2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country

#9
in Midsize wagons
2018 MODEL

$52,300 - $60,500

8.0

Overall Rating

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Overview

Looking for an alternative to luxury SUVs? Well, 2018 Volvo V90 is something you might be looking for. Volvo has continued it long booth tradition with the V90 and if you are wagon enthusiast, this midsize luxury wagon is something that you are going to lust for.

Starting at $49,950, Volvo V90 is offered in three trims and two engine options. The R Design and the Inscription both the trims are available with T5 that is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a T6-twin charged engine.  T5 engine comes with front wheels drive while the T6 sends power to all the wheels.

The Cross Country meanwhile comes standard with a T5 powertrain and an all-wheel drive. Equipped with advance standard features and amazing built quality V90 impresses you in every aspect. Though it loses some points because of its limited cargo capacity when compared to other in the competition.

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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 iss a new base T5 AWD trim and a top trim, T6.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52300

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu. in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

115.8 in.

length

194.4 in.

width

74 in.

height

60.7 in.

curb weight

4221 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

19.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/31 mpg

highway range

492.9 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Crystal White Pearl Metallic color  2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Osmium Grey Metallic color  2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Onyx Black Metallic color  2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Maple Brown Metallic color  2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Ice White color  2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Denim Blue Metallic color  2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Bright Silver Metallic color  2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Twilight Bronze Metallic color
Crystal White Pearl Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

8.0

Engine

8.0

Interior

7.2

Fuel Economy

7.7

Features

8.0

Driving

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country T5

T5

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$52,300

Configurations
T5 4dr Luxury Crossover Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 8AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 8AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (23/26/31)
Torque: 258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6

T6

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$56,100

Configurations
T6 4dr Luxury Crossover Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 8AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 8AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (22/25/29)
Torque: 295 ft-lbs. @ 2200 rpm

 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 Volvo Ocean Race

T6 Volvo Ocean Race

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$60,500

Configurations
T6 Volvo Ocean Race 5dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A)
Transmission: 8A Drivetrain: AWD
MPG: (22/25/29) Torque: 295 ft-lbs. @ 2200 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial November 2, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.2/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

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.

Features

8.0/10

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

8.0/10
“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

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Torque

258 [email protected]

273 [email protected]

280 [email protected]

247 [email protected]

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

7.7/10

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

7.2/10
“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

8.0/10
“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

  • 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. Unfortunately, the Wagon didn't undergo safety tests conducted by IIHS and NHTSA. 

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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