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2021 Volvo S90 Overview

For 2021, the Volvo S90 luxury sedan enjoys a refresh that includes an exterior facelift, a few new features, and an available mild-hybrid engine option. Prime competition for the S90 includes the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. Though Volvo has provided general information about the refreshed 2021 S90, we’ll learn more specific information about the United States model closer to summer 2020’s formal reveal.

The Volvo S90 is understated yet sophisticated, with distinctive front and rear lighting. New designs for the front bumper, spoiler, and fog lights keep the look fresh.

Volvo hasn’t yet revealed engine details except to mention that a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system is joining the S90’s global lineup, with an estimated fuel savings of 15 percent. Otherwise, the S90’s other three engines are expected to carry over. The T5 is a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The T6 is a 316-hp supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The T8, a plug-in hybrid, is rated for 400 hp. The T5 comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD) with the option of all-wheel drive (AWD), while AWD comes standard with T6 and T8 models. The FWD T5 is the most efficient gas engine with 23 mpg city, 35 highway, and 27 combined. The T8 is rated for 71 MPGe in hybrid mode or 29 combined.

No word yet on trim levels, but if they carry over, the Momentum and Inscription offer different approaches to comfort. Momentum gets synthetic leather upholstery and birch trim, while Inscription gets ventilated leather and walnut trim. New options across the global S90 lineup include tailored wool upholstery, a new top-tier leather-free upholstery, and an advanced cabin air-filtration system, though it’s unclear how these features will appear in United States-bound models.

Standard tech features, as carried over from the 2020 model, include keyless entry, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, and dual USB-C charging ports are new this year. Options include cooled and heated steering, and a new Bowers & Wilkins audio system and wireless device charging are now available.

The 2020 Volvo S90 earned the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Standard safety features include a reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear collision mitigation, parking sensors, and rear-park assist. For options, there’s a surround-view camera system, adaptive headlights, and hands-free park assist.

Thanks to its new features, the refreshed 2021 Volvo S90 should earn even more attention from shoppers in the luxury sedan segment.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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