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Volvo is understood for 2 things: A fascination with safety and station wagons. Safe and practical Volvo wagons have dotted suburbia for decades, however the 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country puts a modern-day spin on this traditional Swedish conveyance.
Volvos biggest wagon debuted as a 2017 model and gets some notable updates for 2022. The basic V90 has been discontinued, leaving only the more rugged Cross Country version.
We invested a day putting the Cross Countrys brand-new powertrain and infotainment tech to the test on a drive through New York and New Jersey. For 2022, the wagon is available just in the B6 trim with basic all-wheel drive. Rates begins at $56,295 (including a compulsory $1,095 location charge), but our test lorry had choices like a head-up display screen, a 360-degree video camera system, and heated rear seats, bringing the as-tested cost to $68,440.
Design and interior
Interior decoration is another Volvo strength. As anticipated for a cars and truck in this price range, you get good materials. Our test car included (optional) Nappa leather upholstery, matte wood cut that actually looked like it came from a tree, and detailed speaker grilles for the Bowers & & Wilkins audio system. Whatever was arranged perfectly. The minimalist style looked appropriately upscale, and put controls where they need to be.
The Cross Country has less rear headroom than the 2 other similarly sized luxury wagons, the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain. The Volvo does have more front headroom than the Mercedes, however, and more front legroom than both.
Volvo estimates 19.5 cubic feet of freight space with the rear seats in place, and 31.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Audi and Mercedes do not list cargo space with the rear seats up, but Mercedes declares its wagon will swallow 35.0 cubic feet of stuff with the rear seats folded. The SUV equivalent of the V90, the Volvo XC90, can also be set up to provide more cargo space, however only if you fold its third-row seats.
Volvos current styling develops a distinctive appearance while keeping the brand names identity. Its something numerous other high-end car manufacturers have actually tried– and stopped working– to manage. The V90 Cross Country has the flat sides and upright profile of traditional Volvo wagons. But where those hunks of Swedish iron appeared like they were created utilizing only a ruler, the 2022 Cross Country is remarkably sleek for a station wagon.
The Cross Country treatment includes plastic body cladding and a raised trip height, 2 SUV-type additions that appear to be the only method to offer a wagon in the United States. The Audi A6 Allroad, Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic All-Terrain, and Subaru Outback follow a comparable formula, intending to draw purchasers away from uber-popular SUVs by copying some of those vehicles styling functions.
The V90 likewise shares Volvos Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the XC90 and XC60 SUVs, as well as the smaller V60 Cross Country wagon and the S90 and S60 sedans. It imbues each Volvo model with an impressive sensation of solidity and refinement.
Volvos existing styling develops a distinct appearance while maintaining the brands identity.
Tech, infotainment, and motorist assist
The new-for-2022 mild-hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder fuel engine with both a turbocharger and an electrical supercharger, an eight-speed automated transmission, and a little electric motor. You likewise get standard all-wheel drive.
While it does have some electrical assist, the V90 Cross Country B6 is no Toyota Prius. The motor can only offer 13 hp simply put bursts, so it cant move the cars and truck by itself. Instead, it changes the traditional starter motor, enabling a more aggressive engine start-stop system. It also provides a dab of torque when retreating from stops, making velocity smoother. The objective was improved fuel economy, without interfering with the driving experience.
Volvo did an excellent job of integrating Googles style with its own.
The V90 Cross Country comes standard with a 9.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connection (CarPlay will be added after delivery by means of software update), a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Alternatives include a head-up display screen and either a 13-speaker (600-watt) Harman Kardon audio system or the previously mentioned Bowers & & Wilkins system, with 19 speakers and 1,400 watts of power.
For 2022, the infotainment system switches to the Android Automotive OS also utilized in the all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge. Instead of depending on apps developed internal, Volvo contracted out essential infotainment functions to Google, so rather than a generic navigation system, you get Google Maps. Google Assistant supplies voice control, and the system can connect to the Play Store for third-party apps like Spotify. Android users can also sync their personal profiles to the vehicle. Over-the-air (OTA) software application updates become part of the package as well.
Volvo states the system is completely iPhone-compatible (once again, CarPlay is included), however whatever defaults to Google when no phone is plugged in. Thats not a bad thing, as Volvo did a great task of integrating Googles design with its own.
