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2021 Volvo V90 Overview

The Volvo V90 is still relatively unchanged since its 2017 introduction, though a slight refresh for 2021 adds new features and options. This wagon, classic yet elegant, competes against wagons like the Subaru Outback and Audi Allroad. Volvo has provided general information about the refreshed 2021 V90, but we’ll learn more specific information about the United States model closer to this summer’s formal reveal.

The V90 features a classic wagon profile, while the Cross Country model adds a sporty touch thanks to a 2.3-inch lift, rugged body cladding, and standard all-wheel drive (AWD). This year, the V90 and Cross Country get new LED rear lighting, wheel designs, and color options.

Though Volvo hasn’t yet revealed the full engine lineup, a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be available on the V90, good for an estimated fuel savings of 15 percent. The other two engines, the T5 and T6, are likely to carry over. The T5 is a 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder. The T6 is a 310-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged inline 4-cylinder. Both feature an 8-speed automatic transmission and choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). For the best fuel economy, stick with the FWD T5 configuration, rated for 23 mpg city, 35 highway, and 27 combined.

Volvo hasn’t yet announced trim levels or feature menus for the 2021 V90, but they’ll likely be similar to 2020 models. The R-Design trim is the sporty model, and the Inscription elevates the luxury factor. Standard features across the lineup include keyless entry, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, and 19-inch wheels. New options include wool blend upholstery, leather-free upholstery, and an advanced cabin air filtration system.

The standard infotainment system is a 9-inch touchscreen with a split-screen option, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, navigation, a 10-speaker audio system, and new dual USB-c ports. Check out options like a rear-row entertainment system, a new wireless charging system, and a new Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

The Volvo V90 has not been rated for crashworthiness by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For safety features, the V90 includes a reversing camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear-collision mitigation, and rear parking sensors. Options include active park assist, a surround-view camera system, and a head-up display (HUD).

The updates for 2021 are small, but thoughtful, making the Volvo V90 a great alternative to both the standard family sedan and the ubiquitous crossover.


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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