be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. Ramping up to that means the need for a whole new level of safety in the company's future models, a process that starts in this V90 with two segment-unique 'Intellisafe' features that are standard across the range. 'Run off road protection' detects that you've lost control and left the road, pre-tensioning the seatbelts and priming the standard seven airbags (twin front, side and curtain 'bags, plus a driver's knee 'bag). What's unique about this set-up though is that if the car's launched into the air and thumps down - as often happens in such a situation - a little mini shock absorber in the front seat frame protects your body from the damage that might otherwise be inflicted upon your lower spine, while Volvo's usual 'WHIPS' protection guards against whiplash on your neck.

Behind the Wheel

For a larger car than I'm used to, the V90 handled beautifully. The power steering felt to me a bit lighter than I might have expected in a heavy estate like this, but it's responsive and relaxing. There's a choice of B4, B5 and B6 petrol units respectively developing 190, 250 and 310hp. And B4 and B5 diesels, respectively developing either 197 or 235hp, the latter unit featuring the security of AWD. With both diesel engines, there's also the option of 'Cross Country'-spec models that have AWD, a 65mm higher ride height and a wider track. At the top of the range sits the T8 Twin Engine petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model. This delivers a 303hp output plus an 87hp electric boost, the combined total offering a thumping 640Nm of torque. 62mph from rest is dispatched in under 6s. All the engines, as usual with the brand, are 2.0-litres and four cylinders in size. As before, all V90s will be ordered with smooth 8-speed auto transmission. On the move, you aren't served up anything that encourages much driving involvement -blame the rather vague steering for that - but in compensation, there's unruffled poise and exemplary refinement. You get supple standards of ride comfort from the soft suspension too and there's the option of rear air suspension if you want it. A standard 'Drive Mode Settings' driving dynamics system allows you to tailor throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. And if you do push on a bit, grip and traction are actually quite impressive and cornering body roll decently well controlled.

Value For Money

Prices start at just over £40,000 for the entry-level B4 diesel and B4 petrol models. That represents a premium of £2,000 over the S90 saloon variant. Figures elsewhere in the range swell up towards and just over the £50,000 mark, as you'd expect from a car in this class aiming to go up alongside full-sized executive segment rivals like BMW's 5 Series Touring, Audi's A6 Avant and Mercedes latest E-Class Estate. There's also the option of 'Cross Country'-spec models that have AWD, a 65mm higher ride height and a wider track. You'll need around £60,000 for the plug-in hybrid T8 variants. With the B5 diesel most V90 buyers will choose, expect around 45mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and well under 150g/km of CO2. Inevitably, these figures take a tumble in the more powerful B5 petrol variant; there, you're looking at around 35mpg and around 155g/km. If you want to do significantly better in a petrol V90, you'll need to look at the top T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid model, which delivers around 50g/km of CO2 and up to 26 miles of pure electric driving range.

Could I Live With One?

The V90 is an impressive executive contender that's also an admirable family car. If, like me, you're into 'need not speed', then this estate should suit you beautifully, meeting day to day needs while still offering a reasonable level of driving enjoyment. I could certainly live with this Volvo.

  • Heated washer nozzles
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation

  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Hill start assist

  • Sports floor mats

  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Connection

  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Drive mode settings
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Lane keep assist with driver alert control
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Intellisafe Assist (Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control)

  • Handsfree bootlid opening/closing
  • Power operated tailgate

  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • 9" centre console touch screen

  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • High gloss black door mirrors and window surround
  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors

  • Metal mesh inlays
  • Tailored Instrument Panel and Door Tops with Contrast Stitching

  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)

  • High gloss black lower front bumper
  • Visible VIN plate
  • High gloss black rear bumper deco
  • Integrated roof rails in high gloss black
  • High gloss black mesh front grille with silk metal surround
  • Illuminated front and rear tread plates
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler

  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Puddle lights in exterior door handles
  • LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
  • Active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Rear LED lights with sequential indicators
  • Headlight cleaning system

  • B Pillar ventilation

  • Black headlining
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Load cover
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Ski hatch
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Load protection net
  • Front/rear door pockets and front cupholder illumination
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • Sport pedals
  • Illuminated tailgate
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Integrated sun curtains in rear doors
  • 12V socket in Front + rear tunnel console and cargo area
  • Driver's side lower dashboard storage compartment
  • Cargo divider with grocery bag holder
  • Sports gear knob
  • Center Console Cupholders and Storage

  • Front centre armrest storage illumination
  • Ambient door and instrument panel lighting
  • Front footwell and side step illumination
  • Multicolour theatre lights
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Front/rear reading lights

  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Active bonnet
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • Road sign information display
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length

  • Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • Power Folding Rear Seat Backrests and Headrests
  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40
  • Extended front seat cushions
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats

  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for tailgate
  • Care key with user defined top speed
  • Keyless drive with Keyless entry and start

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 158

  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 34E
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Badge Power: 197
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: R Design
  • Coin Description: B4P
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8

  • Engine Power - BHP: 197
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 145
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 255/40 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Length: 4936
  • Width: 1895
  • Wheelbase: 2941
  • Width (including mirrors): 2019
  • Height: 1475

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 723
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1526
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1756
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2350
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 594

  • Laminated rear and side windows: £750

  • Lowered sport chassis: Included
  • Active four C chassis - Four corner adaptive dampers with two corner rear electronic air suspension: £1,500

  • Wireless/Inductive Mobile Phone Charging: £225

  • Rear park assist camera: Included
  • 360 degree surround view parking camera: £525
  • Front and rear park assist: Included

  • Head up display in windscreen: £750
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto + 2 USB: £300

  • Sensus connect high performance sound with connected service booking , USB,10 speakers/330W output: Included

  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof: £1,325
  • Premium metallic paint: £1,000
  • Metallic paint: £700
  • Solid paint: Included

  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter: Included

  • Contour sports seats with nappa leather/nubuck upholstery: Included
  • Perforated front and nappa soft leather contour sports upholstery: £1,050
  • Off-black finish in steering wheel: Included
  • Dual tone - blond/off-black finish in steering wheel: £0

  • Climate pack - V90 (when chosen with integrated child seat): £500
  • Climate pack - V90 (when chosen with Head Up Display): £500
  • Climate pack - V90 (when chosen with integrated child seat and Head Up Display): £500
  • Climate pack - V90: £500
  • Driver assist pack - V90: £500
  • Power seat pack - V90: £400
  • Tech - Harman Kardon - V90: £850
  • Tech - Bowers and Wilkins - V90: £3,000
  • Lounge pack - V90: £2,125

  • Metallic - Maple brown: £700
  • Metallic - Pine grey: £700
  • Metallic - Birch light: £700
  • Metallic - Pebble grey: £700
  • Metallic - Bright silver: £700
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £700
  • Metallic - Thunder grey: £700
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £700
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £700

  • Solid - Ice white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £1,000

  • Power child locks: £85
  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors: Included

  • Passenger seat with power height adjustment and multi directional lumbar support: Included
  • 2 Stage integrated child seat for outer rear seats: £300

  • Retractable towbar: £1,125

  • Contour sports seats nappa leather/nubuck - Charcoal: £0
  • Perforated front and nappa soft leather contour sports seats - Blond: £1,050
  • Perforated front and nappa soft leather contour sports seats - Charcoal: £1,050

  • 20'' 5 double spoke diamond cut black alloy wheels: £800
  • 21'' 5 double spoke diamond cut black alloy wheels: £1,800
  • 19'' 5 spoke diamond cut matt black alloy wheels: Included

  • Tempa spare wheel and jack: £150
  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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