2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

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The 2017 V90 Cross Country brings in SUV flavor with an increased ride height and additional body cladding. The bigger tires allow V90 Cross Country to traverse rough roads and flaunt some off-road capability, which adds up to its utility factor. Since it is based on the V90 wagon, the utility factor doesn't compromise its agility.

The V90 Cross Country is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, capable of producing a sturdy 316 horsepower complemented by a robust 295 lb-ft. of torque. The V90 is offered with an all- wheel-drivetrain and transmission duties are taken care by a responsive and smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.


 

8.8/10
Engine

 
 

9.3/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Audi A4 Allroad Premium and Mercedes-Benz E400 are among the prime competitors which challenge the V90 Cross Country. When compared to Audi and Mercedes, the Volvo loses out in flat acceleration and braking performance. But the V90 Cross Country offers delivers a clean cabin design and excellent fuel economy and offers a complete package with an impressive off-road capability.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Features

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country comes in a single trim, codenamed T6. The ride packs a powerful and reliable engine coupled with a smooth shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. The Cross Country has a superior cabin and meticulous cabin space. V90 Cross Country boasts an impressive sound dampening capability that keeps the cabin free from external noise.

Trim Volvo V90 CrossCountry T6
MSRP $55,300
Key

Features

Standalone options include air suspension for the rear wheels that provides a load-leveling function, a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system and 20-inch wheels.

The ride comes with a galore of standard features. However, there are several optional upgrades and packages to customize the V90 Cross Country as per the requirements call for.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Engine

8.8/10

"Better than the XC90. Because it’s lower to the ground, and also because this is Volvo’s second go at tuning a car on this hardware, it behaves more harmoniously. The steering isn’t too light, and there’s very little pitching or lurching. It’s all very relaxed, even at decent speed on a tricky road. Traction isn’t an issue either, as the D5 engine gets 4WD as standard." - Top Gear

Engine and Transmission

With a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine at its disposal, 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country enjoys 316 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. A responsive 8-speed automatic transmission is there to shift gears.

This 2.0L engine is twin charged and offers the best of both worlds. This engine employs a supercharger for lower rpm and switches over to a turbocharger after 3000 rpm. The clever use of twin charging extracts most out of its 2.0 Liter displacement and ensures a lag-free power delivery throughout the engine's power band.

Models Volvo V90 CrossCountry Audi A4 allroad premium Mercedes -Benz E 400
MSRP $55,300 $44,000 $62,300
Engine 2.0L 4cyl 2.0L DOHC 4-Cylinder TFSI 16V\xa0 3.0L 6cyl
Transmission 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 9-speed Automatic
Horsepower 316 hp @ 5700 rpm 252 hp @ 5000 rpm 329 hp
Torque 295 hp @ 2200 rpm 273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm 354 lb-ft

Mercedes-Benz E400, however, wins over by delivering 329 hp of power and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. It flaunts a 9-speed automatic transmission. Audi A4 Allroad Premium also features a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. However, it generates 252 horsepower in addition to 273 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the ride relies on a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is much slower in initial, 0-60 MPH acceleration. The ride takes 8.8 seconds, yes that much, for reaching 60 MPH. This is the lowest figure among the competition. The E400 is the quickest and takes merely 4.4 seconds to reach 60 MPH.

Models Volvo V90 CrossCountry Audi A4 allroad premium Mercedes -Benz E 400
0-60 MPH 8.8 sec 5.9 sec 4.4 sec
Quarter mile 14.8 sec 14.3 sec 13.7 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 3.0L
Emission

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

7.1 7.1 8.4

However, past the initial acceleration hiccup, V90 Cross Country covers a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds. Not impressive, but great considering the fact that Audi A4 covers a quarter mile in 14.3 seconds. Mercedes-Benz E400 takes 13.7 seconds for covering a quarter-mile. Due to the use of a 4-cylinder engine, the V90 Cross Country scores handsomely on emission test.

Ride and Handling

Handling characteristics of the Volvo V90 Cross Country inspire confidence. V90 Cross Country offers 4 pleasing driving modes, namely Comfort, Dynamic, Eco, and Off-road. Even if there is no Sport Mode available for engaging in a high-spirited driving, there is another way around. Simply putting the ride into manual mode via the paddle shifters will do the trick.

Even with the firmer Dynamic setting, the V90 Cross Country feels softly sprung. The suspension is complaint and tuned more towards comfort. It loads up evenly and predictably and unloads out of corners in an impressive manner. The V90 strikes the sweet middle spot, it provides a compliant ride without being too stiff or too soft for your liking.

