By on July 27, 2017

2017 Volvo V90

2017 Volvo V90 Inscription T6

2.0-liter inline-four, turbocharged and supercharged DOHC (316 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm; 295 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm)

Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

22 city / 30 highway / 25 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

10.5 city / 7.8 highway / 9.4 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100 km)

23 mpg [10.2 L/100 km] (observed)

Base Price: $50,945 (U.S) / $62,015 (Canada)

As Tested: $66,690 (U.S) / $87,034 (Canada)

Prices include $995 destination charge in the United States and $2,115 for destination and A/C tax in Canada

Volvo wants you to reconsider your hauling needs.

Sure, crossovers are a hot commodity these days, coveted for their available cargo space and all-weather capability, but Volvo — despite selling a pair of lofty crossovers itself — believes you should ditch the SUV in favor of a car. And that car is the Volvo V90.

What we have here is an attractively styled, stretched five-door Scandinavian hatchback that carries Volvo’s renowned wagon legacy confidently into the future. It’s a car that places emphasis on driving dynamics and safety first, but won’t let you down if you have a family, a few pets, and some gear to haul around over the weekend.

The 2018 Volvo V90 was brought to this world to elbow the crossover in the throat.

2018 Volvo V90

Don’t Stop Believing

Volvo isn’t giving up on the midsize wagon. While its German rivals — BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi — retain a toehold in the miniscule North American wagon market, it’s a tenuous grasp from a trio of automakers focused almost solely on European customers. All new from the ground up, the V90 is one of the last survivors of the luxury wagon breed.

2018 Volvo V90It is, without question, a truly magnificent machine to behold. Based on the S90 luxury sedan, the V90 takes Volvo’s “Relaxed Confidence” design language to new lengths, thanks to an elongated greenhouse, wide stance, sloping roof, and Volvo’s iconic vertical taillights, which extend all the way up the car’s D-pillars.

Up front, now familiar Thor’s Hammer LED headlights flank a corporate Volvo maw like the one found on the XC90 SUV and upcoming XC60. The end result is an elegant automobile that stands out as a distinctive Volvo product. Most importantly, it finally looks and feels like a truly premium machine — a trait found lacking in Volvo cars for some time.
2018 Volvo V90Step inside the Volvo V90 and you’re greeted to an equally luxurious cabin presented in the form of Swedish minimalist design. Fanatical attention to detail, high-quality materials, real wood inserts and vertical air vents — which Volvo calls Air Blades — decorate the airy cabin.
2018 Volvo V90The center console is adorned with diamond-cut controls, with a Tesla-inspired 9.0-inch touchscreen dominating the center stack. The infotainment system looks the part with its clean interface, but newbies might find the learning curve a little steep.

Drivers access pretty much all of the car’s functionalities through it, from heated seats to the car’s start/stop function. Give your brain a bit of time to absorb how its combination of sliding screens and interactive menus operate, and you should do well. This is the system slated for all future models.
2018 Volvo V90

As per Volvo tradition, the front seats are immensely stylish and expertly bolstered thrones that immerse you in the distinguished scent of fresh Scandinavian cow hide, complete with small affixed Swedish flags for the purposes of nationalistic pride. To say the V90 is comfortable would be an understatement.

If the Vikings had access to today’s technology, their conveyance of choice would be a Volvo V90.

2018 Volvo V90

Bring Her to the Spa!

The V90 rides on Volvo’s shared Scalable Product Architecture platform, abbreviated as SPA. All 90-series models — the XC90, S90 sedan, and V90 Cross Country — are essentially mechanical twins. The beauty of this platform is its double-wishbone front suspension layout, which not only endows the V90 improved road-holding abilities, but is a great setup to reduce understeer in nose-heavy cars like this wagon.

2018 Volvo V90During my time in the V90, Volvo extended a convenient invite to Montréal’s ICAR racing facility to sample a V90 R-Design equipped with the Polestar Optimization package. Driving both cars back to back better defined the model’s range — consumers can either opt for a full-on performance-oriented wagon with the R-Design, or go the more serene, luxury route with the Inscription model seen here.

2018 Volvo V90Regardless of model, you’ll be rewarded with engaging driving dynamics that make the vehicle feel much smaller and nimbler than its 115-inch wheelbase and 4,400 lb curb weight would suggest. It’s an easily tossable Volvo, turns in quickly and offers plenty of grip in the bends, but there’s a large elephant in the room — and that’s the way all Volvos drive. They’re incredibly stiff. Even with the adaptive suspension set to its softest setting, the V90 thumps and knocks over the slightest road imperfections, sending unpleasant jolts through your spine. More than once, I found myself wondering whether a tire had suddenly relieved itself of air.

