Understated swedish elegance
Can anybody be offended by a Volvo?
Photo Malene Raith
"This is it …!" I hold my breath and step on the accelerator going for the small hole that's just occurred in traffic.
The large silver vehicle responds promptly and accelerates light as a feather onto the busy Spanish road, where it easily mingles with the rest of the cars racing by.
Phew. The fast entry was a piece of cake, exactly as I had been told before I entered the car.
For the all-new Volvo S90 with the big D5 (diesel) engine has a brand new compressor system, that, according to Volvo, actually makes it the fastest car from 0 to 60 km/h among its competitors.
Its a hot day here in Marbella, Spain, where Volvo has invited me to test drive their new 90 models: Volvo S90 and V90 (station wagon).
The car is built on the same platform as the successful SUV from last year, Volvo XC90, with which it also shares technology, but still stands out on its own. Just look at the brilliant design.
Whether it is Thor's Hammer (that’s what Volvo calls the lying T in the headlights) once again or the beautiful curved grill on the front, a compliment to Volvo's elegant classic P1800, I do not know.
But just as XC90 took me by storm, the new 90 models elegant design does too.
Even from behind the new cars are perfectly shaped, and V90 (which, by the way, replaces the V70) actually so much that even I, a true sedan fan, is in serious doubt, whether I just should make an exception here.
And the good style continues, as I enter the cabin.
I especially love the bright leather (eventhough I don’t know how well it will hold up in the long run with dirty children in the back seat), the seats are molded and with the massage running a real treat to sit in.
You will recognize the simple and elegant interior with the slick start button, beautiful center console and large infotainment system from the Volvo XC90, although the dashboard is a little more vertical and the air jets reversed.
Of course you can also get Volvo's state-of-the-art security systems, for example Pedestrian-, Bicycle- and large Animals Detection, and there's a new Pilot Assist system that almost makes the vehicle drive by it self on the motorway.
The system could previously be set to follow the vehicle in front of you, but now it can follow the markings on the road instead, and even at speeds up to 130 km/h. It still requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel, the responsibility of driving properly is still yours, but you can relax more during long runs and feel much more refreshed and ready when you arrive at your destination.
Volvo S90 is a great quiet cruiser both on normal roads and the motorway, and eventhough it’s really hot outside, it doesn’t bother me a bit here behind the wheel, where I enjoy the luxurious maneuvering of the car through the eight steps of the automatic transmission.
The new compressor system, Power Pulse, which gives the engine an extra boost, acts really well, and the driving experience is just as great as the beautiful exterior.
Volvo have in other words with the Volvo S90 and V90 created a fantastic comfortable and well driving vehicle in an understated razor sharp design.
And you can drive it every day without fear of jealousy from your neighbours, because the toned-down elegance makes the luxurious car acceptable to people who normally consider premium brands as showoff. After all ... who could be really offended by a Volvo?
See both models in the film made in collaboration with my great collegue Morten Brunsgaard Bek – its in Danish, sorry, but I promise, we will speak English in the future. www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAEFWNoY2dQ