Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid reliability & safety rating
Volvo equips the V90 Recharge plug-in hybrid with plenty in the way of driver-assistance and safety features, and reliability should be good
|5 stars (2017)
Volvo trades on its image of producing safe and reliable cars. As such, the level of standard safety and assistance features on the V90 Recharge T6 hybrid is particularly strong compared to rivals – and this is all underlined by a strong showing in Euro NCAP crash-testing.
Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid reliability & problems
Volvo’s reputation for quality cars is strong, and that's backed up by data in the latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. The brand finished in ninth-place out of 29 manufacturers, ahead of rivals Mercedes (13th), BMW (21st) and Audi (23rd). Owners praised interior quality and practicality, along with excellent comfort – particularly in the front seats. Safety was applauded – no surprise there – but fuel consumption and running costs were deemed high, areas the T6 should hopefully improve upon.
Volvo continues to market itself as a safety-focused brand and that’s reflected in the level of standard safety and assistance equipment here, plus the V90’s strong showing in Euro NCAP crash-testing. The car was awarded a perfect five stars in 2017, with a 95% rating for adult occupant protection and 80% for child occupant protection. A 76% score in the notoriously difficult pedestrian safety test was impressive, too.
A safety assistance score of 93% can be put down to the likes of standard automatic emergency braking (AEB), which can detect pedestrians, cyclists and animals – not just stopped vehicles – ahead in the road. The setup is called City Safety, and can bring the car to a complete halt, too.
It can also assist with rapid evasive moves at speeds between 31 and 62mph by braking the inner wheels and reinforcing your steering inputs if it detects you’re rapidly trying to avoid a hazard. Elsewhere, there’s Volvo’s Run-Off Road protection system. This detects if the car has left the road uncontrollably and prepares the vehicle for impact by tightening the seatbelts as much as possible.
The Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving aid is standard – such a feature is often left on the options list for the Volvo’s rivals. When the Pilot Assist feature isn’t enabled, lane-keeping assistance and a driver attention alert system take its place.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Volvo V90 Recharge T8 has been replaced by the less powerful T6, now an even better package if you need low running costs and practicality
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingImpressive MPG and CO2 figures underline the Volvo V90 hybrid's day-to-day capability as a premium plug-in family car
- 3Running costs & insurancePure-electric running means short commutes can be done without burning fuel, but the Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid will be expensive to insure
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe plug-in hybrid Volvo V90 Recharge T6 serves up great cross-country pace, but is more relaxing than thrilling to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortWith one of the best interiors in its class, the Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid is a comfortable place to be
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Volvo V90 T6 Recharge hybrid's boot space isn't quite on par with regular rivals, but trumps plug-in opposition
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingVolvo equips the V90 Recharge plug-in hybrid with plenty in the way of driver-assistance and safety features, and reliability should be good