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The 2018 Volvo V90 ranked #3 in Wagons. Currently the Volvo V90 has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.4
Safety: TBD
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2018 Volvo V90 Review

The brand-new 2018 Volvo V90 boasts a spacious and luxurious cabin with modern and user-friendly features, but cargo space is limited for the wagon class. Handling is balanced and there are two strong engine options. Still, the V90 finishes in the middle of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Opulent interior
  • Powerful optional engine
  • Numerous standard features
  • Less cargo room than competitors
  • High base price

Is the Volvo V90 a Good Wagon?

The Volvo V90 is an excellent choice among wagons – if its high price tag fits your budget. It’s the most expensive car in the class; in fact, it’s more than double the price of some rivals. However, you’ll get a lot for that money. Its cabin has first-rate materials, a solid build quality, and remarkably comfortable seats with plenty of room. In addition, there are a plethora of standard features, including a modern, intuitive infotainment system. While the V90 has more of a padded ride, it also has solid cornering ability with a decent amount of steering feedback. Choosing the optional turbocharged and supercharged engine will also give you a vehicle that really hustles. Still, it has below-average cargo space, which hurts the V90’s utilitarian appeal.

Should I Buy the Volvo V90?

If you're on the hunt for a family vehicle with comfort, quality, and substantial performance, you should definitely consider the Volvo V90. It's lighter than a minivan, has a lower ride height than an SUV, and drives like a traditional car. If you need more passenger and cargo space, however, check out Volvo’s flagship XC90 SUV.

All other wagons have lower starting prices. A maxed-out Subaru Outback is also good for those that want more capability for adventure at a more affordable price. For an even sportier wagon, you’ll have a hard time topping the Audi Allroad.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Volvo V90?

The V90 is brand-new for 2018, so there are no previous model years to choose from.

We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

To make your car buying experience easier and faster, we've gathered all the information you need in one place. For our comprehensive 2018 Volvo V90 review, we analyzed 16 professional car reviews. We've also included EPA estimates, pricing information, comparison vehicles, and much more.

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How Much Does the Volvo V90 Cost?

The all-new Volvo V90 starts at $49,950, which is more than most other wagons but solidly in line with many luxury vehicles. Another luxury wagon, the Audi Allroad, starts at $44,500, while the Volvo XC90 SUV retails for $46,900. Though not a luxury car, the Subaru Outback is well-rounded and starts at $25,895.

The 2018 V90 has three trim levels and two available powertrains. Upgrading to the larger engine (which includes all-wheel drive) costs an additional $6,000. The more rugged Volvo V90 Cross Country starts at $52,300. There are a few option packages and dozens of individual features available. A fully loaded V90 T6 Inscription can cost around $78,000.

For more information about the Volvo V90's standard and optional features, check out the “Which Volvo V90 Model Is Right for Me?” section below

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Volvo V90 Versus the Competition

The wagons class encompasses a little of everything, with five-door offerings from luxury and nonluxury brands alike. As a result, the V90 competes with luxury vehicles as well as SUVs and nonluxury wagons that can be optioned to compare well with a luxury car.

Which Is Better: Volvo V90 or Volvo XC90?

The Volvo XC90's starting price of $46,900 is about $3,000 less than the V90's base price, but both have similar features and technology and exceptionally luxurious cabins. The biggest difference is that the XC90 can seat up to seven people and has more than double the amount of cargo space. By comparison, the V90 only seats five. In terms of performance, the V90 has superior handling and cornering capability. Also, the V90's base engine doesn't feel underpowered like the bulky XC90 does with its base engine. If you upgrade the XC90 to a more powerful engine, however, it’ll have much quicker acceleration. You won't regret choosing either of these models. Get the XC90 if you want more room. But if you're willing to forfeit additional space for better driving dynamics, go for theV90. 

Which Is Better: Volvo V90 or Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback doesn't have the elegance or modern look of the V90, but it's a great alternative with more utility. You can get a fully loaded Outback for under $40,000, which is just shy of $10,000 less than the base V90.Though a fully loaded Outback may not add as many amenities as the V90, it’s not without its perks. These include a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine, heated front and rear seats, a premium sound system, a moonroof, leather seating, and several driver assistance features. The Outback's real strong suit is its abundant cargo space, high ground clearance, and standard all-wheel drive. This makes it a perfect vehicle for taking a family road trip or venturing into the great outdoors. If you're on a tighter budget and need more space, go with the Outback. For an opulent cabin and additional features, go with the V90. 

Which Is Better: Volvo V90 or Audi Allroad?

