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2020 Volvo V90 Review

The 2020 Volvo V90’s lavish cabin features cushy seats with ample room to stretch out. However, it sits near the bottom of our wagon rankings because of its poor predicted reliability rating and below-average cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Lavish, roomy interior
  • Plush seats
  • Loads of standard safety features
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Small cargo area for the class

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Volvo V90's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Wagons category. Currently the Volvo V90 has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 17 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Volvo V90 a Good Wagon?

Yes, the Volvo V90 is a good wagon. Its long list of standard and available safety equipment lives up to brand’s reputation for safety. It also spoils the driver and passengers with elegant styling and high-end cabin materials, including leather, wood, and aluminum accents. However, this Volvo's cargo space is on the small side, and it receives a poor predicted reliability rating.

Should I Buy the Volvo V90?

If you're shopping for a luxury wagon with great safety ratings and features, the 2020 Volvo V90 may be the vehicle for you. Still, several competitors feel more engaging to drive and earn better predicted reliability ratings, including the Audi Allroad. You should also consider the Volvo V60, which has a luxurious cabin with ample space and a generous list of standard equipment, all at a lower starting price than that of the V90.

Compare the V90, Allroad, and V60 »

Should I Buy a New or Used Volvo V90?

The 2020 V90 is part of a generation that launched for the 2018 model year, and only minor changes have been made to the wagon since then.

The Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race trim joined the lineup for 2019, but it was discontinued for the 2020 model year. We recommend purchasing a used 2018 V90. It's nearly identical to the 2020 V90, and it likely costs less.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 V90 and 2019 V90 reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 V90 »

We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 16 Volvo V90 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.

This review uses applicable research and data from all V90 vehicles in the current generation, which includes the 2018 to 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

 

How Much Does the Volvo V90 Cost?

The 2020 Volvo V90 starts at $51,450 (R-Design), which is among the highest base prices in the class. The V90 also comes in an Inscription trim, which starts at $54,200. The higher-riding, all-wheel-drive Cross Country model starts at $54,550. AWD is available in the R-Design for $6,645 and Inscription trims for $5,250.

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Volvo V90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Volvo V90 or Volvo V60?

Both the V90 and the Volvo V60 feature luxurious cabins, spacious seating in both rows, the same base engine, and a cushioned ride. The V60 has a lower starting price, and it's available as a plug-in hybrid that is much more powerful than any V90 model. On the flip side, the V90 has far more standard active safety equipment, including the Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system. These two place near each other in our wagon rankings, so you'll have to decide if the V90's additional standard safety tech and larger cargo hold is worth the higher cost.

Which Is Better: Volvo V90 or Audi Allroad?

The Audi Allroad has an upscale cabin and one of the most enjoyable rides in the wagon class. Though the V90 touts a longer list of standard safety tech, the Allroad has more cargo space and standard all-wheel drive, which is optional in the V90. To top things off, the Allroad has a slightly higher predicted reliability rating and a lower base price than the Volvo. The Audi is the clear choice here.

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V90 Interior

How Many People Does the V90 Seat?

The V90 has seating for up to five people in its sumptuous cabin, with plenty of space in both the first and second rows. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and power adjustments for the first row are standard. There's plenty of available upgrades as well, including heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and rear sunshades.

V90 and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the middle seat of the V90.

V90 Interior Quality

The V90's cabin is flooded with extravagant soft-touch materials like leather upholstery, complemented by sophisticated styling enhancements like wood and aluminum. Several luxurious upgrades are available, including massaging front seats and Nappa leather upholstery.

V90 Cargo Space

There's 19.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and roughly 54 cubic feet of room with the rear seats folded. That's pretty small for a wagon. However, a hands-free liftgate is standard, which is a useful feature to have when your hands are full.

V90 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The V90’s infotainment system comes with a large 9-inch touch screen that features a split-view setting, allowing you to project Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at the same time as cabin settings. The system is fairly intuitive, but reviewers note that some of the system's functions are buried within the menus.

