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2017 Volvo S90 & Volvo V90: His Turn - Her Turn Expert Car Review

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New Test Drive - 2017 Volvo S90 & Volvo V90: His Turn - Her Turn Expert Car Review

Volvo Vision 2020 - Global solutions: limit emissions, lower congestion and less accidents.

The idea that "nobody killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by 2020."

Design of S90:

Front wheels are a bit further forward which offers a striking silhouette. Bigger windows for a brighter interior. This is a nice low, long ride appearance.

Updated Volvo logo, the Iron Mark, pleasantly added to the scalloped grille. Strong detailed headlight is a "Thors Hammer" LED design. It's part of their theme. In reality, it splits the lighting and adds the DRL lights that give a unique look.

From the side, the new sweeping design elements have a nautical feel. This blends nicely to the tail of the car. The taillights were designed to be elegant.
 
Interior:

A classy interior that adds a high level of craftsmanship. Hand stitching on a leather dash was the first thing that caught my eyes. The air blades or vents are not traditional, the diamond cut thumb wheels are a reflection of Swedish glass.

The metal trim is an important emphasis of the new design of the Volvo interiors, it has an architectural feel.

The interface has a 4-panel screen that is very intuitive and similar to the XC90. It's easy to use, very similar to an iPad. You can add applications to partner in with the functionality of the car.
 
New Technology: Head up display, center touch screen, top safety features including lane departure and brake intervention.

The area in front of the passenger is beautiful, especially the walnut inlay. The very calm clean interior is visually pleasing and very functional as well.

The crystal gear lever is a nice addition, but this follow suit with Scandinavian /Swedish design. Interior lighting is designed to cascade a properly light the cabin.
 
Seats: new safety features include crush brackets, whiplash protection and high comfort factor. The Sensus connect touch screen is very responsive. This I fared technology allows you to change screens even with gloves. Apple Car Play is fully integrated, so it shows up on the home screen. So you can utilize other sections of the interface. Android Auto coming in the next year.  Standard rear screen, cooled and heated seats, 2 USBs in the car.

Audio System: Superb Bowers and Wilkens sound system, 19-speakers, there are digitally tuned options to get the right sound and tone, that can be customized.

Climate package: heated seats and steering and more

Momentum package: full LED, larger instrument cluster and more

Vision package: blind spot integration and 360 camera and more

Convenience package: park assist and park assist front, power operated trunk

Plus single options: audio system, heads up display and more

Driveline:
AWD or FWD
T5 : 250hp
T6 : 316hp
19" 10-spoke alloy wheels, Optional 20" wheels

Double wish bone suspension and transverse leaf spring off a better feeling to the road.

The optional rear air suspension will improves the ride feel. Overall the results is improved handling.

Improved pilot assist: this support system is a hands-on the wheel assist that is designed for highway travel, optimized for highway use, keeps you safe from collisions in bumper-to-bumper driving. City traffic alert is included.

New Safety systems: new large animal detection with autobrake (1.2 million accidents and deaths), city safety technology (visual, audible and interference as needed), this technology is upgradable to the XC90 in dealer for the update. Road edge detection and mitigation can steer the vehicle bake on the road. This is camera based and uses sensors too.

Volvo Concierge: this marries the online with the real life experience. More than just car information but a customer integration with dealers.

Prices:
T-5 FWD $46,950 with Inscription $50,450
T-6 AWD $52,950 with inscription $56,250
Destination $995

Competes:

Audi A6
MB E-Class
BMW 5 Series
Lexus GS
Acura RLX
Infiniti Q70
 

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Double wish bone suspension and transverse leaf spring off a better feeling to the road. The optional rear air suspension will improves the ride feel. Overall the results is improved handling.
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