The closest luxury rival to the V90 is the Audi Allroad, which delivers better performance. It has quick acceleration with its standard 252-horsepower engine, and much like many other Audi vehicles, its handling is athletic. The Allroad comes with standard all-wheel drive, which allows it to do some lighter off-roading. Although the Volvo’s interior is slightly more luxurious, both cars have excellent cabins. Passenger room is good in both wagons, but the Allroad has a little more cargo space. With a price that’s nearly $5,500 lower than the V90’s, the Audi is comparable to the Volvo and provides more value for your money.

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V90 Interior

How Many People Does the V90 Seat?

The Volvo V90 seats five, and once you get in, you may not want to get out. Standard leather upholstery furthers the V90’s luxury appeal, and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position with over a dozen power adjustments. Both front seats offer a commanding view of the road ahead. 

The back seat is just as inviting as the front, but you may have to duck a little to get in under the sloping roof. Tall adults will have plenty of room in the second row, even with the front seats pushed all the way back. Optional seating upgrades include premium Nappa leather, heated front and/or rear seats, ventilated front seats, and massaging front seats.

V90 and Car Seats

The V90 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors in its second-row outboard seats. There is an additional top-tether anchor for the middle seat. Like many upscale cars, the lower LATCH anchors are concealed behind plastic flaps at the base of the seat instead of jammed down in the seat cushion. The outboard tether anchors are located about halfway down the backs of the seats, while the middle tether is near the cargo floor on the back of the middle seat.

V90 Interior Quality

Many recent Volvo vehicles earn rave reviews for their interior designs and quality. The all-new V90 does as well, earning praise for its real wood trim and metal accents. The steering wheel and shift knob are wrapped in leather, and you can upgrade to have the entire dashboard and door panels wrapped in leather as well.

V90 Cargo Space

The 2018 V90 has 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space under its hatch, and you can fold the rear seats down to increase that total to 54 cubic feet. A hands-free power tailgate is standard, allowing you to wave your foot under the bumper to open the hatch. Additionally, the V90’s opening is wide enough to making loading large items easy. 

While the V90 isn't small, it has less cargo space than some rivals. The Audi Allroad has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space with its seats up and 58.5 cubic feet with them down, while the Subaru Outback offers 35.5 cubic feet under its hatch and 73.3 cubic feet maximum. The Volvo XC90 has more room, with 41.8 cubic feet of space in standard configuration and a maximum capacity of 85.7 cubes.

V90 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Features are aplenty in the new V90. You'll get the expected amenities of a luxury car, like Bluetooth, two USB ports, navigation, and satellite radio, but the centerpiece of the V90's cabin is the Sensus infotainment system. The touch-screen display is oriented vertically and positioned within easy reach on the dash where it reacts to gestures like swiping and pinching to zoom. Most car functions, like audio and climate, are controlled with the touch screen. There are several layers of menus so it can take some time to find what you're looking for, but the screen operates smoothly and responds well to touches.

In addition to the modern Sensus interface, the V90 comes with a 12.3-inch digital driver-information display, which is essentially a virtual cockpit that replaces the instrument cluster. You can also sync your smartphone to the infotainment system via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Audiophiles will want to upgrade to the optional 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system that earns critical praise. And to keep the whole family (or at least young ones in the back) entertained on road trips, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system is available.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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V90 Performance

V90 Engine: Twin for the Win

The standard powertrain in the 2018 V90 is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower. Volvo dubs this the T5 powertrain. Also available is the T6, which is a turbocharged and supercharged (aka twin-charged) four-cylinder engine that puts down 316 horsepower. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base engine comes with front-wheel drive, while the T6 utilizes all-wheel drive.

The T5's 250 horsepower is nothing to scoff at, and the standard engine will probably be sufficient for most of your daily driving needs. However, the optional twin-charged engine is a much better fit for this car. The supercharger provides instant power and makes up for any turbo lag you may experience. With 316 horses, the upgraded engine effortlessly gets the V90 up to highway cruising speeds. One downside to the V90 is its transmission. At lower speeds, like when driving around town, it can be slow to downshift and hesitates to find the right gear.

V90 Gas Mileage: Right in the Middle

The base V90 with front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. That’s comparable to most other wagons’ gas mileage. In comparison, the Audi Allroad gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the Subaru Outback is more efficient at 25/32 mpg city/highway. On the flip side is the Volvo XC90 SUV, which gets an estimated 22/29 mpg.

V90 Ride and Handling: What a Wagon Should Be

The V90's driving dynamics are refined and poised. The wagon rides comfortably over most surfaces, and an optional rear air suspension makes it even more comfortable. You shouldn't look to the V90 for a totally engaging drive, but it performs admirably for a big car. There is a decent amount of steering feedback, and the V90 stays planted to the road around sweeping turns.

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V90 Reliability

Is the Volvo V90 Reliable?

The 2018 V90 has an average predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power.

Volvo V90 Warranty

Volvo backs the all-new V90 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty. Both the XC90 and the Audi Allroad have the same coverage length, but you'll get a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty with the Subaru Outback.

