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2021 Volvo V90
Select a Different Model (5 Available): T5 Inscription FWD Wagon
Fuel Economy $ 22 / 33 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 54 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 250@5,500
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2021 Volvo V90 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Style in spades
  • Quiet, comfortable interior
  • Off-roadable Cross Country variant

Cons

  • Compromised ride quality on 20-inch wheels
  • No hybrid or plug-in variant

The V90 is Volvo's largest wagon, positioned one size above the V60. It is effectively a long-roof hatchback version of the S90 flagship sedan and is also offered as the V90 Cross Country with an elevated ride height and standard AWD.

What's New

  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert now standard
  • Curve-adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams now standard
  • Updated styling and new wheel designs
  • Wireless charging pad now standard
  • Heated front seats now standard
  • Revised exterior paint options

What We Think

The V90 is a total sweetheart. It has impressed us from day one with its elegant, distinctive sheetmetal and a cabin that will satisfy even the pickiest interior designer. The passenger area is as quiet and comfortable as it is beautiful, and this wagon offers nearly as much cargo capacity as the XC90 SUV.

Some vibration at idle and an exhaust note reminiscent of a food processor serve as reminders that Volvo doesn't employ a V-6 like some competitors, but otherwise the T5 and T6 powertrains provide adequate performance and decent fuel economy. The V90 offers plenty of grip and precision, but this is clearly a vehicle developed for effortless comfort over any sporting intentions. Ride quality also suffers with the available 20-inch wheels.

The regular V90 is the better looking variant, but the Cross Country variant adds a higher driving position and off-road capability to attract buyers considering SUVs. Even with its extra ground clearance, the V90 Cross Country retains the V90's car-like driving experience. For style and utility without the trappings of an overweight, dime-a-dozen SUV, the V90 is a great pick.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The V90 can be ordered with two different four-cylinder engine options labeled T5 and T6. T5 cars feature a 2.0-liter turbo-four developing 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, all of which is routed to the front wheels with help from an eight-speed automatic. With the T5 powertrain, the V90 is EPA-rated at 22/33 mpg city/highway. We haven't tested a V90 T5, but last time we evaluated the mechanically identical (though lighter-weight) S90 T5, it accelerated to 60 in 6.5 seconds. Figure the wagon is a couple tenths behind.

The optional powertrain on the V90 is the T6 AWD setup; it's the sole choice if you opt for the taller V90 Cross Country. For the T6 engine, Volvo bolts a supercharger to the T5's 2.0-liter turbo-four, boosting output to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the V90 T6 measures 21/31 mpg city/highway, and Cross Country variants lose one mpg across the board. Lifted, more capable Cross Country variants complete the 0-60 sprint in 6.5 seconds, and the standard V90 T6 manages the same in 6.1 seconds.

Safety

The V90 has not been evaluated by the NHTSA or the IIHS, but we can learn a lot from the IIHS testing performance of its nearly identical S90 sibling. That car earned top scores in every crashworthiness evaluation and Superior and Advanced scores for front crash prevention. The 2020 S90 received a Marginal headlight score, but that could improve with the V90's newly standard curve-adaptive LEDs.

Volvo is an automaker with safety in its heritage (it was the first company to implement the three-point safety belt in 1959) and as such, the V90 is packed with standard active safety features. The automaker's Pilot Assist semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control with lane centering, front and rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all models.

V90 vs. V90 Cross Country: What's the Difference?

The V90 follows in a long line of Volvo wagons that have received the Cross Country treatment. We drove its elder, the V70 XC, when it was new in 1997. Like that original V70, the V90 Cross Country is a lifted, SUV-like version of the standard V90, with a similar ethos to the Subaru Outback. It offers 8.3 inches of ground clearance—2.3 more than the conventional wagon—and is only offered with AWD. Plastic cladding along the wheel arches contribute to the Cross Country's rugged mission.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The beauty of the station wagon lies in how it offers SUV-like cargo capacity with the same footprint and driving dynamics of a sedan. This being Volvo's largest wagon, the V90's cargo area measures 19.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 69.0 cubes with the seats folded down. The XC90 three-row SUV offers a similar amount of space with seats in place, but it has more space with the seats folded.

Legroom in the V90 measures 42.2 inches for front passengers and an acceptable 35.9 inches for those in the back seat.

Technology

Regardless of trim, every V90 includes Volvo's Sensus infotainment system that features a 9.0-inch vertically oriented touchscreen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and integrated navigation are all standard. All models also include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio. Speakerheads can drop a little extra cash for a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins setup.

Key Competitors:

  • Audi A6 Allroad
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
  • Subaru Outback
  • Volvo XC90

2021 VOLVO V90 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Geartronic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (AW TG-81SC)
Trim
T5 Inscription FWD Wagon
Class
Luxury Utility
Horsepower
250@5,500
Standard MPG
22/33
Body Style
Wagon
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0.99% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Volvo announces Special APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$2000 Volvo announces a Loyalty Bonus Cash offer on select models for current Volvo or Saab owners or lessees when leasing a new eligible model. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$2000 Volvo announces a Retail Loyalty Bonus Cash offer on select models for current Volvo or Saab owners or lessees. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$1000 Volvo has announced a 0% APR Bonus on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$1000 Volvo has announced a VCFS Lease Bonus for select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021