2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Review

Volvo expands the appeal of the trendsetting V90 by adding off-road looks and more ground clearance.
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by Jason Kavanagh
Edmunds Editor

Volvo created the V90 Cross Country from the stunning V90 wagon by raising the ride height and adding larger, softer tires and exterior body cladding. Along the way, its stability control, all-wheel drive and electric power steering systems were recalibrated and it received a hill descent control function. Save for the latter, those changes were necessary to accommodate the new tires, but in the bargain they improved the V90 Cross Country's ability to traverse rough roads. Volvo's current design language is truly stunning, and the V90 Cross Country only burnishes its appeal.



what's new

The V90 Cross Country is a new model for 2017. It's a modestly revised variant of the V90 wagon, which is based on the S90 midsize luxury sedan that debuted last year.

we recommend

With only one trim level on offer, the 2017 Volvo Cross Country makes that decision rather straightforward. However, there are options to consider, and among them we recommend doubling down on the car's inherent luxury trappings. Go for the Premium package for its supple seats and touch points. If you're an audiophile, indulge in the Bowers & Wilkins premium audio, which is a visual treat as much as an auditory one. Skip the head-up display and 20-inch wheels, which will only degrade ride comfort and off-roadability.

trim levels & features

The 2017 Volvo Cross Country will initially be offered in just one trim level, known as T6. It's well equipped as standard, boasting a turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter engine (316 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque), all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats and an array of driver assistance features. Optional packages include the Premium package, which includes ventilated leather seats, extended leather surfaces, four-zone climate control and more. Standalone options include air suspension for the rear wheels that provides a load-leveling function, a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system and 20-inch wheels.

trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

driving

Its powertrain is shared among several other Volvos where it demonstrates its robust power delivery. Modern Volvos aren't the sportiest things, though they can still hustle when called upon. The Cross Country should ride smoothly given its oversized tires.

comfort

A high-class cabin and plenty of space are the V90 Cross Country's calling card. A forgiving suspension should deliver a smooth ride, and considerable sound dampening will likely keep things quiet.

interior

High-quality cabin design and materials make for a first-rate interior all around. The upholstery, touch points and infotainment integration all help create a luxurious wagon with few rivals.

utility

The Cross Country should provide standout utility in all cargo-related respects, being more user-friendly than an SUV and more commodious than a sedan. Lack of towing ability could be its only drawback compared to midsize SUVs.

technology

Uses the same iPad-like interface as Volvo's other midsize vehicles. Works well after a short orientation period with crisp graphics and easy phone integration.

edmunds expert review process

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