For a premium vehicle, a fair bit of road and tire noise emanates throughout the cabin. Is this the fault of the V90’s low profile tires, or a lack of sound deadening? Hard to tell, but all new Volvos I’ve driven, from the XC90 to the V90 Cross Country, were plagued with this auditory fault. In this price bracket, that’s unacceptable.

2018 Volvo V90Power for the V90 wagons is, again, a carbon copy of what you’ll find in the S90 sedan. In the US, all base V90s come standard with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that’s good for a claimed 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Opt for the uplevel T6, and that turbocharged engine adds a supercharger to the mix, bumping total power output to 316 horsepower, and torque to 295 lb-ft. All-wheel drive comes standard with the T6 engine, and the only transmission available for the entire V90 lineup is an eight-speed automatic.

In Canada, the sole drivetrain is the T6 engine with all-wheel-drive, which is the model sampled by yours truly.

2018 Volvo V90

That engine though — what a technological tour de force. It impresses with a punchy delivery of power, defying its relatively tiny displacement. Despite some noticeable turbo lag, a somewhat jerky throttle and a not-entirely-pleasant engine note, once the turbo/supercharger combo forces those respective doses of air into the engine, the T6 pulls hard all the way to redline. The automatic gearbox regulates that power in a butter-smooth, CVT-esque fashion.

Acceleration is also quite impressive. Volvo claims the V90 will sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.3 seconds. That’s about the same as a similarly priced Jaguar F-Pace S SUV, and faster than a Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch.

2018 Volvo V90

Room for More

Granted, cargo space in the 2018 Volvo V90 is a tad less than in the aforementioned Jag, or most midsize crossovers for that matter. But it’s nevertheless a very practical vehicle.

At 54 cubic feet of total available cargo space with rear seats folded, and 20 cubes when raised, the V90’s luggage capacity slots between a typical compact hatchback and a compact crossover like a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. Volvo could have carved out more space by choosing not to rake the V90’s roof so aggressively towards the rear, but the end result wouldn’t have appeared nearly as stylish.

Rear seat room is ample in this large Volvo estate, with plenty of knee and head clearance for generously proportioned passengers. The backseat experience can only be described as supremely comfortable.
2018 Volvo V90

So, how much for this Scandinavian sculpture? It’s not cheap. This tester, a Canadian-spec Inscription model outfitted with optional 20-inch diamond-cut wheels (plus all the available semi-autonomous and climate packages, as well as the sublime Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system) carries a $66,690 after-delivery price tag in the U.S., or a whopping $87,034 north of the border.

That’s a lot of dough for a wagon. As consolation, at least every inch of the Volvo V90 looks and feels like it’s worth the cost. Entry level V90 T5s kick off at a more sensible $49,950 in the US, excluding delivery. In Canada, a base all-wheel-drive T6 stickers for $59,900.

2018 Volvo V90The 2018 Volvo V90 beautifully transcends Volvo’s wagon history with an elegant body packed with efficient and technologically advanced engines, engaging driving dynamics, and solid Swedish craftsmanship. Sure, its drivetrain and ride quality need to be sharpened and smoothed out, but as an overall luxury wagon package, the V90 succeeds at carving its own niche space in a competitive premium car market.

Volvo won’t repel the crossover onslaught with this vehicle, but it’s one of the few car brands with the courage to remain true to its core values. It deserves respect for doing so. If you’re a Volvo wagon fan, this is arguably the best one so far.

[Images: Myle Rockens/Appearance]

William Clavey is an automotive journalist from Montréal, Québec, Canada. He runs claveyscorner.com

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58 Comments on “2018 Volvo V90 Inscription T6 Review – The Swedish Wagon of Your Dreams?...”


  • avatar
    Sigivald

    Looks nice.

    But … less interior space than my XC70 (comparing the V90 CC, which should be identical to the V90 in the relevant ways) – the XC70 has 33.3 seats up, 72.1 seats down; it’s *capacious*, which is why I bought one.

    The V90 has cargo space much more comparable to an Audi Allroad, which is kinda odd in something the V90’s size.

    (Yes, it’s notionally ‘stylish’ to rake it uselessly.

    It makes me want to buy an Outback instead. Think hard about that, Volvo.)

