2020 Volvo V90

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2020 Volvo V90 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 3, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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The 2020 Volvo V90 is the best-looking wagon out there. It ranks high in the luxury wagon segment and gets a premium cabin, comfy seats, and potent engine options. The T5 is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine while a T6 is a twin-charged engine.

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Pros

Sleek wagon style with good utility features

Available with hefty standard driver safety aids

Premium interior materials and design

Cons

Slow touchscreen infotainment system response

All-wheel drive comes only with top T6 trim

Only available with four cylinder engine option

What's New?

Addition of new active safety features

R-Design trim now gets new gloss-black trim parts


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51450

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Scalable Product Architecture

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.7/63.7

dimensions

wheelbase

115.8 in.

length

194.3 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

4127 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

69 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/33 mpg

ev range

349.8 mi.

highway range

524.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Volvo V90 in Bright Silver Metallic color 2020 Volvo V90 in Crystal White Pearl Metallic color 2020 Volvo V90 in Ice White color 2020 Volvo V90 in Onyx Black Metallic color 2020 Volvo V90 in Osmium Grey Metallic color
Bright Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.5

Interior

7.7

Exterior

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo V90 T5 R-Design

T5 R-Design

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$52,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 R-Design 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $52,095 MSRP (22/26/33) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo V90 T5 Inscription

T5 Inscription

power
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$54,845


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T5 Inscription 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,845 MSRP (22/26/33) 250 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo V90 T6 R-Design

T6 R-Design

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$58,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 R-Design 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $58,095 MSRP (21/25/31) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo V90 T6 Inscription

T6 Inscription

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$60,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 Inscription 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $60,095 MSRP (21/25/31) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


Starting at $51,450, Volvo V90 is offered in four trims and two engine options. The R Design and the Inscription both the trims are available with T5 that is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a T6-twin-charged engine. The T5 engine comes with front wheels drive while the T6 sends power to all the wheels. The Cross Country meanwhile comes standard with a T5 powertrain and an all-wheel drive. Equipped with advance standard features and amazing built quality V90 impresses you in every aspect. Though it loses some points because of its limited cargo capacity when compared to others in the competition.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Wagon Front View
2020 Volvo V90 Wagon Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.7/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Volvo V90 Features

8.0/10

The all-new 2020 V90 is available in four trims: T5 R-Design, T5 Inscription, T6 R-Design, T6 Inscription. There are two powertrains available. The T5 is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with the front-wheel-drive while the T6 is a turbo and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive. The V90 Cross Country trim meanwhile gets increased ground clearance along with the all-wheel-drive and T6 engine.

Trim

T5 R-Design

T5 Inscription

T6 R-Design

T6 Inscription

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

MSRP

$51,450

$53,450

$57,450

$36,795

Key Features

Includes these key features:

Includes T5 R-Design key features and adds:

Includes T5 R-Design features and adds:

Includes T5 Inscription features and adds:

 

Harman/Kardon Premium Brand Speakers plus 14 Speakers

Heated Steering Wheel

2.0 Liter Twin charged engine

2.0 Liter Twin charged engine

 

Keyless Ignition

Bucket Front Seats

Panoramic Roof

Panoramic Roof

 

Four Zone Climate Control

Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat

Power Retractable Exterior Mirrors

Power Retractable Exterior Mirrors

 

Rear View Camera

Premium Leather

R-Design Exterior Styling

 
 

Interior Air Filtration

8 -Way Power Driver/Passenger Seat

R-Design Front Grille

 
 

Heated Windscreen

Ventilated Driver/ Passenger Seat

R-Design Front Decor Elements

 

We Recommend

Go with the 2020 Volvo V90 Inscription T6. It comes with the all-wheel-drive system and fitted with the right tires it can take on any weather condition. T6 is a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder that is turbocharged and supercharged. It churns out 316 horsepower and 295-pound-feet of torque and matches nicely with the already refined V90’s handling.

2020 Volvo V90 Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The Volvo V90 comes with two engine options, T5 and T6. The T5 is a 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a front-wheel-drive layout. It produces 250 hp of power and 258 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive T6 trim gets a 2.0 L Turbocharged and Supercharged engine that churns out 316 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. Both the engines are mated to an 8-speed Automatic transmission.

