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2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription Test Drive Review

With fresh and updated versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series, other luxury automakers are hoping to catch up in an attempt to take a piece of the mid-size sedan segment. However, there’s one mid-size luxury sedan that is being overlooked, and in our opinion, it may be better than the two leaders of the segment. Meet the 2018 Volvo S90.

While the mid-size sedans like the Lexus GS, Audi A6, and Cadillac CT6 are always looking to take on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series, Volvo is infrequently even mentioned as a solid competitor. In an attempt to change that perception, Volvo went back to the drawing board when developing the next-generation S90, and took everything we admire and cherish about their award-winning Volvo XC90 SUV and packed it into a mid-size sedan. Let’s take a closer look at the 2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription.

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2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription Exterior

In today’s world, every automaker is hoping that their lineup is instantly recognizable from every angle. In our opinion, Volvo is doing an extraordinary job at this. No matter which Volvo model you see on the road today, you’ll immediately recognize the sophisticated design language that is highlighted by a colossal grille, Thor-hammer headlamps, and the stylish LED taillights.

When it comes to exterior dimensions, if you stand the Volvo S90 next to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series, you’ll notice that the Swedish sedan is a tad bit larger. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has an overall length of 193 inches while the BMW 5-Series comes in at 195 inches. The 2018 Volvo S90 has an overall length of 200 inches that sits on a wheelbase that measures 120.5 inches. The width of the S90 comes in at 79.5 inches and the height comes in at 57.1 inches.

Our test model, the 2018 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription comes with a range of standard exterior traits including 19-inch 10-spoke diamond alloy wheels (our model had the upgraded 20-inch Inscription wheels), Inscription emblem on the trunklid, laminated panoramic moonroof, a stylish Inscription grille, and dual integrated tailpipes.

Overall, the exterior of the 2018 Volvo S90 is utterly timeless. When compared to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series, the S90 goes for a more sophisticated and sleek profile.

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2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription Interior

The interior of the Volvo S90 is no different than the interior of every other Volvo we’ve reviewed recently, meaning that with a long list of standard features and top-notch built quality, the cabin of the 2018 Volvo S90 is a marvelous place to be.

Our 2018 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription came loaded with a bunch of standard features including Nappa leather seats and upholstery, four-zone climate control, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a 12.3-inch digital driver display Bluetooth, USB connectivity, Sensus navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, and more. Our test model also came with the Convenience Package, heads-up display, heated steering, and the amazing Bowers & Wilkins sound system. There’s not much that left us desiring for more, but buyers can add on the Luxury Package, which will give them cooled rear seats, backrest massage for the front seats, and an upgraded Nubuck headliner.

When it comes to space, the Volvo S90 outdoes most of its competitors. Front legroom comes in at an outstanding 42.2 inches, while rear legroom comes in at an amazing 40.4 inches.

When compared to its rivals, the interior of the Volvo S90 is definitely a level above in our opinion. The comfort and the Zen-like experience is unmatched by some of its more expensive rivals.

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2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription Performance

Our test model, the 2018 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription, is powered by a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a total of 316 horsepower with a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph comes in a quick 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 133 mph.

If you want to tailor the car to your driving style you have the option of using the Drive Mode Selector to circle through Comfort, Eco, and Dynamic modes.

Overall, the ride quality of the 2018 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription is a bit firm but comfortable during a long-haul.

Fuel economy wise, the 2018 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription averages an EPA-rated 22/31 mpg* (city/highway).

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2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription Safety

Since Volvo is known for safety, buyers of the option of outfitting their Volvo S90 with a range of safety features including 360 degree surround view camera, rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, park assist, automatic parking, and much more.

2018 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription Overall

In our opinion, if you’re in the market for a mid-size luxury sedan the 2018 Volvo S90 should unquestionably be on your list. It is the perfect balance of style, luxury, comfort, and tech at a pretty impressive price tag. Prices for the 2018 Volvo S90 start at just $48,100** for the Momentum model and $58,600** for the Inscription model. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Volvo dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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