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2019 Volvo S90 T8 Inscription

October 29, 2018

We've produced our most comprehensive full tour & review ever. The 2019 Volvo S90 Long Wheelbase T8 Inscription!

TestDrive EV and PHEV vehicle coverage is sponsored by EVduty. We made full use of the 2019 Volvo S90 T8's 10.4 kWh Li-ion battery with our Level 2 EVduty Smart Home charging station, giving us 100% charge in about 2.5 hours with this car. For more information visit: https://www.elmec.ca/language/en/

This year has marked a lot of firsts for us on TestDrive, and one of the biggest is this 2019 Volvo S90 T8 Inscription. This loaded mid-size long wheelbase luxury sedan has a lot of tech, features, options, and kit to go over, so we went all out to produce the most comprehensive episode of TestDrive we've ever published. Our Spotlight on the 2019 Volvo S90 is the new benchmark for TestDrive both in terms of quality, content, and testing methods.

The first act of our video goes over the exterior features of this AWD luxury vehicle, such as the IntelliSafe active and passive safety features, such as lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, active cruise control, cross traffic alert, animal detection, collision avoidance, automatic emergency braking, and much more. We go over the vehicle's parking sensors, self-parallel parking system, front adaptive LED headlights including the Thor's Hammer style DRLs.

We also show how the PHEV charging system works, including where we've used it and information about our electric driving range and conditions during our week. We feature the keyless entry system, alarm, power opening trunk, LED tail lights, and window controls.

Inside the car we talk about the open pore wood trim finish, leather wrapped dashboard and door cards, multiple information displays such as the colour Head Up Display, cluster computer, and portrait mode infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and one of the best 360º camera systems we've used to date. This car is equipped with the optional Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

We also sit in the back seating area of this long wheelbase mid-size luxury sedan to talk about the extra 4.7 inches of legroom afforded to the rear passengers. Features such as quad zone automatic climate control, power window sun shades, power headrests, heated rear seats, optional massaging front seats, and the passenger controls for the executive seat. Interior ambient lighting and other features of the interior are also discussed.

On our road test segment we take the Volvo S90 on our new TestDrive Circuit, a 100km exact loop around our Québec studio where we'll test every new vehicle we feature on TestDrive moving forward. This 100km loop will give us a comparable fuel economy number on top of the weekly 'real world' number we usually talk about. During our road test we also go over our experience with the S90's 4-C active suspension system, and rear self-levelling component, and how this car handles and rides in comparison to other luxury sedans we've driven this year.

We wrap up our extensive coverage of the 2019 Volvo S90 Inscription with our likes and dislikes about this vehicle, and our strategy for episodes like this one moving forward. We've put a lot more time into this episode to see what our capabilities can be with more time devoted to filming and editing each episode, along with spending more screen time talking about the features and what we find. Please let us know what you think about this long format. We doubt future episodes will be as long, as we spent extra time discussing TestDrive related changes, but if you want to see longer episodes we'll make it happen.
 

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