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2018 Volvo S90 Review

The 2018 Volvo S90 has a first-rate cabin with a long list of standard equipment. However, it places in the middle of our luxury midsize car rankings because of its below-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive list of high-tech features
  • First-class interior with comfortable seats
  • Above-average fuel efficiency
  • Many competitors have larger trunks
  • Less engaging to drive than some rivals
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

New for 2018

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard
  • Longer by almost 5 inches
  • Plug-in-hybrid variant




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Volvo S90 Overview

Is the 2018 Volvo S90 a Good Used Car?

The S90 is a solid luxury midsize car that appeals to buyers who value comfort over sportiness. That said, its below-average predicted reliability rating is hard to ignore.

The 2018 S90 has a number of strengths:

  • Long list of features, including Apple CarPlay and leather seats
  • Many standard active-safety features, such as forward and rear collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Intuitive and user-friendly infotainment system
  • Supportive seats
  • Elegant interior, quality materials
  • Comfortable ride
  • Great fuel efficiency

It has a few weaknesses:

  • Dull handling
  • Limited cargo space
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

You may want to consider rivals like the 2018 BMW 5 Series and 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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We’ve analyzed 24 Volvo S90 reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Volvo S90?

Based on listings for the 2018 Volvo S90 on our site, the average price is $36,900. Prices range from $31,000 to $49,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Volvo S90 Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, we are unable to provide projected ownership cost information for the 2018 Volvo S90.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New S90?

The Volvo S90 debuted for the 2017 model year. Volvo made significant changes for 2018, adding an optional plug-in-hybrid powertrain, a longer wheelbase that adds roughly 5 inches to the length, and additional standard features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. Volvo reshuffled features between trims for 2019, but the S90 is otherwise unchanged from the 2018 model. We recommend sticking with the 2018 S90 and saving some money.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Volvo S90?

The 2018 Volvo S90 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Volvo S90 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Volvo S90:

  • Front seats may move during a crash, increasing the risk of injury
  • Telematics and driver support systems may not provide GPS location in the event of a crash

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Volvo S90 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Volvo S90 has two trims: Momentum and Inscription.

The S90 also comes in three powertrain configurations: T5, T6, and T8. The T5 model features a turbocharged 250-horsepower engine and front-wheel drive, while T6 models feature a turbo- and supercharged 316-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive. The T8 model is a plug-in hybrid with a turbo- and supercharged engine and an electric motor that make 400 horsepower.

The standard S90 T5 Momentum is an excellent choice for most shoppers. It comes loaded with standard features, and its engine delivers plenty of power.

  • Volvo S90 Momentum: The base S90 Momentum trim comes with leather seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a panoramic moonroof, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard infotainment system features a 9-inch touch screen, 10 speakers, navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Momentum also comes with many safety features, including the Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system (includes adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist), blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver attention monitor, road sign information, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, run-off road mitigation, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward and rear collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. 
  • Volvo S90 Inscription: The S90 Inscription trim has a stronger 316-horsepower engine, sunshades for the rear windows, quad-zone automatic climate control, adaptive headlights, and a 12.3-inch driver display. It also features Nappa leather upholstery and upgraded front seats with heat, ventilation, and power-adjustable cushion extenders.
  • Volvo S90 Plug-In Hybrid: The S90 Plug-In Hybrid features a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor that make a combined 400 horsepower. The hybrid model is available in Momentum and Inscription trims.

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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 2018 S90 the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed. The S90 received the top rating of Superior for front crash prevention, but scores for its headlights are mixed. The Momentum trim earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. The Inscription trim and models with Momentum Plus package received the second-lowest score of Marginal.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not perform crash tests on the 2018 S90.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane keep assist
  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • forward and rear collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • driver attention monitor
  • road sign information
  • automatic high beams
  • lane departure warning
  • run-off road assist
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • front parking sensors
  • adaptive bending headlights
  • 360-degree parking camera
  • active park assist
  • head-up display

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Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo S90 or 2018 BMW 5 Series?

The 2018 BMW 5 Series fares better than the S90 in our luxury midsize car rankings for a couple of reasons. First, it delivers one of the most enjoyable rides in the class, and it has a robust engine lineup and agile handling. Second, it has a higher predicted reliability rating and a larger cargo area than the S90. Like the Volvo, the 5 Series boasts a sophisticated cabin with quality materials and user-friendly technology. You’ll pay less and get more standard safety features with the S90, but the 5 Series is the better car overall.

Which Is Better: 2018 Volvo S90 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class features one of the most lavish interiors in the luxury midsize car class. Its cabin has cushy seats with leather upholstery, and deluxe upgrades like massaging front seats are available. Both models offer poised handling, comfortable rides, and powerful engine lineups. You can't go wrong with either model. That said, keep in mind that the E-Class has a higher average list price and worse fuel economy than the S90.

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2018 Volvo S90 Performance

How Does the 2018 Volvo S90 Drive?

The 2018 Volvo S90 features a powerful engine lineup that should please most shoppers. The base engine has more than enough gusto for your everyday commute, while the available turbocharged and supercharged engine is for those who want more power under the hood. A plug-in-hybrid powertrain is available as well. It’s the most powerful and fuel-efficient engine in the lineup. All models are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shifts.

The S90 is a car built for comfortable cruising. It stays controlled through turns, but this Volvo is not designed to tear up tight-twisting roads. That said, its suspension system comes with four driving modes – Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, Off-road, and Individual – that help tune the ride to your liking. This Volvo also comes standard with the Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system (includes adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist).

  • Base engine: 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T5)
  • Available powertrains:
    • 316-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T6)
    • turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric motor with a combined 400 horsepower (T8)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Volvo S90 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Volvo S90 is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class.

  • T5, FWD: 24/34 mpg city/highway
  • T5, AWD: 23/32 mpg
  • T6, AWD: 22/31 mpg
  • T8, AWD: 71 MPGe and 29 mpg combined city/highway
2018 Volvo S90 Alternative Fuels and Charging

The S90 Plug-In Hybrid has an all-electric range of 21 miles. Using a 240-volt charging station, it takes about three hours to reach a full charge.

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2018 S90 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 S90 Seat?

Volvo is known for its luxe cabin, and the S90 lives up to that standard. It features elegant styling and quality materials such as standard leather upholstery and birch wood inlays. Additionally, the 2018 S90 seats five people in two rows, and its seats are comfortable and supportive. In fact, the S90 has some of the most spacious rear seats in the class.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • heated seats
  • ventilated seats
  • massaging front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • window sunshades for back seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Volvo S90?

The 2018 Volvo S90 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 S90's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The connectors are easy to find, but the lower anchors may be difficult to maneuver around.

2018 Volvo S90 Features

The S90's intuitive infotainment system is easy to use once you get the hang of it. The touch screen responds to the same zooming, pinching, and swiping gestures you would use with tablet. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 9-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 10 speakers, and navigation
  • Available infotainment features: a 12.3-inch driver display and a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system
  • Additional standard features: a panoramic moonroof and remote start
  • Other available features: quad-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Volvo S90 Dimensions

Volvo S90 Cargo Space

The S90 has a 13.5 cubic feet trunk, which is below average for a luxury midsize sedan. Its 60/40 split-folding rear seats make it easy to transport large items, however. Available features include a power trunk lid and a hands-free trunk lid.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Volvo S90 Length and Weight
  • Length: about 16 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,870 to 4,579 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Volvo S90 Built?

Volvo built the 2018 S90 in Sweden and China.

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