The Volvo V90 has stunned the automotive world by being named a 2018 All-Star by Automobile magazine. Automobile’s formula for choosing its All-Star winners is simple: “No price caps, no categories, and no convoluted point-scoring rules … The vehicles that spark the most passion, inspire the biggest grins, and deliver an experience as true to their original intent as possible inevitably walk away with an All-Stars trophy.”
When you look at the list of winners – which includes dream machines like the McLaren 720 (Base MSRP: $288,848), the Ford GT (Base MSRP: $450,000) and the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS (Base MSRP: $120,050) – the V90 stands apart. For starters, it’s the only wagon on the list. It also doesn’t cost as much as a decent starter home.
Automobile Design Editor Robert Cumberford summed it up best, saying of the V90, “If you like station wagons – I do, very much – this is the one to have. Good-looking, great interior, plenty of room, plenty of performance, good road behavior. Of all the cars in the test fleet, this is the one that I can imagine buying and keeping in use for 10 to 15 years without much maintenance expense and with safety for all passengers.”
The new V90 delivers cutting-edge Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, the most advanced standard safety package on the market, and class-leading connectivity including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The V90 is available in three body styles: The standard V90, rugged V90 Cross Country and nautical V90 Cross Country Ocean Race Edition. Two variants of Volvo’s award-winning Drive-E powertrain are offered: The 250-horsepower T5 turbocharged engine with front-wheel-drive, or 316-horsepower T6 turbo and super-charged engine with all-wheel-drive. Customers can also select from the well-equipped Momentum, luxurious Inscription, or sporty R-Design trim levels on select models.
Leather seats, a Panoramic moonroof and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) are standard on all trims, along with City Safety, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection.
V90 U.S. pricing starts at $49,950.