Volvo V90 T8 Twin Engine engines, drive & performance

Plug-in Volvo V90 serves up great cross country pace, but isn’t a true driver’s car

The V90 T8 Twin Engine is a versatile vehicle, and a fast one, too, with performance-car-humbling pace. A lot of that is down to the huge amount of torque generated by the twin-motor hybrid powertrain, pairing instant electric shove with petrol power picking up the slack at higher speeds. This car isn't the last word in driving engagement, however, and still steers towards being comfortable than truly competent in the bends.

Volvo V90 T8 Twin Engine hybrid engine, 0-62mph and acceleration

The V90 T8 Twin Engine is a variant of the regular V90 and not a model in its own right. As such, there's only one powertrain option.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine up front produces 315bhp and sends drive to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. At the rear, an 86bhp electric motor is fed power from a 10.4kWh battery. Total system output is rated at 401bhp.

Set it up for maximum output using the 'Power' drive mode and you’ll find out just how fast petrol and electric power can feel when combined, thanks to the low-down torque from the electric motor. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 4.8 seconds and top speed is electronically capped at 155mph.

The V90 T8 is impressively refined, too, being quiet on the move and under acceleration. It's a car you’ll easily see off motorway miles in.

Handling

From behind the wheel, things can best be described as solid, but not overtly sharp. While the V90 T8 packs enough punch to be a performance-car bruiser, it errs on the side of caution when it comes to handling. The steering is well weighted and weights up further if you push the car into Power mode. However, there’s not much communication as to exactly what the front wheels are doing, and again, the Volvo's considerable weight means this isn’t a car you can hurl into bends at great speed. It's a comfortable cruiser, not an outright performance machine. So take things steady and rely on the power and torque in a straight line where necessary.

Underpinning the V90 T8's credentials as a motorway car is its list of standard driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control and semi-autonomous capability. When enabled, this feature helps you keep the car in its lane on motorway-style roads.