Scandi-style

Want a pre­mium busi­ness es­tate but not the pre­dictable Audi, BMW or Mercedes? Dar­ren Cassey checks out the Volvo V90

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

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.

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