Additional standard technology includes satellite radio, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and navigation. A 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkens premium audio system is available.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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V90 Performance

V90 Engine: Lively Engines to Choose From

The V90 comes with either a 2.0-liter turbocharged 250-horsepower T5 engine or a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged 316-horsepower T6 engine. The base T5 has a good amount of power for day-to-day driving, but the V90 with the optional engine has quicker acceleration. Both engines are paired with a fairly responsive eight-speed automatic transmission that sometimes hesitates to shift.

V90 Gas Mileage: Not Horrible, but Not Great

The base V90 delivers 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive, which is slightly low in the city and average on the highway. Base models with the upgraded engine (features standard all-wheel drive) get 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

V90 Ride and Handling: Comfortable Cruiser

The V90 has composed handling and light, precise steering, but there’s not much road feedback in that steering. There’s an available air suspension for an even more comfy ride. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

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V90 Reliability

Is the Volvo V90 Reliable?

The 2020 Volvo V90 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Volvo V90 Warranty

Volvo covers the 2020 V90 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Volvo V90?

The cost of insuring a Volvo V90 will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

V90 Safety

V90 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not perform any crash tests on the 2020 V90.

V90 Safety Features

The V90 comes loaded with safety features. Standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, forward and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, active steering for collision prevention, active bending headlights, road-sign recognition, distance alert, driver attention monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

A Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system with adaptive cruise control is also standard. This advanced safety system can control the vehicle's throttle, brakes, and steering up to legal highway speeds.

Active park assist, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display are available.

Read more about safety »

Volvo V90 Dimensions and Weight

The V90 is about 16.2 feet long, and its curb weight is between 3,910 and 4,190 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Volvo V90 Built?

Volvo builds the 2020 V90 in Sweden.

Which Volvo V90 Model Is Right for Me?

The standard 2020 V90 comes in two trim levels: R-Design and Inscription. A 250-horsepower four-cylinder (T5) engine is standard, and a 316-horsepower four-cylinder (T6) engine is available. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. There's also an available Cross Country model, which has a higher ride height and standard all-wheel drive.

The base R-Design trim is a great pick for most shoppers because it features a solid engine and a generous list of standard comfort, safety, and technology features. For more power, consider opting for a model with a T6 engine.

A few packages are available, including Advanced and Luxury packages. The Advanced package features a head-up display, full LED headlights with active bending, and a surround-view parking camera system. The Luxury package has Nappa leather seats, front massaging seats, heated rear seats, and rear sunshades.

Volvo V90 R-Design

The R-Design T5 FWD model starts at $51,450, while the R-Design T6 AWD model starts around $57,450. This trim features power-adjustable front seats, cloth and leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and quad-zone automatic climate control. Standard tech goodies in this model include a 9-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and satellite radio.

There's also a slew of standard safety equipment, including the Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, active steering for collision prevention, active bending headlights, road-sign recognition, distance alert, and driver attention monitoring.

Volvo V90 Inscription

The Inscription trim adds heated and ventilated front seats and Nappa leather upholstery for $54,200 with T5 FWD and $59,450 with T6 AWD.

Volvo V90 Cross Country

The Cross Country’s off-road enhancements include rugged body cladding, higher ground clearance, and an off-road mode. This variant shares most of its other features with the R-Design. AWD and the T6 engine are also standard in the Cross Country, which will run you $54,550.

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See 2020 Volvo V90 specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 V90 comes with a wealth of standard safety features and boasts one of the most luxurious cabins in the class. That said, its predicted reliability rating is among the worst a car can receive, and its soft ride detracts from driver engagement. We suggest checking out the V90's rivals in the wagon class before making your decision.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Luxury, practicality and value are three strong suits of this wagon. The V90 is built on the same platform as the excellent XC90 SUV and the equally wonderful S90 flagship sedan. So refinement and ability are baked into the overall package." -- Autotrader
  • "The V90, like the related S90 sedan and XC90 SUV, is steeped in tech and style. The V90 shares the same design and materials quality, resulting in an interior anchored by a large central touchscreen display and highlighted by classy wood, leather and aluminum accents." -- Edmunds
  • "The V90 is a roomy, comfortable, practical, enjoyable wagon. It's Volvo doing what Volvo has long done best, just more stylishly and luxuriously so." -- Motor Trend (2018)
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