Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo S90 T6 Sedan

The new 2017 Volvo S90 sedan

By Jonathan Spira on 18 April 2017
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Right before heading down to the warm Arizona sun for Volvo’s launch of the V90 Cross Country, I spent a week with the Swedish automaker’s new S90 sedan in the frozen apple known as New York City.

As I noted in the V90 review, Chinese automaker Geely’s ownership of Volvo has made the automaker more Swedish than it has been in recent history. Indeed, Volvo has seen a dramatic increase in sales and it gained resources with which to develop the 90 Series of cars, wagons, and SUVs.

We first met the 90 Series with the XC90, the SUV model, in 2016 and introduction of the S90 Sedan followed in early 2017. (With the launch of the V90 in the past few months, the 90 Series is now complete and the automaker will turn its attention to a major reworking of the 60 Series.)

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All 90 Series vehicles are built on the automaker’s new global platform, SPA or Scalable Product Architecture. They all share numerous features and characteristics both inside and out including a 9” tablet-like touch screen for infotainment and climate control and the Thor’s Hammer daytime running lights, which give all 90 Series vehicles a signature look.

The S90 is charging into a market that is crowded, so Thor’s Hammer may come in handy. The strongest competitors are the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class but there are also (in alphabetical order) the Acura RLX, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti Q70, Jaguar XF, and Lexus GS.

The Volvo is not too long and not too short compared to its competition but it sits lower, has a lower roofline, and is noticeably wider, giving it a more stylish look than some of the others in its class. Its Volvo heritage is clear but it’s also not your grandfather’s 240 or even your father’s 740.

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