The instrument cluster can also show maps in impressive information, or you can change to Volvos “Calm” mode and eliminate a lot of things to lessen diversion.
Requirement driver-assist tech includes forward-collision caution, automatic emergency situation braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, run-off-road mitigation, blind-spot tracking, rear cross traffic alert, approaching lane mitigation, and Pilot Assist, which integrates adaptive cruise control with automated lane centering.
Pilot Assist worked well for the a lot of part, although there were some sloping sections of New Jersey parkway where it faltered. While these werent exactly steep hills, the cars and truck still had difficulty preserving a consistent speed. Its likewise worth noting that Pilot Assist does not use anymore capability than tech in competitor cars, and lags the likes of General Motors Super Cruise and Fords upcoming BlueCruise.
The Volvos greatest properties were its ride quality and total improvement.
With a declared 6.1-second zero-to-60 mph time, the V90 Cross Country B6 is 1.0 2nd slower than the rival Audi and Mercedes wagons, based upon those producers requirements. That doesnt matter much in real-world driving. In our experience, the big wagon had no difficulty speeding up away from a stop or overtaking on highways. We were likewise impressed by the blending of electrical and gasoline power. Velocity in fact felt more direct than with the old T6 powertrain.
The Cross Country wasnt meant to be an efficiency cars and truck, either. While it managed corners with composure, the Volvos biggest possessions were its flight quality and overall improvement. With its comfortable flight (thanks to optional air suspension) and peaceful cabin, we think the Cross Country would be an outstanding journey automobile. Like other recent Volvos, its a reminder that luxury cars do not require to be stylish to be pleasurable.
Gas mileage and safety
The V90 Cross Country is an outstanding blend of high-end and energy, combining the improvement and indulgent features of a luxury vehicle with the energy of a wagon. With standard all-wheel drive and plenty of cargo area, its also an excellent alternative to luxury SUVs. Youll definitely stick out more in this than in a garden-variety BMW X5.
The Cross Country does not use a clear benefit over the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic All-Terrain on interior area, but its cabin is a much better place to be than the rather overwrought interiors of the German wagons. The Subaru Outback provides a great deal of the functionality of this Volvo for a much lower price, but its absolutely not a high-end car.
Volvo also now has a standout tech feature in the form of Android Automotive OS. Its a big plus for Android users, who get a familiar setup and included functionality over fundamental Android Auto. Even non-Android users will find the infotainment system simple to work with.
For 2022, the infotainment system changes to the Android Automotive OS also used in the all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge. Volvo also now has a standout tech feature in the type of Android Automotive OS.
The 2022 V90 Cross Country is ranked at 25 mpg combined (22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway). For reference, the equivalent 2021 V90 Cross Country T6 model was rated at 24 mpg integrated (20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway), so the 2022 B6 mild-hybrids improvements are actually just in lower-speed city driving.
Crash-test ratings for the 2022 design arent offered yet, but the similar 2021 design received the greatest “Top Safety Pick+” ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). No recent safety rankings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were offered at the time of publication.
Volvo offers a four-year, 50,000-mile brand-new automobile warranty and 12 years of deterioration defense with unrestricted mileage.
The V90 Cross Country has the flat sides and upright profile of traditional Volvo wagons. The V90 likewise shares Volvos Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the XC90 and XC60 SUVs, as well as the smaller sized V60 Cross Country wagon and the S90 and S60 sedans. The SUV equivalent of the V90, the Volvo XC90, can also be configured to offer more freight area, but just if you fold its third-row seats.
Should you get one?
Yes. The classic Volvo wagon is as appropriate today as ever.
How DT would configure this car
For 2022, Volvo is only using the V90 Cross Country with the B6 powertrain, all-wheel drive, and a single trim level. That keeps things easy, however there are some optional additionals to think about.
To get the most tech, we d include the Advanced Package, that includes a head-up screen and 360-degree video camera system, along with an air quality sensing unit and updated ambient lighting, for $1,700. Audiophiles will also want to check the box for the high-end Bowers & & Wilkins system, regardless of its $4,000 price.
To include a bit more luxury, we d likewise equip our ideal Cross Country with the optional air suspension ($ 1,200) and the Lounge Package ($ 2,800), which adds Nappa leather upholstery, rubbing front seats, and four-zone automatic environment control.