2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD Review Inside the game of automotive masquerade that is definitely the butch-wagon segment, dark-gray textured plastic will be the equivalent of a kid’s cowboy hat. It’s the matte-plastic wheel-arch trim (and in some cases bumper-cover decoration) that says to buyers: “I’ve now develop into some thing else. Let’s perform.”
2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD Review
And, even though they should surely see the plain old station wagon beneath, consumers wish to oblige. The dress-up wagons promote a lot far better than their donor versions that Subaru and Audi do not even bother giving the non-butch versions anymore. But when dark-gray plastic is the essential to good results on this game, take into consideration the next weird fact: In the event you shell out ample for the V90 Cross Country, Volvo paints those bits the colour with the entire body, building the Cross Country seem almost identical to your standard V90 wagon the organization also sells but on particular purchase only. We really do not declare to understand this.
But boy, would a buyer shell out enough if he chose a Cross Nation equipped like our check vehicle. For 2017, the sole accessible drivetrain configuration will be the T6 model, which includes a supercharged and turbocharged 316-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, an eight-speed automated transmission, and all-wheel drive. It carries a $56,295 base price tag, but our test vehicle value $69,440 when it had been loaded up with soft-leather interior trimmings, massaging front seats, heated rear outboard seats, four-zone climate handle, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system, head-up display, air-spring rear suspension, metallic paint, and other niceties. (For ’18, Volvo will also offer a less expensive 250-hp T5 model.)
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This drops the Cross Nation during the pricing chasm between the A4-based Audi Allroad and the Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon. The Volvo would be the size of your Mercedes with an engine the size of the Audi’s.
Even so, that four-cylinder generates impressive output (with 295 pound-feet of torque to go with its load of horsepower). And the 4266-pound Cross Country’s 5.9-second run to 60 mph is plenty quick, if not quite on the pace of your Germans. The problem could be the way in which that power is delivered. It surges and ebbs. If you’re riding the torque wave, this wagon feels genuinely quick. Fall off it, though-as you frequently will-and the auto feels breathless and wimpy. Climbing back up takes a moment, and the engine moans at the effort. The Cross Country turns in a middling braking performance, requiring 173 feet to stop from 70 mph. And the brakes are grabby and difficult to apply consistently. Its steering is indifferent.
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We’re glad to note that, despite wearing optional 20-inch wheels (in place of standard 19s), the Cross Country rides more comfortably than the somewhat flinty sedan on which it’s based. Put the mode selector into dynamic should you want a less comfortable ride. The Cross Country’s structure feels stouter than the sedan’s. We chalk that up to the cushier ride. This is good, because we really want the V90 to be great. It looks stunning (especially in non-Cross Country dress), and the interior is beautifully designed and finished. It’s roomy and practical. And dammit, we like wagons, even when they’re festooned.
But for $70,000, we want more than a cowboy hat. In truth, we don’t want a cowboy hat at all, but you know what we mean.vol