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2018 Volvo S90 Hybrid Sedan

#108
in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$63,650 - $68,150

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Overview

Station wagons have long been the choice of the buyers looking for practicality but where they lack is an appeal and go anywhere capability of an SUV. Well, not anymore, car makers have upped the ante with station wagons by giving them the entire SUV experience. Volvo has decided to join the bandwagon with their own beefed-up estate and its latest iteration is called the 2018 Volvo V90 Cross country.

In 2017 model, the carmaker offered only the T6 AWD with 2 Liter 4 cylinder engine. Now, for 2018 V90 Cross Country, the fresh offering is a new and cheaped T5 variant that churns out 250hp. A standard 8-speed automatic is a sole gearbox for transmission duty.

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Pros

Stunning exterior

Practicality

Safety equipment

Cons

Irregular power delivery

Gets expensive after optional upgrades

No T8 hybrid engine option

What's New?

In terms of looks and features, the 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country carries on without any changes than the outgoing variant. For 2018, there’s a new base T5 AWD trim and a top trim, T6.


Features

Power

250 hp

258 torq

MPG

23 city

31 hwy

Engine

i4 cyl

2.0 disp

transmission

8 Speed Automatic

towing capacity

3500

0 to 60

7.1



Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Volvo S90 hybrid Sedan T8 Momentum Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid

T8 Momentum Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$63,650

Configurations
T8 Momentum Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 313-hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 295 lbs.-ft. @ 2,200 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(/29/)

 2018 Volvo S90 hybrid Sedan T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid

T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$68,150

Configurations
T8 Inscription Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 313-hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 295 lbs.-ft. @ 2,200 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(/29/)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 18, 2018

The V90 Cross country aims to do away all the stereotypes involved with station wagons for good. Loaded with a solid looking exterior, comfortable and futuristic interior and even a hint of off-road capability, the butch wagon appears to have aced on all fronts.

Features

The 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country is offered in a couple of well-loaded trims. The 2.0L engine paired to an 8-speed automatic is standard on all trims and so is the signature all-wheel drive capability. The base trim is called the T5 and sports an MSRP of $52,300. A basic set of features include a 9-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital driver display and signature Thor’s hammer headlights. At the top is the T6 trim which carries a price tag of $60,500. A standard set of features include, Active bending lights and auto high beam amongst others.

 

Trim

Volvo V90 Cross country T5

Volvo V90 Cross country T6

MSRP

$52,300

$60,500

Key

Features

12.3"  Digital Driver Display

9" Sensus Touchscreen

SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio

LED Headlights with Thor’s Hammer DRL & Auto Highbeam (AHB)

High Performance Audio with 10 speakers, 330W, 1 USB, & AUX input

9" Sensus Touchscreen

8"  Digital Driver Display

SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio

Active Bending Lights (ABL), added to standard LED Headlights w/ Thor's Hammer DRL & Auto Highbeam (AHB)

High Performance Audio with 10 speakers, 330W, 1 USB, & AUX inpu

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The T6 variant brings a lot of welcome luxury features which help it justify the price tag which is certainly a tad bit bloated. In addition to luxuries, it is also loaded with a bunch of safety features which come in handy when driving on freeways.

Engine

“The 2018 Volvo V90 has about-average performance, with two capable powertrains but a transmission that shifts inefficiently at times. The ride quality is comfortable, and the V90 handles well with precise steering and little body roll. Fuel economy with the twin-turbocharged engine is low for the class.”- cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

The powertrain on duty on the Volvo V90 Cross country is a 2.0L I4 engine which is both turbocharged and supercharged. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 250 hp at 550 rpm and 258 lb-ft torque. The figures might not look too enticing on paper but it powers the vehicle well in real life.

In comparison to rivals, all the cars in the segment put out roughly the same power as the Volvo V90 cross country. The BMW 3 series, however, is the least powered vehicle in the segment at 180 hp.

Models

Volvo V90 T5

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige Quattro

BMW 3series 328d

Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

MSRP

$52,300

$53,000

$46,150

$38,690

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.6L flat6

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

CVT

Horsepower

250hp@5500rpm

252hp@5000rpm

180hp@4000rpm

256hp@6000rpm

Torque

258 ft-lbs@1500rpm

273 ft-lbs@1600rpm

280 ft-lbs@1750rpm

247 ft-lbs@4400rpm

 

Acceleration

Acceleration on the Volvo V90 cross country T5 takes a lot of time to build up due to turbo lag which is apparent throughout the power range. 0-60 mph comes up in 7.1 seconds while a quarter of a miles takes no less than 15 seconds.

