Volvo V90 (2016–)

What's good

Superb cabin with beautiful details and a real sense of quality. 

Very generous level of standard safety kit including semi-autonomous motorway driving mode.

Loads of rear leg and headroom. 

What to watch out for

560-litre boot is appreciably smaller than boot in the E-Class Estate and even the cheaper Skoda Superb.

Apple CarPlay is a £300 option.


08-03-2017: R/2017/105: Retaining bolt for inflatable curtain may be broken: The retaining bolts used to assemble the Inflatable Curtain may be broken and offer less protection in the event of an incident. Fix: On affected vehicles replace all retaining bolts. VIN: YV1LF68BCH1150614 to YV1LF68BCH1175024; YP1PZA8ACH1000098 to YP1PZ68BCH1005224; YV1A22MK9H1011536 to YV1PSA8BDH1017772; YV1PWA8BDH1008981 to YV1PW7991H1018590: Build dates: 21-11-2016 to 01-03-2017.

22-7-2019: Volvo recalled 70,000 S60, S80, S90 saloons, V40, V60, V70, V90 estates and XC60 and XC90 models sold in the UK from 2014 to 2018 fitted with 2.0 litre diesel engines. (See carbycar V60 good/bad 12-2-2006 and 13-7-2019). Apparently the recall affects 500,000 Volvos worldwide. In a statement explaining why the recall was announced, Volvo said internal investigations “have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform" causing a risk of fire. It also said that in “the most extreme cases” there is the possibility “that a localised engine bay fire may occur", though there have been no reports of injuties. Volvo will contact affected customers who will be asked to visit their local dealership for immediate work to fix the problem. Volvo has stated that the company will fix the faulty vehicles as quickly possible and that customers will not be charged for any costs related to the repair.

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