Sweden are famed for many things, meatballs and Ikea to name a couple, but Volvo is their embodiment on wheels. The brand has come to represent some of the safest cars in the industry and their latest incarnations feature some amazing technology. A push upmarket in their most recent models has Volvo contending with the best that Germany has to offer, but the likes of the XC90 has shown to put up a strong fight. The 2016 Geneva motor show sees the global debut of the new 2016 Volvo V90 which could be the best thing out of Sweden since Billy the Bookcase.
Sporting a very clean chiselled look, the 2016 Volvo V90 is the estate variant of the S90 saloon. This could well be the car that reignites our love of the estate car as it is positively handsome. A minimalist design exaggerates the features it does have such as those “hammer of Thor” headlights. Inside the high quality interior wraps around occupants and plays host to a large touchscreen infotainment display. The 2016 Volvo V90 has a boot capacity of 1,526 litres.
Engine options are primarily 2.0 litre four cylinder units, both petrol and diesel, but the most powerful is the T8 Twin Engine. This T8 model is a plug-in hybrid with an 87 BHP electric motor and a 2.0 litre diesel engine which combined produce 401 BHP. 47 g/km of CO2 and 134.5 MPG is claimed. It is the same engine that can be found in the new XC90. The D5 is available with all wheel drive and useful 345b ft of torque.
Semi-autonomous systems, as well as “run off road mitigation” which prevents injury via the pedal box, are all cutting edge.
Safety may sell, but the 2016 Volvo V90’s hint of sexy wont hurt it one bit.