Volvo’s fast yet frugal T5 petrol engine joins S90, V90 and XC90 ranges

Written by Ellie

Volvo’s superb T5 petrol engine is finally being offered in the Swedish car maker’s 90 Series models.

This means that the S90 saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV now benefits from the high power and efficiency of the two-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit, a core member of Volvo’s Drive-E engine family.

Tuned to deliver 246bhp and an impressive 350Nm of torque, the T5 is a strong yet refined engine, achieving impressive fuel economy and emissions of 42.8mpg and 154g/km in the S90. The engine comes linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

What kind of numbers can you expect from a T5 90 Series Volvo?

In the S90 saloon, the new T5 achieves combined cycle fuel economy from 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions from 154g/km.

It can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds, gathering speed until it hits 140mph. For business users, its first-year benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rate is 31 per cent. Prices start from £41,120 on-the-road for the R-Design version.

For the V90 estate, those numbers shift to 41.5mpg and 157g/km, while all-wheel drive Cross Country variants return 38.2mpg and 172g/km.

Performance remains impressive, hitting 62mpg in seven seconds flat (or 7.4s in the V90 Cross Country). Prices begin at £43,120 for the V90 R-Design and £44,685 for the V90 Cross Country, while BIK tax rates are 32 per cent and 35 per cent respectively.

Finally, the big daddy of the Volvo range – the XC90 SUV – achieves official combined cycle figures from 35.8mpg and 184g/km, while a 0-62mph dash is polished off in 7.9 seconds.

The BIK rate for business motorists is 37 per cent and a T5 XC90 will set you back at least £50,435, reaching up to £59,235 for the range-topping Inscription Pro.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The arrival of the superb T5 engine in Volvo’s 90 models means not just increased choice for customers but also a fine balance of strong performance and excellent efficiency and refinement.”

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Posted on 8th August 2018

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