Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine reliability & safety

Peace of mind comes as standard in the Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine, which is one of the safest cars in the world

Euro NCAP rating Adult protection rating Child safety rating Safety assist rating
5 stars 95% 80% 93%

Predictably, this is one of the safest cars money can buy, with a range of active and passive systems to help you avoid a crash. Meanwhile, Volvo dealers seem to be improving year on year.

Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine reliability & problems

The Volvo S90 T8 is too new to have featured in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but Volvo scored 90.49% on the list of car manufacturers, placing the brand in a disappointing mid-table position behind the likes of Suzuki, Mazda and Kia.

Meanwhile, on the list of car dealers, Volvo finished ninth, scoring 86.48% overall. Volvo dealers were praised for their stylish waiting areas and courtesy cars. Sadly, the dealers need to work on staff courtesy and communication.


The Volvo S90 was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2017, when it was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating. The individual scores were impressive: 95% and 80% for adult and child occupant safety respectively, 76% for pedestrian safety, and a remarkable 93% in the safety assistance category.

Only one car finished with higher adult occupant and Safety Assist ratings: the Volvo XC60 with 98% and 95% respectively. Much of this is down to the structural integrity of modern Volvos, but there’s a raft of active and passive safety features designed to avoid a crash in the first place.

All S90 models are fitted with Volvo’s City Safety system, which includes pedestrian, cyclist and large-animal detection, along with front collision warning with full automatic braking. Other standard equipment includes traffic sign recognition, oncoming-lane mitigation, run-off-road mitigation, run-off-road protection, active bonnet, driver alertness monitoring, multiple airbags and ISOFIX attachments on the outer rear seats.

The S90 is also fitted with adaptive cruise control and Pilot Assist, which is about the closest you can get to a fully autonomous Volvo. At speeds of up to 80mph, the Pilot Assist system maintains a safe distance to the vehicle in front and uses small steering inputs to keep the car in the centre of the lane.

Upgrading to the Xenium pack adds a parking camera with 360-degree surround view, and Park Assist Pilot, which measures the parking space for you before handling parallel and perpendicular parking. The pack – which also includes a glass tilt-and-slide sunroof – costs £1,600.