In an unexpected change to the scheduled programme, we’ve taken delivery of a Volvo S90 T8 to see us through the next three months.
We were expecting to receive an S60 but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, its arrival has been delayed until October.
No trouble. The S90 is a firm favourite of Fleet News having previously featured on our long-term test fleet. This latest version has been updated with a new battery and revisions to the powertrain.
Volvo has axed all but plug-in hybrid T8 versions of the S90, now known as ‘Recharge’, from the range, as part of its strategy to make half of its global sales hybrid by 2025.
We’ve opted to test the luxurious Inscription trim, rather than the sporty R Design this time around.
Prices start at £56,100, while our test car features a £3,000 Bowers & Wilkins audio system, 360-degree parking camera (£525) and blind spot monitoring (£500).
Leather upholstery with heated and cooled front seats, adaptive LED headlamps, keyless entry and Volvo’s ‘Pilot Assist’ semi-autonomous driver aid come fitted as standard.
Powering the S90 is a 2.0-litre petrol engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged, delivering 303PS to the front wheels. An electric motor powers the rear axle, adding an extra 87PS.
The hybrid battery, mounted in the centre of the car, can provide up to 31 miles of zero-emission running thanks to its 11.6kWh capacity.
CO2 emissions of 44g/km put the S90 T8 into the 10% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket, meaning monthly bills of less than £200 for a 40% taxpayer.
Finished in Onyx Black, with a contrasting ‘Blonde’ leather interior and wood trim, the S90 is the epitome of Scandinavian luxury. It’s cleanly styled, there’s no hint of aggression or ‘sportiness’ in its design. But, with that hybrid powertrain supplying almost 400PS and all-wheel drive, the phrase “wolf in sheep’s clothing” springs to mind.