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Volvo V90 estate - Reliability & safety

Reliability might be a concern, but the Volvo V90 will be very safe

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Volvo V90 reliability

Volvo’s reputation for reliability could be better. Despite an impressive 10th-place finish in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey and commendations for build quality, the brand could only manage an average finish for reliability. Hopefully, this is a weakness that will be addressed soon.


Safety is a big part of Volvo's traditional appeal. The company has previously stated that no-one will be killed or seriously injured in or by a new Volvo by the year 2020 and if you look at the standard safety kit available on the V90, that sounds very believable. It's borne out by the car's crash safety rating, too – tests carried out by independent crash safety experts Euro NCAP resulted in the V90 being awarded the full five star rating, with an excellent 95% score for adult occupant protection, and a solid 80% given for the way children are looked after in an impact.

Naturally, you get the legally required stuff like ISOFIX child-seat mounting points, electronic stability control, tyre-pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes and a multitude of airbags, but this being a Volvo, there’s more, too. Volvo's standard-fit electronic safety systems were given a superb 93% rating by Euro NCAP in the safety assistance category.

The V90 features the latest City Safety system, which includes automatic emergency braking with sensors that can detect pedestrians, cyclists and even large animals such as moose, deer and horses, then stop the car before a collision occurs.

There’s also the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, which combines the active cruise control and lane-keeping assistance systems, as well as various other lasers, radars and cameras, to allow the car to very nearly drive itself on a motorway. And you can specify cloud-based systems that allow multiple cars to communicate to warn drivers of slippery roads or hazard warning lights ahead.

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