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2019 Volvo V90 Review

Luxurious accommodations and high-tech features make the 2019 Volvo V90's cabin one of the nicest in the class, but middle-of-the-road performance and a below-average predicted reliability rating push it to the bottom-third of our wagon rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious, spacious, and comfortable interior
  • Impressive collection of standard high-tech safety features
  • Excellent fuel economy on the highway
  • Limited cargo space for its class
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Volvo V90 ranked #5 in Wagons. Currently the Volvo V90 has a score of 7.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.2
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 2019 V90 is a good wagon. Although it doesn't offer as much cargo space as most wagons, this Volvo stands out for its luxury-grade interior, airy cabin, supremely comfortable seats, and generous list of standard features. However, while there aren’t any major issues with its performance, it’s not as exciting to drive as some of its rivals. Additionally, the V90 has a subpar predicted reliability rating.

Should I Buy the Volvo V90?

For a luxury vehicle rife with premium cabin materials and state-of-the-art technology, the Volvo V90 is a good pick. That level of luxury is rare for a wagon, though the V90’s slightly smaller sibling, the V60, comes close. It’s a bit more affordable too. You might also consider the Volvo XC90. This luxury midsize SUV seats seven people in high-end luxury and has a similar starting price to the V90, but it boasts a lot more cargo space.

If you want to stay within the luxury wagon category, there are only a few other new cars to consider. Mercedes-Benz builds a wagon version of its well-rounded E-Class. The E 450 wagon impresses with its marvelous seats, energetic engines, and abundance of safety features, though it costs about $13,000 more than a V90. Pricing for the Jaguar XF Sportbrake wagon also starts north of $64,000. With its dynamic handling and potent engines, the XF is a good choice for spirited drivers in search of a wagon, though the Jag is not without its own shortcomings.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Volvo V90?

Volvo released the V90 as a brand-new model for 2018, so used models won't be plentiful. If you can find one, however, it's worth considering. There are few differences between the 2018 and 2019 models, so you could save some money on a nearly identical car by buying used. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 V90 review to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Volvo V90 in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 15 professional Volvo V90 reviews.

This 2019 Volvo V90 review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which runs from 2018 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Volvo V90 Cost?

With an MSRP that starts just above $51,000, the 2019 V90 is one of the priciest entries in our wagon rankings. In comparison, prices start at $45,700 for the Audi A4 Allroad luxury wagon, while prices for non-luxury brands begin at around $22,000 for the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, $26,000 for the Subaru Outback, and $27,000 for the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

The V90 comes in four trim levels. Two of these are exclusive to the exploration-ready V90 Cross Country, which starts at about $53,000. For more information on trim levels and pricing, see our Which Volvo V90 Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Volvo V90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Volvo V90 or Jaguar XF Sportbrake?

For a luxury wagon that offers driving excitement, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is the way to go. Its adjustable drive modes range from road-trip relaxing to sporty and nimble. If the base 296-horsepower engine isn't meaty enough for you, a 380-horsepower engine is available. Standard features include all-wheel drive and grained leather seats. Shoppers who don't get their kicks from lively handling should stick with the V90, which is less expensive and has superior standard technology.

Which Is Better: Volvo V90 or Volvo V60?

The V60 is another station wagon built by Volvo. Though the V60 measures almost 7 inches shorter than the V90, it still has a roomy cabin and lots of cargo space, though less than the larger Volvo. One of the biggest differences between the two is the list of standard safety features: The V90's is much lengthier. However, many of these features are available as options in the V60, and you may be able to get them for less than the cost of a base V90.

Go for the V90 if you want more space, but the V60 is better if you want a similar vehicle on a slightly smaller budget.

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V90 Interior

How Many People Does the V90 Seat?

The V90 is a five-seat wagon that earns top accolades for its passenger comfort. A bevy of adjustments, supportive cushions, and good sightlines greet front-seat travelers. With ample room in the V90's front and rear seats, you'll have no problem carrying a foursome to the basketball court. The standard seat upholstery is a combination of cloth and leather. Full Nappa leather seats are available, as are heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats and heated rear seats.

V90 and Car Seats

The V90 has full sets of LATCH anchors at its outboard rear seats and a tether anchor at the middle rear seat.

V90 Interior Quality

A rich assortment of high-quality materials, elegant styling, and sumptuous seats help make the V90's cabin one of the best in the class. Shoppers can select from top-shelf options such as walnut, dark flame birch, carbon fiber, and grained leather.

V90 Cargo Space

The V90's 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats isn't very generous. That's one of the smallest figures in our wagon rankings and less space than the average luxury compact SUV provides, though it does beat the Volvo XC60. Folding the 60/40 split rear seat can yield as much as about 54 cubic feet, which is also below average. Fortunately, a hands-free liftgate is standard, so accessing the cargo area when both hands are full takes less effort.

V90 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The V90 comes with a 9-inch vertically mounted touch screen. It boasts a stunning display, and its screen can be split to show cabin settings and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto simultaneously. For the most part, the V90's Sensus infotainment interface is straightforward and responsive. It does take a few moments to activate when you first start the car, though, and some professional reviewers note that there is an overabundance of menus to access some settings.

The V90 also comes standard with a navigation system and satellite radio. Of its tech options, the 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system is well worth the money and will be beloved by audiophiles.

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V90 Performance

V90 Engine: 2 Peppy Choices

The 2019 V90 comes with one of two engines. The standard T5 engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 250 horsepower. It is the more economical choice – owing to its lower price and better fuel economy rating – and has a respectable amount of get-up-and-go. For more oomph, select the T6 engine, which is available in every trim level. With both a turbocharger and a supercharger, this twin-charged four-cylinder cranks out 316 horsepower. On the downside, upgrading to the T6 adds as much as $6,000 to the purchase price, though this option also includes all-wheel drive. All powertrains include an eight-speed automatic transmission that's mostly responsive but occasionally lags when shifting.

