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Volvo S90 saloon - Interior & comfort

This is where the Volvo S90 excels. The interior is beautiful, comfortable and easy to navigate

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Volvo often draws acclaim for the comfort of its seats – it’s an area where the company invests a lot of money – and the new S90 is no exception. The standard leather-upholstered seats offer fantastic support and comfort which, combined with the S90’s impressive ride, makes for a very relaxing driving experience.

Volvo S90 dashboard

As with the XC90, the S90 uses some superb materials and boasts high-quality workmanship, while everything is laid out intuitively, too. The nine-inch, portrait-orientated touchscreen not only looks fantastic, but is also easy to use, with just about every function operated from the screen. There’s just one row of buttons, which controls the stereo, hazard warning lights and windscreen demisting.

Operating the Sensus infotainment system is pretty easy, too. It may take you a little while to work it out, but once you have – after 15 minutes or so – it’ll become second nature. The graphics are sharp and the screen responsive, so it feels more like you’re operating a tablet computer than a car’s infotainment system.

The dials are easy to read, too, while the steering wheel is wonderfully tactile as well. While the design approach for an executive car of adding wood and leather to everything is very well-trodden ground, the S90 manages to freshen it up somewhat. Instead of the usual dark wood that you’ll find in other cars of this sort, it uses lighter woods and is designed in a very clean, crisp way.

Equipment

While the starting price for the entry-level Volvo S90 Momentum puts it in pretty exalted company, the amount of standard equipment you get means you’ll never feel short-changed. All models get sumptuous leather upholstery, that Sensus infotainment system with the nine-inch tablet-style touchscreen, Bluetooth compatibility, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, LED lights all round, voice control and even wireless internet access.

Satellite navigation is also standard, as is keyless engine starting and access to a variety of apps. You also get 17-inch alloy wheels and a powered bootlid on the entry-level Momentum model. All models also get Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system, which allows the car to just about drive itself at speeds of up to 80 mph on the motorway.

The R-Design trim gives the S90 a sportier look and feel, with leather and nubuck upholstery, a perforated leather steering wheel, black headlining, sports mats and pedals, front foglights and unique five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.

Top-of-the-range Inscription trim adds a host of goodies. These include even softer Napa leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a 12.3-inch ‘virtual’ display (instead of the traditional dials), 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, walnut interior trim and rear footwell illumination. There are also extra chrome exterior trims.

Options

Thanks to the impressively generous standard equipment, there aren’t that many options for S90 buyers to choose from. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – systems that allow you to operate certain aspects of your iPhone using the car’s touchscreen – is one notable addition, while you can also add an 18-speaker, 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins stereo. Lastly, there’s the Xenium package, which adds a powered tilt-and-slide sunroof, 360-degree cameras and parking assistance, which will automatically guide the car into either a parallel or perpendicular parking bay.

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