Volvo V90: is this the best looking estate?

Volvo V90 Inscription

This week, we’ve been out testing the all-new Volvo S90 and V90 on the roads of Surrey. You can read our UK first drive of the S90 saloon next week, although Tim has already driven the V90 estate. Check out his review here.

A bit of background: the S90 and V90 are the latest cars to utilise Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), and follow the XC90, which remains our favourite seven-seat premium SUV. In the UK, the V90 estate is likely to be the biggest seller, not least because the Volvo estate is ingrained in middle-class culture.

Having stopped to take photographs on the beautifully manicured lawns of Coworth Park, we came to the conclusion that the Volvo V90, preferably in lavish Inscription trim, is probably the best looking estate car you can buy new. A bold claim, we grant you, but we were prepared to spark some debate on Twitter.

As you’d expect, not everyone agreed with our snap conclusion. Take a look at some of the nominations:

From Simon Harris:

From Iain Dooley:

From Simon Harris (again):

From Richard:

From Hugo Brailsford:

The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is a very good shout, but as it’s no longer available to buy new, it doesn’t meet the criteria of our original tweet. If we were to open the floor to wagons of old, the V90 would face some fierce competition. Did anybody mention the Lynx Eventer? Or the Alfa 159 Sportwagon?

Yep, that’s a debate for another day.

But as it’s Friday, we thought we’d throw this open to everyone? Is the Volvo V90 Inscription the best looking wagon on sale today? You decide.

Oh, and much as we’d like to accept Skoda PR Graeme Lambert’s nomination for the Skoda Superb, we feel he might be a tad biased. Sorry, Graeme, just saying…

Has an unhealthy obsession with cars of the 80s and 90s. Doesn’t really do supercars. Not a huge fan of sports cars. But loves the undervalued and the underwhelming.

Is probably a bit strange.

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  • rose white

    V90 is gorgeous! Saw one last week! V90 in maroon metallic for me please!
    The Skoda looks old fashioned and bit Berlin Wallish!
    Audis look down at heel somehow!
    Mazda fronts all remind me of pig snouts – ugly pigs too!
    Jaguar Sportsbrake looks very dull and boring in darker colours – perfectly reflects today’s UK?