2017 Volvo S90 Driving Impressions

Expect a plush, yet capably controlled ride in any S90, geared toward comfort, with little bobbing when traversing imperfect pavement. Tight construction and active noise cancellation help keep the sedan especially quiet, subduing any road coarseness or engine booming.

The available air suspension, if installed, should help maintain comfort and keep the sedan level. It’s especially helpful if you plan to tow with an S90. Towing capacity is 3,700 pounds for the T5 and 4,600 with a T6.

Although no S90 qualifies as a sports sedan, performance is satisfying in just about any driving conditions. In fact, it’s considerably more capable than expected from a comfort-focused four-door. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 6.5 seconds in a T5, or 5.7 with a T6. A shift gate lets the driver change gears manually. Throttle response is quicker with the T6, courtesy of its supercharger.

Nicely weighted electric power steering helps ensure relaxed driving. An S90 can pull away from tight corners in a natural manner.

Three mode settings are available. Road feedback is minimal if Comfort mode is chosen, while Dynamic mode transmits a numb sensation. Individualization mode lets you specify the settings that please you most. The system can even program a preferred brake-boost level.

With its wide spread of gear ratios, the 8-speed automatic helps make the S90 feel quite perky at low speed. At highway speeds, it promises an efficiently relaxed experience.

Fuel-efficiency is roughly in the middle of the luxury-sedan category. The front-drive T5 is EPA-rated at 23/34 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive and a more powerful T6 engine drop the estimate to 22/31 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. All models include engine stop-start technology.

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