    And all-touchscreen controls is … no. Just no, Volvo.

    The previous climate and infotainment controls were *great*, especially the iconic-shaped buttons for vent control (face/body/legs shaped on a sitting torso; press to toggle each zone).

    Being physical knobs and buttons, you don’t need to take your eyes off the road to use them.

    I have been sadly disappointed by the direction Volvo moved here, generally.

    • 0 avatar
      jalop1991

      “It makes me want to buy an Outback instead. Think hard about that, Volvo.)”

      Their version of the Outback is the V90 Cross Country.

      So they have at least *thought* about it…

    • 0 avatar
      Sjalabais

      Have you seen this little comparo? Should be of interest to you:

      http://hooniverse.com/2017/07/27/comparison-2017-volvo-v90-cross-country-vs-2005-volvo-xc70-cross-country/

    • 0 avatar
      phreshone

      A D sized wagon should be hitting 70 ft3 with the seats folded… think 1999 V70, Saab 9-5 sportscombi, upcoming Opel/Buick wagon…

      Is the low total of the new Volvo a factor of some new form of cargo measurement regulation, or just trying to push people to more profitable SUV’s???

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Plus the 2018 Buick TourX will be half the price?

      • 0 avatar
        peterval

        Well, the Buick TourX is an european Opel Insignia Country Tourer 2017. Comparing build quality of an Opel with a Volvo…Yes, you get half the quality for half the price.

  • avatar

    When Volvos goes electric the division will be finished. If they went all hybrid that would be fine.

    So long Swedish auto industry.

    RIP
    Saab
    Volvo

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      The brand will not go all electric, take it to the bank.

    • 0 avatar
      Asdf

      The Swedish auto industry is already dead, and Volvo is a CHINESE automaker.

      • 0 avatar
        joeaverage

        Is Volvo all staffed with Chinese? Nope…

      • 0 avatar

        Detroit is going down the toilet, but at least they aren’t on the verge of extinction like Volvo. I don’t think Saab is even around anymore.

        It is really a shame because the Swedes built some great cars over the years.

        The Japanese, Germans, and Koreans seem almost unbeatable now.

        • 0 avatar
          conundrum

          “at least they aren’t on the verge of extinction like Volvo. I don’t think Saab is even around anymore.

          Good day Rip Van Winkle! Good recycled comment from 2011.

          Yes Saab did die, no thinking required. Volvo sales globally up 8.2% globally first half of 2017 to 277,000.

          From Automotive News April 17 this year : “Volvo is now a success by any measure. Global sales last year stood at 534,127, almost exactly 200,000 units more that it sold in 2009.”

          And that new factory in South Carolina, yep it’s a-building:

          http://www.motortrend.com/news/volvos-new-u-s-plant-tooling-make-s60-south-carolina/

          Hyundai of Korea is in crisis due to falling sales everywhere, so that completes the tripartite changes since 2011 you referenced as you woke up yesterday.

          There’s your update, Rip. You’re welcome.

          Comments like yours are why I come to TTAC these days. It’s my daily dose of comedy. Rudderless without at least a managing editor, and densely packed with comments by two wombats from Australia, a Russian ex-pat claiming to know turbos are useless, and people who would be better off commenting in Salon because their knowledge of cars is trucks if they even get that far which is not often, and in mistaking TTAC for an enthusiast vehicle site. Facts here often emanate from navels, like recent statements on Chinese medicine and building codes.

          Yes, it’s a hoot to read, just to see how badly so many are misinformed or just make it up. And now with Renault-Nissan incorporating Mitsubishi is the global number one in vehicle sales for the first six months of this year, I expect articles claiming Mitsubishi’s imminent demise will only multiply.

          NB I personally am not interested in Volvos and Mitsubishis, but funnily enough I try to recognize reality. There’s this thing called Google.

          • 0 avatar
            legacygt

            “Extinction” may have been the wrong word but I would say that Volvo had become largely irrelevant in the US market and this was true up to a year or two ago when the XC90 hit the market. That car has been well received and Volvos have started selling in meaningful numbers again.

          • 0 avatar
            scott25

            I don’t know why anyone even bothers replying to akear’s comments.

          • 0 avatar
            Eyeflyistheeye

            “Comments like yours are why I come to TTAC these days. It’s my daily dose of comedy. Rudderless without at least a managing editor, and densely packed with comments by two wombats from Australia, a Russian ex-pat claiming to know turbos are useless, and people who would be better off commenting in Salon because their knowledge of cars is trucks if they even get that far which is not often, and in mistaking TTAC for an enthusiast vehicle site. Facts here often emanate from navels, like recent statements on Chinese medicine and building codes.”