Braking

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a bulky ride with 4221 lbs. of curb weight. The front and rear brake measures 13.6 and 12.6 inches, respectively. During emergency braking, V90 Cross Country is able to come to a complete halt at a distance of 124 feet, when decelerated fully from 60 MPH.

Model Volvo V90 CrossCountry Audi A4 allroad premium Mercedes -Benz E 400
Brake Front (in.) 13.6 13.3 14.2
Brake Rear (in.) 12.6 13.0 12.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4221 3825 4229
60-0 MPH (ft.) 124 119 123

Stopping distance required by Mercedes-Benz E400 and Audi A4 are 123 and 119 feet, respectively. Audi A4 Allroad Premium is less bulky than its competitors with a total curb weight of 3825 lbs.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Fuel Economy

Volvo V90 Cross Country offers a remarkable combined fuel economy of 25 mpg. While the ride delivers 22 mpg in cities, it offers 30 mpg on long highway cruises. Audi A4 Allroad Premium ties with the V90 Cross Country for the combined fuel economy. However, it delivers 23 and 28 mpg in cities and highways, respectively. Mercedes-Benz E400 lags behind the class rivals in terms of mileage. Merc offers a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg.

Model Volvo V90 CrossCountry Audi A4 allroad premium Mercedes -Benz E 400
MPG (city) 22 23 19
MPG (highway) 30 28 25
MPG (combined) 25 25 21

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Interior

9.3/10

"The V90 follows Volvo tradition in offering great seats all around with long, supportive, widely adjustable front seats and even back seats that don't feel shorted in the name of gaming leg room numbers or seat-folding." - TheCarConnection

Seating and Comfort

Bolting a supercharger and turbocharger is not a great feat in itself, there are a lot of aftermarket kits that yield similar results. But when we talk about refinement, it is a completely different story. Team Volvo has done a great job with the powertrain. It is refined, uninterrupted and ultimately delivers a quiet environment inside the cabin.

Like its class rivals, 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is capable of accommodating as much as 5 persons. The ride offers 37.8 and 42.2 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively, in the front. While the legroom is most in the league, headroom beats out to 39.2 inches offered by the Audi A4 Allroad Premium.

Model Volvo V90 CrossCountry Audi A4 allroad premium Mercedes -Benz E 400
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.8/57.5/42.2 39.2/55.9/41.3 37.3/57.8/41.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.7/55.9/35.8 37.4/54.5/35.7 38.2/56.9/35.8

Headroom and legroom available in the rear of V90 Cross Country are 37.7 and 35.8 inches, respectively. Again, legroom is the most in the competition, while headroom beats out to 38.2 inches of the same offered by the E400.

Infotainment System

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country flaunts Volvo's proprietary infotainment system dubbed Sensus Infotainment System. Sensus gives a fair competition to popular proprietary infotainment systems, including the iDrive and COMAND. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support are available with Sensus.

Coupled with a 12.3-inch driver's instrument display, Sensus Infotainment System provides support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The ample 9.0-inch touch display gives you information about navigation as well as music you're tuned to. A row of physical buttons is placed elegantly below the display.

Interior Features

As most of the cabin design concept is taken from the S90 Sedan, the interiors and cabin are awe-inspiring. And cozy, of course! A minimal dashboard with ergonomically-designed features, V90 has an impressive inside. Among several captivations boasted by the interiors of the V90 Cross Country, some are:

  • Quiet, noise-free cabin
  • Lovely woven aluminum panels
  • Several color options for the seating
  • Heated and supportive front seats
  • Rear seats with the inbuilt jump-seat option
  • Heated steering wheel

Cargo Capacity

With 53.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space (after folding the rear seats), 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country offers ample space for luggage. However, class rivals offer better cargo capacities. Maximum cargo space available to Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz E400 is 58.5 and 64 cubic feet, respectively.

Model Volvo V90 CrossCountry Audi A4 allroad premium Mercedes -Benz E 400
Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3) 19.8 24.2 35.0
Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3) 53.9 58.5 64.0

With rear seat up, V90 is able to accommodate 19.8 cubic feet of cargo while Audi A4 and E400 offer 24.2 and 35 cubic feet, respectively.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Exterior

9.0/10

"With 8.3” of ground clearance (the same as a Jeep Wrangler Sport), a next-generation Haldex all-wheel-drive system, and a presence like nothing else currently on the road" - KBB

Dimension and Weight

The spacious Volvo V90 Cross Country is also the most dimensionally elaborate ride in the competition. The ride flaunts a length, width, and height of 194.4, 74, and 60.7 inches, respectively. All three of them are better than the competition. Audi A4 Allroad Premium has the least length and width of 187 and 72.5 inches, respectively.

