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Volvo is launching its most powerful non-hybrid petrol engine, the T5, across the brand’s range-topping 90 series of models.

The 2.0-litre unit is available to order now for the S90 saloon, V90 estate and Cross Country, and the XC90 SUV. It slots into the range alongside the existing T4 petrol, D4 and D5 diesels, and the T8 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid.

Like all the engines now fitted to new Volvos, the T5 is built to Volvo’s Drive-e efficiency technology, which uses aluminium and aluminium alloys to keep each unit compact and light in weight.

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Compact and lightweight

Technology employed includes a variable valve system to enhance driveability as well as overall efficiency, advanced combustion control and measures to reduce power losses through internal friction. The single-scroll turbocharger uses exhaust gases to force more air through the induction system, increasing the engine’s responsiveness to commands through the accelerator pedal.

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The 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit offers 250hp and 350Nm of torque, while returning combined cycle fuel economy from 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions from 154g/km in the S90 saloon. In the standard V90 estate, the figures are 41.5mpg and 157g/km, from 38.2mpg and 172g/km with all-wheel drive in the Cross Country, and 35.8mpg and 184g/km in the XC90.

S90 and V90 customers can specify the T5 engine in all versions except the entry-level Momentum and Momentum Pro trims, T5 prices starting from £41,120 in the saloon, £43,120 in the estate and £44,685 in the Cross Country.

XC90 buyers can choose the T5 with any version, the cheapest in Momentum trim costing from £50,435.

Volvo Car UK managing director Jon Wakefield expect the T5 to appeal equally to retail and business buyers. “(It is) a superb addition to the S90, V90 and XC90 ranges – this cutting-edge engine brings increased choice for our customers, and offers strong performance with excellent efficiency and refinement,” he says.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.