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2017 Volvo S90 Review

The 2017 Volvo S90's spacious, sophisticated cabin, generous standard features list, and great safety scores help place it in the upper half of our luxury midsize car rankings. However, the car’s low predicted reliability rating and small trunk keep it from securing a top spot.

Pros & Cons

  • Elegant cabin
  • Lengthy standard features list
  • Excellent passenger room
  • Great fuel economy
  • Lackluster handling
  • Below-average trunk space
  • Uninspiring handling




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Volvo S90 Overview

Is the 2017 Volvo S90 a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Volvo S90 is a great choice if you're looking for a luxury midsize car that prioritizes comfort over performance. With lush cabin materials and an elegant design, the S90 has one of the nicest interiors in the class. There's plenty of space for adults in both rows, and this luxury sedan has an abundance of standard features, including a generous amount of safety tech. However, its handling dynamics are uninspiring, and its trunk space is below average for the class.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2017 S90 – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 22 Volvo S90 reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Is the 2017 Volvo S90?

Based on 146 listings on our site for the 2017 Volvo S90, prices range from $32,200 to $54,600. The average list price is $42,500. How much you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Volvo S90 Cost to Own?

The 2017 Volvo S90's estimated five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $31,870 – or $6,370 per year. In comparison, five-year cost estimates for the 2017 BMW 5 Series, 2017 Audi A6, and 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class are about $32,100, $30,850, and $32,280, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Model?

The 2018 Volvo S90 added more standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. It also received a longer wheelbase for extra passenger space, and a plug-in hybrid version was introduced. If these additions are important to you, you'll want to shop for a 2018 model. Otherwise, stick with the 2017 S90 to save money.

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You could get the newer 2018 Lexus ES for about the same price as the 2017 S90, and it comes with an upscale interior and a long standard features list. The ES also has a comfortable ride and a strong standard engine. On the downside, the Lexus has mundane handling and frustrating infotainment controls.

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Which Model Year of the Volvo S90 Is Best?

The 2017 S90 is part of a generation that includes the 2018 model year. There are no prior model years to choose from.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Volvo S90?

The 2017 Volvo S90 has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five, which is below-average among all vehicles. Three out of five is average.

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2017 Volvo S90 Recalls

As of this writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2017 S90. The first involves the possibility of the curtain air bag securing bolts breaking, which could prevent the air bags from properly deploying. Another recall involves the front passenger seat belt buckle stud loosening, which could result in the separation of the seat belt buckle and the seat belt bracket. Lastly, air conditioning water may leak into the passenger compartment, which could affect air bag deployment. Make sure these recalls are resolved before purchasing the S90.

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Which Used Volvo S90 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Volvo S90 comes in two trims: Momentum and the top-of-the-line Inscription. Models come with either a T5 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a T6 turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive. The Volvo S90 T5 Momentum has more than enough features for the average shopper, including a sunroof, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, navigation, keyless entry, push-button start, an 8-inch display screen, satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, road sign recognition, driver attention alert, the Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system, and Volvo's City Safety collision avoidance system. Opt for one of the T6 models if you want a stronger engine.

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What Does Volvo's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volvo offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. All certified pre-owned Volvos come with an unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty providing exclusionary coverage until five years from the new-car purchase date. Additional coverage is available for a fee. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 170-point inspection. Additional benefits like mobile app connectivity, 24-hour roadside assistance, towing, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully.

Volvo’s CPO program is one of the better ones available from a luxury automaker. Infiniti, Lexus, Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover are the only programs that are more robust.

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How Safe Is the S90?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Volvo S90 a Top Safety Pick designation, the highest rating of Good in five crash tests, and a Superior designation for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the S90.

When it comes to advanced safety equipment, the S90 has you covered. It comes standard with the Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system, which uses adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and Volvo's City Safety collision avoidance system to drive on its own for limited stretches. It also comes with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, road sign recognition, and a driver attention alert system. Some models come with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a head-up display.

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2017 Volvo S90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo S90 or 2017 BMW 5 Series?

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has a potent selection of engines, agile handling, and a comfortable ride. The BMW also has a much larger trunk than the S90, as well as a higher predicted reliability rating. However, the Volvo comes with additional standard safety features, and it's significantly cheaper than the BMW. Both models have similar rankings, so choosing between them will come down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo S90 or 2017 Audi A6?

The 2017 Audi A6, like the 5 Series, is a great luxury midsize car for performance-oriented shoppers. Not only does it feature engines with brute horsepower, but it eagerly tackles twists and turns with agility. Like the S90, it has excellent gas mileage estimates and a luxurious interior. It does, however, have a stiff ride, and it doesn't come with as many standard features as the Volvo. For a more comfortable ride, go for the S90. For a ride that favors performance, opt for the A6.

Which Is Better: 2017 Volvo S90 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has one of the most opulent cabins in the class, along with a refined ride and an ample amount of standard features. However, it also has below-average fuel economy estimates, a smaller trunk than the S90, and a considerably higher price. These two models aren't too far apart in our rankings, but the S90 is a more well-rounded vehicle. That said, if you’re willing to splurge, you'll be pleased with the E-Class.  

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2017 S90 Performance

How Does the 2017 Volvo S90 Drive?

A 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the base T5 Volvo S90. That's plenty of power for your daily commute, but the available turbo- and supercharged, 316-horsepower four-cylinder engine in T6 models packs a stronger punch.

Both engines are mated to a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. T5 models come with front-wheel drive, and T6 models come with all-wheel drive.

Does the 2017 Volvo S90 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2017 Volvo S90 delivers 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The 2017 BMW 5 Series, 2017 Audi A6, and 2017 Mercedes E-Class deliver 24/34 mpg city/highway, 24/34 mpg city/highway, and 22/30 mpg city/highway, respectively.

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2017 S90 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 S90 Seat?

The 2017 Volvo S90 seats five in two rows. Space is plentiful for adults in either row, and the S90's cabin features classy touches of leather and wood accents. Leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some models feature Nappa leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Volvo S90?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the 2017 Volvo S90's rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the S90's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. You may find the lower anchors tough to maneuver around, however.

2017 Volvo S90 Features

Standard features include navigation, keyless entry, push-button start, an 8-inch display screen, satellite radio, and a 10-speaker audio system. Some models come with Apple CarPlay, a 12.3-inch display screen, and four-zone automatic climate control.

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2017 Volvo S90 Dimensions

Volvo S90 Cargo Space

The 2017 Volvo S90 has 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly below average in the class. The trunk opening is also narrow, but since the trunk is long, this isn’t too much of an issue.

2017 S90 Length and Weight

The 2017 Volvo S90 is about 16.3 feet long, and its curb weight is approximately 4,010 to 4,225 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Volvo S90 Built?

The 2017 Volvo S90 was built in Sweden and China.


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