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2019 Volvo V90 Review

The 2019 Volvo V90 finishes in the bottom half of our wagon rankings. It boasts a beautiful interior and lots of standard features, but its cargo hold is small, and its predicted reliability rating is below average.

Pros & Cons

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

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Volvo V90's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2019 Wagons category. Currently the Volvo V90 has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
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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2019 Volvo V90 Overview

Is the 2019 Volvo V90 a Good Used Wagon?

Yes, the 2019 V90 is a pretty good used wagon. It has two capable powertrain options, delivers a smooth ride, and gets good gas mileage. Inside, the V90 has one of the nicest cabins in the class, along with comfortable seats and lots of standard features. However, a few rivals are more exciting to drive than the V90 and provide more cargo space. The V90 also has a subpar predicted reliability rating.

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We’ve researched 15 Volvo V90 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Volvo V90?

Based on listings for the 2019 Volvo V90, the average list price is $36,271. Prices range from $51,450 to $60,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Volvo V90 Cost to Own?

The 2019 V90’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $32,600, or $6,520 per year. That’s above average for the class. However, it's worth noting that the wagon class includes luxury and nonluxury vehicles, and the V90's projected costs are less than those for some luxury wagons.

2018 vs. 2019 Volvo V90: What's the Difference?

The Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race trim joined the V90 lineup for 2019. Otherwise, there were no notable changes between the 2019 and 2018 V90. The V90 was introduced as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year.

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If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 V90 review to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Volvo V90?

The 2019 Volvo V90 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

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2019 Volvo V90 Recalls

There have been 2 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE: PEDESTRIAN AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING Recall Date: 03/11/2020
  • Summary: Volvo Cars USA LLC (Volvo Cars) is recalling certain 2019-2020 S60, V60, V60 Cross Country, S90L, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC40, XC60, and XC90 vehicles. Due to a software/hardware incompatibility, the Automatic Emergency Brake (AEB) system may not detect obstacles and engage as intended.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 121605
  • Consequence: If the automatic emergency braking system does not engage as intended, it can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will update the Active Safety Domain Master (ASDM) software, free of charge. The recall began April 9, 2020. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R29998.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R29998
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V144000
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Recall Date: 11/12/2018
  • Summary: Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Volvo XC90, S90, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, XC40, XC60, and V90 Cross Country vehicles. The software installed in the Vehicle Connectivity Module (VCM) may have an error causing the Telematics and Driver Support Systems to function improperly. As a result, the GPS will not provide location information to emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 17548
  • Consequence: If the GPS location is not provided to emergency personnel it can inhibit emergency response in the event of a crash or injury.
  • Remedy: Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software, free of charge. The recall began December 26, 2018. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R39917.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAR 23, 2016 to OCT 31, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R39917
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V800000

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Which Used Volvo V90 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 V90 comes in two variants: standard wagon and Cross Country, which features a lifted suspension for extra ground clearance and a few unique features that make it slightly more capable off road. The standard 2019 V90 is available in two trim levels: R-Design and Inscription. The 2019 V90 Cross Country also comes in two trims: base and Ocean Race.

Most models come with the choice of the standard T5 engine (a 250-horsepower four-cylinder) or the available T6 (a 316-horsepower four-cylinder). Front-wheel drive is standard in all V90 models, and all-wheel drive is available if you upgrade to the T6 engine. All Cross Country editions come standard with all-wheel drive.

For most buyers, the V90 R-Design is the best choice. It comes equipped with an appealing number of standard features, including plenty of driver assistance technology.

Each model offered additional features for an extra cost at the time of sale. That means you may be able to find Volvo V90 models with features in addition to those listed here.

  • Volvo V90 R-Design: The V90 R-Design trim comes with a cloth/leather upholstery combination, power-adjustable front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a lengthy list of advanced safety features. This trim comes in T5 FWD and T6 AWD configurations.
  • Volvo V90 Inscription: The V90 Inscription comes with Nappa leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats. This trim is available as the T5 FWD and the T6 AWD.
  • 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 instead of the 12.3-inch display that comes in all other models and dual-zone automatic climate control instead of quad-zone automatic climate control. All-wheel drive is standard, as is the T5 engine. The T6 engine is available.
  • Volvo V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race: The V90 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 quad-zone automatic climate control. This model is only available in the T6 AWD configuration.

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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 V90?

The 2019 V90 has not been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward and rear collision warning
  • Active steering for collision prevention
  • Active blind spot monitoring
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Pilot Assist (a semiautonomous driving system that can operate the steering, throttle, and brakes for short periods)
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Parallel and perpendicular park assist

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2019 Volvo V90 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Volvo V90 or 2019 Jaguar XF Sportbrake?

You'll have to decide for yourself whether the 2019 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is better than the V90, because these two cars have different strengths. The Sportbrake is a variant of the 2019 Jaguar XF, a luxury midsize car. The Jaguar has more powerful engines and sportier handling than the Volvo, making it more fun to drive. On the other hand, the V90 has more standard features and a sumptuous interior.

Which Is Better: 2019 Volvo V90 or 2019 Volvo V60?

The 2019 Volvo V60 is a smaller wagon than the V90, but it may be a better choice for people who don't mind the reduced interior space. 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.

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2019 V90 Performance

How Does the 2019 Volvo V90 Drive?

As you might guess, this wagon doesn't exactly drive like a sports car. Still, the V90 provides composed handling and good road grip, and there's not much body lean when going around curves. The ride feels smooth, even over rough roads, and an available air suspension makes the ride even more cushioned. Cross Country models are a little more adept in off-road situations because they have more ground clearance and a unique suspension compared to the standard V90.

The standard turbo-four engine (Volvo calls it the T5 powertrain) has enough juice for city and highway driving, and it delivers decent acceleration. However, the available turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder (T6) is noticeably stronger, and it makes the V90 quicker off the line.

  • Base engine: 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T5)
  • Available engine: 316-horsepower turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (T6)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Volvo V90 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its standard engine and front-wheel drive, this Volvo's city gas mileage is in line with other wagons. However, on the highway, it's a bit more fuel-efficient than rivals. Ratings drop off a bit in models with all-wheel-drive or with the more powerful engine.

  • T5, FWD: 23/35 mpg city/highway
  • T5 Cross Country, AWD: 22/31 mpg
  • T6, AWD: 21/31 mpg
  • T6 Cross Country, AWD: 20/30 mpg

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2019 V90 Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 V90 Seat?

The 2019 V90 seats five people in two rows. This Volvo features arguably the nicest interior in the class, with elegant styling and premium materials throughout. Both rows of seats are spacious and comfortable, and a number of premium upgrades can make the V90's accommodations even more inviting.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth and leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Volvo V90?

The 2019 V90 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

2019 Volvo V90 Features

The V90 has a large standard touch screen, and it's vertically oriented, whereas most vehicles' screens are laid out horizontally. The screen has sharp graphics, and you can split it to simultaneously display cabin settings and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Sensus interface works well, though some functions sit buried beneath multiple layers of menus.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 9-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a 10-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Available infotainment features: a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system, and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: a panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless entry, and quad-zone automatic climate control

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2019 Volvo V90 Dimensions

Volvo V90 Cargo Space         

The V90 gives you 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 54 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Those totals lag behind the capacities of most other wagons.

2019 Volvo V90 Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,127 to 4,416 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Volvo V90 Built?

Volvo built the 2019 V90 in Sweden.

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