Yes, Mercedes has the S-Class and BMW the 7-Series. But only slightly well known is that Volvo has the S90. An understated full-size sedan, that offers just as much panache as its German rivals. For 2022, Volvo offers the S90 in Recharge trim, a plugin hybrid variant that combines its Turbo 2.0l four cylinder with an electric motor, making it an environmentally friendly option as you are chauffeured around Vancouver.
The S90 Recharge’s dual engine and motor setup produces 455 combined horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque. Good for 53 km of all electric range, the setup provides for a smooth and responsive driving experience, with instant torque and brisk acceleration returning a 0-100km time of 4.8 seconds. Additionally, the S90 Recharge features all-wheel drive, providing added traction and stability on the road. The power is routed through an 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission that is smooth under most driving conditions only showing signs of fumbling under hard acceleration.
Safety is always at the forefront of Volvo’s ethos, with Volvo North America Cars indicating back in 2016 that by 2020 a person will not be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo car or suv. This is achieved by a mirid of safety features. Most cars nowadays have features like emergency braking and crumple zones. But Volvo incorporates features like active safety seats that absorb forces from hard landings if the vehicles is lifted of the ground to print spinal compression injuries or when hit from behind to minimize whiplash. Infotainment is now powered by Google. It controls nearly all features from climate to wipers. Although the system is responsive it provides unusual icons and less features the Sensus system it replaces.
The ride in the S90 is extremely compliant. Although it can begin to feel harsh on overly bumpy roads, something that is not akin to the other full size luxury sedans in the market. The driving dynamics make for a spirited drive. Feeling more like driver’s car rather then limousine. That stated the interior is a sublime place to be. Its like being in scanadanavian spa. Minimal yet feature rich, feeling airy with a well lit green house, that combines fine leather with open pore wood finishes. It is a place one can spend long drives in and feel relaxed at the other end of the journey.
Overall, the 2022 Volvo S90 Recharge is a great option for those looking for a luxury electric alternative with a spacious, comfortable cabin, advanced technology, and an exotic electric hybrid powertrain. With prices for the as tested model sitting at just under $84,000.00 it is a bargain when compared to the likes of the S-Class and 7-Series. Although the coemption definitely up’s the luxury factor and powertrain options. Volvo needs to consider these factors to make the S90 a viable competitor especially with the likes of the 2023 offerings looming from BMW.