2019 Volvo V90

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2019 Volvo V90 Test Drive Review: Perfect Blend Of Classic And Modern

The Volvo wagon has an enduring stereotype of being safe, solid, reliable, and boring for decades. Since the Swedish brand's rebirth, there has been given a hefty push towards a new reputation. This time its towards one of being safe, solid, reliable, and distinctly stylish.

Volvo has always stressed build quality and safety, but style and performance have never been a strong point until now. The move into an elegant design language has pushed the brand into the premium bracket but, with the V90 and V60 wagons in particular, its clear Volvo's designers haven't forgotten the brand's roots. The new wagons blend the classic recipe with modern style and technology to bake something distinctive. The V90 also comes loaded with the comfort level and features you expect from a safety conscious premium brand.

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2019 Volvo V90 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 V90?

For its third year on the market, Volvo has shuffled the standard equipment found on the V90, adding to some trims and taking away from others. Now standard on all models are heated washer nozzles, a HomeLink integrated rearview mirror, stitched dashboard and door panels, and a Harman/Kardon audio system. The Inscription model now gets a rear cargo cover as standard. Items that were standard in 2018 - adaptive full LED headlights with automatic high-beams - are now part of the optional Advanced package, which also adds self-parking functionality, a 360-degree camera, and a driver's head-up display.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros:
  • Stylish, inside and out
  • Luxurious interior design and finishes
  • Loads of high-tech safety and assistance features
  • Lots of practicality
  • More athletic than an SUV
  • Great fuel economy
  • Cons:
  • All-wheel drive not available on lower trims
  • Predicted reliability below average
  • Four-cylinder engines lack refinement
  • Erratic ride quality

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2019 Volvo V90 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
T5 R-Design
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$51,450
T5 Inscription
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$53,450
T6 R-Design
2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$57,450
T6 Inscription
2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$59,450
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2019 V90 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 194.3 in
  • Wheelbase 115.8 in
  • Height 58.1 in
  • Max Width 74.0 in
  • Front Width 64.1 in
  • Rear Width 64.1 in
  • Curb Weight 4,038.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Stone
  • Ice White
  • Magic Blue Metallic
  • Electric Silver Metallic
  • Savile Grey Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Osmium Grey Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic
  • Luminous Sand Metallic
  • Mussel Blue Metallic
  • Maple Brown Metallic
  • Denim Blue Metallic
  • Pine Grey Metallic
  • Passion Red
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2019 V90 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0L Twincharged, 2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The interior of the V90 doesn't inspire vigorous driving habits but that doesn't stop the wagon from being engaging to drive, particularly when stacked up against the higher riding Cross Country model and most crossovers. The ride isn't as refined as you would expect from a premium wagon when cruising on well-worn roads, even with the optional rear air-suspension setup, but enjoyable on well-paved roads and freeways. However, the tradeoff to the unrefined ride on the sportier T6 model is plenty of grip to inspire confidence when cornering and braking.

There's a dynamic mode for sporty driving, and despite the weight of the V90 it hunkers down and can hold its own on a back road. However, between the hard ride and unrefined engine note, comfort mode is absolutely the place to be.

2019 V90 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.2 in
  • Front Head Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.7 in

2019 V90 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 V90 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Volvo V90 A Good car?

The V90 is a special car. In a world of crossovers, it's a station wagon. And in the small world of station wagons, it has its own unique style, presence, and ambiance. It may not be a ferocious drivers car, but it suits someone with a family that enjoys traveling along a road and having a distinctive and pleasant environment to do it in. The V90 manages to pull off elegant and sharp without being showy and is a pleasure to drive without having to go fast. Volvo is serving a particular kind of customer here and doing it well. For its few faults, nobody should skip past the V90 if they're looking for a premium family car and daily driver wrapped up in a neat and useful package.

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2019 Volvo V90 Comparisons

Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon Mercedes-Benz
Jaguar XF Sportbrake Jaguar
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Volvo V90250 hp22/33 mpg$51,800
Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon 603 hpTBC$121,100
Jaguar XF Sportbrake 296 hp21/28 mpg$65,150

2019 Volvo V90 vs Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon

Like Volvo, Mercedes-Benz has a long history when it comes to wagons, and the latest E-Class Wagon may be their best yet. Like the Volvo, it focuses on luxury, with an abundance of standard and available equipment and semi-autonomous functionality, plus Mercedes' gorgeous dual-screen interior. The E-Class may start off at a higher price, but the E450 4MATIC is equipped with a 362 horsepower bi-turbo V6 whose power and performance the Volvo can't quite match. The V90 is more frugal, though, and it offers four-zone climate while the E-Class only caters to optional tri-zone climate control. For the money, the Volvo is better equipped a standard, however, the E-Class rides better, has greater amounts of available tech, and has nearly double the cargo volume behind the rear seats. You can also have the E-Class in a fire-breathing AMG variant, while the V90 is lukewarm by comparison. The E-Class has Volvo beaten, this time around.

See Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon Review

2019 Volvo V90 vs Jaguar XF Sportbrake

While Mercedes and Volvo focus on luxury, Jaguar offers the XF Sportbrake to cater to those who want some driver enjoyment from their luxury wagon. It manages comfort as well as the others, but it's sportier and more nimble when it needs to be, and the available supercharged 380 horsepower V6 means there's plenty of performance, although even the base 296 hp engine is more than potent enough for most. The Jaguar is rear-wheel drive biased, too, making for sportier handling dynamics. Both wagons are well equipped, but the Volvo is the cheaper option and offers advanced safety features the Jag doesn't. It comes down to an age-old question - do you do the sensible thing and buy a Volvo, or do you enjoy driving, in which case you buy the Jaguar?

See Jaguar XF Sportbrake Review
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