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Volvo V90 Cross Country Review

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The Volvo V90 Cross Country is the latest in a line of Volvo wagons to get the SUV treatment. Much like Subaru's Outback, the V90 Cross County is essentially a V90 wagon with SUV-like attributes such as a higher ground clearance, all-wheel drive, and extra body and bumper cladding. Unlike other SUVs, however, the Volvo V90 Cross Country emphasizes its long, low shape, with big wheels that fill up the wheelwells nicely.

The V90 Cross Country is one of Volvo's newer models, and it benefits from the sleek Scandinavian design for which the Swedish brand wishes to become known. We love the simple elegance of the interior and the supreme comfort of its seats. Though the slickly shaped tailgate does cut into cargo space, the V90 Cross Country's length more than makes up for it. This being a Volvo, it's awash in standard-fit driver safety aids, including automatic emergency braking and a lane departure assistance system.

Overall, we think the V90 Cross Country is a handsome vehicle that offers all the functionality we expect from a big Volvo wagon.

Current Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo sells the V90 Cross Country in T5 and T6 models. All are well equipped, with the T6 adding some higher-end features (such as heated seats and steering wheel) that are optional on the T5. Many of these features can be added back as extra-cost options. A Premium package adds a more posh interior, while the Luxury package changes the black fender and bumper trim to body color, giving the V90 Cross Country a very different look.

The primary difference between T5 and T6 models is the engine. The T5 gets a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the T6 uses a unique supercharger and turbocharger setup that raises engine output to 316 hp. Both engines have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

We're big fans of Volvo's new cabins. It's a serene environment inside, and Volvo's idea of luxury is a refreshing change from traditional German, Japanese and American designs. The Volvo V90 Cross Country's low roofline limits cargo space somewhat compared to similarly sized SUVs, but Volvo offers lots of features (both standard and optional) that maximize its flexibility, including a three-way split and folding seat, a grocery bag holder and a pet safety net.

Used Volvo V90 Cross Country Models
The Volvo V90 Cross Country was introduced as a new model in 2017, initially in T6 trim. The less powerful T5 model and its associated options were added to the lineup for 2018.

Read the most recent 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Volvo V90 Cross Country page.


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