In comparison, the Audi A4 Allroad blows the competition away with a timing of 5.3 seconds while all the other cars take roughly the same time as the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Models

Volvo V90 T5

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige Quattro

BMW 3series 328d

Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

0-60 MPH

7.1 sec

5.3 sec

7.6 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

15 sec

14.1 sec

15.9 sec

15.6 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.6L flat6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.8

7.1

6.1

8.0

 

Braking

The Volvo V90 Cross Country may not have enticing acceleration but braking is something it has mastered. Volvo has fitted the V90 Cross Country with the biggest brake rotors in the segment at 13.6 inches in the front and 12.6 inches in the rear. This allows the wagon to stop from 60 mph in less than 110 ft.

In comparison, the Volvo is the leader in terms of braking while all the other rivals lag behind.

Model

Volvo V90 T5

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige Quattro

BMW 3series 328d

Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

Brake Front (in.)

13.6

13.3

12.3

12.4

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

13

11.8

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4123

3825

3913

3902

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

N/A

N/A

125

Ride and Handling

The Volvo V90 Cross Country rides smooth and drama free during most rides. The suspension does a great job at whatever is thrown at it. It can gobble up pothole riddles city roads with ease and rides on the highway with grace.

The smooth suspension setup does tend to give the car a floaty feel but it only becomes apparent when the car is pushed to its limits around the corner, something that the regular buyer will seldom do.

Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy

Station wagons are called practical not only because of their design but also the fuel efficiency. The Volvo V90 Cross Country offers a combined mileage of 26 mpg which is modest for a vehicle of its size and weight.

In comparison, the Audi A4 allroad and the Volvo V90 Cross Country fare similar to each other while the Subaru Outback lags behind at 22 mpg. The BMW 3 series soars to the top spot with a mileage of 34 mpg.

Model

Volvo V90 T5

Audi A4 allroad Prestige quattro

BMW 3series 328d

Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

MPG (city)

23

23

30

20

MPG (highway)

31

28

40

27

MPG (combined)

26

25

34

22

Interior

“The unique design makes a good first impression, but the glossy black plastic quickly attracts smudges. Still, it's an elegant-looking and pleasing place to sit, a sensation bolstered by easy entry and exit, intuitive controls, a commanding view of the road ahead, and a strong sense of spaciousness.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Volvo V90 cross country offers comfortable seating for up to 5 occupants. The cabin is loaded with oodles of space for all passengers be it the front or the rear. The headroom is the only thing which can be complained about and is bound to become an issue, especially for the taller folks. Opting for the top trim also bundles in the massage and ventilated seats which are a welcome benefit.

In comparison, the Subaru Outback is the most spacious vehicle amongst the rivals. The second in line is the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Model

Volvo V90 T5

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige Quattro

BMW 3series 328d

Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/57.5/42.2

39.2/55.9/41.3

40.4/55.1/42.0

38.3/58.1/42.9

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/55.9/35.9

38.2/54.5/35.7

38.3/55.1/35.0

38.9/57.3/38.1

 

Infotainment

The Volvo V90 Cross Country features a center-mounted 9-inch touch screen loaded with the Volvo MMI. The screen is responsible for handling all the functions of the car ranging from the A/C to the infotainment. The screen requires complete attention to operate which requires the driver to look away from the road. The MMI is one of most unreliable and unrefined amongst all. It lags and lags to no end and menu changes eat a significant amount of time.

Interior Features

Some key interior features of the Volvo V90 Cross Country are

  • 9-inch touchscreen
  • 12.3-inch driver display screen
  • leather upholstery
  • Ventilated seats
  • Massager enabled front seats

Cargo volume

The Volvo V90 Cross Country is a station wagon and offers oodles of space in the boot. The Volvo is able to fit up to 53.9 ft.cube of cargo volume. The loading angles and the overall space inside the boot are optimized well. There is also a boot lip which eliminates the chances of scratches on the body.

In comparison, the Volvo V90 Cross country has one of the smallest boot in the segment. The largest boot in the segment is offered on the Subaru Outback at 73.3 cube feet.

