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2019 Volvo V90 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2019 Volvo V90 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The interior of the 2019 Volvo V90 is sophisticated, blending first-class materials with sleek technology. There will be no drawing of straws to determine seating position, thanks to ample space and comfy cushions in both the front and back seat. Highlights of the V90's state-of-the-art tech include a standard semiautonomous driving system and a stunning (though not quite perfect) infotainment interface. Its cargo hold is one of the smallest in our wagon rankings, however.

  • "… this is an elegant-looking and pleasing place to sit, a sensation bolstered by easy entry and exit, intuitive controls, a commanding view of the road ahead, and a strong sense of spaciousness." -- Edmunds
  • "The handsome cockpit employs upscale materials and vertical vents called Airblade, and the dash is dominated by Volvo's innovative and intelligent portrait-oriented 9.0-inch touchscreen, which eliminates many buttons and knobs." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "The interior blends modern tech functions with the clean aesthetics embodied in Scandinavian design. Flowing lines, plenty of soft-touch surfaces and the use of dark walnut inlays give the cabin an elegant, upscale aura." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

The five-seat V90 comes standard with a cloth/leather upholstery combination, power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Seating upgrades include Nappa leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear-window sunshades.

Passenger space is abundant in the V90, with enough room for a tall traveler to sit in the back, even with a 6-foot-tall driver. Most professional reviewers agree that the seat cushions are supportive and comfortable all-around.

For attaching child safety seats, the V90 has full sets of LATCH anchors at its outboard rear seats and a tether anchor at the middle rear seat.

  • "The open cabin feels pretty spacious, a sensation backed up by the ample interior dimensions. Plenty of leg-, headroom and shoulder room means average-size adults won't have difficulty getting comfortable. A 6-foot rear passenger can fit easily in the back seat behind a driver of the same height." -- Edmunds
  • "… good luck finding a reason to peel yourself out of the V90 T6 Inscription model's seats, which heat, cool, massage, adjust infinitely, and are love at first touch." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • "The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the view from the driver's seat is enhanced thanks to the slightly higher seating position when compared to the S90 sedan. There's also a large, panoramic sunroof that helps give the interior a light, airy feel." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Interior Features

The V90 comes with the Sensus infotainment interface and a 9-inch vertically mounted touch screen. It takes an extra beat for the system to fire up when you first get in, but it's otherwise responsive and generally easy to use. One of its distinctive features is the ability to split, showing cabin information on the top of the screen and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on the bottom. Some critics grumble that you must navigate through too many menus to reach some settings.

Other standard features include a navigation system, satellite radio, a 10-speaker sound system, a panoramic sunroof, proximity key entry, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and quad-zone automatic climate control. A 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system and a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system are among the V90's options.

Safety features that come standard in most V90 models include forward and rear collision warning, active steering for collision prevention, active blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, road-sign recognition, 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. The standard Pilot Assist is a semiautonomous driving system that can operate the steering, throttle, and brakes for short periods of time. Options such as a head-up display, a 360-degree camera, and active park assist are available.

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  • "The tall center touchscreen is attractive and easy to read and boasts a largely intuitive layout. It's generally quick and responsive but takes too long to switch to the backup camera after starting. The optional Bowers & Wilkins sound system is phenomenal and worth the upgrade." -- Edmunds
  • "The only downside to the clutter-free interior is, much like the outcome of a day of spring cleaning, finding all of the features and functions that are untidily buried within the infotainment system. It takes more than a few minutes to get used to swiping left and right to find the intended function, unless you default to using the optional Apple CarPlay interface." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • "At the same time, the large vertical center touch screen has the same touch/swipe/pinch-control strategy familiar to anyone with a computer tablet." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Cargo

The Volvo V90 has 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 54 cubic feet when you lay down the 60/40 split rear seat. Most other wagons in our rankings can haul more than this. Loading gear in the V90 is easy, thanks to its standard hands-free liftgate.

  • "The V90 delivers the versatility you expect from a wagon. It has SUV-rivaling storage space and a host of clever options, such as a grocery bag holder and a steel guard that protects passengers from sliding cargo." -- Edmunds
  • "In the case of the Volvo V90, an expansive and comfortable rear passenger compartment comes at the expense of cargo space. Behind the rear seats, just 19.7 cubic feet of trunk room, about as much as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon offers but at the same time measuring just two cubes more than the S90 sedan's trunk will accommodate. Fold the V90's rear seats down, and capacity increases to 53.9 cu.-ft., significantly more than the S90 but about 30 cu.-ft. less than what the XC90 SUV offers. Disappointing? Only kinda sorta. The numbers tell only part of the story, as the ease of accessing and filling the cargo area through the power-operated rear liftgate comes at no expense to the V90's willowy silhouette." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • "The slanted back robs the wagon of some interior space, but there's the XC90 if you want interior space. With the back seats folded down, it's ready to transport antiques from upstate New York." -- Autoweek (2018)

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