 

2020 Volvo V90 wagon has a 2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Engine

The base engine has got sufficient power for most of the daily needs. However, the twin-charged engine is a better fit and provides instant power for highway cruising. The eight-speed automatic transmission feels slow to downshift at a lower speed.

Models

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design

Subaru Outback 2.5i*

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

MSRP

$52,445

$27,320

$37,400

$64,200

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.5L flat4 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Biturbo

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

7 Speed S Tronic

9-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

250 hp@ 5500rpm

175 hp@ 5800rpm

248 hp@ 5,000-6,000 rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

174 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1,600-4,500 rpm

369 lb-ft @1,800 4,500 rpm

In comparison, the Mercedes-Benz E430 clean swipes the competition with its 3.0L engine producing 362hp. Second position is taken by the V90 with its 250hp for the  T5 variant. 

Acceleration

The Volvo V90 T5 trim takes about 6.4 seconds to reach 60 MPH from a standstill. Though the acceleration is quick and speedy, the power delivery from the engine is inconsistent. It performs well at cruising speeds but sometimes fails to deliver when you want instant acceleration.

 

2020 Volvo V90 wagon 0-60 MPH in just 6.4 sec

Models

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i*

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

0-60 MPH

6.4*

9.5 sec

5.9 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter mile

14.9*

17.4 sec

14.4

13.3* sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.5L flat4 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L

The Wagon also lags behind its competitors when it comes to covering a quarter-mile. The V90 takes 14.9 seconds to cover the distance while the Mercedes Benz E 450 does the same in 13.3 seconds.

Ride and Handling

Being the longest car in this segment, the V90 wagon rides smoothly over most surfaces while the optional rear air suspension improves things further. Despite being the longest in the segment, cornering feels nimble, and there is a decent amount of feedback from the steering wheel.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Wagon Front View

Keeping the car planted is controlled well by the all-wheel-drive system. With enough amount of feedback from the nimble steering wheel, the V90 can go head-on with a sports sedan around the corner with 0.92 G of grip. Not just highways, the V90 performs flawlessly in all types of road or no road conditions. 
 

Braking

The V90 wagon offers confident braking with a stopping distance of 110 feet, the 2020 Volvo V90 lags behind the Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic as it comes to a halt from 60 MPH in 108 feet. Brakes meanwhile feel firm and solid and there is also not much nosedive while braking at speed.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Wagon Has a Front Brake 13.6 in.

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i*

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

Brake Front (in.)

13.6

12.4

12.4

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

11.8

11.8

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3897

3624

3450

4299

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

129

119

108

2020 Volvo V90 Fuel Economy

Despite its heft, the V90’s fuel economy ratings are better if not the best in class. According to EPA, the wagon with front-wheel drive returns, 24 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined. With a car of such dimensions, the Volvo shows impressive figures. 

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i*

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

MPG (city)

23

25

27

19

MPG (highway)

35

32

34

25

MPG (combined)

27

28

30

21

Range (miles) (city/highway)

334/508

463/592

336/443*

422/590*

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.5

18.5

15.3

21.1

While the four-ringed giant manages to overpass every rival in terms of fuel efficiency with a combined mpg of 30. The Subaru and Merc fall short in fuel efficiency numbers due to their performance-focused engines. 

2020 Volvo V90 Interior

7.7/10

The Volvo V90 comes stuffed with the best in class interiors. Along with the use of top of the line materials, the V90 also gets a load full of modern tech and gimmicks. Increasing the overall appeal is the combination of wood and metal pieces. The seats feel comfortable enough to let you forgot your day full of tiredness.

2020 Volvo V90 Wagon Rear Seats

Providing rear passengers with ample space is achieved due to the long wheelbase of the V90. Increasing the comfort level are features like heated and ventilated seats with massaging front seats. 

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i*

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/57.5/42.2

40.8/58.1/42.9

38.9/55.9/41.3

37.5/57.8/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/55.9/35.9

38.9/57.3/38.1

37.4/54.5/35.7

39.6/57.1/35.8

Infotainment

The Volvo V90 comes stuffed with luxury features wherever possible. Along with the 8-inch infotainment display, the instrumental cluster has also been given a virtual touch by using a 12.3-inch screen. Features like Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Navigation and in-car WIFI are also included.

