Volvo S90 Ireland
The new Volvo S90

The new Volvo S90 saloon has arrived in Ireland, priced from €48,400.

At launch, there is a choice of two 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines – a fuel-efficient D4 and a more powerful D5 PowerPulse. Two trim levels are offered here, Momentum and Inscription.

The entry level D4 engine has 190hp and comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This car uses a conventional front wheel drive layout. The claimed economy is 64.2 mpg and CO2 emissions are 116 g/km meaning the car qualifies for motor tax of €200 per year.

The 235hp D5 uses ‘PowerPulse’ technology to boost responsiveness. These models come in all wheel drive to put the power to the road in the smoothest way possible. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is also standard.

Entry level Momentum cars come with leather upholstery, LED headlights, two-zone climate control with ‘CleanZone’ air-filtration system, automatically dimming mirrors and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system. This brings a 9” touchscreen, satellite navigation (including lifetime annual map updates), a voice-control system, and access to the Internet and a range of cloud-based apps such as TuneIn, Stitcher and Yelp.

City Safety and Pilot Assist, Volvo’s semi-autonomous drive feature, are also standard on the S90. Pilot Assist automatically keeps you at a set speed or distance from the vehicle in front, braking and accelerating with the flow of traffic, and gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car within lane markings at motorway speeds up to 130kph.

Inscription trim adds Nappa soft leather upholstery, electric front seats, rear footwell and side step illumination, a 12.3” active TFT driver’s information display (Momentum cars get an 8” version), and 18” diamond-cut/silver alloy wheels. Styling updates include walnut interior inlays and chrome exterior details.

The optional Xenium package is available across the range and adds an electric tilt and slide glass sunroof, a parking camera system with 360o surround view, and Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90o parking and blind spot information system, including cross traffic alert.

Apple CarPlay is another option and allows you to access certain functions of your Apple device and CarPlay-optimised apps directly via the car’s touchscreen, voice control system or the buttons on the steering wheel. Also available is the Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system, with 18 speakers and an output of 1,400W.

The D4 Momentum comes in at €48,400, while the higher specced D4 Inscription comes in at €52,900. The D5 with all wheel drive starts at €56,400 in Momentum trim, and at €60,400 in Inscription.

The new Volvo S90 is available from dealers now.

Caroline Kidd