As with practically every other product launched under Geely Holdings’ ownership, the S90 provides ample evidence of where a few billion dollars’ worth of investment have been poured.
This is a fine and likeable large saloon – one that Volvo most likely could not have made in any other circumstance and certainly not with such appealing modernity and value.
If the broader journey is to provide a default option to buyers in this segment, though, the S90 also shows there is still some way to go.
Volvo has built the car to its own idea of the standard, making it comfortable, predictable, safe, spacious, efficient and generally hushed.
But its rivals harness these attributes, too, while simultaneously making cars that are more immediately pleasing to drive.
Arguably, that makes the big Volvo an unconventional option once again, a fact that doesn’t inhibit one bit the idea that its buyers will be getting the most well-rounded left-fielder yet produced.