2020 Volvo V90

Rating7.7

Ranked #3 in Midsize Wagon

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Starting MSRP 

$53,450 - $59,450

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Key Spec of 2020 Volvo V90
fuel economy

23/27/35

fuel type

Premium unleaded (required)

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2020 Volvo V90 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 22, 2022

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The Volvo V90 wagon serves as a premier luxury option for those who don't want to buy a flashy three-row SUV. Compared to other wagons, the V90 doesn't offer as much cargo space but it takes care of its occupants by offering class-leading comfort. The seats are magnificent and the interior feels airy.


ProsConsWhat's New

Contemporary exterior design

Lack of standard AWD

No major changes from its predecessor

Good fuel economy figures for a luxury wagon

Hesitant transmission (when you mash the gas pedal a little too hard)

High quality materials used

Over All Rating

7.7

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature6.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy7.90
Interior7.50
Exterior8.00
Safety6.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#3 in Midsize Wagon

#6 in Wagon


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Trims

T5 Inscription$53,450 onwards

T6 R-Design$57,450 onwards

  • Leather Seat trim
  • Metal mesh inlays
  • R-Design steering wheel

T6 Inscription$59,450 onwards

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 19-inch 10-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Color coordinated rear view caps
  • Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Linear walnut wood inlays


Colors and Styles

2020 Volvo V90 in Black Metallic color
Black Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The main attractions of Volvo V90 are its state-of-the-art systems: a semi autonomous drive mode and a snappy infotainment system. But when it comes to driving manners, the V90 might disappoint you a bit. The V90 is better known for its hushed manners, so don’t expect some great action as you pin the throttle to the floor.

The V90 carries a signature Scandinavian design. It doesn’t brag to be a “performance crossover”. The V90 wagon competes against the likes of Audi Allroad, Mercedes Benz E450 and Subaru Outback.

2020 Volvo V90 Angular Front View
2020 Volvo V90 Angular Rear View

Features
8.0/10

2020 Volvo V90 is offered in 4 trim levels. Even the base R-Design model is equipped with the quintessential luxury materials. The higher-spec Inscription brings in goodies that are meant to spoil you with comfort and convenience. AWD is available in both these trims when equipped with the AWD system, the V90 wagon is tuned to produce 316 hp (66 hp more).

Trim

T5 R-Design

T5 Inscription

T6 R-Design

T6 Inscription

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

MSRP

$51,450

$53,450

$57,450

$36,795

Key Features

Includes these key features:

Includes T5 R-Design key features and adds:

Includes T5 R-Design features and adds:

Includes T5 Inscription features and adds:

 

Harman/Kardon Premium Brand Speakers plus 14 Speakers

Heated Steering Wheel

2.0 Liter Twin charged engine

2.0 Liter Twin charged engine

 

Keyless Ignition

Bucket Front Seats

316 hp

316 hp

 

Four Zone Climate Control

Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat

   
 

Rear View Camera

Premium Leather

   
 

Interior Air Filtration

8 -Way Power Driver/Passenger Seat

   
 

Heated Windscreen

Ventilated Driver/ Passenger Seat

   

We Recommend

If you are going to use the V90 wagon in town, stick to the FWD models. The T5 Inscription trim comes loaded with all the features that you would appreciate in the luxury wagon of this class. For folks who need to drive in the snow a lot, we would suggest the AWD models for better traction.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

A turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder sounds complicated, but Volvo's runs effortlessly on the road. It reacts quickly when you hit the gas and delivers strong power at low engine speeds. The V90 has no problem merging onto the freeway or making a pass. It exhibited respectable acceleration during testing.-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Volvo V90 comes with two engine options T5 and T6. The T5 trims are offered in FWD configuration. The V90, when in T5 guise produces 250-hp from its turbocharged 2.0-liter and comes mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. In the T6 guise, AWD is standard and the engine is twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) to produce 316 hp.

Under the long hood, the V90's 2.0-liter maintains very hushed manners. This inline-four engine isn't designed to offer a rewarding driving experience but offers something more refinement throughout the engine's power band. The engine boasts off compact packaging and a lower center of gravity.

For those of you, not satisfied with the T5 engine's output. A big wagon like V90 feels more at home with the twin-charged engine that produces 316 hp. The additional power makes merging and passing easier than before.

