VOLVO

VOLVO V90 ESTATE 2.0 T5 Cross Country Plus 5dr AWD Geartronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2196 g/km

Volvo's V90 Cross Country offers a more conventional, less showy alternative to that luxury SUV you might have been considering. AWD is standard of course, as is a higher ride height and a wider track. It won't get you across the Serengeti but it'll be just as capable as any luxury SUV in a snowy snap.

CROSS PURPOSES

Volvo's V90 Cross Country model gives family-minded executive buyers who live out in the sticks a version of this large Swedish estate they might like. Jonathan Crouch reports on the latest version.

Ten Second Review

Volvo's V90 Cross Country offers a more conventional, less showy alternative to that luxury SUV you might have been considering. AWD is standard of course, as is a higher ride height and a wider track. It won't get you across the Serengeti but it'll be just as capable as any luxury SUV in a snowy snap.

Background

Not everyone wants a luxury SUV. Not even luxury SUV buyers. Volvo knows this of course, the Swedish brand being a major player in this market with its strong-selling XC90 model. Hence the company's decision to offer a more conventional alternative to buyers in this sector in the form of this V90 Cross Country model. As you can see, this essentially is a raised version of the V90 estate with a few rugged-ised styling modifications, but you do get AWD, a feature not available to buyers wanting the volume B4 mild hybrid engine in the standard range. And there's as much winter driving capability as you'll probably ever need. Plus, as you'd want, it remains as Swedish as meatballs and as practical as ever. The prospects then, are promising.

Driving Experience

On paper, this V90 Cross Country should feel just like any ordinary V90 estate to drive. In practice though, it feels a little softer and more supple, though you can expect a touch more bodyroll, courtesy of the extra ride height. Ultimately, it's the kind of feel you'd get from a luxury SUV, which is presumably what Volvo was aiming at. On that subject, we should point out that AWD is standard. That might sound an obvious thing to say in relation to a car like this but the old Volvo XC70 model that this model effectively replaced was available in 2WD guise. Engine-wise, just as in mainstream versions of the standard V90, buyers now get the choice of two four cylinder mild hybrid diesel units, a 190PS B4 variant and a 235PS B5 derivative, both equipped with smooth 8-speed auto transmission. There's also a 310PS T6 petrol version, but that'll be a rare choice. A 250PS petrol T5 engine's offered too. On the move, you aren't served up anything that encourages much driving involvement - blame the rather vague steering for that - but in compensation, there's unruffled poise and exemplary refinement. You get supple standards of ride comfort from the soft suspension too and there's the option of rear air suspension if you want it. A standard 'Drive Mode Settings' driving dynamics system allows you to tailor throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. And if you do push on a bit, grip and traction are actually quite impressive.

Design and Build

You'll recognise this Cross Country derivative from standard V90 models by its black plastic wheel arch extensions, blacked out trim pieces and front and rear titanium skid plates. Body-coloured alternatives are available if you don't want to stand out. Look a little closer and you might spot that the ride height of this variant has been raised by 65mm, plus the front track has been widened by 20mm and the rear by 40mm. In addition, the specially designed tyres are 42mm larger in diameter. In short, this is more than just an exercise in rugged styling. Visual updates with this revised model are minor - new fog lights, a fresh spoiler design and a new lower front bumper. At the back, there's a brand-new rear light design, including full LED-powered signature lighting and a sequential turn indicator. Inside, things are exactly as they would be in any normal V90 estate. Which means you get beautiful cabin finishing and plenty of leather, classy wood and glass. As with the XC90 luxury SUV, the dash features a massive tablet-like touch screen that plays a key role in creating an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered. Changes made to this updated model are minor. You can now specify seats with an exclusive tailored wool blend, there's an improved version of the premium Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system and there are now double USB-C charging points in the rear. In the cargo area, there's up 1526-litres of bootspace (including underfloor storage). That's a useful figure, though is a little bit less than you'd get with rival BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class estate competitors. That's probably down to the stylish sloping rear glass.

Market and Model

You'll need a budget starting from just under £47,000 for this V90 in Cross Country spec. All variants come with AWD and auto transmission. If you're comparing against the least expensive AWD model in the standard V90 range, the B5 AWD R-Design, that means a premium for Cross Country model ownership of around £1,200. Going for a Cross Country V90 gives you a bodykit with silver front and rear skidplates, wheelarch extensions and charcoal-coloured mouldings for the lower sills and side doors. With this variant, you also get larger 18-inch Double Spoke alloy wheels, larger door mirrors and unique upholstery stitching. V90 safety gear includes a run off-road protection package which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead. Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of oncoming traffic. Plus at its launch, the V90 also introduced a world-first - large animal detection - a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day. All these safety systems aim to bring Volvo closer to its vision of nobody being seriously injured or killed in any of its vehicles.

Cost of Ownership

There's no really significant efficiency penalty for opting for this Cross Country variant. With the B5 diesel most V90 Cross Country buyers will choose, expect around 45mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and well under 150g/km of CO2. Inevitably, these figures take a tumble in the more powerful B5 petrol variant; there, you're looking at around 35mpg and around 155g/km. What else? Residual values? They're key in this segment of course and you'd expect those of a big, relatively expensive Volvo luxury large estate to lag severely behind the kind of figures you could realise in a rival BMW or Mercedes. You'd be wrong though. The V90 has turned around Volvo's performance in the Executive sector when it comes to depreciation. To the point where independent experts reckon that after owning a typical B4 model for the usual three year/60,000 mile ownership period, you'd get between 39 and 41% of your original purchase price back, depending in the trim level chosen. That's pretty close to the kind of return you'd get from a rival Mercedes E-Class Estate.