With all the buttons being stuffed in the Sensus Connect Infotainment display, including the climate controls and expect the volume button. This arrangement can lead to distraction while driving and might cause any mishap due to the confusion of simple operations.

Cargo Space

Despite being the longest in the segment the V90 does not impress when it comes to hauling cargo. It has 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up and 54 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Rivals such as Audi Allroad has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up and 58.5 cubic feet rear seat down. Subaru Outback meanwhile leads the class with an impressive cargo capacity of 73.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Wagon Crago Space is 19.8 cu ft.

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

19.8

35.5

24.2

35.0

Tech features equipped inside Volvo V90

The Volvo V90 offers a very welcoming interior trim. Some of these features are mentioned below:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Cooled Storage Compartment
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
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2020 Volvo V90 Wagon gear shifter
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2020 Volvo V90 Exterior

8.0/10

It is stylish and has a commanding looking exterior design. With a total length of 194.3 inches, the V90 is the longest car in this segment. It also has a decent amount of ground clearance while the front and rear skidplates signal its off-roading ability. With well-crafted interiors, the V90 manages to ride low when compared to its length and you won't find any similar-looking designs out on road. 

 

2020 Volvo V90 Wagon Front View

The V90 also comes out to be the second heaviest car in the comparison, weighing 3913 lbs. While the Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic is the heaviest of them all weighing 4299 lbs.

Model

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i*

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

Curb weight (lbs.)

3897

3624

3450

4299

Length(in)

194.3

189.9

186.1

194.2

Width(in)

74.6

72.4

72.5

72.9

Height(in)

58.1

66.5

56.2

57.7

Ground clearance (in)

6.0

8.7

N/A

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

115.8

108.1

111

115.7

Track width (in) F/R

64.1/64.1

61.8/62.2

61.9/61.2

62.7/63.0

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2020 Volvo V90 Safety

Both the private and federal agency has not tested the 2018 Volvo V90 as of now for safety. In terms of reliability, Volvo has covered the V90 with a four year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

Safety Features

Volvo is known for innovations in safety systems and they are the first in the world to get a semi-autonomous system, known as Pilot Assist, as the standard feature. It can operate at the speed of 80 mph and helps the vehicle accelerate, deaccelerate and come to a complete stop. But, it only allows you to take your hands off the steering wheel for 15 seconds. Some of the standard safety features are mentioned below:

  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

2020 Volvo V90 Competition

Volvo V90 vs Subaru Outback

If you don’t want to spend much and get all the utility as available in the Volvo V90, the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited is the best choice you can make. Subaru costs almost $10,000 less and offers better cargo space than the V90. It also gets high ground clearance and standard all-wheel-drive which makes it a perfect vehicle for an outdoor family trip or going for some off-roading adventure. If you are tight on budget and need a value for money vehicle, go with the Outback.

 

2020Subaru Outback

Volvo V90 vs Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

The Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic has a major advantage of accommodating 7 passengers in a car with almost the same dimension as of the Volvo V90. As an all-terrain vehicle, the Mercedes gets a bigger capacity engine than the Volvo. It's also faster in a quarter-mile and has a better 0-60 MPH numbers. Mercedes also offers better cargo capacity than the Volvo. But, if you are looking for a standout car with a premium built and finish. Consider Volvo V90 before going for any other car.

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

Volvo V90 vs Audi A4 Allroad

Audi is smaller, more powerful and more athletic than the Volvo V90. Both the cars have almost the same passenger volume but, the Audi Allroad gets more cargo capacity though being the shortest. The cabin inside the Volvo V90 is more plush and rich. Audi also costs a few thousand dollars less and is a better value for money vehicles.

 

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

2020 Volvo V90 Final Verdict

The Volvo V90 is the best-looking wagon out there. It ranks high in the luxury wagon segment and gets a premium cabin, comfy seats, and potent engine options. It has less cargo space than most of the rivals and also has a high starting price, but that is justified because of its standard features.