When it comes to safety, Volvo is the one car maker that goes above and beyond the bare minimum requirements. To Volvo, the makings of a safe car is more than just scoring five stars in Euro NCAP. This is a manufacturer that drops brand new cars from the sky 30 metres high and also sends their engineers in person to accident sites to study the cause and effect of accidents, the results of which contribute to the design of future Volvo cars.

S90 T5 Momentum

Interior of the S90’s cabin embodies the philosophy of Scandinavian design, expressing luxury through classy minimalism.

S90 T8 Inscription Plus

Discreet visual upgrades, subtly indicating its offering as the highest luxury grade Volvo has to offer.

Elegance to the Forefront

Recent offerings in various premium segments have been geared heavily toward dynamics and sportiness. Sport packages replete with flared bumpers, massive rims, and firm suspensions have become the norm.

Thanks to Intellisafe, the S90 is able to recognize a variety of obstacles and able to autonomously stop or steer its way around hazards.

The car that keeps you in line. Not only can the S90 keep you within your lane, it actually has Road Edge Detection to keep you from driving off the road.

The S90 watches your back. If an impending rear collision is detected, the brake lights immediately flash to warn the approaching driver. Bracing for impact, the seat belts tighten and brakes activate to minimize further impact.

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“They are different from every other car maker out there. They set out to create their own solution to the infotainment system, and I think they’ve done a very good job.”

- Bobby

Auto braking may have become commonplace, but Volvo has further developed its system to recognize pedestrians, cyclists, even large animals. Oncoming cars too!

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“I’m not so stressed. I’m not as worried, because I know someone is keeping an eye on things for me, while I just put my hands on the steering wheel, just in case something happens. I get to enjoy my driving more.”

- Bobby

In a segment over-populated by ‘sporty’ offerings, the Volvo S90 brings us back to the true essence of luxury.

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LUXURY

Amidst this race to outdo each other’s sporting credentials, the Volvo S90 stands out with a renewed focus on refinement and craftsmanship whilst sitting on top of sophisticated underpinnings and offering exhilarating performance.

The S90’s design personifies stately elegance.

S90 T5 Momentum

Tastefully appointed to exude an aura of understated grace

12.3” TFT Adaptive Digital Display.

S90 T8 Inscription Plus

Illuminated Orrefors Crystal Electronic Gear Shifter features improved design from early models.

Linear Walnut Décor inlay adds warmth to cabin’s superb craftsmanship.

Safety as the Basis of Luxury

“Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain, safety.”

- Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, founders of Volvo, 1927

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Whilst there is no doubt that active and advanced safety in automobiles have improved tremendously across all brands, Volvo continues to pave the way with features that cater for scenarios other car makers did not even think of.

SOLID FUNDAMENTALS

Following the XC90, the S90 was Volvo’s first sedan model to utilize the company’s new generation Scalable Product Architecture, or better known as the SPA platform.

 

The platform was designed with a future of electrification in mind, and it thus seamlessly accommodates the S90 T8’s highly-sophisticated plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

DYNAMICS

balanced weight distribution, lower CG

Front double wishbone suspension for best balance of ride comfort and sharp handling.

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“Volvo’s leaf spring is mounted transversely, where the leaf is fixed in the middle. It is the bending at the edges that take the load of the springs. Each wheel remains independently sprung, but the spring has been compressed into two flexible side. The advantage of this setup is that it is way more space-saving than a regular coil spring setup.”

- Kon

ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE

The S90 T8 features the sophisticated Twin Engine plug-in hybrid system that gives the range-topping variant an unrivalled package of performance and efficiency. Designed for seamless integration with the S90’s SPA platform, the Twin Engine PHEV system is developed fully in-house by Volvo, ensuring more reliable integration between the system’s various parts.

2.0-litre turbo + supercharged petrol engine, 320hp, 400Nm

407hp, 604Nm net system output, Electronic AWD

Electric motor, 80hp, 240Nm

0 – 100km/h

4.8 seconds

FUEL CONSUMPTION

2.0 litres/100km

CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSION46g/km

0-100km/h

BMW i8

RM1.38 mil

Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

RM845K

4.5 seconds

Lexus LC 500

RM1.2 mil

4.7 seconds

Volvo S90 T8

RM350k – RM369k

4.8 seconds

Porsche Panamera

RM859K

5.5 seconds

OUTPUTS

Lexus LC 400

Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

435hp

Volvo S90 T8

407hp

BMW i8

374hp

Porsche Panamera

330hp

470hp

OUR VERDICT

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“The moment I get into this car, it’s so soothing, so comfortable. For daily driving, it’s so damn nice!”

- Bobby

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“If there was a car I would get, which gives me a true luxury feel, I think this S90 would be it.”

- Thana

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“It’s smooth. It’s pleasant. It’s intuitive, and it makes sure you as a driver can focus drive safely. Doesn’t mean it’s slow, because it’s not a slow car at all!”

- Chu Yang

4.4 seconds

PACKAGING

minimal intrusion into passenger or boot space

SAFETY

best protection from crash damage

UNIQUE

configuration used by no other car maker

S90 T5 MOMENTUM and S90 T8 INSCRIPTION

Integral link rear suspension with composite transverse leaf spring. Transverse leaf spring is a lighter, more space-efficient replacement of the coil spring that also conveniently doubles up as the anti-roll bar.

Centre-mounted li-ion battery

S90 T8 INSCRIPTION PLUS

Corner Air Suspension makes for an even more comfortable ride over rough roads and a suspension that will adapt better to a greater variety of conditions.

Dynamics Is Under the Skin

Beneath its formal suit, the S90 packs formidable muscle, offering the choice of either proven internal combustion power or the cutting-edge sophistication of plug-in hybrid technology.

Despite its positioning as the entry model, the S90 T5 Momentum’s performance ranks favourably against its competitors. Its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produces a class-competitive 254hp and 350Nm, enough to propel the S90 T5 from 0 to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds.

T5 2.0-litre petrol

“Thor Hammer” DRLs provide distinctive illumination signature. Full LED headlamps include Active High Beam and Active Bending Lights.

Restrained applications of chrome give the T8 a classy visual upgrade over the T5.

Iron Ore décor inlay projects ambience of modern sophistication.

Acoustics of the S90 is optimized to allow the Bowers & Wilkins speakers the best possible sound quality. They say it feels like you’re listening to the orchestra in person.

PRICE

Volvo S90 T5 – 2.0-litre turbo

BMW 530e – 2.0-litre turbo PHEV

RM317K

Mercedes-Benz E 200 – 2.0-litre Turbo

RM318K

RM320K

OUTPUTS

Volvo S90 T5 – 2.0-litre turbo

BMW 530e – 2.0-litre turbo PHEV

Mercedes-Benz E 200 – 2.0-litre Turbo

350Nm

420Nm

320Nm

0 - 100km/h

Volvo S90 T5 – 2.0-litre turbo

BMW 530e – 2.0-litre turbo PHEV

6.2 seconds

Mercedes-Benz E 200 – 2.0-litre Turbo

7.5 seconds

6.8 seconds

Fuel Consumption (Combined Cycle)

Volvo S90 T5 – 2.0-litre turbo

BMW 530e – 2.0-litre turbo PHEV

2.0l/100km

Mercedes-Benz E 200 – 2.0-litre Turbo

7.0l/100km

7.0l/100km

CO2

Volvo S90 T5 – 2.0-litre turbo

BMW 530e – 2.0-litre turbo PHEV

46g/km

Mercedes-Benz E 200 – 2.0-litre Turbo

164g/km

159g/km

252hp

197hp

254hp