ne of my favorite ways to test a new car is to take it to the Manama Causeway, and floor the accelerator. The S90 was very impressive, and very sporty throughout the drive. The lights stayed on, which looks very sleek and beautiful at night, a nice little touch.
Not surprisingly, the S90 is one of the finalists for the North American Car of the Year. (The others were the Bolt electric car and the Hyundai Genesis G90). The new S90 is the Volvo cars’ entry ticket to the premium sedan club. A luxury, mid-size sedan, the inside is attractive with a clean and uncluttered layout; the cabin inspired by the openness and calm of a Scandinavian home. Designed to engage your senses, the S90 uses nappa leather and natural wood to create a tactile experience. The driving position in the S90 is excellent with an adjustable steering column. It has a light interior that feels luxurious, what I’d like to call functional luxury. The car comes in three trim levels: Momentum, Inscription, and Excellence. The light alloy wheels are crafted with meticulous attention to detail exclusively for the S90. This sedan looks expensive but with no trace of flamboyance.
Built on a new platform, with new engines under the hood, you get comfortable padded seats and excellent head and legroom, plus plenty of space in the rear and trunk. There’s also a power sunroof, LED taillights and headlights and fully adjustable power seats. Volvo has created an elegant grille design for the S90 with multiple concave vertical bars spaced out nicely, creating a retro feel with a modern look.
Sleek and Safe
I found the Volvo to be an enjoyable drive with plenty of power as well as a very simple to use entertainment system. Equipped with a host of new technologies, ranging from cutting edge safety to cloud based apps and services, the S90 is further proof of the Swedish brands’ continuing transformation.
The engine offers an impressive 320hp and Volvo will be bringing out a 407hp twin engine model soon, that is it will have a petrol and an electric engine under the hood. You use the electric when you want to drive around town, and the petrol one on the highways.
Volvo has always been a favorite of people who look for quality and safety in a car. In line with their Vision 2020 mission, to have no deaths or serious injuries in a Volvo car by the year 2020, they have a built-in active safety override (which is a first for the luxury sedan segment) insuring your safety aboard the S90.
On my way to work the next morning, another Volvo with diplomatic plates on, possibly the Swedish consul, made me pull up in front of him. I love how driving a sleek car makes you that much more distinguished in the process.
For more information or to book a test drive, visit Motorcity showrooms in Sitra or call 17736222 or visit www.motorcity.com.bh
The author of this article, Nick Cooksey, in addition to being publisher of Arabian Magazines and Gulf Insider Media, is a jury panel member of the Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY).