It’s little wonder the Swedes consistently rank among the happiest and most contented people in the world.
As anyone who’s ever been there will testify, everything makes sense, the buses and trains always run on time and things just work as they should.
Having collected our new Volvo S90 long-termer recently and spent a month or so behind the wheel, many of those national virtues – perfection, precision, common sense – shine through everywhere.
And they’re leaving me feeling as happy and contented as, well, a Swede.
We collected the new model – an S90 D4 Momentum Automatic in Twilight Bronze – from Poole Volvo, one of the brand’s new generation of dealerships.
Here too, everything worked seamlessly and made perfect sense, including the way the cars were displayed in a perfect line to make it easy for customers to compare the range.
After arriving and enjoying a freshly brewed coffee, we were taken outside and introduced to the latest addition to our long-term fleet and familiarised with the controls.
Having specified a list of options as long as your arm, this took some time.
In standard spec, our model would retail at £32,955 but we added around £6,000 of extras, including a Winter Pack (heated windscreen, steering wheel and washer nozzles and headlight cleaning system), Volvo On Call with App, and a variety of safety and comfort features.
But the best feature of all, Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive system with adaptive cruise, comes as standard on every S90 and has been a revelation. It takes a bit of getting used to – you first need to build trust, but on motorway journeys and in traffic, having a car that effectively drives itself is a godsend.
A few weeks in to having this car on fleet and I still find myself taking every opportunity to take it for a spin.
By: Malcolm Hay
Model: Volvo S90
Engine: Four-cylinder twin turbo-charged diesel engine
Max speed: 140mph
MPG: 64.2mpg (combined)
Mileage this month: 1,100
This month’s highlight: Getting up close and personal with one of Volvo’s latest models