            I can’t breathe… hahahahahaha

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      Isn’t that what they meant, that every vehicle they build will be somewhere between hybrid and full electric?

  • avatar

    “That engine though — what a technological masterpiece. It impresses with a punchy delivery, defying its relatively tiny displacement. Despite some noticeable turbo lag, a somewhat jerky throttle and a not-entirely-pleasant engine note, once the turbo/supercharger combo forces those respective doses of air into the engine, the T6 pulls hard all the way to redline.”

    What a technological masterpiece.
    There’s turbo lag.
    The throttle is jerky.
    It sounds like crap.

    MASTERPIECE

    This is not what masterpiece means, and it seems like the author is searching quite hard for the effusive praise in some instances.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      For this money, I would wanna a 6 cyl in any case. I was shocked at the mall when I saw that $73K MB E-class had 4cyl turbo

      • 0 avatar
        Mandalorian

        I was going to say: I have never dreamed of a 4-cyl, the occasional V8 or odd V12 yes, but never a 4-banger.

        They are really doing themselves a disservice in the US market with their powertrain lineup. If they are unwilling to make a V6, there is no shortage of good V6s to buy and put in, pretty much every major manufacturer has at least one good V6.

    • 0 avatar
      Sjalabais

      I haven’t driven them, but from reviews, this engine irritates some, and is enjoyable to others, sometimes changing from model to model even though the moving parts are all the same.

      But I agree on your prose comment. What does this even mean, and why throw out a pointless cliché like that?:

      “If the Vikings had access to today’s technology, their conveyance of choice would be a Volvo V90.”

      The V90 is not even a boat, so the grasp of history is a bit lacking. But lots of automobile publications are littered with language like that, so this is certainly not TTAC exclusive.

    • 0 avatar
      Chris from Cali

      This is why I bought one of the last 6-cylinder V60 Polestars (of course in Rebel Blue). I can’t wrap my head around that twin-charged 4-banger lasting too long trying to move 3600+ pounds around for 20+ years. The six in my car feels under stressed if anything.

      I was hoping for a Polestar version of this car. The rumors were a hybrid with 500-ish hp. That is something that interests me, but it better be packing more than 2.0L.

      Or Audi could just man up and bring the RS4/RS6 Avants and make me a happy camper.

  • avatar

    “…at least every inch of the Volvo V90 looks and feels like it’s worth the cost”

    So the bad ride quality, jerky throttle, CR-V cargo area, and bad engine note are $66,000 items?

    That’s the same cost, by the way, as an E400 4MATIC wagon, with 3.0L V6 bi-turbo engine.

  • avatar
    Advance_92

    “All new from the ground up, the V90 is one of the last survivors of the luxury wagon breed.”
    Minus the Outback and Golf what wagon available in the US isn’t a luxury product? Even with the coming Buick whose premium-ness can be debated the premium crowd has more wagons.

  • avatar
    hreardon

    Looks gorgeous. I saw my first S90 on the road the other day and it really stands out.

    The road/wind noise, however, would be a deal breaker. This guy has moved into the age space where for those kinds of dollars it better be bank vault silent. I know it sounds petty to some, but a quiet cabin is nowadays one of the top criteria on my shopping list.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    I am trying to understand this author:

    “That engine though — what a technological masterpiece… …Sure, its drivetrain and ride quality need to be sharpened and smoothed out” – this somewhat cancels each other, or is it?

    “solid Swedish craftsmanship” – then why Volvos are so unreliable? And their interiors become hell in 5 years

    “beauty of this platform is its double-wishbone front suspension layout” – my 1990 Civic had that and in the rear too.

    And now this… wouldn’t someone who spends $50K would want at least a 6-cyl engine?

    • 0 avatar
      drivebywire

      “Why are Volvos so unreliable…?”

      This is such a lazy comment, by someone who obviously has no experience with Volvos.

      I’ve had many, and all for many years…very reliable.

      Seems people who either have owned none, or who purchased ones in poor condition, like to make excuses for their ignorance.

