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Lease a Volvo S90 Saloon 2.0 T4 R DESIGN 4dr Geartronic

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Technical Data
Transmission Automatic
MPG Combined 42.2
CO2 155 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 8.7 sec
Standard Options
Alloy Wheels

Ten Second Review

Volvo has never really cracked the full-sized executive sector but this S90 model looks a more promising contender. Based on the platform architecture of the brand's second generation XC90 SUV, it aims to tempt company customers with what Volvo describes as 'elegant and functional' appeal.

Background

If you're thinking of buying a full-sized executive car, then you're probably thinking of a BMW 5 Series, an Audi A6 or a Mercedes E-Class. Other brands have tried and failed to upset German dominance in this segment, Volvo being one of them. The Swedish maker's old S80 never managed to make much of an impact here - but then that was a car from a different era of Volvo ownership. These days, the Gothenburg marque has huge Chinese investment to drive it forward and the result is a much stronger range of product - cars in fact like this one. Volvo itself reckons that this S90 (and its V90 estate counterpart) represent even more of a step forward than the second generation XC90 SUV did - and that car was a seismic step forward for the company. The prospects then, are promising.

Driving Experience

Because this S90 uses the same 'Scalable Product Architecture' as its XC90 SUV stablemate, it also uses many of the same engines too. One change though is the availability of a smaller diesel than you can get in the XC90 - the 190PS D4 unit borrowed from Volvo's smaller S60 and V60 models. Next up is a 235PS D5 twin turbodiesel, also with 2.0-litres and four cylinders, another member of the company's efficient 'Drive-E' engine family. D5 models come with AWD. All S90s come only with smooth 8-speed auto transmission. At the top of the range lies a T8 Twin Engine petrol/electric plug-in hybrid model. This delivers a combined 412PS output, with a thumping 640Nm of torque. 62mph from rest is dispatched in under 6s. There's also a more conventional T4 190bhp four cylinder petrol turbo unit.

Design and Build

This is certainly a more credible full-sized executive saloon than anything Volvo has brought us to date. The S90 has a proud yet non-aggressive face, characterised by a concave grille - apparently a homage to the Volvo P1800 - that's home to the brand's distinctive 'Iron Mark' logo. The T-shaped 'Thor's Hammer' lights are recognisable from the XC90 and deliver a powerful sense of direction that makes this car unmistakable on the road. Step inside an S90 and if you've previously tried the brand's second generation XC90 model, it'll all be pretty familiar, though a difference lies with smart air blades that stand vertically on each side of the Sensus user interface. This massive tablet-like touch screen control plays a key role in creating an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered. Volvo's clearly put a lot of budget into driving up materials quality and this XC90 gets soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. The boot's huge but if that's not enough, then the brand is also offered a spacious V90 estate version of this design.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £32,500 for the entry-level D4 diesel manual model. Figures elsewhere in the range swell up towards the £45,000 mark, as you'd expect from a car in this class aiming to go up alongside full-sized executive segment rivals like BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6, Mercedes' E-Class, Jaguar's XF and the Lexus GS. Top models can be ordered with features like 21-inch alloy wheels and powered, heated and ventilated seats trimmed in Nappa leather. Inside, the tablet-like touch screen in the centre console drives the minor controls and a whole host of Internet-based products and services. Audio services in the plushest variants come courtesy of a monster Bowers & Wilkins stereo. The electronically controlled air suspension has choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste. S90 safety gear includes a run off-road protection package which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead. Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of on coming traffic. Plus the S90 also introduces a world-first - large animal detection - a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day. All these safety systems aim to bring Volvo closer to its vision of nobody being seriously injured or killed in any of its vehicles by 2020.

Cost of Usership

With the D5 diesel most S90 buyers will choose, expect 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and 127g/km of CO2. If you want to do better, you'll need to look at the lesser-powered D4 diesel version, which can emit 116g/km and manages a combined cycle showing of 64.2mpg. At the top of the range, the figures for the T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid model are eye-catching. This derivative delivers just 44g/km of CO2 and up to 26 miles of pure electric driving range. The T4 petrol variant manages 42.2mpg on the combined cycle. Depreciation will be a key consideration for potential owners. It'll be interesting to see to how the market responds to Volvo's new direction in style and quality here. Think in terms of RVs that are comparable with a brand like Lexus in this segment and you shouldn't be too far out.

Summary

Don't expect Volvo to go threatening Audi, BMW and Mercedes sales volumes overnight with this car: it won't be imported in those kinds of numbers anyway. A more realistic objective though for this S90 will be to slot in behind Jaguar's XF as a 'best of the rest' contender in this segment. That's no bad place to be. A growing number of thoughtful executives are looking for something more interesting as their next management level company car and this S90 is well worth a test drive for those of that mindset. It certainly gives this Swedish brand a much stronger offering than it's ever had before in this sector.

CO2 (g/km)
155
HC+NOx
Not Available
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1969
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
4
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears
8 SPEED
Number of Valves
16
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
EC Combined (mpg)
42.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
52.3
EC Urban (mpg)
32.1
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Badge Power
190
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
T4
Coin Series
R Design
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
31E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
80
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
76
NCAP Safety Assist %
93
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
8.7
Engine Power - BHP
190
Engine Power - KW
140
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
221
Engine Torque - MKG
30.6
Engine Torque - NM
300
Engine Torque - RPM
1600
Top Speed
130
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Yes
Tyre Size Front
245/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear
245/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style
5 SPOKE
Wheel Type
18" ALLOY
Height
1443
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4963
Wheelbase
2941
Width
1895
Width (including mirrors)
2019
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
55
Gross Vehicle Weight
2260
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
Not Available
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
500
Max. Loading Weight
595
Max. Roof Load
100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Minimum Kerbweight
1665
No. of Seats
5
Front park assist
Rear Park assist
Power boot opening and closing
Metal mesh inlays
Sensus connect navigation with high performance sound, USB,10 speakers/330W
Solid paint
Contour sports seats with leather/nubuck upholstery
Sun curtain - rear side doors
Child locks on rear doors
Electric height adjustable driver seat
Front passenger seat electric height adjust
18'' 5 spoke diamond cut matt black alloy wheels
Are the cars brand new? Yes.
Where do I pick up my new car? You don’t – we’ll deliver it to you, free of charge.
Will it have a warranty? Yes – a full manufacturer’s warranty.
Will I need to have a credit check? Yes.
Will I be charged for mileage? Only if you exceed your agreed mileage allowance.
Will I be charged for damage? Only if the damage exceeds “fair wear and tear”.

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Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Diesel
Seats 5 5 5
Doors 4 4 4
CO2 154 g/km 155 g/km 122 g/km
MPG 41.5 42.2 61.4
BHP 200 190 194
0 to 62 7.1 sec 8.7 sec 7.3 sec

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