2017 Volvo S90 Walk Around

Gracefully designed and distinctly Scandinavian in nature, the S90 was said to be inspired by Volvo’s P1800 two-seat sports car of the 1960s. Resemblance to the latest XC90 also is unmistakable.

Viewed in profile, the S90 suggests a rear-drive, swept-back sports sedan; but it has front-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive) instead. Front and rear ends are bluntly upright, led by a particularly bright grille. Front wheels are pushed well forward, suggesting an athletic nature. Up front, the hood is long and almost level. The roofline reaches smoothly back into the decklid. Add distinctive headlights and cleanly uncluttered surfaces, and the S90 is readily recognizable as a Volvo, even if its big grille-mounted badge isn’t visible.


Scandinavian design extends into the interior, producing a particularly welcoming ambience. Like the S90’s body, its cabin bears a resemblance to the one in the XC90 crossover, creating a sense of spaciousness.

Devised with the assistance of orthopedists, S90 seats are among the most supportive we’ve experienced, and with ample adjustments. Many drivers will consider the driving position more upright than usual, accented by a tall beltline.

Back seats are appropriately contoured and well-cushioned, also providing excellent support, though taller passengers may find no surplus of head clearance. Climbing into and departing from the back isn’t the easiest task, either. Seatbacks fold forward, with a pass-through included. Cargo volume totals 17.7 cubic feet, including an underfloor compartment.

Cleanly elegant, the dashboard features subtle contours, with genuine wood and metal panels. Textured dials, resembling Swedish crystal, adjust the vents. A twist of the Start knob fires up the engine, while Sensus Touch infotainment dispenses with knobs and buttons. A menu system in Inscription models controls power-adjustable seats and massage functions.

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