2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country

MSRP range: $54,900
MSRP$60,095
Edmunds suggests you pay$55,329

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2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country Review

  • Upscale and stylish interior
  • Plenty of cargo capacity
  • Front seats are very comfortable
  • More off-road capability than in regular wagons
  • Harsher ride than we expect from a luxury car
  • Noisier cabin than competitors
  • Slight refresh to exterior styling
  • New wireless charging pad and rear USB-C ports are standard
  • Upgrade to Bowers & Wilkins audio system
  • Part of the second V90 generation introduced for 2017

It's fair to say that no other automaker has been so committed to wagons as Volvo. Whether you're thinking of the Volvo Duett in the early 1950s or the boxy 850 of the 1990s, there's probably something from Volvo's past that will seem familiar. The V90 Cross Country is the brand's biggest. It's just like the regular V90 wagon but has some SUV-like enhancements such as a raised suspension (good for 8.3 inches of ground clearance), standard all-wheel drive and more rugged-looking styling.

For 2021, the V90 Cross Country gets refreshed with updated styling and more tech. Those design tweaks include updated front and rear bumpers, a new taillight design and new wheels. As a whole, it remains the same lifted wagon that debuted a few years back alongside the standard V90 wagon and related S90 sedan. Inside, the two cars are identical, from the design of the dash to the spacious cargo area. And, as with every Volvo, the V90 Cross Country is fitted with some of the latest driver aids and safety features available today.

Volvo has had this class to itself for the past few years. Yes, there are other wagons, but no one made one that offered as much room or ground clearance as the V90 Cross Country. But within the past year, the Audi A6 Allroad has made its return, and Mercedes-Benz has introduced the E-Class All-Terrain. Both are aimed squarely at the V90 Cross Country. There's also the smaller Audi A4 Allroad, but that's closer in size and price to Volvo's own V60 Cross Country. Overall, we're fond of the V90 Cross Country and certainly recommend giving it a look.

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The Volvo V90 Cross Country is a more rugged version of the regular V90 wagon. Thanks to an increased ride height and standard all-wheel drive, it can handle mild off-road driving while remaining comfortable on the street. The V90 Cross Country does lack some polish — it's louder and rougher-riding than what we expect of a luxury car — but overall this is a charming utility vehicle that doesn't look or feel like much else on the road.
The V90 provides ample oomph for the daily commute along with predictable and confident stopping power. The engine and transmission react quickly when you hit the gas but also deliver strong power at low speeds. A soft ride makes for somewhat floaty handling, but you'd only notice if you're trying to set a lap record.

The steering feels direct and accurate, and effort is adjustable depending on drive setting, but there isn't much feedback from the tires. A bit more ground clearance with all-wheel drive means the Cross Country fares better than a standard V90 on unpaved and slippery roads. This smooth-operating luxury wagon delivers the driving experience you'd expect.
The feel of the interior matches the chic design, provided you tick the right options. The front seats offer excellent comfort, a wide range of adjustment, and even a massage feature. You'll want the latter since the V90 rides smoothly over most surfaces but you'll still feel road vibrations. Big bumps also jostle the interior and come with loud thunks that are disappointing for a luxury vehicle. At least wind, road and tire noise is kept relatively at bay.

While we typically don't like touchscreen controls, the climate settings only need to be set once. The V90's powerful system always keeps the interior at the right temperature. Just set it and forget it. The seat ventilation makes some noise, but passengers will appreciate how well it works.
The unique interior design makes a good first impression, but the glossy black plastic quickly attracts smudges. Cabin controls (touchscreen, instrument panel, buttons/dials) are intuitive and easy to use. The lack of power operation for the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel is disappointing for a car at this price, but a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments means no compromise between comfort and visibility.

The Cross Country sits taller than a standard wagon, so passengers don't need to bend as much to get in. Taller rear-seat riders may still have to duck their head to clear the doorframe. The cabin is an elegant-looking and pleasing place to sit, with a strong sense of spaciousness.
The Cross Country's displays are clear and easy to read, and phone integration is as simple as plugging in a cable. The V90 Cross Country has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. These display your phone's apps on the lower half of the central display. Pleasingly, Volvo lets you operate some of your phone's apps (navigation, for example) while listening to FM or satellite radio. The optional Bowers & Wilkins stereo system is one of the finest we've sampled.

The V90's voice recognition stumbles with natural language, but it works fine after you master its learning curve. No problems with Apple/Android voice assistants. A 4G LTE data connection and Wi-Fi hotspot offer on-the-go internet. Most advanced driver aids function well, but we had trouble with our test car's lane keeping assist and the automatic parking system.
The V90's cargo space rivals what you'll find in most similar-size SUVs. The rear seats fold electrically, and a host of other clever options enhance its utility, such as a grocery bag holder and a steel guard that protects passengers from sliding cargo. Child seats are easy to install beyond a little squeeze to reach the seatback anchors. Optional two-height rear booster seats are also a novel idea. Interior storage is, curiously, only adequate.

