And much like its stablemate, the Volvo XC90, the S90 features a big iPad-like thing in the center stack that’s as easy to use and navigate even while driving as, well, an iPad.

It’s also got the same Gothenburg Concert Hall sound setting, which is the best technical automotive gimmick since the steering wheel. Crank it up as far as you can bear it and it’s like having your eardrums repeatedly bashed it with a satin-covered mallet.

I highly recommend it.

The only thing truly disappointing about this car then, is Pilot Assist, Volvo’s semi-autonomous system. It first debuted last year in the Volvo XC90, and when it was working properly (which it had trouble doing), it only worked up to 30 miles per hour.

Color me excited when I heard about the second-generation of the system debuting in this year’s S90. Gone would be the sudden short stops. Gone would be the veering into other lanes and concrete highway dividers. Gone would be the sphincter-clenching fear every time I pressed the big button, and gone would be the constant reminders to glue my hands to the wheel, lest I think that a car meant to drive itself would actually drive itself.

Boy howdy was I wrong.

In fact, on highways like the Southern State Parkway on Long Island, it felt very much the same as the first iteration of the system in the XC90, except now I got to experience it all the way at highway speeds and somewhat beyond.

For the record, the last time I made noises about Pilot Assist’s shortcomings, Volvo took pains to remind me that Pilot Assist isn’t meant to replace highway driving just yet. It’s mostly meant to help you relax on big, straight highways like the ones in Nebraska, or in stop-and-go traffic.

Which is fine, as neither of those are truly “driving.” Though I’m still confused as to why I must keep my hands on the wheel, as that’s a bit like cruise control where you still need your foot on the accelerator pedal.

Is that enough to sink this car? Hell no. The Volvo S90 is well and truly great, and is a return to the big Volvo sedans we’ve always wanted. It’s good to drive, it’s a great place to be, and no one will think you’re a dork. Autonomous driving systems still have a ways to go, and no one besides Tesla has been able to come remotely close to mastering it yet.

The one we tested came in at $64,405, plus a few taxes and fees, and if I was spending that money I’d be thrilled. It’s the car you always dreamed of when you just wanted a car, and nothing else.

Engine: 2.0-liter inline twin-charged four
Power: 316 HP at 5,700 RPM/300 LB-FT at 2,200 RPM
Transmission: Eight-Speed automatic
0-60 Time: 5.7 seconds (claimed)
Top Speed: 133 MPH (claimed)
Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 4,012 pounds
Seating: 5 people
MPG: 22 City/31 Highway (Volvo Estimate)
MSRP: $46,950 base, $56,445 for the T6 Inscription