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2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD Review – Plush Wagon, Plus a Little Extra

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2019 Volvo V90 CC front quarter

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD supercharged and turbocharged inline 4, DOHC (316 hp @ 5,seven hundred rpm, 295 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm)

Eight-velocity automated transmission, all-wheel drive

20 metropolis / 30 freeway / 24 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

eleven.6 metropolis / eight.1 freeway / mixed (NRCan Score, L/100km)

25.2 (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $fifty seven,345 US / $sixty four,647 CAD

As Examined: $sixty two,one hundred ninety US/ $seventy one,797 CAD

Costs embrace $995 vacation spot cost in the USA and $2147 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be instantly in contrast.  


Ever since Volvo confirmed the V90 wagon in Detroit in 2017 – in journo-bait brown, no much less! – I’ve been retaining an eye fixed out for this stunningly styled household hauler. I by no means see them, particularly not in that pretty Maple Brown hue. Are wagons lifeless?

I relatively hope not.

So, whereas the V90 continues to be nominally obtainable, the very comparable Volvo V90 Cross Country is a extra frequent sight on our roads. With a few tweaks to attraction to those that need to cosplay as an uncouth mountain dweller, the low-slung wagon is reworked into one thing resembling a crossover.

2019 Volvo V90 CC profile

I like a decrease experience peak than a typical crossover provides. So, whereas Volvo certainly calls this V90 Cross Country a crossover, I select to consider it’s a correct wagon. I don’t see the black cladding lining the decrease edges, defending the paintwork from the rugged terrain on the playground. I don’t discover the Pirelli Scorpion Verde tires that sound vaguely off-roady. The marginally raised journey peak is just not value mentioning. I ignore the “Cross Country” boldly embossed on the rear bumper.

2019 Volvo V90 CC rear

That is a wagon, dammit. I had a temporary dalliance with a completely knackered $300 Volvo wagon half a dozen years in the past and have principally fond reminiscences of it – particularly how marvelously it drove. Like that previous 740 that my spouse unceremoniously exploded, this V90 CC is most decidedly not a sports activities car – it merely does precisely what the driving force needs with completely no drama.

2019 Volvo V90 CC front

An enormous benefit that wagons maintain over equally sized crossovers is fuel financial system. The EPA charges this V90 CC (with the T6 twin-charged, 316 hp 4) at 24 mpg mixed, and as much as 30 mpg on the freeway. Volvo’s personal SUVs utilizing the identical powertrain, each the XC60 T6 and XC90 T6, are rated at 22 mpg mixed. It isn’t a vital distinction, and the SUVs carry out admirably for his or her class, however each little bit provides up. My traditional driving, skewed rather more to metropolis and sluggish-velocity backroad driving than most, yielded 25.2 mpg.

2019 Volvo V90 CC cargo area

The journey is managed, but completely plush. Enlargement joints and potholes are dispatched with the slightest of bumps. The steering is direct however provides little or no suggestions as to what the entrance wheels are as much as. Nonetheless, the rationale for this wagon’s existence is as an alternative choice to excessive-driving crossovers – not as a sports activities sedan various. I’m okay with the commerce-off.

Plus, on this Volvo wagon, you gained’t mistake it for anything within the parking zone. Past wanting decrease and sleeker than the competitors, it simply seems to be good. The strains are easy and clear, and as ever the Thor’s Hammer LED operating lights are a enjoyable element.

2019 Volvo V90 CC dashboard

Apparently, that darkish plastic cladding seen right here that alerts to the world that you simply purchased a crossover? It may be deleted by selecting the stunning Crystal White Pearl metallic paint. The paint is a $900 choice, and the colour-matching cladding is one other grand on prime of that.

2019 Volvo V90 CC interior

The interior is superbly laid out, with a large middle touchscreen dominating the sprint. I don’t love how the display attracts fingerprints, that are solely highlighted by some critically terrible images by yours really. I’ll blame it on inexperience in capturing in shiny daylight – I reside in Ohio, in any case, the place the solar is a uncommon customer. Nonetheless, aside from some slight recalcitrance from the display upon begin-up that disappears inside a minute or so, it really works fairly properly.

2019 Volvo V90 CC center stack

Since almost each different car available on the market makes use of some kind of push button to start out and cease the car, I’m sometimes flummoxed by means of a twist knob on the console on this Volvo. It’s merely a muscle reminiscence factor, I’m sure that inside a few weeks of possession it’d be second nature. I’m tempted to imagine the console-mounted begin change is a nod to car’s dearly-departed Saab countrymate, which famously used a key change situated close to the shifter in most of its fashions for many years.

2019 Volvo V90 CC front seats

The seats, entrance and rear, are precisely what one expects from Volvo – close to perfection. I’d like to see a decrease seat cushion that extends, as many rivals feature, however I didn’t have any consolation points. We squeezed three throughout within the second row for about an hour, together with my spouse after grandma claimed the entrance seat – and all have been proud of each leg and shoulder room within the low cost seats.

2019 Volvo V90 CC gauges

Properly, perhaps not low cost. At simply over $62k as examined, this isn’t low cost. There’s little conventional competitors, nevertheless, however definitely the V90 Cross Country will probably be cross-shopped with two-row luxurious crossovers. I’m considering the RDX, RX, and probably the X5 can be the first targets – and towards the Japanese competitors this Volvo is priced a bit excessive. Towards the X5, it’s a discount.

For me, it’s not a matter of advantage-signaling towards the scourge of crossovers. This Volvo is legitimately higher to drive, with higher effectivity in addition. I’d drive throughout nation on this Volvo V90 Cross Country, however on paved roads like a civilized individual, not on unmarked unimproved trails like some hardcore Bear Grylls-sort.

2019 Volvo V90 CC rear quarter

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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