On the road, my test model's 316-horsepower, four-cylinder turbocharged engine offered impressive performance, starting with a quiet ride. The V90 revved to only 4,400 rpm going from zero to 60 mph, with very little engine noise reaching into the cabin. My test V90 also offered four different drive modes — Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, and Off Road — although I noticed little difference among them. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rates the V90 T6 AWD at 21 mpg/city and 32 mpg/highway, thanks in part to the vehicle's automatic start/stop function (which turns off the engine when you're idling). During a weeklong test drive, I logged a combined 23 mpg.
Front sightlines are excellent and rear sightlines are good, while sightlines to the rear sides of the vehicle are acceptable but could be better. The model also braked and cornered well, while its modest size made parking and backing up fairly easy. And, of course, the V90 comes with Volvo's famous steel cage and other safety systems. As noted earlier, I had the car flash an alert on the dashboard and apply the brakes automatically when its sensors detected the car in front of me was unexpectedly stopping. (Sorry, I was too busy avoiding a crash to take a photo.)