To be fair, even though it lost out to the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the Executive Saloon of the Year category in our 2017 awards, there is plenty right with our long-terming S90. It’s supremely comfortable, the 2.0-litre twin-charged engine is deliciously potent (albeit a bit gruff-sounding) and it really does look the business. It’s a fantastic left-field choice to German offerings. However, there are some minor issues.
Starting with the stop-start system, which as we noted in our long-term XC90, as well as the V40 hatchback, is not the most decisive. It keeps switching on and off in crawling traffic. It’s juddery too. And what makes it worse is the equally indecisive automatic parking brake hold function. Slow down to a crawl and it concludes that you want to stop and applies the parking brake unexpectedly. This means the engine shuts down. You move again, the parking brake takes a second to release, the engine fires up and you shudder into motion. You slow down. Rinse. Repeat. It’s likely a software fix, but it’s sure as heck annoying in stop-and-go traffic.