2018 Volvo S90

Sporting a style all its own allows the Volvo S90 to stand out from the dominant luxury-brand status quo. Its interior design is as simplistic and elegant as the exterior and provides acres of passenger space in both front and rear seats. The S90 serves as a rolling technology showcase, too, as Volvo has equipped it with futuristic driver-assistance features and offers a unique turbocharged and supercharged engine in addition to a plug-in hybrid version with usable electric-only driving range. If the S90’s ride and handling were as refined as the rest of the car, it would create even more of a disruption in this highly competitive field of luxury sedans. Still, Volvo’s goal to create a safe and comfortable driving experience is noble, and the S90 comes in such a stylish wrapper that it’s easy to understand why it’s so appealing.

What’s New for 2018?

All S90’s receive a 4.7-inch stretch, and almost all of that extra length goes to the rear passenger compartment to add legroom. Optional heated and ventilated rear seats and sunshades for the rear windows allow passengers to luxuriate in comfort and privacy. A large panoramic sunroof is now standard across the lineup, which now includes a T8 plug-in hybrid model that produces 400 horsepower from its gasoline-electric powertrain. The Sensus Connect infotainment system receives some improvements to its hardware and software, and the S90’s list of active safety features grows to include oncoming lane mitigation and blind-spot monitoring with active steering assist. The base T5 powertrain is no longer offered on the Inscription trim level but can now be equipped with all-wheel drive.

What Was New for 2017?

The S90 was an all-new, range-topping sedan in the Volvo lineup, and it serves as the brand’s ambassador to luxury-car buyers in a way its predecessor, the S80, never could. It borrows its design language from the brand’s top SUV offering, the XC90, including its Thor’s Hammer headlamps and exquisitely appointed interior. Volvo’s commitment to high tech continues with the S90, which offers adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode, automated emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist.

Trims and Options We’d Choose

Volvo has increased the price on Momentum trims by $1150 and added $3150 to the T6 Inscription’s base price. For that extra coin, buyers are treated to palatial rear-seat space and a standard panoramic sunroof. We’d go with the T5 Momentum, which starts at $49,095. To that, we’d gladly add $750 for heated front seats and a heated steering wheel and would also plop down $1000 for the Momentum Plus package, which adds:

• Four-zone automatic climate control
• Adaptive headlamps with integrated washers
• A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster

The sticker price of our front-wheel-drive S90 T5 Momentum is $50,845; all-wheel drive is new to the T5 powertrain for 2018 and adds $2200 to the MSRP.