The 2017 Volvo S90 is something straight out of the Scandinavian car maker’s playbook. It is an elegant sedan that brings all the luxury that you would expect from the big boys of the luxury sedan segment.
Volvo, however, is not buying any of the intimidating showboating of the much more established names. In the S90, the company – recently acquired by the Chinese company Geely – has put together a well thought out sedan that manages to more than hold its own in the market.
From the front all through to the rear, the S90 model for 2017 boasts an elegance that rivals that of the German and British counterparts while coming in at a lower price, thus enticing buyers.
Let’s have a look through at the specs, results of the test drives and of course, the much vaunted interior.
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Interior of the 2017 Volvo S90
This is one of the main selling points of this luxury sedan. The word luxury is not used loosely in shape or form in this car. Premium leather seats and open pore wood veneer are just the tip of the iceberg on the inside of this sedan.
The dash exudes its own form of subtle but executive radiance. The brown wood runs the entire width of the car, seeming to hover. There is the delicate touch of polished chrome on its underside to add that not-so-extravagant hue of class.
The piéce de resistance inside the S90 is the 9 inch touch screen that is smack in the middle of the dash. From here, one can control all the goings-on in the car, including but not limited to air conditioning, music and navigation. Regarding navigation, this screen is ideal because the map shows up in a landscape orientation, making for better reading.
The 2017 Volvo S90 derives its front grille design from its crossover SUV cousin; the XC90. Though smaller, the front end of the S90 still features the rounded hood with the sleek aerodynamic groove on either side of the hood.
The grille features the iconic vertical slats with the Volvo badge sitting astride a horizontal line. The front headlights are also very much iconic in a Scandinavian manner of putting things. The main beam lights are in the shape of Thor’s Hammer, underlining the origins and pride of this beauty.
Though the front is a more condensed version of the XC90 crossover SUV, the back end has been entirely redesigned to breathe some new life into the sedan. The rear lights find themselves at the corner, with the lead margin branching out to move along the lip of the trunk lid, only to be separated by another VOLVO badge.
The eight spoke diamond wheels also do a lot to cultivate the elegant image as does the strip of chrome which envelopes the edges of the windows.
Beneath the Scandinavian hood
Volvo is offering the 2017 Volvo S90 in different engine models, ranging from the T5 all the way to the T8. These are all just minor modifications of the 2 liter inline 4-cylinder engine. Though these might not set new records, especially against the quality of the competition in terms of performance, the S90 does more than enough to hold its own.
Whereas the low end T5 model gives a modest 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 is a supercharged turbo that is capable of churning out 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
The engine is married to an Aisin 8 speed automatic transmission. Instead of the paddle shifters behind the wheel that are common in many luxury automobiles, the S90 has a shift gate for manual selection of the gears.
- Wheelbase: 116 inches
- Length: 195 inches
- Width: unknown
- Max Speed: 130 mph
- 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
- Passenger volume: 4 passengers
- Storage volume: 17.7 cubic feet
- Curb weight: not known
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: not known
- Available exterior colors: not known
- Towing capacity: 4,600 pounds
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Price / MSRP and Release Date of 2017 Volvo S90
The S90 was released to the public at the end of 2016. The higher models like the T8 made an appearance in the early months of 2017.
The price for this elegant luxury sedan ranges from $47,945 for the T5 Momentum model. On the other hand, the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription receives a price tag of $57,245. Other models come in higher and can reach up to $60,000. This still makes it lower than the competition, a point that will drive buyers to Volvo given all that it is offering.