Models

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

MSRP

$52,445

$27,320

$37,400

$39,895

$64,200

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.5L flat4 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Biturbo

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

7 Speed S Tronic

8 Speed automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

250 hp@ 5500rpm

175 hp@ 5800rpm

248 hp@ 5,000-6,000 rpm

250 hp@ 5500rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

174 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1,600-4,500 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

369 lb-ft @1,800 4,500 rpm

In comparison to the V90 R-Design competitors, the V90 has a decent power output. The Mercedes-Benz steals the show with a vigorous 3.0 L V6 engine that produces a whopping 362 hp. But, comparing the Inscription model with 315 hp, the V90 seems to be in the competition, leaving out the Audi A4 All road Premium and the Subaru Outback behind.

Acceleration

Let's face it, the Volvo V90 was never meant to burn rear tires and smash the quarter-mile time that your neighbor with muscle car posted at the dragstrip. The V90's engine has enough steam to take care of your daily driving requirements. Should you require more pony power, then the T6 version is your key to a slightly faster Volvo.

Be prepared for some sloppy work from the 8-speed automatic. It doesn't like to be stressed. As long as you want to cruise comfortably, the V90 will comply with all your wishes. And if you are in the habit of mashing the pedal to the metal then your money would be better spent with the Mercedes E Class wagon.

Models

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

0-60 MPH

N/A

9.5 sec

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

17.4 sec

N/A

15.3 sec

N/A sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.5L flat4 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

The new V90 is the longest car in this segment. Considering that it just moves right around the corners. The all-wheel-drive trim keeps the car planted on the road. The steering is nimble and you can feel decent amount of feedback from the road. Its numbers are impressive! With 0.92 g of grip, the V90 can take on a sports sedan around the corners.

The V90 performs well is all terrains and feels quite at home. With the optional air suspensions for the rear wheels, you make the ride more comfortable for venerable roads outside the city.

The V90 is not beating the Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic anytime soon, with a bigger engine and bigger in every aspect, the Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic has an upper hand on the spec list. But, the Volvo V90 beats the Audi and Subaru easily.

Braking

The braking data for 2020 Volvo V90 is currently unavailable. The V90 wagon offers moderate braking performance for this segment. The T6 trims are equipped with standard AWD for better traction at any driving scenario. The skidpad shows good promise with the V90, the figures actually make it rival many sports sedan

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

Brake Front (in.)

13.6

12.4

12.4

12.7

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

11.8

11.8

12.6

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3897

3624

3450

3749

4299

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

129

N/A

126

108

Fuel Economy
7.9/10

The Volvo V90 R-design is one of the better-looking wagons out there. It also offers the most smiles per gallon. Mileage rating at 24 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway, there is no beating the 2018 Volvo V90. The car of such size and power, it is incredible to see such figures.

The closest competitor is Audi A4 All road Premium with 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the Highway. The Subaru and Mercedes-Benz fall behind because of the big engine and higher capacity of 3.0 L.

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

MPG (city)

23

25

27

24

19

MPG (highway)

35

32

34

36

25

MPG (combined)

27

28

30

28

21

Range (miles) (city/highway)

334/508

463/592

N/A

348/522

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.5

18.5

15.3

14.5

21.1

And when we compare it to the other wagons, it easy to find that turbocharged engines are more frugal. Volkswagen Golf SportWagen scores a combined mpg of 30 while bettering Audi Allroad's score by a margin of 2 mpg. The Subaru Outback and Volvo V60 offer an identical combined mpg of 28.

Interior
7.5/10

A rich assortment of high-quality materials, elegant styling, and sumptuous seats help make the V90's cabin one of the best in the class. Shoppers can select from top-shelf options such as walnut, dark flame birch, carbon fiber, and grained leather.-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The Volvo V90 comes with the best in class interior quality. The Elegant looking interior with modern tech and Scandinavian design makes it the best place to be in. The natural wood in combination with metal pieces will make you feel rich and your eyes sparkle.

The seats are the most comfortable ones you'll find in any car. The long-wheelbase gives the rear passengers ample amount of room to spread their legs. The optional features like heated and ventilated seats with massaging front seats will add up to your comfort level.

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/57.5/42.2

40.8/58.1/42.9

38.9/55.9/41.3

37.4/56.1/42.3

37.5/57.8/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/55.9/35.9

38.9/57.3/38.1

37.4/54.5/35.7

38.1/54.5/35.2

39.6/57.1/35.8

Infotainment System

The Volvo V90 comes with all Luxury features that one would expect. The 8-inch infotainment display and a 12.3-inch screen replacing the instrument cluster to a virtual cockpit, the V90 gets Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Navigation and in-car WIFI.

