Volvo didn’t invent the station wagon, but its box trucks of the 1980s and 1990s carried the body style into the SUV era. Their modern counterpart, the 2023 V90 Cross Country, is one of the few wagons left on sale today, and it deftly combines traditional long-roof styling, increased ground clearance, and plush interior trim to maintain its place at the top. . the brand’s lineup next to the flagship XC90 SUV. Competing luxury wagons such as Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E450 SUV follow a similar formula, but none can match the V90’s Scandinavian appeal. All-wheel drive is standard, as is the 295bhp engine, and the V90 Cross Country’s extra ground clearance means it can venture off the beaten path – although we’d stop at taking the completely unbeaten. I like it other Volvo modelsincluding smaller but similar ones V60 Cross CountryThe V90 comes standard with numerous driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control with lane centering and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
What’s new in 2023?
This year, the V90 Cross Country gets the new Volvo Plus and Ultimate trim levels. Three new exterior colors also join the palette: Black Stone, Bright Dusk Metallic and Silver Dawn Metallic.
Pricing and which one to buy
All V90 Cross Country models come with the B6 power unit and all-wheel drive, but we’d recommend opting for the Ultimate trim to unlock the most luxurious options. Such elements include Nappa leather upholstery, cooled front seats with a massage function, a projection display, sun shades on the rear window and a crystal gear lever.
Engine, transmission and performance
The B6 engine is a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt hybrid system that produces 295 horsepower. Acceleration is quite quick and Volvo’s big wagon is up to the task acceleration to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds on our test track. The E450 All-Terrain proved to be even quicker, hitting 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. While the V90 Cross Country doesn’t feel overtly sporty, it’s nimble and offers impressive cornering competence. Still, the ride is stiffer than we’d expect from a large luxury car. Brakes are strong despite the spongy pedal, and in our 70-to-0 mph braking test, the V90 Cross Country stopped in 168 feet.
Fuel economy and real mpg
Due to its small displacement, forced-induction engine, the V90 Cross Country has one of the highest EPA fuel economy ratings in the luxury wagon segment. The EPA claims the V90 Cross Country with the new B6 powerplant should get 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. incl our 75 mph highway fuel economy test route, the V90 Cross Country returned 28 mpg. For more information on the V90 Cross Country’s fuel economy, visit EPA website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Mercedes-Benz aside, no company does luxury interiors better than Volvo. Warm and cozy salons of the Swedish brand are a convincing argument in favor of the premium price of its cars. They offer high-quality finishes, elegant design and technology. Two-tone leather on the steering wheel, textured knobs, beautiful open-pore wood, clever speaker covers and a vertically oriented tablet-style infotainment screen all help set Volvos apart from the pack. As with most wagons, the V90 Cross Country offers generous interior space. However, it is not as efficient as the Mercedes when it comes to hauling goods. Can’t beat that either the non-luxury Subaru Outback in this field. The Mercedes and Subaru had more carry-on luggage in the back seats than the Volvo. With the seats folded, the V90 Cross Country held 21 boxes, while the Outback had room for 22 and the E-Class 24.
Infotainment system and communication
The V90 Cross Country comes with a 12.3-inch digital display and a vertically oriented 9.0-inch central touchscreen that includes features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and in-car Wi-Fi are also standard. The new Google-powered infotainment interface looks nice and is more responsive than previous model years’ Sensus Connect system, but the smaller icons on the screen are harder to tap while driving.
Safety features and driver assistance
Volvo has earned a reputation for producing some of the safest cars on the market. It’s a reputation that the company clearly intends to uphold, as evidenced by the array of standards driver assistance functions on the V90 Cross Country. For more information on the V90’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute of Road Safety (IIHS) websites. Key security features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure warning with assistance system
- Standard adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and maintenance
Volvo offers the same warranty protection as the competition, but gets extra points for offering the longest free scheduled maintenance period in its class.
- The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- The transmission is covered by a four-year or 50,000-mile warranty
- Free maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Vehicle type: front engine, four-wheel drive, 5-seater, 4-door station wagon
Base/As Tested: $57,295 / $69,440
Options: Bowers & Wilkens Premium Sound, $4,000; Lounge Package (4-way lumbar support, 4-zone climate control, power front seat cushion extensions, rear sunshades, customized dash and door panels, adjustable front side bolsters, massage front seats), $2,800; Advanced Package (head-up display, surround-view camera), $1,700; Four-C Adaptive Air Suspension, $1,200; 20-inch wheels, $800; Climate package (headlight washers, heated steering wheel and rear seats), $750; Platinum Gray Metallic Paint, $695; power tailgate, $200
supercharged, turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 120 inches31969 cm3
Power: 295 horsepower at 5400 rpm
Torque: 310 lb-ft at 2,100 rpm
Suspension Front/Front: Strut/Multilink
Brakes, front/rear: 13.6-inch ventilated disc/12.6-inch ventilated disc
Tires: All-season Pirelli Scorpion Zero
245/45R-20 103V M+S OB
Wheelbase: 115.8 inches
Length: 195.2 inches
Width: 74.9 inches
Height: 60.7 inches
Passenger volume: 97 feet3
Cargo volume: 26 feet3
Curb weight: 4,354 lbs
C/D EXAMINATION RESULTS
60 mph: 6.4 sec
1/4 mile: 14.8 sec at 94 mph
100 mph: 16.7 sec
110 mph: 20.9 sec
The results above are omitted 1 foot deployment 0.3 sec.
Start from 5–60 mph: 7.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.1 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 112 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 feet
Road grip, 300-foot pad: 0.85g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 23 mpg
Highway driving at 75 mph: 28 mpg
Highway distance: 440 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 25/22/29 mpg