Two classy sedans offer refined luxury, superb comfort, and top safety features
Our recent test drive of the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription provided us with a week of exceptional driving experiences.
This new midsize sedan surprised us with its throaty 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 316 HP at 5,700 RPM and 295 lb.-ft. of torque ranging from 2,200 to 5,400 RPM. One can achieve 0-60 MPH is just over five seconds. It’s mated to a genuinely smooth-shifting eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with Eco Stop/Start Technology, and the AWD system has instant traction, so the performance level on this model, the top of five trims, was stunning.
Fuel economy was 25 MPG overall with 22 MPG/city and 31 MPG/highway. We averaged 27.2 overall with a combination of urban and mostly highway driving.
Safety has always been a trademark of Volvo products and the unibody constructed S90 has an abundance of features that make it safe for drivers and passengers. Included are extensive supplement restraints, side-impact protection system, lane departure detection, low-speed collision avoidance system, pedestrian and animal detection system, rear collision warning, Pilot Assist (a semi-autonomous driving system added to adaptive cruise control), roadside sign info system, and list continues, including a very functional rear park assist.
What we liked about the S90 were the interior creature comforts and spacious seating. This gem has leather upholstery, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt/telescope, power moonroof, 10-way power front seats, wood inlays, Volvo’s Sensus Navigation and Sensus Connect (nothing is overlooked for connectivity), nine-inch touchscreen, 330-watt (10 speaker) audio system, amazing digital instrumentation, and the list goes on.
From its power retractable outside mirrors to its fog lamps with corner function, little is left on the S90 T6 Inscription standard equipment list. That said, there were a lot of option packages on our tester that included more than three dozen add-ons. While we certainly enjoyed most of them, including the 360-degree surround view camera and blind-spot info system (with cross traffic alert), the Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system at $2,650 was a bit pricy.
Our tester had base price of $52,950, but with options it jumped to just over $65,000. With what is being offered, plus incredible handling, safety, and comfort, the price may not seem so bad when compared to competitors in its class.
The all-new 2017 Genesis G90 is simply a spectacular luxury sedan
The 2017 Genesis G90 performs with emphasis, provides one of the most spacious interiors in its class, and offers extraordinary comfort.
We tested this flagship full-size sedan, a spin-off of its parent company Hyundai, during a recent Italian film festival and transported filmmakers from the airport to events, and each guest remarked on the style and pleasurable ride this RWD car provided (an AWD system is optional). And we liked it as well.
The G90 3.3T Premium is powered by a 3.3-L twin turbo V-6 engine that is powerful, yet quiet. It’s a dual-mode drivetrain with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic and paddle shifters. Its Intelligent drive modes react to real-time driving conditions by modifying throttle response, transmission shift points, and steering controls. Simply said, it is a magnificent system that works perfectly. Fuel economy is 17 MPG/city and 24/highway.
Likeable features on the G90 are numerous, but topping the list are the Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension (reinforces steering stability and improves collision avoidance), 22-way adjustable driver’s seat (16-way passenger seat), and the 12.3-inch HD navigation system with a multimedia controller, just to name a few.
From electronic stability control with traction to nine airbags, safety abounds in the G90. Standard are automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, Driver Attention Alert (analyzes driving patterns and detects driver fatigue), and more, including a heads-up display and Smart Cruise Control.
The interior on the G90 is simply dazzling. There are Nappa leather seating surfaces, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped dash and door trim, wood accents, heated and ventilated seats front and rear, and 17-speaker Lexicon 7.1 surround-sound audio system, among many features. Complete connectivity is standard, including an easy-to-use infotainment system.
We appreciated the Bi-Xenon headlamps that projected with impressive lighting capability and had a Dynamic Bending Light (illuminates corners when vehicle turns). And even with astonishing interior space for passengers, the G90 has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
It’s not all that often that we truly do not want to return a tester after a weeklong drive, but that was the case with the G90. It provided a remarkable driving experience and was beyond enjoyable to drive.
Our tester had a MSRP of $68,100 and there were no options. Frankly nothing beyond standard equipment was needed.