The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a premium five-passenger wagon based on the V90 wagon, which, in turn, is derived from the S90 sedan. Think of the V90 Cross Country as an exceptionally handsome station wagon with a hint of off-road prowess. Unlike many Volvos, the V90 Cross Country is available in just one trim level, though it is very well-equipped. There are two option packages and a handful of individual options for buyers who want more luxury, but all the hardware and capability is baked right into the base model.
The V90 Cross Country is offered only in T6 trim level, which, for other Volvo models, is an upper trim level. It's available with one engine, a capable turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder paired solely to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on the V90 Cross Country. Additional standard features abound: All models are equipped with Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving, a hands-free tailgate, heated seats and steering wheel, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and a 9-inch touchscreen with navigation.
There are three ways to make the V90 Cross Country uniquely (or nearly so) yours — the Premium package, the Convenience package and individual options. The Premium package adds a laundry list of goodies centered primarily in the cabin. It includes comfort seats with massage, a power cargo cover, extended leather upholstery, rear sunshades, a cooled glovebox and four-zone climate control. It definitely has a cost premium, but if you want a truly luxurious experience, this is the way to do it. Otherwise you could simply stick with the Convenience package, which includes a surround-view camera, heated washer nozzles and a parking assistance feature. From there you can choose from individual options such as a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, a head-up display, and adaptive dampers with a load-leveling rear air suspension system.
To back up the off-road looks, Volvo tweaked the V90's stability control and power steering system and added a hill descent control system. The V90 is capable of light off-roading, although opting for the larger 20-inch wheels will make that a dodgier proposition.
Volvo wagons have long attracted a dedicated and passionate fan base. It's likely that the V90 Cross Country, too, will enjoy a committed following. Whether that translates into strong residual values remains to be seen, though we expect the Premium package-equipped models to outperform those that lack it. As always, Edmunds is here to help, with shopping tools that can make buying a 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country a quick and rewarding process.
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