2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD Review, While in the game of automotive masquerade that is the butch-wagon section, dark-gray textured plastic would be the equivalent of the kid’s cowboy hat. It’s the matte-plastic wheel-arch trim (and from time to time bumper-cover decoration) that says to customers: “I’ve now grow to be a thing else. Let’s play.”
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD Review
And, however they will have to surely see the plain previous station wagon underneath, buyers would like to oblige. The dress-up wagons sell so much far better than their donor versions that Subaru and Audi really do not even bother providing the non-butch versions any longer. But if dark-gray plastic would be the crucial to accomplishment in this game, take into consideration the following weird fact: In case you pay out enough to your V90 Cross Nation, Volvo paints these bits the shade with the entire body, creating the Cross Nation search virtually identical for the standard V90 wagon that the company also sells but on unique purchase only. We don’t claim to understand this.
But boy, would a purchaser pay out adequate if he chose a Cross Nation equipped like our test car. For 2017, the only out there drivetrain configuration would be the T6 model, which includes a supercharged and turbocharged 316-hp two.0-liter inline-four, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. It carries a $56,295 base price, but our test car expense $69,440 when it had been loaded up with soft-leather interior trimmings, massaging front seats, heated rear outboard seats, four-zone climate control, 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.)
This drops the Cross Country while in the pricing chasm between the A4-based Audi Allroad and the Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon. The Volvo will be the size of your Mercedes with an engine the size on the Audi’s.
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD Review - Interior:
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 is definitely 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 automobile 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.
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 is 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 on the cushier ride. This is good, because we really want the V90 to be great. It looks stunning (especially in non-Cross Nation dress), and the interior is beautifully designed and finished. It is 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 reality, we don’t want a cowboy hat at all, but you know what we mean.