Demo Review - The New Automatic Volvo V90 D4 R-Design Plus

21st Feb 2020

Volvo V90 review

This week we have a look at the latest Volvo V90 D4 R-Design Plus Automatic. This is the most recent V90 of which Volvo boasts generous and comfortable seating, low CO2 emissions, surprising fuel efficiency, impressive load capacity and the power to match its presence.

This new V90 is available in four engine variations, with the D4 providing a four-cylinder twin turbo-charged diesel engine, 8-speed Automatic transmission and front wheel drive. With the addition of some striking styling options, including leather dash and seats and an intuitive onboard ICE system, it appears that this vehicle could be difficult to beat in its class and price.

Team Member Review

Thanks to the driver assist technology and incredibly comfortable seating this car is a great cruiser. I drove several long journeys over the course of a long weekend, on both smaller A and B roads and motorways yet arrived feeling refreshed and energised.

I found the inside environment extremely comfortable and spacious with a surprising amount of storage. Passengers in the front enjoyed the heated seats and lumbar support and for the driver, the heated steering wheel was a nice little extra.The V90 also has keyless entry and ignition, which means not having to route around trying to find your keys which is always a plus. Though it also took reading other reviews of this model to realise that the plastic clip on the windscreen was for parking vouchers, an unexpected practical little feature. It seems Volvo have thought of everything.

I must admit, I struggled a little with the length of this vehicle as it is one of the larger ones in its class (I was impressed with the boot space). However, the rear parking camera mitigated most of this worry, and the parking sensors are very sensitive, possibly too much so, but in a car this long that’s no bad thing.Thanks to the size of the engine and the 190hr produced it was very efficient on long motorway journey’s. But efficiency did suffer when taking the shorter journey’s around town.

The digital driver display included everything expected and, in this model, the optional heads-up display casts the sat-nav, speed and vehicle distance notifications onto the windscreen. This proved really useful, and again, it is these little touches that make it such a great car to drive.It was also easy to set up a driver profile, so much so we didn't have to go delving into the handbook to find how to set, seat and performance options for each journey. Often these can be obtuse and confusing but not here. Another plus for Volvo.


  • Very smooth to drive, and very responsive in higher gears.
  • Intuitive in-vehicle technology and user friendly infotainment system.
  • The interior feels very stylish but with a sporty feel achieved through the R-Design plus styling.
  • Switching between Comfort, Dynamic and Eco mode was easy and effective
  • The digital driver display and optional heads-up display included navigation information which was really useful.
  • Extremely spacious and comfortable for passengers in the back.
  • Really impressive boot space.


  • Fuel economy would not be as good as expected if taking numerous short journey's.
  • Automatic gear changes could be more intuitive, in the lower gears.
  • Extremely long, with the vehicle overhanging parking spaces here at PVM. 

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If you would like to talk to the team about including the Volvo V90 D4 R-Design Plus Automatic within your Fleet or as a new company car we would be happy to help. Just get in touch with us on: 01332 267367 or

Vehicle Specification 

  • Model: Volvo V90
  • Engine: D4 R-Design Plus Automatic
  • Trim level: R-Design Plus
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Colour: Metallic Bright Silver
  • Fuel consumption: 58.9 mpg
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • CO2 emissions: 127 g/km
  • Power: 190 hp
  • Luggage compartment: 560-litre (increases to 1526 litres with the back is down)
  • Vehicle P11D: £44,650.00

Standard features

ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) | ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) | Adaptive Brake Lights including High Level LED Brake Light | Bluetooth® Handsfree System| City Safety (Autonomous Emergency Braking) | LED Day Running Lights | Front Collision Warning with Full Automatic Brake | Headlight Levelling System | Hill Descent Control (AWD only) | LED Headlights (Active Bending Headlights optional) | LKA (Lane Keeping Aid) or LDW (Lane Departure Warning) with DAC (Driver Alert Control) and Road Sign Information Display | Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection | Pilot Assist (up to 80mph) | Power Parking Brake with Automatic Hold Function | Rear Park Assist | Run-off Road Protection | Sensus Connect with High Performance Sound System and DAB Radio | Sensus Navigation | Speed Limiter, Dual Stage Driver & Passenger Airbags, Hill Start Assist, Home Safe and Approach Lighting | Stability and Traction Control | Volvo On Call

Additional fitted options included on this particular vehicle:

Tempa Spare Wheel and Jack | Intellisafe Surround (Blind Spot Information System with Steer Assist, Cross Traffic Alert with Autobrake and Rear Collision Mitigation) | Smartphone Integration


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Get in touch

If you would like to talk to the team about including the Volvo V90 D4 R-Design Plus within your Fleet or as a new company car we would be happy to help.

Just get in touch with us on: 01332 267367 or