We took the new Volvo V90 for a spin around Mayfair to check out its family friendly credentials. The V90 is a front-wheel-drive, 2.0 litre diesel engine, offering a return of 63mpg in official fuel tests, and 0 to 60mph in 7.2 seconds, with 149 mph as a top speed.

We loved the air suspension which works on the rear axle, enabling the vehicle to even better handle bumps and lumps on the road. Volvo claims this technology allows the car to ‘waft’ over the harshest of ruts. Sounds good to us! Depending on how much money you have to spend, you can opt for normal suspension, with prices ranging from £32,555 – £44,055.

We’re big fans of Volvo because of their safety record – these cars are built like tanks, however, the V90 is yet to undergo Euro NCAP’s industry-standard crash tests, we don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t pass, knowing their reputation.

Volvo’s IntelliSafe surround will be an option on the V90, and includes blind spot information, rear collision warning, which detects a potential rear-end collision, and cross traffic alert, which helps drivers reversing into a road by warning them of incoming traffic. The car also benefits from Pilot Assist, with adaptive cruise control. The are cameras all over the car, with technology that allows you to see the car from a bird’s eye 360 degree angle – so sci-fi!

The progressive system of camera and radar technologies regulates speed and direction with a combination of automatic acceleration, braking and steering. This makes staying-in-lane and negotiating stop-start traffic effortless, even at speeds of up to 80 mph.