2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Written By Anqoinette Crosby

Volvo V90 Cross Country Overview

Because SUVs have essentially stolen the hearts of American drivers, many an outstanding station wagon has languished in their shadows over the past few decades. Things are quite different in Europe though, where long, low and sleek solidly holds sway. One of the primary reasons for this is the outstanding wagons Volvo has offered over the years.

 

The company’s latest is an offroad capable variant of the new Volvo V90, which made its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Stylishly handsome, the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a four-door, five-seat wagon capable of going places many luxury crossover SUVs would find challenging to negotiate

A continuation of the line of offroad ready wagons Volvo introduced back in 1997, the V90 Cross Country’s unique exterior features include a redesigned lower front lower fascia and rear bumper to deal with rocks and dirt and keep right on going. Ride height is 2.6-inches taller than the standard V90. A modern take on the classic Volvo grille trades its vertical chrome bars for black bars inset with tiny chrome squares. Other differentiating features are a black window-surround molding and 19-inch wheels (20s are offered as an option).

As expected, given the price point, interior accoutrements are decidedly high-end. Volvo is doing some of the nicest interiors on the road these days and the seductively spa-like cabin lives up to its “Scandinavian Sanctuary” name. Sharing design characteristics with the S90 sedan, accommodations include a 9” tablet-like touchscreen, open-pore wood trim and Nappa leather upholstery with decorative stitching. Other standard features include heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving capability.

Seating is duly comfortable and legroom is generous all around. An abundance of natural lighting beaming through the panoramic sunroof makes the passenger compartment feel even more spacious.  The V90 Cross Country also boasts a total of 53.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the back seat folded away. You’ll get 26 cubic feet of storage when it is deployed.

The company is renowned for industry leading safety features and the V90 Cross Country is loaded with them.  These include a backup camera, alerts for drowsiness, pedestrians and cyclists, a front seat safety harness and airbags for nearly every part of your body.

A downpour the night before our drive left red clay trails ripe for muddy adventuring. Outfitted with four drive modes (Comfort, Eco, Dynamic and Off-Road) the V90 manhandled the rugged terrain in its offroad setting. Winding my way up steep and rocky hillsides, numerous twists and turns confronted me without the benefit of a guardrail. This made me particularly grateful for the Cross Country’s hill descent and stability controls.  Even over soft, wet and unsteady soil, I felt both secure and grounded.

Powering the V90 Cross Country is a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, capable of up to 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission complete the powertrain. Fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway and 25 mpg overall.

Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds and taking advantage of it is made easier with Volvo’s disappearing tow hook. With just a push of a button in the cargo compartment, a connector swings into position to hitch up a trailer in seconds.

Thoroughly impressive, the sleek 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country wagon proves the Swedish manufacturer continues to innovate. Expanding remarkably upon what a station wagon can do, the Cross Country gives drivers who have a soft-spot for SUVs many convincing reasons to fall in love with a station wagon.

 

Pricing starts at $56,295.

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