Want a premium business estate but not the predictable Audi, BMW or Mercedes? Darren Cassey checks out the Volvo V90
The V90 is Volvo’s alternative to the likes of the BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant. It’s a premium business estate that tries to add a touch of character to a typically quite dull segment.
It achieves this by offering a classy-looking exterior backed up by a high-quality interior that’s very Scandinavian in its minimalist appearance.
There’s substance behind the styling though, with a range of economical engines and excellent safety technology. There are various petrol and diesel engine options, each offering varying power outputs and economy statistics from a 2.0-litre engine. There’s also a petrol plug-in hybrid version called the T8 Twin Engine. The V90 has a simple elegance to its design. Volvo is wellknown for building boxy estate models, but the latest version adds a more modern, stylish take to the practicality they have become known for. The Volvo feels just as expensive as its Germans rivals, but adds a touch of Scandinavian style to the mix. Volvo interiors work best with lighter colours, while the elegant buttons and dials give a sense of well-thoughtout ergonomics. Boot space is somewhat impinged on by the sloping roofline, but it’s not often you’ll be cursing the lack of a few extra litres as there’s nearly 2,000 available with the rear seats down.