Volovo S90 Sedan

The Volvo S90 proves you can have a fantastic executive saloon that’s not made in Germany. The big Swede is a safe and relaxing alternative to the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.

It is immediately obvious that Volvo wants to offer something different when you open the driver’s door and take a peek inside. There’s nothing overtly sporty about the S90’s high-quality finish and armchair-like seats, instead Volvo has focused on offering huge levels of comfort – something the old S80 (the S90’s predecessor) did rather well.

Faced with a long motorway journey, few cars are better prepared than the S90 – its seats are hugely comfortable, its ride composed at speed and noise suppression is very good, although just short of Mercedes E-Class levels. The S90 steers and stops with confidence, but the Jaguar XF is still the driver’s choice in the class. If you want a sportier drive, R-Design is the trim to go for. It adds sports suspension and gives the S90 more athletic looks. The Cross Country only comes as a V90 estate but gets raised suspension and four-wheel drive to help it cope with the rigours of an active lifestyle or rural living.

The engine range is extremely straightforward, so buyers get a choice of 188hp D4 and 232hp D5 diesels, along with the clever petrol-electric hybrid fitted to the 402hp T8. Whichever of those models you choose, official fuel economy shouldn’t drop significantly below 60mpg. All come with eight-speed automatic gearboxes and four-wheel drive is an option too.

In keeping with nearly every Volvo that’s ever left the factory the S90 is super safe. It pioneers a new automatic braking system that can detect large animals (deer, dinosaurs and the like) on the road. That’ll join a huge list of features seen elsewhere in the firm’s range, including an autonomous driving system that works up to speeds of