The Volvo V90 is the wagon version of the S90, blending the utility of an SUV with the driving dynamics of a sedan. Volvo also offers the V90 in Cross Country guise, with 8.3 inches of ground clearance—2.3 inches more than the regular model. FWD comes standard on the T5 models, while Cross Country and T6 variants are AWD-only. The standard, non-Cross-Country version of the V90 is an order-only model, and one of the last conventional luxury wagons available in the U.S.
We love the opulence of the Volvo V90's cabin, which is built with excellent materials and brimming with Swedish flair. And as you'd expect of a big Volvo wagon, there's generous interior space. Plenty of sound insulation keeps the V90's cabin quiet on the road, while handling is buttoned down even at high speeds. During MotorTrend's 2018 Car of the Year evaluations, we raved about the thoughtful touches like a pop-up cargo divider and integrated straps and hooks for your cargo. However, ride quality suffers with the available 20-inch alloy wheels.
The V90 Cross Country takes the V90's inherent goodness and adds excellent off-road capability. At MotorTrend's 2018 SUV of the Year evaluations, we found that despite its extra ground clearance, the V90 Cross Country retains its car-like road manners, making it a well-rounded option for those seeking something a little different.
The base 2020 Volvo V90 T5 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Want more power? Try the V90 T6 and V90 Cross Country, which are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4 rated at 316 hp and 295 lb-ft . With a standard eight-speed automatic, the V90 T5 is EPA-rated at 22/33 mpg city/highway. The V90 T6 and V90 Cross Country are EPA-rated at 21/31 mpg and 20/30 mpg, respectively.
Although the Volvo V90 hasn't been crash-tested, its sedan sibling, the S90, received a Good score on all IIHS crashworthiness tests except headlights, where it got a Marginal score (Good is the highest score). In the front crash prevention test, the S90 got a Superior on the vehicle-to-vehicle category (Superior is the highest rating).
The V90's standard safety features include lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward and rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Pilot Assist, Volvo's semi-autonomous driving assist that bundles lane centering and an enhanced adaptive cruise control system, also comes standard on the V90.
The 2020 Volvo V90 has 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up. Folding the standard split-folding rear seats expands capacity to 69.0 cubic feet. You can also store small items in the underfloor storage, which measures 2.7 cubic feet.
Volvo's Sensus infotainment system comes with 9.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen, two USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, and onboard navigation as standard on the V90. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system also comes standard on the Volvo V90. You can also opt for an available 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, a head-up display, and a CD player.
Exterior: Power tailgate, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, and 19-inch alloy wheels
Interior and Convenience: Four-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, partial leather upholstery, heated power front sport seats with memory, R-Design steering wheel with paddle shifters, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, two USB ports, Volvo Sensus with 9.0-inch portrait style touchscreen, built-in navigation
Performance: Sport suspension
Exterior: Silver roof rails and window surrounds, 19-inch silver alloy wheels
Interior and Convenience: Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, adjustable front seat side bolsters, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, power load cover, brown wood interior trim
Performance: Dynamic suspension (softer than the R-Design's sport suspension)
Exterior: 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels
Interior and Convenience: Black walnut interior trim, heated steering wheel
Performance: Touring suspension (softest suspension tune)
Exterior: 20- to 21-inch alloy wheels, adaptive headlights, heated windshield, automatic parking system
Interior and Convenience: Rear seat booster cushions, heated rear seats, Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, 360-degree parking camera system, CD player, head-up display, massaging front seats, 120-volt power outlet in the back of the center console
Performance: Air suspension with adaptive dampers