Volvo February 2, 2017

Station wagons have not appreciated prevalent popularity for a very long time, yet that could be altering due to the impact of crossover SUVs and, in the case of Volvo, upscale brands making collective efforts to earn these cars much more appealing in their very own right. A case in point is the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Nation, a sleek wagon variation of the handsome S90 sedan. The Cross Country plan, for those not accustomed to it, is an off-road passionate variation of a typical wagon, with a taller ride height, some extra cladding and requisite four-wheel drive.

While it has the crossover appearance, the Cross Nation is a wagon improved a solid structure. Inside and out, the automobile is usually the like the S90 car and upcoming V90 wagon, and that indicates it shares the exact same simple, elegant interior and broad-shouldered position. It has actually been updated with a couple of Cross Nation exclusives, most apparent being its boosted trip elevation– about 2.4 inches greater for an overall of 8.3 inches of ground clearance. And also, like other wagon-cum-crossovers, it has huge plastic fender flares, plus a lot more aggressive front as well as rear bumpers. If you’re not right into the rugged appearance, those contrasting plastic bits can be altered to body color with the enhancement of an offered Deluxe Bundle.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Interior

The interior, which has strong presence many thanks to the low beltline and generous amounts of glass, likewise features some model-exclusive touches such as fancy “pearl” stitching on the seats, red determines, and also an available dark wood surface on the dashboard. The last really feels very premium, though it’s so dark you might have to lean in very near inform that it really is timber. As a matter of fact, my co-pilot originally misinterpreted it for plastic. In fairness to him as well as the trim, the sunlight was still showing up.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Under on Hood

Mechanically, the cars and truck is mostly the like its normal-height brethren. Under the hood is Volvo’s T6 twin-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which sends 316 horsepower and also 295 pound-feet of torque to all 4 wheels. It’s a completely receptive little engine, showing nearly no lag when pushing the pedal, and lots of pull when flooring stated pedal. You could also listen to a rewarding tip of supercharger gripe coming from the blower. Power goes through an eight-speed automatic transmission that is generally very smooth in any one of the 3 major drive modes– Eco, Convenience, and Dynamic. However, in Eco and also Convenience, it can be slow to downshift, and the manual mode is a little bit slow-moving to alter gears, also. It’s additionally worth noting that the V90 Cross Nation showcases the exact same “All Wheel Own” drive mode as its XC90 crossover relative. This setting changes throttle and also guiding to aid with owning on rougher surface, but is only available at speeds under 25 miles per hour. It additionally will certainly engage hillside descent control as required.

The Cross Country’s smooth trip comes courtesy of gently retuned suspension, as well as, in the case of the auto we tested, an optional back air suspension for load progressing. Volvo explained that it does not use air suspension at the front due to the fact that it would not fit under the automobile’s hood and also fenders. Volvo also established unique tires for the Cross Country’s brand-new suspension, however we didn’t get to sample them due to the fact that our test cars and truck was rather furnished with aftermarket studded tires for the icy Swedish road problems and so we might drive on a frozen lake. So while we can not attest the effectiveness of the stock tires, we did find the updated suspension to be quite wonderful. Owning on relatively harsh Swedish alleys, the Cross Nation handled to ravel the different bumps and dips without feeling floaty or unchecked. Occasionally extra sudden bumps and also unexpected crests would certainly make themselves recognized, but the auto never felt awkward.

Dealing with in the Cross Country is much like in the S90 and also V90– the automobile really feels fairly protected in corners, with just some light body roll. Actually, it doesn’t truly feel as though it’s resting an additional 2 inches airborne. On an ice program, we discovered that the Cross Country will certainly carry out large drifts admirably. The non-defeatable traction control offers a wide berth for moving antics when set to the less-intrusive sporting activity setting. The vehicle’s seat belt pre-tensioners don’t constantly get the message, leading to a quite extreme constraint around the torso from time to time. Still, the average motorist possibly will not be running into this problem, and if they do, there’s possibly reason to pull the belts tight.

As fun as it was to powerslide this huge car on the ice, that’s as enthusiastic and stylish as it gets. The steering itself is weighted perfectly, also when it comes to be larger in Dynamic mode, and it’s precise and also exact even simply off-center. Nonetheless, it does not have much feeling, and it has a slow steering ratio. This was certainly apparent in our angry guiding and also counter-steering on the lake, but likewise when making 90-degree turns on the street. The brake pedal is also a bit soft, however we found it a lot more direct and also predictable than that of the last S90 we drove.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Prices

Prices for the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country start at $55,300, plus $995 destination. There are two option packages, a $4,500 luxury group and a $1,950 convenience package. The former includes ventilated Nappa leather seating, backrest massage, leather upholstery on the dash and door panels, heated rear seats, 4-zone climate control, power-operated load cover and body-colored door sills, bumpers and fender flares. Convenience items include HomeLink, a compass in the rearview mirror, park assist pilot, high-level interior illumination and a 360-degree surround view camera. A rear air suspension is a $1,200 standalone option, as are a color head-up display ($900), Bower & Wilkens premium sound system ($2,650), 20-inch alloy wheels ($750), rear booster seat cushions ($500) and metallic paint ($560). Deliveries of the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country begin in March.

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