V90 Gas Mileage: Marvelous for Road Trips

The base front-wheel V90 gets 23 mpg in the city (which is typical for a wagon) and 35 mpg on the highway (which is above average). With the T6 engine and all-wheel drive, fuel economy drops to 20-21 mpg in the city and 30-31 mpg on the highway. For the average driver, this increases annual fuel costs by $150 to $250.

V90 Ride and Handling: Composed and Even-Tempered

The V90 feels stable and secure on the highway, with reasonably responsive steering, good grip, and minimal body roll. Its ride is mostly comfortable, and a rear air suspension system is available if you want an even cushier ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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V90 Reliability

Is the Volvo V90 Reliable?

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

Volvo V90 Warranty

Volvo covers the 2019 V90 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

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V90 Safety

V90 Crash Test Results

As of this writing, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2019 V90.

V90 Safety Features

Volvo models are renowned for boasting a remarkable number of high-tech safety features, and the V90 is no different. Among its standard safety features are advanced systems that include forward and rear collision warning, active steering for collision prevention, active blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, and road-sign recognition. The standard Pilot Assist is a semiautonomous driving system that can operate the steering, throttle, and brakes for short periods of time. Distance alert, driver attention monitoring, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors are also standard. Options such as a head-up display, a 360-degree camera, and active park assist are available.

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V90 Dimensions and Weight

The V90 is about 15.1 feet long and has a curb weight ranging from 3,850 to 4,210 pounds.

Where Is the 2019 Volvo V90 Built?

Volvo builds the V90 in Sweden.

Which Volvo V90 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 V90 is available in two trim levels – R-Design and Inscription – and the 2019 V90 Cross Country comes in two principal trims: Cross Country and Ocean Race. A slight shift in focus separates the V90 from its Cross Country sibling, with the former emphasizing comfort and luxury, and the latter gaining a few off-roading extras. Most models come with the choice of the standard T5 engine (a 250-horsepower four-cylinder) or the uplevel T6 engine (a 316-horsepower four-cylinder). Front-wheel drive is standard in all V90 models, and all-wheel drive is available if you also upgrade to the T6 engine. All Cross Country editions come standard with all-wheel drive.

Of the V90 models, we recommend the V90 R-Design as the best value. It comes equipped with an appealing number of standard features. If you are longing for the upgrades that come with the upper trim, know that you can add leather upholstery and heated front seats for around $1,200 instead of paying an extra $2,000 to step up to the Inscription.

Volvo offers a few packages in addition to its standalone options. The Convenience package bundles together goodies such as a 360-degree surround-view camera, active parallel and perpendicular parking, and front parking sensors. Opulent extras in the Luxury package include Nappa leather seats, massaging seats in the front, heated seats and sunshades in the rear, and additional leather trimming throughout. Price and availability of packages is dependent on the trim level.

Volvo V90 R-Design

The entry-level R-Design trim comes with a cloth/leather upholstery combination, power-adjustable front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard technology includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a navigation system, proximity keyless entry, and a lengthy list of advanced safety systems. Prices start at $51,450 for the T5 FWD model and $57,450 for the T6 AWD model.

Volvo V90 Inscription

Posh upgrades to the V90 Inscription include Nappa leather seats, plus heated and ventilated front seats. This trim is available as the T5 FWD ($53,450) and the T6 AWD ($59,450).

Volvo V90 Cross Country

The base model of the V90 Cross Country has a nearly identical set of standard features as the V90 R-Design, though there are some differences. For example, adaptive headlights come standard in the R-Design but not in the base Cross Country. The Cross Country also has an 8-inch driver display in place of the 12.3-inch display that comes in all other models, and dual-zone automatic climate control instead of quad-zone climate control. All-wheel drive is standard, and shoppers have the choice between the T5 engine (MSRP: $52,550) and the T6 engine (MSRP: $56,350).

Volvo V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race

With a nod to a notorious yacht race, the Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race boasts trim-specific styling elements inside and out, along with a few adventure-oriented features and options. Inside, most of its standard features mirror that of the base Cross Country, though the Ocean Race edition does come with a few upgrades, such as four-zone automatic climate control. Available only in the T6 AWD configuration, prices start at $60,500 for this nautically named V90.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Volvo V90 does an outstanding job of treating travelers well. It envelops occupants in an opulent, comfortable setting and provides reassurance with its impressive list of standard safety features. The V90 excels in the niche category of luxury wagons but may not be the best package when you add luxury SUVs or more affordable nonluxury wagons to the mix. Its below-average predicted reliability rating is further reason to consider an alternative.

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

  • Yet here we have the 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country. It's high-end utility for the SUV-averse. … In addition to its sharp looks and modern design, it offers a serene interior, exceptionally comfortable seats, an array of tech features and Volvo's legendary driver safety aids. As a vessel for the daily shuffle of family activities, the Cross Country is a standout. That said, we've dinged the Volvo Cross Country for a harsher ride and louder cabin than we'd expect at this price point. … For supreme luxury off-roading, an SUV such as the Land Rover Discovery likely makes more sense." -- 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)
  • "The 2018 Volvo V90 is the flagship wagon from the Swedish automaker, a luxurious hauler of people and gear that blends upscale amenities, striking design and the brand's latest arsenal of safety and driving aids. In Cross Country form, the V90 is a standout alternative to luxury SUVs, boasting all-wheel drive (AWD) and extra ground clearance while retaining the sophisticated driving manners of a stately sedan. The V90 can also be ordered as a standard wagon that sits a bit lower but is elegant in its own right." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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