AboutThatCar.com: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Frank S. Washington | 6/5/2017, 3:35 p.m.
Volvo has the kind of problem that the seller of anything would love to have. It can’t make enough of ...
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Volvo has the kind of problem that the seller of anything would love to have. It can’t make enough of its new 90-Series. The American arm of the Swedish automaker can’t get enough of its top-of-the-line offerings, the XC90 as well as the S90, into this country. Now comes the V90 Cross Country and the supply will surely tighten.

The V90 is a station wagon. But it is a different kind of wagon. It may very well have been one of the earliest crossovers. The car has been around since the early 1990s.

The new version is 2.3 inches higher than a “normal” V90 and it has 8.3-inches of ground clearance. The Volvo Cross Country is aimed at people who actually do things outdoors, not at people who have outdoor aspirations but those who have outdoor hobbies. But they’ll also take people who want to do more hiking, running and cycling. The V90 Cross Country is just the car to get them there.

The V90, which can be ordered now, was powered by a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. The alphanumeric designation is T6. That means the engine has a supercharger and a turbocharger working in tandem.

The combination makes 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,200 rpm. This engine was quick and economical. The V90 Cross Country can get from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and it has an EPA rating of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That may not sound like much but for a car that weighs two tons and has a four-cylinder engine, it’s not bad. What’s more, it can tow up to 3,500 lbs.

The car had stop/start, it was nerve wracking but we didn’t turn it off. In the cities stop/start can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.

In its press material, Volvo still calls itself a premium automaker. But from the outside looking in the Swedish automaker has moved into the realm of luxury vehicles. Or at the least, it is redefining premium and setting itself apart from pretenders of that mantle.

The point is that the regular V90, which was not here, can only be ordered online. If you want one, you’ve got two choices: you can go to Sweden and pick the car up at the plant in Gothenburg, get a tour while you’re there, drive around Europe, head to a port and get it shipped home. Or, you can get your V90 shipped to the dealership of your choice.

But the Volvo V90 Cross Country you can get the old fashioned way, walk into a Volvo dealership, spec out your car and order it. Or, drive off the lot with a V90 Cross Country that is already there.

The Cross Country comes only with an all-wheel-drive system that has an electric rear-axle drive unit powering the rear wheels. Volvo opted for a double wishbone suspension in the front and an air suspension in the rear. Though more expensive, the double wishbone provided better handling.