Collaboration Marc Bouchard, car journalist
It’s a spectacular big sedan. It offers comfort, a smooth ride and unique silence. It even has 400 horsepower. But it also adds another quality to this Volvo S90 Recharge: it is partially electrified!
Because in addition to the simple mechanics, the Volvo S90 is also a plug-in hybrid that allows up to 61 kilometers of autonomy, and it now integrates the infotainment system powered by Google, as all Volvos do.
A luxury car
2022 The Volvo S90 is the Swedish carmaker’s flagship sedan, showing the best of the brand’s luxury and style. She hasn’t really changed since last year, at least physically. The technologies have evolved, but the typical look of the S90 lives on. In black, it has nothing to turn heads. But once it is in motion, it asserts itself and becomes more attractive.
The S90 has spacious seating for five and a surprisingly smaller trunk than the car’s long silhouette suggests. It’s pretty deep, but the mouth seems small and hardly allowed Sonny to slip the laundry box into (because yes, Sonny comes for a walk around the house or his in-laws to wash) goals that are barely bigger than a desk box.
The 2022 Volvo S90 is only available in one version, the Recharge, that is, the one that allows you to connect to get up to 61 kilometers of autonomy before the petrol engine takes over.
But do not be fooled by the fact that there is only one version. The optional groups are numerous and add, with choice, comfort and style to the large car. Equipped as standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats and electrically adjustable front seats, you will understand that the vehicle offers good interior quality. Add the 12-inch digital dashboard, cordless phone charging (but small in size, my huge Samsung could not fit into the charging slot), a panoramic sunroof, and a touchscreen infotainment system. nine inches. The latter has a portrait layout and has Google Built-In, thus replacing the Sensus infotainment system.
The optional groups offer a range of accessories that enhance winter comfort, equipment that increases safety, or a Bower & Wilkins sound system of exceptional quality.
This year, the S90 is available with the Recharge T8 drive unit. As the name suggests, it is a plug-in hybrid, based on the same dual-charge motor, but with two electric motors and a larger battery. The T8 develops 400 horsepower and a torque of 472 lb-ft. This setup conducts power through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Thus equipped, the car has 61 kilometers of autonomy, which it achieves really effortlessly. A traditional petrol version is also offered.
A smooth ride
The S90 is a large vehicle. The wheelbase is extended to make room for the rear seat passengers, who are worthy of a quasi-limousine. The right rear passenger can also control the front passenger seat from its seat. A bit like the driver was driving his client and the latter wanted even more space.
The ride is exceptionally smooth. The acceleration is lively despite the size of the vehicle, but it is the quiet cruising speed that impresses: the sound insulation is spectacular, the optional adaptive suspensions guarantee impeccable comfort, and wind noise is simply absent.
It is true that the direction is not very communicative and that the general feeling is heavier than dynamic. But let’s be serious, no one buys a Volvo S90 to drive on the slopes. The big sedan plays its role well and no one disputes that.
But do not let this small inconvenience limit you: the Volvo S90 is a smooth ride despite its 400 horsepower. And in luxury, and also in space!
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