Summary

Here, Volvo has delivered a very good compromise between on and off road ability which would probably suit a lot of luxury SUV buyers - if only they could be persuaded to try it. The Swedish maker's latest 'Scalable Product Architecture' has delivered to the brand a platform for a really credible luxury line-up these days and this model is yet another example of it. It's certainly true that this car's driving experience could be a little more involving. The Swedish engineers particularly need to learn from brands like Jaguar and BMW when it comes to steering feel for example. Having said that though, a more laid back, luxurious cosseting feel is all part of this car's appeal. It should feel different in the way that it does.

  • Front and rear power windows
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation

  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist

  • Floor mats

  • 65mm additional ground clearance

  • Volvo on call
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Connection

  • Speed limiter
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Lane keep assist with driver alert control
  • Drive mode settings
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Intellisafe Assist (Pilot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control)
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation

  • Power operated tailgate
  • Handsfree bootlid opening/closing

  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • 9" centre console touch screen
  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display

  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors
  • Enlarged door mirrors

  • Tailored Instrument Panel and Door Tops with Contrast Stitching

  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls

  • Cross Country embossed rear bumper
  • Integrated roof rails in silver
  • Twin exhaust tailpipes with chrome sleeves
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes
  • Illuminated front and rear tread plates
  • Charcoal lower side door mouldings
  • Charcoal wheel arch extensions
  • Roof spoiler
  • Roof antenna
  • High gloss black window trim
  • Charcoal lower grille
  • Visible VIN plate
  • High gloss black front grille with chrome details
  • Silver front and rear skid plate

  • Headlight cleaning system
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
  • Puddle lights in exterior door handles
  • Active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights

  • B Pillar ventilation

  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Load cover
  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Load protection net
  • Ski hatch
  • Illuminated glovebox with lock
  • Illuminated gear knob
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Front/rear door pockets and front cupholder illumination
  • Leather upholstery with unique stitching
  • Colour coordinated nappa Leather Key Integrated Remote
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • A-pillar parking ticket holder
  • Illuminated tailgate
  • Front and rear aluminium tread plates
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Centre armrest storage illumination
  • Driver's side lower dashboard storage compartment
  • Cargo divider with grocery bag holder
  • Sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles
  • Front tunnel net pocket

  • Ambient door and instrument panel lighting
  • Front footwell and side step illumination
  • Multicolour theatre lights
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Front/rear reading lights

  • Seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Active bonnet
  • Road sign information display
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Run off Road Mitigation

  • Power Folding Rear Seat Backrests and Headrests
  • Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Extended front seat cushions
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Front head restraints

  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for tailgate
  • Keyless drive with remote tag

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • CO2 (g/km): 176
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 202
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 210
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 196

  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 23.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 22.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 30.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 12.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 12.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 39E
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 93
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 250
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Cross Country Plus
  • Coin Description: T5 AWD
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8

  • Engine Power - BHP: 250
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.4
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Power - KW: 184
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 6 DOUBLE SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Length: 4936
  • Width: 1929
  • Wheelbase: 2941
  • Width (including mirrors): 2052
  • Height: 1543

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 723
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1526
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1800
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2400
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 600

  • Heated front windscreen: £0
  • Laminated rear and side windows: £750
  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area: £400

  • Active four C chassis - Four corner adaptive dampers with two corner rear electronic air suspension: £1,500
  • Self-levelling rear electronic air suspension: £950
  • Dynamic chassis: Included

  • Front and rear park assist: Included
  • Rear park assist camera: Included
  • 360 degree surround view parking camera: £525

  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto + 2 USB: £300
  • Intellisafe surround (Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist, Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake and Rear Collision Mitigation): £500
  • Head up display in windscreen: Included

  • Metal mesh inlays: £0
  • Black walnut wood trim: Included

  • CD player: £100
  • Sensus connect high performance sound with connected service booking , USB,10 speakers/330W output: Included
  • Sensus Connect premium sound by Bowers&Wilkin, dolby pro II surround, 18 speaker/1400W, subwoof, smartphone integrate inc.Applecarplay/Android auto: £3,000
  • Sensus Connect premium sound by Harman Kardon,dolby pro logic II surround,13 speakers/600W,subwoof,smartphone integrate inc.Applecarplay/Android auto: £850

  • Colour coordinated lower body mouldings: £550
  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof: £1,295
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £700
  • Premium metallic paint: £1,000
  • Charcoal lower sill mouldings: Included

  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter: Included

  • Integrated sun curtains in rear doors: Included
  • 230V/150W 3 pin plug socket in centre console: £100
  • 12V socket in Front + rear tunnel console and cargo area: Included

  • Winter pack - V90 - R design plus/Inscription Plus/Cross county plus: £200
  • Family pack - V90: £275
  • Xenium pack - V90: £2,000

  • Metallic - Maple brown: £700
  • Metallic - Mussel Blue: £700
  • Metallic - Savile grey: £700
  • Metallic - Osmium grey: £700
  • Metallic - Pine grey: £700
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £700
  • Metallic - Bright silver: £700
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £700

  • Solid - Ice white: £0
  • Solid - Black Stone: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £1,000

  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors: Included

  • Power passenger seat with memory: £400
  • Passenger seat with power height adjustment and multi directional lumbar support: Included
  • Heated outer rear seats: £300

  • Retractable towbar: £1,100

  • Leather - Blond: £0
  • Leather - Charcoal: £0
  • Leather - Amber: £0

  • 20'' 5 double spoke diamond cut matt black alloy wheels: £800
  • 19'' 6 double spoke diamond cut matt black alloy wheels: Included
  • 20'' 10 spoke diamond cut black alloy wheels: £800
  • 21'' 7 open spoke diamond cut matt black alloy wheels: £1,800
  • 19'' 5 double spoke diamond cut matt black alloy wheels: £0

  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor: Included
  • Tempa spare wheel and jack: £150

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