All the buttons, including the climate controls and expect the volume button, has been integrated into the Sensus Connect Infotainment display. This can lead one to distracted driving and with layers of menus to browse through and too many clicks to do simple operations, it may get annoying sometimes.

Interior Features

The Subaru Outback offers a very welcoming interior trim. Some of these features are mentioned below:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Cooled Storage Compartment
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration

Cargo volume

V90 doesn't give the best of cargo spaces in this segment. With little to complain, it's not too less, it can accommodate luggage for a short weekend ride in 19.8 cu-ft. of space. Fold the rear seats down and the total available volume increases to 53.9 cu-ft.

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

19.8

35.5

24.2

23.2

35.0

Exterior
8.0/10

It's all subjective, sure, but we would venture to say that the V90 is a handsome-looking wagon, possibly more eye-pleasing than the S90 sedan from which it's derived. It wraps its practicality in a stylish shell and there isn't an angle where it appears awkward. A concave grille and smart lighting details match the classiness of the interior.- KelleyBlueBook

Design and Dimension

It is stylish, strong and has a powerful looking exterior design. The proportions of the car are just amazing! The Volvo V90 rides very low compared to its length and just look at it, you can't take your eyes off the Volvo V90. With the total length of 194.3 inches, it is the longest car in this segment and is an inch longer than the Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic.

With such outstanding dimensions comes all the weight. The Volvo V90 is the second heaviest, weighing 3913 lbs. and the heaviest of all being the Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic weighing 4299 lbs. The Subaru Outback 3.6R limited and Audi All Road Premium just weigh over 3800 lbs.

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

Curb weight (lbs.)

3897

3624

3450

3749

4299

Length(in)

194.3

189.9

186.1

187.4

194.2

Width(in)

74.6

72.4

72.5

72.8

72.9

Height(in)

58.1

66.5

56.2

56.6

57.7

Ground clearance (in)

6.0

8.7

N/A

5.8

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

115.8

108.1

111

113.1

115.7

Track width (in) F/R

64.1/64.1

61.8/62.2

61.9/61.2

63.1/63.1

62.7/63.0

Safety
6.0/10

Volvo has been at the forefront of safety campaigns globally. The V90 is no stranger when it comes to world-class safety features.

  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Competition
9.0/10

Volvo V90 vs Subaru Outback

There is little that is wrong with the Outback. For decades, the Outback has been a hot seller in the Subaru line-up. Our only gripe is the lackluster acceleration from the base 2.5-liter engine. With a full load of cargo and passengers, this engine runs out of steam. So, you have to carefully plan for merging and passing. But talk about utility, fit and finish and drivability. The Outback comes off as a strong contender in the segment. It offers a spacious and comfortable cabin with a solid finish.

Volvo V90 vs Audi Allroad

It has become a known fact that Audi produces some of the best driver-oriented cars and the same goes for the 2020 Audi A4 Allroad. The car commands a premium price when compared to its competition. For that premium price tag ($37,400) it offers better performance than the other wagons in the segment. The A4 Allroad combines a powerful engine, a world-class driving dynamics, and a solid fit and finish. If you like to be behind the wheel then the price premium might be worth your time.

Volvo V90 vs Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

The E Class wagon features an improved engine which makes 33 horsepower more than the earlier model. The engine isn't eager to pick up the pace but it remarkably quiet. Mercedes intends the E Class to be comfortable before being anything else. The cabin is well insulated, once inside it really feels like you have been separated from the outside world. The premium convertible starts at a price tag of $64,200. The E Class wagon offers best in class engine specifications, sculpted looks, interior fitment, space and a high tech arsenal of safety features. When it comes to pricing, though it is costly.

Final Verdict

The Volvo V90 is the best-looking wagon out there, with the best looking interior design and many premium features as standard it's hard to match the quality stated by Volvo. Starting at a bit higher price, which is justified with the strong exterior design and rich cabin space, the Volvo V90 is a unique car and is desired by everyone.

But, if you are looking for more utility than looks and at a cheaper price, there are options such as Subaru Outback to consider.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$59450

body style

4dr Wagon

engine type
displacement

120 cu in

horse power

316 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

8 speed Geartronic Automatic

dimensions
length

63.7 in

wheelbase

115.8 in

width

74.6 in

curb weight

4127 lbs

Height

58.1 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

98.4 cu ft

cargo volume

53.9 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

23/27/35 mpg

highway range

507.5 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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