The Volvo S90 gains a new T5 Momentum variant in Malaysia, which sits below the existing T8 Twin Engine Inscription and T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus. If you can make do without a hybrid powertrain, the S90 T5 Momentum costs RM338,888, which is RM30,000 less than the base hybrid variant available.

Motivation comes in the form of a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engine that serves up 251 hp (254 PS) and 350 Nm of torque, all of which is directed to the front wheels via an AW TG-81SC eight-speed automatic transmission. In terms of performance, the S90 T5 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, and will hit a top speed of 230 km/h – claimed fuel consumption is 7.0 l/100 km.

Kitted up in Momentum trim, the new S90 variant is visibly dissimilar from Inscription models. Up front, the chrome accents on the grille and bottom apron are now gone, with the former sporting a different slat design as well. You’ll still get the LED Illumination headlamps with the brand’s ‘Thor’s Hammer’ daytime running lights, Active High Beam and auto-levelling function.

Along the sides, the Inscription’s chrome trim, which is placed at the lower section of the doors and just behind the front wheels, are not present on the Momentum model. The wheels are 19-inch five-triple spoke matte tech black diamond cut alloys shod with 255/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. Meanwhile, the rear no longer features the trapezoidal-shaped exhausts, with two circular outlets taking their place instead.

On the inside, the Orrefors crystal gear lever is replaced with a leather-wrapped one, while Iron Ore Aluminium inlays adorn various parts of the cabin. You’ll also notice the diamond-cut roller control on the centre console for cycling through the available drive modes is no longer there, but the engine start-stop knob remains.

The kit list includes a 12.3-inch Adaptive Digital Display instrument panel, dual-zone climate control, Sensus Connect infotainment system with nine-inch touchscreen, Comfort Seats with black leather upholstery, powered driver and front passenger seats (memory function for driver’s side), second-row air-con vents (B-pillars only), integrated booster cushions (outer rear seats), a reverse camera, and a slightly larger fuel tank (55 litres versus the T8’s 50 litres).

Safety and driver assistance systems similar to the T8 variants, with seven airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, City Safety with Front Collision Warning and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Roll Stability Control and Hill Descent Control. There’s also the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system, Park Assist, and Park Assist Pilot.

Six exterior colour options are available, including Crystal White Pearl, Mussel Blue Metallic, Luminous Sand Metallic, Onyx Black Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, and Maple Brown Metallic. Each purchase also comes with a five-year warranty.

What do you think of the more affordable Volvo S90 T5 variant relative to the T8-powered options? If you’re interested, you’ll want to head on over to our first ever Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) at Setia City Convention Centre on November 3 and 4, 2018, where Volvo is offering free five years standard service (VSA 5+) for those who book the XC60 T5, S90 T5 and XC90 T5 at the event.