      Just keep driving your Honda. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        An equally lazy response. Volvos definitely have “European” running costs. My time spent preparing a family member’s ’04 S60 for sale soured me on them. Totally tired front suspension by 115k miles (tie rods, balljoints, spring perches), excessively worn interior, some no-start issues related to the fuel injectors, failed window regulator, airbag fault and driver info-screen malfunction (poor cold solder joints). The 850/S70/early P2s are a bit of a horror show in particular with well known transmission issues, PCV system issues, throttle body issues. What I really do like about them is excellent paint and very good rust proofing (among the best in industry IMO).

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Only in the eyes of their fanboys Volvos resemble a car with any kind of reliability. “Had to replace transmission? – no problem”, they say.

        I have “friends with Volvos”. I see what their cars look like in 7 years. In about 4 years Swedish charm is lost and it is all downhill after that. And until a year or so back, Volvo would sell you 15yo technology.

        At least all my friends were good at getting $7000K or more of discounts. And to be honest, in a car like S60, I seriously didn’t see why, it over Honda?

        Consumer reports places Volvo into bad reliability bucket with average consumer satisfaction, which I think perfectly describes what my friends express to me about their Volvos

      • 0 avatar
        scott25

        Everyone knows he’s a Mazda fanboy, not Honda. Jeez.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Just no reason to buy this while the Mercedes E-class still exists, unless the discounts are absolutely epic.

    Though I do give credit to Volvo for making the not-on-stilts version available.

  • avatar
    don1967

    The V90 shows even better in the flesh. Interior finish is a giant leap ahead of the last-gen S80… more Bentley than Ford.

    The only thing missing is the 50% markdown. If I could get you to go ahead and sign a 30-month lease and leave me your phone number, that would be great.

    • 0 avatar
      MPAVictoria

      Yeah this looks like a beautiful car. It is also going to be WAY more money than my S80 was. So… I sadly am unlikely to park one in my driveway.

  • avatar
    Stanley Steamer

    Looks nice. I’ll pick up a tagged lemon/buyback model on the cheap in a few months.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    I like the looks inside and out. While I like the clean look of that big touchscreen, I have to wonder about relying on a device like that for so many of the car’s functions. Doesn’t seem very safe to be looking at the screen to change the temperature, etc. – so I am assuming Volvo is relying on their automatic brakes, etc. to keep customers out of trouble. I also wonder about touch screen reliability, since reliability in general is already a question mark for Volvo, because Apple estimates the lifespan of an iPad at 3 years.

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      And my Samsung devices are just fine at five years. Our iPod and iPad are fine too at the same age.

      That said knobs are welcomed by me.

      However customers at this level may/likely just run the HVAC on automatic. Pick and temp and forget it.

      Beautiful car though. Beyond what I’ll spend on a vehicle though. My price “line in the sand” is much lower. I might see it as a used car.

    • 0 avatar
      drivebywire

      Here’s another ignorant comment about reliability.

      So many people repeating what they hear, without experience.

      Go buy a Subaru.
      Clearly, you aren’t capable of understanding the difference.

  • avatar
    bortlicenseplate

    Gorgeous looking wagon, but Volvo kinda missed the mark with the pricing: the FWD T5 model is the sweetspot for this car — moving up to the T6 AWD is just too close to that gorgeous E400 wagon with the V6T.

  • avatar
    SPPPP

    This is a truly beautiful car. I really like it. Now, unfortunately, I don’t like it $67k worth. But maybe a used one will find its way to me in the mid-to-distant-future.

    One thing I do take exception to is the idea that Vikings would choose this. Sure, it’s Scandinavian, but I think Vikings would be more likely to show up in XC90s than V90s. Then they could steal RAM trucks from coastal North American FCA dealerships. (The giant RAM logo would function like a dragon figurehead prow, you see.) Then they would conduct further raids using a mixed fleet.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Daddy like.

    But not until I can afford to dump it before the warranty is up.

  • avatar
    CFenby

    “The 2018 Volvo V90 beautifully transcends…” – really? It looks like a poodle ate a giant bag of marshmallows and then got squashed by a Birkenstock-wearing refugee from the 70s. It’s a dysfunctional mess: the caved-in 60s Buick grill; the elongated rear tail light from a 2002 Honda CRV; the bland Euro-side slabs; the mini shifter from an SNL mini-hands skit — have you no shame, import apologist?

  • avatar
    pprj

    I tried the T6. No thanks. He car needs a better engine. This small 2 liters 4 cylinder is not good enough, compressor and turbo considered.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    So very pretty. Too bad I’ll see so few on the road, and at those prices I’ll never see one in my driveway.

