Volvo adds more class to its dazzling S90 flagship sedan with extended cabin space for 2018.
S90’s styling is a direct knock-off of Volvo’s "Concept Coupe" show car.
This year, the four-door five-passenger 2018 Volvo S90 Momentum T5 and Inscription T6 models come standard with a 4.5-inch longer wheelbase for NBA-size back seat head, knee and legroom.
The S90 Momentum T5 has front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower priced at $48,100 without freight.
Volvo S90 Inscription T6 with standard all-wheel drive starts at $54,100 and builds 316-hp from a supercharged 2.0L turbo power plant.
New for 2018 is an S90 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid T8 model that generates 400-hp and a cost of $63,650.
I tested the 2018 S90 Inscription with aft cabin quarters that feature standard second row power operated rear/side window shades and switches that open/close a provided panoramic moonroof with power sunscreen.
A rear toggle control moves the front passenger seat fully forward for 45-inches of back seat legroom. Independent rear climate control is standard.
Surprisingly, heated rear seats are not included, and should be with a cabin carrying this swagger.
Inscription’s cabin is stunning, bathed in linear Scandinavian design accented with walnut wood inlays and satin aluminum trim set against standard Nappa leather upholstery.
Up front, multiple driver-seat positions, including bottom seat-cushion extension and side bolster adjustments, fit today’s American-sized driver.
Inscription’s standard heated/ventilated front seats and available heated steering wheel deliver year-round comfort for the daily commute.
Volvo S90’s vertically oriented 9-inch center dash screen eliminates all but the hazard light switch, stereo volume dial and window defroster buttons from sight by burying all other operations in the touch screen.
The system mimics smartphone-style scroll, tap and swiping motions to navigate through desired tasks. Display screen graphics and rear vision camera clarity is superb.
However, accessing the interface function and operation is a big distraction when done manually while driving.
Voice activated specific commands initiated with a button on the steering wheel greatly eases the procedure without taking eyes off the road.
Volvo’s Pilot Assist is standard and delivers relaxed semi-autonomous driving up to 80 miles per hour.
The system fully controls the car’s acceleration, braking and steering on well marked roads when the driver’s hand is restfully placed anywhere on the wheel.