The 2021 Volvo S90 is available in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trims. The entry-level Momentum version is available only with the T6 powertrain, while the R-Design and Inscription models have the Recharge plug-in hybrid alternative.
Momentum ($52,545) has a panoramic sunroof, 18-in alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable driving modes, 12.3-in driver information display, leather seating surfaces, birch wood inlays, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated/10-way power-adjustable front seats with drivers-side memory settings, power-folding rear headrests, self-dimming rearview/side mirrors, garage door opener, Care Key, front/rear parking sensors, 9-in infotainment touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, two USB-A ports, two USB-C ports for the rear passengers,
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 220-watt/10-speaker audio system. The 2021 S90 also has a comprehensive array of driver assistance features detailed in the Safety section below. Momentum trim can also be fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels and a Harmon Kardon audio system.
R-Design (T6: $55,645, Recharge: $61,045
before federal or state tax credits) adds a sporty appearance package with special R-Design 19-inch alloy wheels, black mesh grille, gloss-black mirror caps, special R-Design Nappa leather/Nubuck upholstery, sport front seats with power-extendable cushions, front passenger seat memory settings, sport steering wheel, quad-zone automatic climate control, high-level interior lighting, and a Harman Kardon audio system.
Inscription (T6: $55,645, Recharge: $61,045 before federal or state tax credits) includes perforated Nappa leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats with power-adjustable side support, powered rear-window and rear passenger-side window shades, walnut wood inlays, chrome window surrounds, and trim-specific 19-in alloy wheels. The Inscription model may also be ordered with a Lounge Package ($1,300) bringing massaging front seats, heated/ventilated outboard rear seats, and an extra-wide deluxe rear armrest. Both the R-Design and Inscription versions are eligible for 20-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive air suspension, parking assistance, and a 19-speaker/1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound system ($3,200, but one of the best car systems there is). All three trims qualify for an optional Advanced Package ($1,900), which adds a head-up display, power-operated trunk lid, and a 360-degree camera system. Plus a Climate Package ($750) for heated rear seats, heated wiper blades, and a heated steering wheel. Trunk space is 13.5 cubic feet, on the low side of average for the class. But still good enough for three sets of golf clubs.
Safety Volvo specializes in safety features. Each S90 comes with adaptive cruise control in Pilot Assist (Volvo’s partially autonomous driving system), City Safety (collision avoidance, low-speed and high-speed collision mitigation with pedestrian/cyclist/large animal detection), blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, run-off road protection and mitigation, lane departure warning/lane-keeping assistance, road sign recognition, slippery road/hazard-light alert, and post-collision braking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet crash-tested the S90, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made the car a Top Safety Pick.
Behind the Wheel Supremely comfortable and supportive seats are another Volvo specialty. Slide into the driver’s seat and the well-designed dash spreads out in front. Operating Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system soon becomes intuitive, with pinch/pull zooming, swiping, and other functions that will be second nature for people with smartphones, which is most of us. The display is easily customized and rewards users who are willing to put in a little setup time. The S90’s comfortable ride and impressive fuel economy make it ideal for road trips. The car soaks up any pavement imperfections, and the highway performance is pleasant and relaxing, especially once the driver is fully acquainted with Pilot Assist’s subtle intervention. The 8-speed automatic transmission, meanwhile, is almost imperceptible in its operation. The T6 is eager, but not exactly sporty. Curvy roads and tight turns also bring something of a challenge, as the S90 is a big sedan and more of a natural cruiser than a corner carver. The majority of drivers, however, should be perfectly satisfied.
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