Reflecting the continuing fall in popularity of diesel, Volvo has made its T5 petrol engine available in its S90 saloon, V90 estate and XC90 SUV ranges.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit produces a healthy 250hp and 350Nm of torque.

In the S90, where it joins the existing T4 version, that’s enough for a 0-62mph time of just 6.8 seconds and a 140mph top speed.

On-paper figures suggest it will be remarkably economical, too, recording 42.8mpg on the combined cycle under the new WLTP regime, with CO2 emissions from 154 g/km.

The figures aren’t too far off for the heavier V90 estate, with 0-62mph in 7.0 seconds (7.4 for the all-wheel-drive Cross Country), 41.5mpg and 157 g/km (38.2mpg and 172 g/km for Cross Country).

Even in the XC90 performance is respectable with 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, although economy inevitably takes a hit to 35.8mpg with emissions of 184 g/km.

Prices start at £41,120 for the S90 T5 R-Design, £43,120 for the V90 T5 R-Design, £44,685 for the V90 Cross Country, and £50,435 for the XC90 T5 Momentum.

All T5 models are available to order now.

Alex Kefford

Editor

Freelance journalist, ex-offroad driving instructor and long distance road-tripper. If you have any questions about this piece, feel free to hit me up on Twitter.