This V90 T6 Recharge is one of those cars. The newly updated version of Volvo’s flagship estate lands not only with slightly less power than its T8 Twin Engine predecessor but with a fractionally lower asking price too. And crucially, it will also slot into that coveted 10% benefit-in-kind tax bracket, provided you don’t go mad with options.

The question is, is it a compelling enough machine to steal sales away from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz? Read on to find out.

The V90 line-up at a glance

All V90s now feature some degree of electrification. B4, B5 and B6 petrol and diesel models come equipped with a 48V mild-hybrid architecture, while the T6 is currently the only plug-in hybrid V90 on offer.

Those Recharge models are offered in either R-Design or Inscription trim, while the more conventional B-series cars are available in a wider range of specifications. Momentum represents the entry point for these cars, and is followed by R-Design and then Inscription.

The V90 also comes in Cross Country guise, with lifted ride height, four-wheel drive and off-road-friendly cladding.

Price £55,305 Power 335bhp Torque 435lb ft 0-60mph 5.6sec 30-70mph in fourth 8.4sec Fuel economy 40.0mpg CO2 emissions 50g/km 70-0mph 45.7m

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