We’re sitting in front of the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Marbella Estepona, Costa del Sol, in Southern Spain. We’re in a new country, in a new car, on new roads, so we’re getting a briefing on how the car works before we head out. We’re being safe, which is sort of rhetorical since we’re in a Volvo.
Thomas Broberg, senior engineer for Volvo in Gothenburg Sweden, showed us how to set the semi-autonomous drive with Pilot Assist, which works up to 80 mph on clearly marked roads, and came in handy for a couple of the people who got lost.
We fiddled with the Apple CarPlay and couldn’t get it to work. What were we doing wrong? We checked to make sure the cable was plugged in; we had wifi but got nothing. NADA. We called a product specialist over and the only difference – the one thing that made the difference was the specialist used a certified Apple lightning cable. We headed north up A-7, past Malaga, Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, to a hotel in a little town on the beautiful Embalse de La Viñuela Lake for lunch.
Our venture to La Nivuela Hotel took us through some twists and curves that allowed us to put the car through its paces. The car stuck to the road; there was no turbo-lag, and it was a pleasure to drive, as was the Chocolate Brown V90 we drove. The S90 shares the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the XC 90, an SUV that has won over 200 awards and is pushing sales of Volvo up over ten percent in 2016.