The 2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a big luxury wagon with a comfortable cabin, plenty of space for your stuff and styling that at least makes it seem like it’s good to go off-road. What makes the Cross Country different from a regular V90? That would be the illusion of off-road prowess — which is mostly rugged-looking plastic cladding when it comes down to it. All-wheel drive is also standard.
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While you’ll probably keep this wagon’s four wheels on the pavement, that doesn’t mean it’s boring; the V90 CC is a luxurious family hauler that rivals some of Volvo’s taller SUVs. For Cars.com editor’s Aaron Bragman’s comprehensive evaluation of the V90 CC, check out his full review via the related link above. If you want the quick rundown, here are six things we like (and four not so much) about the 2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country:
Things We Like
1. Sleek and Stylish Exterior
Scandanavian style looks classy on a wagon, especially one with such a sleek, long-roof shape. Volvo’s signature “Thor’s hammer” headlights are up front, and in the rear, the LED taillights climb up the D-pillars. The additional matte plastic cladding may or may not be for you, but it does add to the “off-road” feel. Inside, the dash is minimal and modern.
2. Responsive Acceleration
The V90 CC is powered by a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which puts out 316 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. When you tap into it, acceleration is immediate and powerful. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the powertrain as a whole feels seamless and smooth.
3. Standard Safety
The wagon comes with an arsenal of safety and driver assistance features. Blind spot warning with steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control with pilot assist and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking are just a few that come standard. Volvo also has a great track record when it comes to safety, though there are not yet crash-test evaluations for either V90 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
4. User-Friendly Multimedia and Tech
Volvo’s vertically oriented touchscreen looks good on the dash, and its multimedia interface is easy to use. It’s readable and responsive, and it can be reconfigured to your liking. While it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, it also provides controls at your fingertips for things like dropping the rear head restraints for better visibility out the rear window. Volvo’s Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, an optional feature, is also configurable. The optional Advanced Package adds LED adaptive headlights with a cornering feature, headlight washer, 360-degree surround-view cameras and a head-up display for $2,450.
5. Spacious Interior
Wagon fans know space is king, and that’s true for the V90 CC. Both front and rear seats are roomy, and three adults can sit relatively comfortably in the backseat. No third row makes for a lot of cargo space in the back — more room, even, than Volvo’s larger XC90 SUV.
6. Reasonably Priced
There’s some debate about whether Volvos fall in the same luxury category as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, or if they’re premium vehicles like Buick and Acura. The V90 CC might have a luxe interior that puts it with the upper echelon, but it has more of a premium price. Starting at $55,545 (including destination fee), the V90 CC is $10,000 less than the starting price of competing wagons like the Audi A6 Allroad or Jaguar XF Sportbrake.
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Things We Don’t
1. Gas Mileage
Fuel economy figures for the V90 CC are fair at best. It gets an EPA-estimated 20/30/24 mpg city/highway/combined. Bragman said he eked out 23.5 mpg over a week that included a lot of highway driving. However, the V90 CC does fare better in this area than its competitors. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is rated 21/28/24 mpg and the Audi A6 Allroad is rated 20/26/22 mpg.
2. Not So Quiet Cabin
The roof rack on the top of the wagon creates a rushing sound at the top of the windshield and through the moonroof. Coupled with existing road and wind noise, the cabin can be a bit loud.
3. Too Big for the City
The turning radius of the V90 CC is rather wide, which makes it clunky and difficult to maneuver in small, city spaces. That said, it’s a good size for the suburbs.
4. Tall Beltline
For those who drive or ride with an elbow up on the windowsill, the tall beltline in this wagon makes for an awkward and uncomfortable riding position.
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