OUT OF THE BOX
The wagon’s sloping rear rejects the look of boxy Volvo wagons of old (and of Swedish tastes) in order to lure more global buyers. In Europe the V90 is expected to account for some 70 percent of total model sales.
Using a space-saving integral axle and transverse leaf-spring rear suspension design results in more cabin space, as well as a lower and wider cargo floor for greater practicality. Plus, an extended rear compared to the preceding V70 means the V90’s luggage volume total is only 15 litres shy at 575 litres.
And no rear-facing kid seats? “We love them, but they’re not perceived as premium enough,” explained Volvo safety guru Lotta Jakobsson.