An optional retractable tow hitch allows the V90 Cross Country to tow a 1,650-pound unbraked trailer or a 3,500-pound braked trailer. You'll need to install a trailer brake controller separately.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the V90 Cross Country T6 is a bit higher than that of a typical midsize luxury SUV. Our test car neared 25 mpg on our highway-heavy 115-mile test loop and averaged 20 mpg overall.
The V90 justifies its pricing through graceful design, safety features, warranty coverage and ownership perks. Alas, our test car made a strong initial impression of quality but showed premature interior wear in key areas. Our test car rang in at nearly $15,000 more than the base model, admittedly with several desirable, but nonessential, options. Standard basic and powertrain warranties and initial complimentary services offer peace of mind but are on par with what other luxury carmakers offer.
There's no denying it: The V90 just looks cool. The interior design is distinct from other luxury cars, right down to the tiny flag of Sweden stitched into the seats. You won't find a ton of driving thrills here, but there's decent power and performance. And there's something pleasant about rolling along in comfort behind the wheel of a stylish, high-end station wagon.

Which V90 Cross Country does Edmunds recommend?

The V90 Cross Country is only available in a single trim level: T6. It comes with plenty of standard features and offers a handful of options for those who want more. We suggest opting for the Advance package and Lounge package too.

Volvo V90 Cross Country models

The 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country is only available in a single trim level: T6. It's powered by a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard.

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Standard equipment on the Volvo V90 Cross Country includes:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Power-operated cargo cover
  • Two front and two rear USB-C ports

Standard safety features and driver aids include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Volvo and the car in front; can also read traffic signs)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Evasive steering assist (enhances the forward collision mitigation system with steering-based collision avoidance)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)

The V90 Cross Country's option packages include:

  • Advanced package
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
    • 360-degree surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the V90 Cross Country and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
    • Ambient interior lighting
  • Climate package
    • Heated wiper blades
    • Heated rear seats
  • Lounge package
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Four-zone automatic climate control
    • Rear window sunshades
    • Massaging function and more power adjustments for the front seats
    • Upgraded interior trim

There are also a few stand-alone options, such as:

  • Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system
  • Adaptive air suspension system (can adjust the vehicle's ride height and ride comfort)
  • Second-row integrated child booster seats

Consumer reviews

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$54,900
MPG & Fuel
20 City / 30 Hwy / 24 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 316 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 195.2 in. / Height: 60.7 in. / Width: 74.0 in.
Curb Weight: 4213 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 33.9 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite V90 Cross Country safety features:

Oncoming Lane Mitigation
Sees the road ahead, and if an oncoming car has crossed the center marking, the system warns the driver and can apply the brakes.
Rear Collision Warning
Warns you if an approaching car may cause a rear-end collision. It will flash the lights, tension the seat belts and apply the brakes.
Blind-Spot Information Assist
Alerts the driver about vehicles in his or her blind spots. Also includes alerts when backing out of a parking space.

Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. the competition

2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2020 Audi A6 Allroad

2020 Audi A6 Allroad

Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. Audi A6 Allroad

The Audi A6 Allroad made its return last year. Like Volvo's Cross Country designation, Audi's Allroad models split the difference between traditional wagons and SUVs. (The smaller A4 Allroad is also sold in the U.S.) We really like the A6 Allroad's handsome, quiet interior and smooth engines. That said, it's significantly more expensive than the Volvo.

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Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Like the V90 Cross Country and Audi A6 Allroad, the new Mercedes-Benz E 450 All-Terrain is a lifted wagon that offers an alternative to SUVs. It's based on the excellent E-Class wagon and features some stellar in-car tech and driver aids. We like the powertrain and comfortable interior but, as with the Audi, it's significantly more expensive than the Volvo.

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Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. Volvo V60 Cross Country

The V60 Cross Country is basically a smaller version of the V90 Cross Country. It's less expensive, but it offers roughly the same features as its larger sibling. It's not quite as powerful or as spacious as the V90 Cross Country, but it's well worth a look if you don't need the extra passenger or cargo space.

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FAQ

Is the Volvo V90 Cross Country a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 V90 Cross Country both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Volvo V90 Cross Country fuel economy, so it's important to know that the V90 Cross Country gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the V90 Cross Country has 33.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volvo V90 Cross Country. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country:

  • Slight refresh to exterior styling
  • New wireless charging pad and rear USB-C ports are standard
  • Upgrade to Bowers & Wilkins audio system
  • Part of the second V90 generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Volvo V90 Cross Country reliable?

To determine whether the Volvo V90 Cross Country is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the V90 Cross Country. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the V90 Cross Country's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 V90 Cross Country and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 V90 Cross Country is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country?

The least-expensive 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country is the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $54,900.

Other versions include:

  • T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) which starts at $54,900
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What are the different models of Volvo V90 Cross Country?

If you're interested in the Volvo V90 Cross Country, the next question is, which V90 Cross Country model is right for you? V90 Cross Country variants include T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A). For a full list of V90 Cross Country models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country Overview

The 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country is offered in the following submodels: V90 Cross Country Wagon. Available styles include T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 V90 Cross Country.

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Our Review Process

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2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A)

The 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60,095. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) is trending $4,766 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) is 7.9% below the MSRP.

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