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2023 Volvo S90: Choosing the Right Trim


If you’re seeking a distinctive luxury sedan with impeccable safety, luxury, and powertrain credentials, the 2023 Volvo S90 might be your next car. The S90 doesn’t sell in large numbers, so it’s an exclusive ride.

While not as quick or athletic as a BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Genesis G80, or Lexus ES, the S90 is no slouch. Its available plug-in hybrid powertrain delivers impressive power and fuel economy.

Most 2023 Volvo S90s are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, a mild hybrid arrangement good for 295 horsepower. The S90 Recharge is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model with a larger electric motor and battery back. It has a stout 455 horsepower and an all-electric range of 38 miles. Regardless of trim, all S90s come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD).

2023 Volvo S90 B6 Plus (starting at $57,000)

2023 Volvo S90 B6 Plus

As the flagship Volvo sedan, the base S90 B6 Plus features a host of luxury and technology features, with the ability to add more options.

The S90 is big on visibility. Its adaptive LED headlights turn in the direction of the steering wheel, while LED fog lights double as cornering lamps. Power washers fitted to the headlights help keep the lenses clean as needed, and rain-sensing wipers activate when detecting water or mist on the windshield. The S90’s power-folding heated side mirrors include an auto-dimming feature. They also tilt down when placing the transmission in reverse.

The S90 Plus includes 19-inch alloy wheels and a keyless entry system with a proximity key fob that unlocks the vehicle and trunk when pulling the door handle. The system also operates the power trunk release.

Slipping inside the S90 reveals a sleek yet straightforward interior with clear Scandinavian design elements, such as grained leather upholstery and Gray Ash wood accents. Standard amenities include power front seats with driver’s seat power lumbar and memory features, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power-folding rear seat with power folding headrests.

A four-zone climate control system comes standard and includes an air purifier and an after-run parking system that keeps pumping air into the cabin for up to 15 minutes after the engine shuts off.

A panoramic glass moonroof with a power sunshade gives the entire cabin an airy quality. Rear passengers enjoy power sunshades over the back window and side door glass; individual vents and climate control add to their comfort also.

High-tech features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, adjustable ambient interior lighting, and adaptive power steering.

The standard audio system features a 220-watt amp and 10 speakers. It’s connected to a massive center touchscreen with Google built-in apps and services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant, and the Google Play store. Apple CarPlay comes standard (late availability), as do Bluetooth streaming and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Being a Volvo, safety is a top priority. The S90 is chock-full of active and passive features. Standard driver aids include forward collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic detection, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

Oncoming Lane Mitigation can steer the car back into its lane if has unintentionally crossed the center divide.

Additional systems include front, side, and rear parking sensors, rear emergency braking, road sign recognition, and a rear collision warning that detects a rapidly approaching vehicle from behind. The system will warn the approaching driver by activating all indicator lights in a rapid pattern. If a collision is unavoidable, the system tightens the seatbelts and applies full brakes to help reduce the possibility of whiplash injury.

Adaptive cruise control and Pilot Assist help maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and keep the S90 centered in its lane while driving. The system can even slow, stop, and then resume speed once traffic begins to move.

Pilot Assist is so advanced it can sense if there is no driver interaction (such as when the driver suffers a medical emergency). It will then bring the vehicle to a stop, activate the hazard lights, and call emergency services.

Optional upgrades for the Volvo S90 Plus include a 600-watt 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system and 20-inch alloy wheels.

With the $1,045 destination fee, the 2023 Volvo S90 B6 Plus costs $58,045. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,043. See the 2023 Volvo S90 B6 Plus for sale 

2023 Volvo S90 B6 Plus includes:

  • Heated front and rear seats – Gives outboard passengers the ability to warm their seats. Back seat passengers also enjoy individual climate controls.
  • Panoramic moonroof – Covers the entire cabin, allowing in more light or fresh air. Includes a power sunshade when a darker cabin is preferred.
  • Pilot Assist – This active driver assist system can steer the S90 on certain roads, maintain a safe distance to the vehicle ahead, and even operate in stop-and-go traffic.

2023 Volvo S90 B6 Ultimate (starting at $62,550)

The Volvo S90 Ultimate uses the same engine and suspension as the Plus but adds more luxury touches and optional equipment.

Building off the Plus trim’s generous standard equipment list, the Ultimate adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a color head-up display, Nappa leather upholstery, and a crystal gear selector knob by Orrefors of Sweden.

The Ultimate’s front seats get upgraded with ventilation, 4-way power lumbar support, and passenger seat memory. The driver and front passenger seats gain power seat cushion extensions and power side bolsters.

The S90 B6 Ultimate also gets a tailored dashboard and upper door panels, plus a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Buyers can upgrade to the available Lounge Package that adds massaging front seats, ventilated rear seats, and a rear seat luxury armrest.

Individual options for the Ultimate include an adaptive air suspension, a power trunk lid, and a 1,460-watt, 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins high-end audio system.

With the $1,045 destination fee, the 2023 Volvo S90 B6 Ultimate costs $63,595. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,143. See the 2023 Volvo S90 B6 Ultimate for sale

2023 Volvo S90 B6 Ultimate includes:

  • Ventilated front seats – The cooling air helps prevent perspiration from soaking your clothes when driving on hot summer days.
  • Advanced comfort seats – The S90 Ultimate’s front seats feature power side bolsters for a snug fit. Extendable seat cushions provide better thigh support.
  • Available Bowers & Wilkins audio – This 19-speaker audio masterpiece includes a compact air-ventilated subwoofer creating big bass in a small space. Four different room modes bring the sounds of a jazz club or concert hall into the luxurious cabin of this large Volvo sedan.

2023 Volvo S90 T8 Recharge Ultimate (starting at $70,500)

The 2023 Volvo S90 T8 Recharge is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that comes in only one trim: Ultimate.

While the S90 T8 Recharge Ultimate has all the same standard and optional equipment as the S90 B6 Ultimate, the T8 Recharge features a hybrid electric powertrain that produces 455 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque. The dual motor powerplant can propel this S90 PHEV to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Better still, the S90 T8 Recharge can travel up to 38 miles solely on electric power.

With its $1,045 destination fee, the 2023 Volvo S90 T8 Recharge Ultimate costs $71,545. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,286. See the 2023 Volvo S90 T8 Recharge Ultimate models for sale

FAQ

What is the best 2023 Volvo S90 trim?

The base Volvo S90 Plus comes nicely equipped and can be upgraded with a better audio system. The Volvo S90 Ultimate adds another $5,500 to the price but offers niceties such as massaging front seats and an available Bowers & Wilkins sound system. If money isn’t a sticking point, we’d go with the S90 Recharge and all its options.

How many miles per gallon does the 2023 Volvo S90 get?

The Volvo S90 returns EPA fuel economy of 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. The S90 Recharge PHEV has a combined electric/gas rating of 66 mpge and a combined city/highway rating of 29 mpg when using the gasoline engine solely.

Which 2023 Volvo S90 trim offers the most safety?

All three Volvo S90 trims are a safe bet. They all come loaded with the latest safety and driver assist systems and earn top marks in crash testing by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS even bestowed a coveted Top Safety Pick + accolade on the 2022 S90.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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