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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Test Drive Review

If you’re in the market for a vehicle that has enough room for your family and cargo, you’re most likely going to head to crossovers and minivans. However, station wagons are still a thing in the United States and they offer some of the most versatile ways to package both, your family and your cargo, in an efficient way.

While many think station wagons are boring and mundane, a select few still flock to the segment and the all-new Volvo V90 Cross Country is one station wagon that helps us understand why. Taking on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon, Audi A4 allroad quattro, and even the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, the 2017 Volvo V90, and its raised V90 Cross Country sibling really set themselves apart when it comes to styling, performance, and luxury. Let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Exterior:

On the outside, the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country looks exactly like the V90. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll see that the V90 Cross Country rides higher than the V90 for added ground clearance. That makes the Volvo V90 Cross Country the perfect wagon for those that like to enjoy an active lifestyle.

Volvo has done nothing but impress us with their new design language and the Volvo V90 Cross Country, in our opinion, is the best example of the Swedish brand’s new attempt. Its sleek and elegant design really sets it apart from the crowd of ‘normal’ looking luxury wagons. In our opinion, the Volvo V90 Cross Country and the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo are two luxury crossovers that have really taken the design language of a station wagon to the next level.

The Volvo V90 Cross Country’s sharp new grille and Thor hammer shaped headlights really give it a strong character on the front end while the side silhouette does a perfect job of not making this just another boring wagon to look at. The rear end is also extremely stylish thanks to the fashionable taillights and the words ‘Cross Country’ embedded into the rear bumper.

The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country sits on a wheelbase that measures 115.8 inches with an overall length of 194.4 inches. The width comes in at 75.9 inches while the height stands at 60.7 inches. The V90 Cross Country also has a ground clearance of 2.5 inches higher than the standard V90 for a total of 8.4 inches – which makes it the perfect vehicle for those that still want a station wagon but don’t want a high-riding SUV.

Interior:

As if the interior of the Volvo V90 Cross Country wasn’t amazing enough, the interior of this beautiful wagon is a sanctuary where luxury meets elegance and innovative technology. Each and every corner of the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is built with extremely high-quality materials that its competitors can’t even come close to. It seems as though the designers made sure to pick materials that convey a sense of quality and style at every corner.

Right off the bat, standard features on the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country include heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, panoramic moonroof, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen display that houses the Volvo Sensus navigation system. Our test model was packed with all the features you can imagine including the Luxury Package Nappa leather ventilated and massage seats, four-zone climate control, heated rear seats, and few other extras. While the two packages offered on the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country (Convenience and Luxury) are not really necessary, we highly recommend the Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system that features 19 high-end speakers that not only give you some of the most amazing sound in the world, but add a touch of style thanks to their stainless steel coating.

The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country can easily seat up to five passengers with a total of 42.2 inches of legroom for front row passengers and 35.9 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Cargo capacity comes in at a whopping 53.9 cubic feet.

Overall, the interior of the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is an amazing place to be and is, in our opinion, leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors in terms of luxury, quality, and design.

Performance:

Unlike the Volvo S90 sedan and V90 wagon that it’s based on, the Volvo V90 Cross Country is only available as a T6 AWD model. That means the only engine option is Volvo’s 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged four cylinder engine that produces a total of 316 horsepower with a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Volvo V90 Cross Country can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 131 mph.

Drivability-wise, the Volvo V90 Cross Country is extremely comfortable on long trips and quite sporty when you need it to be. The Drive Mode Selector allows you to shift through Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, and Off-road settings which allow this wagon to tackle any situation you throw at it.

Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is rated at an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg* (city/highway).

Safety:

Volvo is known for building some of the safest cars on the road and the Volvo V90 Cross Country is packed with safety and driver assist features. You can be sure you’re wrapped in a very secure vehicle that is packed with features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot notification, park assist camera, rear park assist, collision mitigation, and much more.

Overall:

If you’re into an active lifestyle and love going camping, the Volvo V90 Cross Country is the perfect partner for you. Of course, if you’re looking for a stylish luxury vehicle that carries your small family and cargo, the Volvo V90 Cross Country will still do the trick. Why? You may ask. Well, other than its good looks, long list of standard features and an extremely luxurious exterior/interior, the Volvo V90 Cross Country carries a starting price tag of just $55,300**. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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