Test Drive Volvo S90 T8 2018
Since it redesigned the XC90 in 2014, the Swedish manufacturer Volvo is on a roll that does not seem to be on the verge of slowing its momentum. A new generation of the XC60 and the all-new XC40 followed, and suddenly Volvo has three luxury SUVs on the cutting edge at all levels. A little lost through its three utilities is the Volvo S90 2018, an intermediate sedan arrived after the XC90 in the revival of Volvo.
Volvo S90 T8 2018: an easy car to love
You will not see as much S90 on the road as XC90 or XC60, but when you see one, be aware that the driver is very likely very satisfied with his purchase. It’s very hard not to like the big Swedish sedan, but it’s hard to know exactly why.
It is not the most powerful of its class nor the sportiest, and it does not enjoy the same reputation as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E Class or even Audi A6 against which it must compete. Many will ask you the make and model of the car you drive, and you can expect a reaction like, “Oh yes, Volvo? When they will be informed.
Because yes, the new S90 is an absolute beauty. It exudes a look of luxury and a presence on the road. It’s also true on the inside where the new S90 takes over the XC90’s dashboard, center console and infotainment system.
Everything is elegant and well built with high quality materials. The wood finish of the Inscription model that we had the opportunity to test is particularly elegant. And then the cabin is incredibly spacious. I’m six feet, one inch, and even with the front seat adjusted so that I’m comfortable, there’s enough legroom and head on the back for a second person just like me. The S90 is certainly the most spacious car cover in its class and will accommodate four adults in absolute comfort .
The comfort is also the most remarkable element of the S90, and probably the reason why it is so easy to love the large Swedish sedan. Virtually no outside noise comes to the driver’s ears and the suspension is able to camouflage any imperfections in the road. The seats are very well padded without being too soft and the side support keeps you in place regardless of the curve.
34 kilometers of range for the 2018 Volvo S90 T8
Our test model had the T8 rechargeable hybrid engine. The latter combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo and supercharger (Volvo is the only manufacturer at present to offer an engine that combines both types of turbocharging) with an electric motor for a total output of 400 horsepower and a couple of 472 lb-ft.
The engine is not as powerful as it looks on paper , though. It does not lack aplomb, but one would expect acceleration and recovery a little more dynamic from a motor developing 400 horses. There is, however, a noticeable difference between the modes of driving offered in the S90. If we opt for the Sport mode, the performance is excellent, but the Hybrid mode, in return, is more hesitant.
Conversely, this plug-in hybrid motor offers 34 kilometers of autonomy in 100% electric mode. It takes about 3 hours to charge the battery with a 240-volt plug and 6 hours with a 120-volt plug. When this battery is exhausted, we are entitled to a fuel consumption of a four-cylinder engine. During a ride to New York from Montreal, our S90 T8 has never consumed more than 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers . This is a noticeable difference with T6 models that easily exceed 10.0 liters per 100 kilometers.
There is however a price to pay for all this. At least $ 75,000 must be provided for the T8 plug-in hybrid, $ 20,000 more than the basic S90 four-cylinder 258 horsepower. A 295 horsepower T6 model is available starting at approximately $ 65,000.
This option is probably the best choice. You will be entitled to all the comfort and refinement of the S90 and will not have to shell out the extra $ 10,000 to save 2.0 liters per 100 kilometers.
As in all Volvo , the security systems are impressive . In addition to a variety of driver assistance systems, our S90 also had a device that could recognize large animals such as deer and originals, and automatically apply the brakes to prevent collisions.
If you’re looking for a very luxurious car that does not attract much attention, offers a lot of standard features and stands out with its comfort and interior space, the new S90 is a serious option to consider.
The Volvo V60 2019 makes us dream
Volvo’s last break was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show nearly a month ago and although we have seen a lot of photos, we are still amazed by the beauty of this car.
This car is a return to the true roots of Volvo’s family car. Some decisions made about the V90 were based on design rather than utility. We are talking mainly about opening the tailgate. The tailgate and the “D” pillars of the V60 are more vertical, especially from the waistline. The V60 is as family-friendly as it is seductive.
The cab follows the established Volvo trend since the arrival of the XC90. The dashboard is uncluttered and focuses on the 9 “touch screen with a large number of connectivity and infotainment options. The front seats are incredibly comfortable while the rear seat can accommodate three passengers without much hassle. In fact, there is little difference between the neighborhoods of cars 60 and those of the 90s.
Available powertrains come from the Volvo Drive-e family. The base car will be a Momentum T5 (250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque) with front-wheel drive and a price of $ 43,900. T6 cars (316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque) in the Momentum or Registration versions will receive all-wheel drive as a standard feature. All cars will be equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission
Volvo announced last year that all of its products will offer an electrified powertrain. This announcement allows to assume the arrival of a T8 version in the near future. Already available in a number of their vehicles, including the XC60, it provides 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. No official announcement has been made, but we are convinced of his arrival.The V60 will be launched in Canada at the end of 2018.