10 years Have passed since the last generation of the Volvo S80 came to the market. Since then, this had been the largest model of the brand. Spending his last few years out of date in a voracious market, has finally reached the new Volvo S90, as well as your body, family, the Volvo V90.
The new generation of the flagship of Volvo benefits from all the innovations applied by the Volvo XC90, the second-generation of the SUV that marked an important the turning point for the brand in the field of modular platforms, design, equipment and mechanical more efficient. The Volvo S90 and V90 have been made to beg, but we have already been able to see that the wait has been worth it.
The Volvo S90 and V90 share the modular platform SPA with the Volvo XC90, as well as the engines Drive-E four-cylinder. They also make it their own scandinavian design language of the SUV, giving as a result two bodies look a lot more modern than the S80 and V70 to replace it. Headlights, LED daytime running lights type “Hammer of Thor” are one of the main signs of identity of the new generation Volvo.
With dimensions of 4,96 meters in length (4,93 V90), get a sporty and confident, with a body wide and low. Discarding the square shapes in the Volvo V90 is lost part of the essence of the Volvo family that like to some, but it is clear that with the new design, the swedes will be able to reach a much wider audience.
Space of quality
The change in the design of the cabin is also very palpable. Was this part of the more outdated it looked in the previous generation model and now it resembles also to the XC90, but with differences in the design. What doesn’t change is the extraordinary quality of finishes (even more in the finished Registration top of range that we tested) or the absence of buttons on the dashboard, where the touch screen multimedia system Sensus Connect has allowed to get rid of all, less than eight buttons.
In the center console there are two hollow slide, in addition to the armrest with a chest in which rests the CD. In addition to a selector, automatic change to traditional, find the rotary switch to the starter and the selector of the modes of driving, this in a position a little behind. Also in the center console are buttons for the electric parking brake and Auto-Hold.
With the sound system, Bowers & Wilkins, the door panels are a spectacle
If we talk about qualities, Volvo is not surprising to us because it is time consuming to do well. In the new Volvo S90 and V90 we find that the plastics both of the parties high and low are soft, something that is not so in all premium. At the same time, the wood and skin used in these versions Inscription is of a great quality visual and to the touch. The quality of settings is flawless and is complemented with a few controls have a solid feel to it and quality, in addition to the touch screen with a response really fast.
If we talk about space and habitability, and these bodies of almost five metres long leave a lot of space for the occupants. The squares front offer a comfort perfect, ideal for long journeys. The seats can be electric multicontour heated and ventilated, in addition to function massage. Along with the column address, the set up can be almost infinite. In my opinion we can put the paste in the center armrest is too short and is not sliding, which makes those who tend to sit closer to the steering wheel, to support the elbow in the narrowest part of the central console, something hard and uncomfortable at the seams.
The rear seats offer plenty of space for legs and head, although here is where the the body family of Volvo V90 pull out chest, thanks to the fact that your ceiling falls less in the rear of the cockpit. In addition, equipping the panoramic roof in the V90, the feeling of spaciousness is much greater than that provided by the solar roof classic of the S90.
The rear seats exterior can be heated, but it is a pity that they are not reclining. The air-conditioning to the four zones with air vents central and side in the rear seats offer a great climate comfort, although by asking it would be good that the air conditioning was also independent of the four zones in flow rate and direction. The central square at the back is much more elevated, narrow, and hard, although the tunneling transmission is not annoying in that at the sides there is plenty of space for the feet. If the front seats are very low, the hollow under the same can be fair.
The technology highlights of the Volvo S90 and V90
vision Cameras, 360 °
The Volvo S90 and V90 are loaded with technology and the security has a lot of presence. For decades, this is one of the highest priorities of Volvo, which for 2020 has the goal that no one dies or is seriously injured in a Volvo of a new generation. Series already offers wizard of involuntary change of lane, recognition of traffic signs, driver alerts, and mitigation of impacts in case of out of the way.
Optionally, it is possible to equip items such as parking cameras 360º, the Park Assist or the rear seats integrated for children. However, the most interesting thing to be found in the packages IntelliSafe Surround and IntelliSafe Assist. The first includes sensor dead corners, cross-traffic alert system and prevention of impacts by reach, which tightens seat belts, applies the brakes and warns when it detects risk of a car can reach us from behind.
The package IntelliSafe Assist incorporates adaptive cruise control, which works very well and give the turn signal for a lane change begins to accelerate. However, the functionality most prominent of this package is the Pilot Assist, which works up to 130 km/h. It is a step to driving semi-autonomous, which together with the adaptive cruise control allows the car to circulate with less action on the part of the driver.