Model

Volvo V90 CrossCountry

Audi A4 allroad premium

Mercedes -Benz E 400

Curb weight (lbs.)

4221

3825

4229

Length(in)

194.4

187.0

194.2

Width(in)

74.0

72.5

72.9

Height(in)

60.7

58.8

58.1

Ground clearance (in)

NA

6.5

NA

Wheelbase (in)

115.8

110.9

115.7

Track width (in) F/R

65.0/64.7

62.1/61.7

62.7/63.0

Mercedes-Benz E400, on the other hand, has the least height of 58.1 inches in the competition. Volvo V90 Cross Country also has the most wheelbase of 115.8 inches in the league. Wheelbase for E400 and Audi A4 is 115.7 and 110.9 inches, respectively.

Exterior Features

  • Bold grille
  • Intricately crafted wheel arches and bumpers
  • Low-slung body
  • Matte black sills
  • Panoramic sunroof [Optional]
  • Power-operated tailgate
  • Sharp LED headlights

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Safety

NHTSA and IIHS ratings aren't available for the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country. Other than the mandatory security and reliability features, there are a few other options available too. This includes the power central locking system and integrated door locks for children in the rear doors.

Safety Features

  • Driver adaptive and front-passenger dual-stage airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger thorax side airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Integrated child door locks in rear doors
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system

NHTSA and IIHS are not available.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Competition

Volvo V90 Cross Country vs Audi A4 Allroad

Like the V90 Cross Country, A4 Allroad Premium packs a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. However, it generates a lesser amount of horsepower and torque, 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft., respectively. Nonetheless, the ride has an acceptable 0-60 MPH acceleration time of 5.9 seconds which happens to be 2.9 seconds faster than the V90.

Audi A4 Allroad Premium also offers a combined mileage identical to the V90 Cross Country (25 MPG). The ride, however, is less bulky with a curb weight of 3825 lbs. and offer a better cargo capacity of 24.2 cubic feet. Moreover, A4 Allroad Premium offers a league-leading front headroom of 39.2 inches.

Volvo V90 Cross Country vs Mercedes-Benz E400

With pricing starting from $62,300, Mercedes-Benz E400 is the most expensive vehicle in the segment. Unlike V90 and A4, the ride packs a 3.0L 6-cylinder engine. It totals out at 329 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. E400 shoots to 60 MPH in mere 4.4 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz E400 offers a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. This is the least in the competition. Moreover, the ride has a curb weight of 4229 lbs. In this segment, E400 offers the maximum rear headroom and legroom in addition to the maximum storage capacity of 35 cubic feet.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country Final Verdict

In today's time of SUVs and crossovers, 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a lucrative option. While taking care of the utility and performance, Volvo has also stressed safety in their wagon-inspired V90 Cross Country. Though some might also agree that Volvo has done so while keeping the price ($55,330) a little higher than what it should be.

The interior is well appointed and resembles the clean design of Volvo cars. The seats are well cushioned, supportive and adjustable in so many ways that finding your ideal seating position wouldn't be a hassle at all. There is an ample amount of storage spaces around the cabin. Even the rear cargo space on offer is acceptable. When it comes to utility, the V90 Cross Country certainly lives up to its name.

Nonetheless, 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a powerful family-hauler that can drive even in the toughest of driving conditions. Its off-road capability allows it to tackle the worst of road conditions.

Pros

Able to handle rough road conditions

Lavish cabin with construction using high-quality materials

More nimble and economical than the XC90

Elegant styling

Cons

No third row

What's New?

Volvo V90 Cross Country is a brand new model introduced in 2017

Revised variant of the V90 Wagon that is based on the S90


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$55300

bodystyle

5dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu. in.

horsepower

316 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6 in. ventilated front disc/13.6 in. solid 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

33.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Onyx Black Metallic color  2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Osmium Grey Metallic color  2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Ice White color  2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Crystal White Pearl color  2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country in Bright Silver Metallic color
Onyx Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine

8.8

Interior

9.3

Exterior

9.0

9.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6

T6

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$55,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 5dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $55,300 MSRP (22/25/30) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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