EL SEGUNDO, California–Our resident long-roofed Scandinavian long-termer, a 2019 Volvo V90 T6 Inscription, has been remarkably unlucky during its stay. Having already suffered the indignities of a parking-lot bumper bash and a stone-cracked windshield, the Volvo now has a new malady caused by forces outside its control: a set of bent wheels. Fate can be cruel.
There’s been little cruel about the way it’s treated the occupants inside, however. Throughout a 700-mile excursion up into the Bay Area, I not only took full advantage of the effective massaging seats, but also fell in love with the Bowers & Wilkins sound system, a $3,200 alternative. Utilizing Apple CarPlay to stream music from Google Play Music via my iPhone, I place the high-fidelity audio setup through its paces over a couple hours of driving. For instance, as Sylvan Esso’s “Just Dancing,” an indie-pop track with ultra-crisp production values, cascaded from of the speakers, the digital beat came alive, and the audio quality was so good my girlfriend and I could practically visualize the specific point from which the music was emanating.
To anyone looking to add a V90 to their garage, I’d absolutely recommend ticking the box for the premium sound system–although it may perhaps be too great. A slight buzzing has developed in the driver’s doorway when music is playing, its intensity varying with the frequency of the sound. It’s something we may get checked out if it doesn’t cure itself in short order.
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