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V90 Safety

V90 Crash Test Results

The all-new 2018 V90 has not undergone crash testing yet, but some of its rivals earn commendable safety scores. Both the Volvo XC90 and Subaru Outback receive the highest score of Good in all conducted tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Outback also earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and a perfect five-star overall rating from the NHTSA.

V90 Safety Features

Volvo is an industry leader when it comes to including advanced safety and driver assistance features as standard equipment. The 2018 V90 comes with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive headlights, and road-sign recognition. The standard Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system uses these features to turn the V90 into a nearly self-driving vehicle under certain conditions – when on the highway, for example. The V90 can match its speed to the surrounding traffic and stay in its lane. It can also turn, brake, and accelerate on its own at appropriate times.

You can further outfit the V90 with features like a 360-degree camera that provides a top-down view of the car, a head-up display that projects vital information on the windshield, and an automatic parking assist function that can guide the car in and out of parking spots.

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Which Volvo V90 Model Is Right for Me? 

The all-new 2018 Volvo V90 is available in three trims: R-Design, Inscription, and Cross Country. There are two available powertrains. The T5 is a 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive, and the T6 is a 316-horsepower, turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive. The more rugged Cross Country model only features the T6 powertrain. 

The standard V90 comes loaded with features including an infotainment system, leather seats, a moonroof, and numerous driver assistance features, so you can stick with that and still have a well-equipped luxury wagon. Most options are available a la carte (or as part of a package) so you can easily add amenities like Nappa leather, heated seats, a premium sound system, or automatic parking assist. You'll likely want to upgrade to the T6 powertrain. In addition to all-wheel drive, it provides better power in nearly all driving situations. 

Volvo V90 T5 R-Design 

The base 2018 Volvo V90 has an MSRP of $49,950 and comes with leather seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, quad-zone automatic climate control, the Sensus infotainment system, a 10-speaker sound system, a panoramic moonroof, proximity key entry, a hands-free power liftgate, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, the Pilot Assist semiautonomous driving system, adaptive headlights, and road-sign recognition. 

The optional Convenience package costs $1,950 and includes a 360-degree camera and the automatic Park Assist Pilot. You can also get heated front seats and a heated steering wheel for $750. Other individual options include full Nappa leather seats ($750), a heated windshield ($300), heated rear seats ($425), a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system ($3,200), a head-up display ($900), and a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($2,610). 

Volvo V90 T6 AWD R-Design 

The V90 T6 R-Design ($55,950) upgrades the base model with the stronger powertrain, all-wheel drive, and heated front seats. Other standard features and options are the same as with the base model, with a few notable additions. $1,150 will get you rear-window sun curtains and leather-wrapped dashboard and door panels. An air suspension is also optional for $1,200. 

Volvo V90 T5 Inscription 

The Volvo V90 T5 Inscription starts at $51,950 and builds on the base model with numerous additional amenities including rear-window sun curtains, full Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and other interior styling cues. Options specific to the Inscription trim include a charcoal headliner ($200) and massaging front seats ($600). 

Volvo V90 T6 AWD Inscription 

For $57,950, the V90 T6 Inscription comes with all the same features as its T5 counterpart. You can add optional air suspension for $1,200. 

Volvo V90 Cross Country T5 AWD 

The Cross Country V90 comes standard with the T5 powertrain and all-wheel drive and starts at $52,300. It boasts a higher ride height, hill-descent control, and more rugged exterior styling in addition to the base V90’s features. The V90 Cross Country T6 AWD starts at $56,100. Aside from having a stronger engine, it adds heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. This model offers a $4,500 Luxury package that includes quad-zone climate control, heated rear seats, rear-window sun curtains, massaging front seats, and a leather-wrapped interior. The Convenience package is also available.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Volvo dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Volvo deals page.

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The Final Call

The all-new 2018 Volvo V90 is a well-rounded luxury wagon that has a premium cabin, laudable seating, and a potent optional engine. Though it has less cargo room than rivals and the highest starting price in the class, it’s a good value proposition because of its many standard features.

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

  • "It's true that a crossover SUV will likely make more sense from a practical standpoint. But here's the alternative if the idea of driving around in a glorified box doesn't appeal to your visual senses. The V90 also provides a measure of exclusivity without compromising too much on real-world use. If these attributes appeal to you, the 2018 Volvo V90 will be a great choice." -- 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
  • "The new V90 Cross Country is a good place to go if you have a weak spot for Volvo wagons. Also, there are few if any in this price class that combine SUV surefootedness with the functionality and fun-to-drive feel of a traditional station wagon. … This isn't the place to go for size and a high seating position. While there's no doubt the V90 Cross Country has all-wheel-drive chops, its relatively low-slung nature does not project the same rugged, go-anywhere do-anything image of a traditional SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
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