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2021 Volvo S90

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Pros

  • Well-designed seats
  • Refined interior
  • Driver aids

Cons

  • Stiff ride with larger wheels
  • Heavy steering feel
  • Infotainment interface can be complicated

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 32 highway, 25 combined

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The 2021 Volvo S90 brings luxury with a Scandinavian twist

Shoppers of a certain age will remember when Volvos were defined as oddly boxy family vehicles, but in the decades since, this Swedish carmaker has made a big impact in the luxury class. The 2021 Volvo S90 is a prime example, as it competes against the top German sedans from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. Volvo's old squared-off styling has been replaced by sleek elemental body sculpting that stands out from the rest.

For 2021, the S90 received a slight styling refresh with a revised front bumper, foglights, wheels, and a rear spoiler. A premium Bowers & Wilkins audio system also debuts, along with a wireless charging pad and additional rear USB ports.

That leaves the S90 in the same position as before: a sleek and inviting alternative to German luxury sedans. Its appeal is furthered by Volvo's standard use of driver-assist features, extraordinarily comfortable seats, and a beautifully crafted interior.

All Volvo S90 years

What is new for the 2021 Volvo S90?

  • S90 trims have been upgraded with Heated Steering Wheel and Harman Kardon Sound as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear A/C Seat(s), Head Up Display, and Bowers & Wilkins Audio features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The T6 Inscription trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The T6 R-Design trim now comes with Leather Seats and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2021 Volvo S90 trims

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T6 Momentum:

T6 R-Design:

T6 Inscription:

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Volvo S90

What We Like

Well-designed seats: The S90's front seats are some of the most comfortable in any car, at any price. Volvo smartly partnered with orthopedists to design and shape them for maximum comfort over long distances. Standard heated front seats add to the experience, as do the available heated rear seats and ventilated front seat options.

Refined interior: While the German luxury sedans each have their own style, the Volvo S90 is noteworthy for its uniquely Scandinavian flair. The simple dashboard layout has a welcoming warmth that's missing in BMWs and Audis, and the cabin is covered in premium leather and natural wood trim. The sturdy construction enhances the feeling of quality and, for a little extra accent, the available crystal shift lever is a nice touch.

Driver aids: All S90s come standard with frontal collision mitigation, lane keeping assistance, blind-spot warning, and adaptive cruise control, but that just scratches the surface. What you don't see is the engineering underneath that earned it top crash test scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the S90 a Top Safety Pick+, the organization's highest honor.

What Needs Improvement

Busy ride with larger wheels: We recommend sticking with the standard 18- or 19-inch wheels as they're noticeably more forgiving on rough roads. The available 20-inch wheels surrender some of the tire sidewall for appearances, resulting in a less comfortable ride over potholes and bumps. You'll feel quite a bit more of the impacts, but at least they're kept from being overly intrusive.

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Volvo S90 features and specs

T6 R-Design 4WD/AWD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Supercharged Engine
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo/Supercharged Engine
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Bowers & Wilkins Audio
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Seat Heaters

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

316

Torque (ft-lbs)

295

Engine type

Turbo Supercharged

Fuel capacity

15.9

Wheelbase

120.5"

Overall length

200.4"

Width

74.6"

Height

57.1"

Leg room

F 42.2"/R 40.4"

Head room

F 37.8"/R 37.8"

Front tires

P255/40VR19

Rear tires

P255/40VR19

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

165/1650 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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