Thursday 29 September 2016

New Volvo S90 to start at €48,400 as it brings autonomous driving a step closer

Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30

Mid-sized executive saloon: Volvo S90.
Mid-sized executive saloon: Volvo S90.
S90 interior: standard equipment includes leather upholstery.
S90 Technology

Volvo has just revealed prices, spec and line-up for its new mid-size executive saloon, the S90, which is due to get here in July.

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It will start at €48,400 for the D4 Momentum Geartronic diesel. That engine has emissions of just 116g/km so the road tax is €200 a year.

The car, due here by the summer, is being targeted at buyers who would normally consider established stalwarts such as the Audi A6, BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-Class as well as the Lexus GS and Jaguar XF.

As we have reported previously, they have decided to pitch prices in the late €40,000s but to include a high level of spec for that.

Among the standard elements are Pilot Assist. This is a semi-autonomous drive function now brought as standard to the mid-size executive sector - an interesting development.

The technology maintains a set speed or distance from the vehicle in front and will brake or accelerate with the flow of traffic. Volvo says it also gives 'gentle steering inputs' to keep your car in lane at speeds up to 130kph.

Volvo makes the point that, unlike previous versions of this system, it no longer needs to follow another car.

The latest version of City Safety is also standard; it includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and 'large animal' detection.

There are two trim levels: Momentum and Inscription. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, LED headlights, two-zone climate control, Sensus infotainment system, access to the Net and cloud-based apps such as TuneIn, Stitcher and Yelp.

Inscription adds Nappa soft leather upholstery, electric front seats, a 12.3ins TFT driver's information display (8ins on Momentum), 18in diamond-cut and walnut interior inlays.

You can order a Xenium pack which adds an electric glass sunroof, parking camera system with 360-deg surround view and Park Assist Pilot. Apple CarPlay is another option.

There are two 2-litre 4cyl diesel engines. There's a front-wheel-drive 190hp D4 with an 8spd automatic gearbox (116g/km, 64.2mpg), and a 235hp D5 diesel with PowerPulse technology. They say it boosts responsiveness. The engine uses compressed air from a tank in the engine bay to boost the turbo at low revs. That cuts out 'turbo lag'.

This D5 PowerPulse version has all-wheel drive (AWD) and 8spd auto transmission.

While the S90 is a July arrival, there will be a V90 estate to follow (with, I'm told, similar spec and line-up) but it will probably be too late for the 162-reg period.

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