Over the years, Volvo has become synonymous with safety and solid build quality. Paul Beard is suitably impressed with their V90 in T8 guise.
Not so long ago, people referred to Volvos as tanks and their estate cars as ‘wardrobes on wheels’. Nowadays the company is multi award winning, with all three Car of The Year Awards bagged in recent months. There is big talk about environmental criteria and a pledge that every model range will have an electric variant by the start of the next decade and the new V60 is the last model that will be released with a diesel engine.
In amongst all of the achievements and future goals though, here is a slice of what promises to be one of Volvo’s best estate cars ever. The car that you see in the accompanying photos is the largest and fastest load carryall available: the V90 R-Design Pro T8. The ‘Bursting Blue’ paintwork and silver accent details are, in my opinion, a fantastic combination that suit the car perfectly, whilst the body kit adds a nice touch of sportiness. The other main feature to note whilst admiring the outside of this V90 is the set of optional 20-inch diamond cut/matt black alloy wheels that again really suit this car and come shod with 245/40 Pirelli P Zeros. On top of this, the angled tailgate works well and those now ubiquitous ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights, that flank an almost retro looking upright grille, just enhance this most distinctive estate car. Darkened rear side and tailgate glass finishes the effect to a tee.
Moving to the inside and the style just continues aplenty, with charcoal Nappa perforated sports leather faced chairs that grip without being too difficult to slide in and out of – power adjustment including lumbar support is excellent; heating for your posterior is standard here too. Once safely ensconced, you need to take in the beautifully tailored and finished surroundings – the soft, stitched dashboard, doors, centre console and steering wheel; the perforated aluminium inserts for the doors and dash panel that blend so well; the chrome ventilation controls; and the easy to use controls for heating/cold air. Then there is that beautiful touchscreen infotainment system. The Sensus Connect’s 8-inch screen is very intuitive and the main page is split into Navigation, Audio, Phone connectivity and Car Status.
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