Model

Volvo V90 T5

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige Quattro

BMW 3series 328d

Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

53.9

58.5

53.0

73.3

 

Towing Capacity

Towing is something that is rarely associated with station wagon but since the Volvo V90 Cross Country is made to be outdoor-ready, it can also tow up to 3500 lbs around its back.

 

In comparison, the Volvo V90 Cross Country can tow the most while the Subaru Outback at 3000 lbs is the only other vehicle that can tow something around the rear.

Model

Volvo V90 T5

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige Quattro

BMW 3series 328d

Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

3500

N/A

N/A

3000

Exterior

“The Cross Country signals its off-road ability via front and rear skidplates, fender extensions, and aggressive rocker panels. If you don’t want to look as macho, you can opt for body-colored flares instead of the matte finish.” – Kelley Blue Book

 

Dimensions and Weight

The Volvo V90 Cross Country is one of the most well-balanced wagons available in the market at present. The car has been designed with practicality in mind but it still has not compromised one bit on its exteriors. The car does, however, weight a hefty 4123 lbs.

In comparison, the Volvo V90 is the heaviest and longest vehicle in the segment by some distance. The tallest in the segment is the Subaru Outback at 66.5 inches in height.   

Model

Volvo V90 T5

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige Quattro

BMW 3series 328d

Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

Curb weight (lbs.)

4123

3825

3913

3902

Length(in)

194.4

187.0

182.8

189.6

Width(in)

75.9

72.5

71.3

72.4

Height(in)

60.7

58.8

56.5

66.5

Ground clearance (in)

8.3

6.5

5.7

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

115.8

110.9

110.6

108.1

Track width (in) F/R

65/64.7

62.1/61.7

59.1/60.2

61.8/62.2

 

Exterior Features

Some key exterior features of the Volvo V90 Cross Country are

  • Signature Thor’s hammer headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Silver colored front skid plate

 

Wheels

The Volvo V90 Cross Country rides on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels draped in all weather tires. There is also an option to upgrade to better looking blackened 20-inch alloy wheels.

Safety

 

Volvos are renowned all over the world for their safety and the V90 Cross Country is no different. It has not been tested yet by any crash testing agency. The structural integrity can be expected to be top notch. There are also a host of active and passive safety features that add to the overall safety and reliability ratings of the car.

Safety Features

  • Hill start assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Whiplash Protection (WHIPS)
  • Pilot Assist – Semi-Autonomous Drive System with Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist & Cross Traffic Alert
  • Hill descent control
  • Collision mitigation support

Competition

Volvo V90 Cross Country VS Audi A4 Allroad

The Audi A4 Allroad is a direct competitor to the Volvo V90 Cross country. It is a proper German estate car which means it is filled to the gills with all sorts of luxury features. The story inside the cabin is similar to anything one would see on a regular A4 sedan which means there is not a lot of special stuff going on.

But, the fit and finish of the car is laudable and the engine response is like no other as well. Overall, it all boils down to the choice of the buyer since the Volvo and the Audi are evenly matched

 

Volvo V90 Cross Country VS BMW 3 series

The BMW 3 series feels out of league amongst these rivals. It is a full-fledged sedan and lacks the functionalities of a station wagon. But, it does feature one of the most fuss-free driving experience. The car is extremely functional and very straightforward to drive. It is also the most planted and joyous around the corner amongst the rivals.

If a station wagon is what you need, the 3 series is out of the option. But, otherwise, it is a very competent vehicle.

 

Volvo V90 Cross Country VS Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback has always been the vehicle of choice for those looking a practical car without burning a hole in the pocket. The car offers bundles of practicality and features a gigantic boot. The car has proven off-road pedigree in the form of a very functional 4 wheel drive powertrain as well,

While all the other rivals are from premium manufacturers the Outback is more of a regular car. The interiors and the overall refinement are no match with the other rivals in the segment. But it does offer bang for the buck.

Final Verdict

The Volvo V90 Cross Country breaks stereotypes that have always been associated with station wagon successfully. It offers the capabilities of a crossover sans the downsides of one. The comfort is as good as any sedan from its segment. There is also a cabin that can put even the more expensive models to shame. Adding to the interior is the refreshingly butch and smart exterior. There are a few niggles in the form of a laggy MMI and a lethargic engine but overall, all-weather station wagons are as good as it gets.

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