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Volvo V90 review - Reliability and safety

V90 safety levels are excellent, while Volvo's performance in Driver Power satisfaction survey is improving

Volvo has a strong reputation for safety, and the V90 was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP result in 2017. Excellent scores of 95% for adult protection and 93% for on-board Safety Assist systems contributed to this reassuring rating.

There’s lots of technology inside the V90, and a lot of it debuted in the XC90 SUV. One highlight is the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system which is particularly useful during motorway driving, while Volvo’s Run-off Road protection system has sensors in the car to detect when a car has uncontrollably left the road, at which point all the seatbelts are pulled as tight as possible, locking occupants in place. In combination with the special energy absorption features in the seats, this set-up is claimed to reduce spinal injuries by a third.

The V90 didn't feature in our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although the Volvo XC40 and XC60 SUVs finished in 14th and 30th positions respectively, out of a 75-car list. Volvo as a brand placed 10th out of 30 manufacturers, an improvement from 13th spot in 2019.

Warranty

Volvo’s standard warranty is for three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes soonest. That’s a little shorter than the cover offered by BMW, which last for the same period but with no mileage limit. Volvo offers the chance to extend the warranty - either adding a year, or adding a year and a further 20,000 miles.

Servicing

The standard servicing interval on the V90 is 12 months, with the schedule alternating between interim and major services. 

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