With the launch of the Volvo S90 and V90 last month, Volvo Car Malaysia has finally completed the local 90 Series range that began with the introduction of the XC90 at the tail end of 2015. We took the opportunity to photograph all three cars side-by-side to give you a closer look at the company’s latest and greatest.

The XC90 is offered as a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and in locally-assembled (CKD) form, and as such gets full tax breaks under the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) scheme, coming in at RM403,888 on-the-road without insurance. The S90 and V90, on the other hand, comes in fully imported (CBU) for now, with T5 and T6 AWD variants; the latter, seen here, is priced at RM453,888 for the sedan and RM458,888 for the wagon.

All three share the same basic exterior design, with “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights and a rectangular grille – carrying the large new “Iron Mark” badge – forming the new Volvo corporate face. Along the sides, the strong shoulder line and an upward beltline kink towards the rear are the only stylistic flourishes.

The cars are more clearly differentiated towards the rear. The XC90 and V90 feature tail lights that stretch up towards the roof, with the V90’s also extending into the tailgate. Meanwhile, the S90 gains C-shaped tail lights and a bumper-mounted number plate recess for a more minimalist design.

The XC90 comes in Inscription trim, which adds an assortment of chrome trim as well as 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, while the S90 and V90 is offered with the sportier R-Design appearance package on top-spec T6 AWD models that throws in more aggressive front and rear bumpers, silver door mirrors and 20-inch two-tone five-spoke alloys.

As with the outside, the interiors of the three cars are very similar, with the same nine-inch portrait-format touchscreen for the Sensus Connect infotainment system, a 12.3-inch configurable instrument display and a large centre console containing an engine twist-to-start knob and a knurled dial for the drive mode selector.

Volvo XC90 (left), S90/V90 (right)

Being a T8 Twin Engine model, the XC90 also comes with a crystal gearknob made by Swedish glass expert Orrefors, whereas the S90 and V90 make do with a traditional gearlever. Also found on the S90 and V90 T6 AWD are more heavily-bolstered contour seats upholstered in Nappa and Nubuck leather (the XC90 gets comfort seats in Nappa leather) and carbon fibre trim instead of the XC90’s open-pore wood inlays.

Kit count is pretty similar on all three models, with keyless entry and start, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar and driver’s side memory, a power sunroof (panoramic for V90 and XC90), rear sunblinds, a head-up display, a 10-speaker, 330 W sound system, a 360-degree camera and a powered bootlid/tailgate. The XC90 adds four-zone climate control; the other two make do with just a dual-zone system.

Safety-wise, all models come with the IntelliSafe suite of active safety features, including City Safety autonomous emergency braking – which operates at speeds between 4 and 70 km/h and can detect vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.

Also fitted as standard is Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist and Lane Keeping Aid (LKA) to keep the car in the middle of its lane and at a set distance from the car in front at speeds of up to 130 km/h.

Other features include Driver Alert Control (DAC), Run Off Road Mitigation and Protection with Road Edge Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Cross Traffic Alert (CTA).

All this is on top of the usual active and passive safety features, including six airbags, seat belt pretensioners on all seats, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control with Active Yaw Control, Understeer Control Logic and brake-operated Dynamic Torque Vectoring, hill descent control, Ready Alert Brake (RAB) and Fading Brake Support (FBS). The V90 and XC90 also get child booster cushions at the rear.

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine is a plug-in hybrid, has a 43 km all-electric range on a single charge

Petrol power on all three cars comes from the same 2.0 litre turbocharged and supercharged Drive-E four-cylinder engine that produces 320 hp at 5,700 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 2,200 and 5,400 rpm. On the S90 and V90, an eight-speed automatic transmission sends drive to all four wheels.

The XC90 ditches the mechanical all-wheel drive system for a 87 hp/240 Nm rear-mounted electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, bringing outputs up to 407 hp and 640 Nm. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 2.1 litres per 100 km, and the SUV has an all-electric range of 43 km.


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