Volvo’s S90 and V90 models will go on sale at prices from £32,555 and £34,555 respectively, the Swedish brand has announced.

Dealers can now take orders for the two models – the S90 will arrive in showrooms in September 2016, its estate sister a month later to slot in alongside the XC90 as a three-pronged range-topping Volvo line.

Both cars are built like the XC90 on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and will use the latest Drive-E powertrains. Initially the choice will be between 2-litre four-cylinder diesel units in two power levels, the 187bhp D4 and the D5 Power with 231bhp. The D5 uses compressed air stored in a tank in the engine bay to spin the turbocharger at low revs, overcoming turbo lag.

D4 variants will be supplied with an eight-speed auto gearbox while the D5 will be matched to the eight-speed ‘box and an all-wheel-drive transmission, retailing at prices from £39,500 (S90) and £41,500 (V90).

D4 models will be the most efficient option offering combined cycle fuel economy of 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 116g/km in the saloon, estate users penalised by just 1.4mpg and 3g/km.

For the D5 the figures are 58.9mpg and 127g/km on the S90, 57.6mpg and 129g/km on the V90.

The V90 will be Volvo’s range-topping estate model.

Two trim levels are on offer, Momentum and Inscription – the standard equipment list on entry-level Momentum variants includes leather upholstery, LED headlamps with auto high-beam controls, two-zone climate control with a ‘CleanZone’ air filtration system, keyless engine starting and heated front seats.

Inside the Sensus infotainment system is standard, based around a nine-inch touchscreen and including satellite navigation, voice control, and access to the internet and a number of cloud-based apps. The S90 boot and V90 tailgate are also powered.

Safety equipment as standard includes Pilot Assist, a semi autonomous drive system that can both maintain a set speed behind vehicles in front and make minor steering inputs to keep the car within lane markings up to speeds of 80mph. City Safety is also fitted with automatic emergency braking to prevent collisions with pedestrians, cyclists and for the first time large animals.

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.