    The road noise issue seems like a big, obvious mistake. And for me, turbo lag and bad noises don’t make up for the ability to embarrass a GTI driver. I’d also rather not have to work through a touchscreen for basic functions–apply that beautiful interior fit and finish to some knobs and buttons so adjusting the AC or seat heater is an act of delight rather than poking some stupid tablet screen made hazy by fingerprints. Premium!

    And of course it rides like sh*t on those ridiculous wheels. It felt like they were out of air because they pretty much are.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    “They’re incredibly stiff. Even with the adaptive suspension set to its softest setting, the V90 thumps and knocks over the slightest road imperfections, sending unpleasant jolts through your spine.”

    This alone would take it off my list immediately, well that and the road noise, and questions about longer-term reliability and resale. Awesome exterior/interior styling though.

  • avatar
    ra_pro

    This is a fantastic-looking car. Except by its size its closer to a boat than a car. I don’t understand Volvo’s thinking here. They have a V60 which is tiny inside and then they have giant-on-the-outside but just reasonably-sized inside V90. How about something in-between? How about a new V70 wagon? And the engine? No matter how technically brilliant, on these shores a 2-litre pulling a boat is not acceptable, certainly not at this price-point. In addition with Volvo’s current reputation in terms of reliability having 2 things mounted on the engine that are often problem-prone is like trying to double your potential reliability problems. Brilliant or not this thing (engine) is going to fail, fail early and fail often.

    The Swedes are a different bunch for sure. They can combine brilliant technology and beautiful design into car that defies common sense everywhere. The engine is perfect for Europe but the size is not. For NA the body is oversized (at least for me but generally probably OK) but the engine is the real problem. It’s a car that’s going to fail everywhere.

  • avatar
    Ubermensch

    While they are attractive, the lack of quality and refinement makes these x90 Volvos terrible buys. They will sell dozens of them…. dozens!

  • avatar
    ra_pro

    This car is not only beautifully designed but is beautifully built as well. I looked at numerous cars in the last 2 months, easily beats or equals all of them. Beats Bmw 3-series, Jag XE, Audi A4 and A6, Porsche Panamera, Alfa Romeo, equals MB E class. Swedes uses their own very soft leather which wears a lot quicker and easier than German leathers. I believe that’s why many people claim that Volvo’s interiors don’t last compared to Germans. It’s a trade-off between real soft leather that wears quicker and leather that feels like its from a rhino but with hardly any wear issues in BMWs.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    I feel sorry for the Swedes, an overall pleasant people, who seemingly got duped by Geely , “yeah sure we’ll keep production in Sweden, we just need some advice on how to design and build our own cars…”
    Now , save for a few designers and engineers no one in Sweden is building a car.
    For some reason I’m ok with Hyundai because they started off here in the basement and worked their way upscale , but There is no way I equate luxury with Made in China.

    • 0 avatar
      Sjalabais

      Please google yourself how many engineers Volvo has hired in Sweden after Geely came aboard. Have a look at sales numbers and raving reviews of their new cars. See for yourself the reports from the Gothenburg/Torslanda area, how lucky a lot of the then fired former SAAB engineers were to remain in the car business. Your comment is a mix of prejudice and misinformation, you can do better.

      And, no, I am most certainly not a V90 customer. Just surprised at some of the comments here.

    • 0 avatar
      Buckshot

      Stupid comment of the day. Try google Volvo Torslanda and see for yourself if they build cars.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    I don’t know why William is so eager to praise this car, despite his own review identifying the following shortcomings:
    – rough ride
    – lame engine with inconsistent power delivery
    – too noisy
    – cargo capacity somewhere between a compact hatchback and small crossover

    And all this priced at $66k. It does have a great looking interior at least, though I’m not a fan of touchscreens.

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    Some people here sounds like a broken recordplayer, rambling about the same thing again and again. The medium age must be atleast in the 70s.

    The long term reliability of the new Volvos remains to be seen. But the averages buyer don´t care. Why? Because new car buyers buy a new one after 2-5 years.

  • avatar
    Eyeflyistheeye

    If Geely wants to make tons of money, shut down that silly Lynk & Co. idea and instead come up with something that’s a mix of Sixt and Zipcar and just sling ’em out by the hour/day/month.

    This is the kind of car I would pay to drive on a trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, what I’d pay to drive when I get bored of my regular car and need a break (even if I had a Ferrari, I’d get bored of it sooner or later), but something I would never purchase to own and keep at all with the resale value, long-term durability and maintainability questions.


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