Testing the Pilot Assist
we Can turn the Pilot Assist from the steering wheel, and when in the box of watches we see a wheel color green, you’ll notice as the car will maintain the selected speed (up to 130 km/h) thanks to the adaptive cruise control and the steering wheel will rotate on the basis of the lines of the road. The guidance of the steering wheel is very good and soft, since the car is not stumbling through the lane, or the steering wheel is constantly moving.
With lead hands on the steering wheel (mandatory) the car will circulate through the lane. The brand says that it goes exactly in the center, but what is certain is that in some you can get approached much outside of the lane, and even stepping a bit to the stripes. That happens in very tight curves, and it is that the system works much better in areas with ample curves. There is a few degrees determined in the system to work, since it depends on factors such as the curve or the speed, so it is important not to blindly trust in the system.
In the Volvo XC90 the Pilot Assist works up to 50 km/h
During the test we did a test, walking tens of kilometres for a dual carriageway with virtually no actuation of the steering wheel (if hands-on it and very attentive). At all times it worked fine, but when you approach exits and additions, the car can lose the “autonomy” and if we are not attentive to the driving we can lose control of the trajectory and get out of our lane, with the dangers that this could entail.
it is Undoubtedly a very comfortable assistance to the relaxed driving on long journeys, but we must not forget that we are driving a car, so you want to be very attentive at all times to the driving.
Test Volvo S90 T6 320 HP
The Volvo S90 with the engine T6 2.0-liter gasoline, and 320 HP was the first model that we were able to prove in the international presentation of the new models of Volvo. This is the version gasoline, more powerful, above the T5 with 254 HP. The T6 is marketed only associated with the automatic eight-speed and awd.
The first thing worth noting of this engine is its absolute refinement of sound and vibration. At idle we do not know if it is booted. Even at the top of the cuentavueltas the sound of the engine (with a sound attractive) is reduced as the isolation of the Volvo S90 is really good and keeps us perfectly isolated from what happens outside.
Is an engine that responds forcefully, but that is in addition very gradual. This, together with isolation, make that many times we don’t have a sense of speed according to the features of the Volvo S90 T6. If you’ll notice much of a difference between the driving modes Eco, Comfort and Dynamic. From least to most, the answer of change, and the engine is much more powerful.
The driving modes also act on the direction, which hardens in the most sporting and the air suspension of the units tested, it is also more firm the more sporty to be the chosen mode.In the first two modes of the comfort that offers the Volvo S90 is supreme, even on uneven roads. If we are looking for a driving even more dynamic, we will be forced to resort to the mode Dynamic, that contains better the swaying of the body, and makes driving much more accurate. In the Eco modes and Comfort the S90 feels very bourgeois.
When we raised the pace we will see that the ability to turn is really good. In the event that the understeer can appear when you’re going very fast on very twisty, electronic aids, very subtle way, to solve the problem. It is not, nor much less the car more suitable for the mountain passes filled with curves, but it defends itself very well, although your setup is much more aburguesada than that of a BMW 5-Series, for example.
What I least liked is the the absence of shift paddles behind the wheel (will arrive at the end of the year as optional) and that on occasions the management of change in the way Dynamic is not the most athletic, since nothing that soltemos the throttle tends to put an extra gear, and many times we will see that when you enter a curve reduces us march and leave us with a worse response.
Test Volvo V90 D5 235 HP
After we were able to test the Volvo V90 D5 235 horses, the diesel version more powerful always associated change with eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Below are the D4 190 HP and D3 of 150 HP, both with the possibility of manual or automatic exchange. The Volvo S90 and V90 have been in charge of brand new technology PowerPulse.
To dynamic level we can extend the V90 everything relating to the S90. Obviously the differences are in the engine, which in this case is diesel and lower power. The acceleration is slightly inferior to the gasoline engine, but both are quite smooth in performance and where if there will be a clear difference is in the consumption.
The diesel engine D5 is very refined, and does not transmit vibrations to the passenger compartment, in addition to being very quiet inside and outside the vehicle. The power delivery is also linear, and if there is any delay in the response, normally this is due to the gearbox. The technology PowerPulse works in the first three gears, what really makes that in urban traffic, the compressed air in the reboiler, avoid the turbo lag, getting a response is very immediate.
The Volvo S90 and V90 in Spain
If we talk about the new Volvo S90 and V90 in the Spanish market, the brand is planning to market a 300 units in the rest of the year, and some 1,100 units of face-to-2017, which will be the first full year for both models. The Volvo S90 are already arriving at the dealers, and the V90 will not do so until October. In 2017 will also hybrid versions, plug-in T8 Twin Engine of 407 HP.
If we talk about the sales mix, it is estimated that around 65% of the enrollments correspond to the sedan Volvo S90, with the remaining 35% to the family V90. Approximately 60% of the sales correspond to the engines-diesel D5. The Volvo S90 and V90 already have a price in Spain.