2017 Volvo S90 Inscription First Drive Review

With gas prices finally coming down, carmakers are returning to building large cars once again, but this time, with a twist. Volvo has always been known to be the safest cars in the world, but the Swedish manufacturer was rarely known for building the sexiest cars, until now.

This is the all-new Volvo S90 sedan. With its clean Scandinavian design and smooth flowing lines from the nose to the tail, the S90 marks the return of large, luxurious cars. I love the Thor’s Hammer LED headlights up front, along with a sharp front grille with an updated Volvo logo, It’s a beautiful package.


Photo by Michael Simari

We had the privilege of testing the top of the line T6 AWD Inscription model, and with all the bells and whistles, stickered for $66,105. Our tester was finished in the beautiful Mussel Blue Metallic with the Blond Inscription leather interior.

Inside, Volvo continued their theme of a Swedish living room with beautiful woods, comfortable seats, and excellent materials. The dashboard is complemented by stitched two-tone blond and black leather, open-pore wood trim, and genuine aluminium accents. The seats were finished in Blond leather and fit very well, and it felt like I was sitting on air. There is a retractable wood panel at the bottom that reveals your cupholders and storage areas, and a leather shift knob.

The S90 also features Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment system. This system was first introduced on the redesigned XC90 SUV. Volvo Sensus Connect is a large, 9-inch touchscreen display that controls the car infotainment system, Bluetooth, navigation, audio controls, and car systems. Our tester came equipped with the elegant 1440W Bowers and Wilkins Premium Sound package. An option in the infotainment system was the Gothenburg Concert Hall soundstage, and it absolutely blew me away. It was so beautiful that I almost cried, seriously, it is that amazing.

You can also equip the S90 with Apple CarPlay capabilities to allow you to use iOS in the car and use all of its apps.


Gothenburg Concert Hall. Gothenburg, Sweden.

Driving the S90

The S90 isn’t a performance car by any means, but it has power, blissful amounts of power. The turbocharger and supercharger work together to reduce lag, the turbo works until 4,000 RPM and that is when the supercharger comes in to carry the rest of the load.

Steering is a bit on the heavy side, but I’m not complaining. The four cylinder is plenty quick, allowing you to reach 60 MPH in 5.6  seconds. It is faster than the Mercedes E300 4-Matic, BMW 535i, and CTS 3.6. You rarely hear the engine until you really put your foot down, but even then only a few wisps of the turbo are audible.

With that engine under the hood, you can expect at least 25 mpg with premium fuel. We got about 24 in our short mixed highway and country driving.


The S90 is beautiful, I am a big fan of the understated design, comfortable seats, and good amount of power. I believe that cars grow on us like a fine wine, only to be better with age. We hope to give the S90 another run and another review, but until then, I absolutely recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a $60,000 luxury car.

Until next time, ha en bra dag.