If you want to know the essence of the Volvo brand you need only look at the Volvo V90. The V90 station wagon — yes, it’s okay to call it a station wagon — represents all that you need to know about Volvo. The vehicle is utterly rational, incredibly safe, and a joy to drive. It doesn’t let style trump function. Instead, it is stylish because of its functionality.
There are hundreds of good reasons to buy a V90 and very few that argue against it. Yet, in the face of the avalanche of SUVs and crossovers, including Volvo’s own XC40, XC60, and XC90, the V90 station wagon doesn’t get its due. While it is true that auto enthusiast reviewers have a bizarre and inexplicable penchant for station wagons, the V90 transcends that fetish. It offers virtually everything that is good about the S90 sedan — which is a lot — plus added utility. What’s not to like?