Volvo V90 Cross Country Review
This year sees the arrival of Volvo’s newest offering, the V90 Cross Country. Priced from £40k, it’s the off-road version of the V90 estate.
Originally designed for Sweden’s tough climate and road conditions, the V90 Cross Country is a very capable off-roader. It carries over the four-wheel drive power from the Volvo XC90 SUV and can do 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds.
It’s ideal for drivers wanting a luxury car that can tackle challenging road conditions, but don’t want a full-size SUV.
Specification of the V90 Cross Country
The V90 Cross Country looks similar to the standard V90, but it has a number of features that sets it apart. The new car features:
- Black cladding to protect the car’s body.
- The ride height is raised by 65mm, helping the car tackle much tougher terrain. The ride height is adjustable allowing better handling on smooth roads. It also has a 20mm wider front track, and a wider rear track to improve stability.
- Two diesel engines for UK buyers to choose from. But only the D5 2.0-litre diesel offers all-wheel drive.
- Four different driving modes, including a rough road and comfort, eco and dynamic mode options. There’s also the option of hill descent control, using engine braking to slow the car down on steep hills.
- Considerably bigger wheels and bespoke Volvo tyres for improved off-road grip. The tyres are 42mm larger in diameter, providing additional altitude and protecting the wheels from damage. The tyre design also provides extra traction on rough surfaces.
The V90 Cross Country driving experience
The car’s driving experience is described as being relaxed and confident. Volvo boasts that the car will perform in all road and weather conditions and there isn’t much it can’t cope with. Long-distance motorway driving, deep snow or muddy rural tracks can all be handled with ease by the V90 Cross Country.
Elegant all-road car
If you’ve been attracted to the sophisticated good looks of the standard Volvo V90 estate, but you do a lot of rural driving, the V90 Cross Country could just be the perfect option for you. It’s ideal if you need all-weather capabilities, but don’t want to drive a chunky SUV. While it may be an elegant, updated version of the V90, The V90 Cross Country is a tough all-road vehicle that offers its drivers comfort, performance and safety.
Just like the standard estate version, the interiors have a minimalist feel and boast subtle Swedish styling with smooth surfaces and clean lines.
The V90 Cross Country will hit UK showrooms from early 2017, with prices expected to start at around £43,500.
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