How good does this factor look with a roof field?

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The 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Nation is an achingly fairly wagon, with a complicated all-wheel-drive system, loads of floor clearance and cargo house for days. It additionally gives first rate gas financial system and probably the greatest interiors within the luxurious house. Why purchase one other SUV when you may have this as a substitute?


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The V90 Cross Nation is powered by the T6 model of Volvo’s ubiquitous four-cylinder engine, bolted to an eight-speed computerized transmission. On this case, the two.0-liter I4 has each a supercharger and a turbocharger, and produces a wholesome 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It is not the sweetest-sounding or smoothest engine round, nevertheless it works nicely and returns an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 30 mpg on the freeway and 24 mpg mixed — numbers that I discovered simple to attain, even with the extra aerodynamic drag of a roof field.

Acceleration within the Cross Nation is brisk, because of the low-end torque afforded by the twin-charged engine, although it tends to expire of steam at increased revs. As with most Volvos, the engine lacks drama for higher or worse, designed to simply get you the place you must go. The eight-speed computerized transmission by no means huts for gears and shifts at applicable locations, so it additionally largely fades into the background.

The V90 Cross Nation is a luxurious automobile at its core and the best way it drives displays that. The non-compulsory ($1,200) 4-C adaptive air suspension is superb, isolating passengers from all however the gnarliest highway imperfections, however not a lot that the V90 feels disconnected from the highway. The steering is direct however not terribly communicative, and the brakes are wonderful, exhibiting no discernible fade even on lengthy, quick descents down mountain roads. General, the V90 Cross Nation is not what I would name thrilling to drive, nevertheless it would not should be. It is rattling comfy and tremendous simple to reside with — similar to any good luxurious automobile needs to be.

The V90 is just a little previous, nevertheless it nonetheless gives first-rate security tech. Volvo’s Metropolis Security suite of methods is commonplace on each V90 Cross Nation, which incorporates computerized emergency braking, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise management, a 360-degree digicam and extra. These, mixed with Volvo’s robust chassis design, are sufficient to web the model 9 IIHS security awards.

The V90’s inside is comfy and superbly designed.

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Volvo undoubtedly is aware of tips on how to make a pleasant inside, and the V90 Cross Nation’s cabin is stellar. Volvo’s seats have traditionally been among the greatest within the enterprise, providing wonderful consolation even after hours on the highway, and that is completely true with the V90. These chairs are extraordinarily supportive and adjustable, and clad in smooth perforated leather-based. The seats in my tester are heated and cooled and provide therapeutic massage performance, as nicely. Briefly, they’re ace.

The remainder of the inside is thoughtfully laid out, with all controls inside simple attain and easy to make use of. Volvo additionally deserves bonus factors right here for the distinctive end on the varied knobs and wheels, which isn’t solely enticing to have a look at, however feels good below your fingers. The remainder of the inside continues alongside that line, with nice consideration to element and little bits of aptitude, making it really feel like one thing really particular in comparison with the usually staid cabins of German luxurious automakers.

Volvo’s Sensus infotainment tech is appropriate, and enticing, however this method that appeared so forward-thinking just some years in the past now feels considerably dated. The 9-inch touchscreen gives faster response instances than earlier than and each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are commonplace, however I am unable to await Volvo to combine its new Android Automotive tech into its full lineup. That is the system you will discover within the new Polestar 2, and it is nice.

This Sensus system is beginning to present its age.

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One of many V90’s highlights is the Bowers & Wilkins premium stereo system. Usually, I am pretty detached to B&W methods, however right here, you get the choice to digitally change the listening atmosphere. It would look like a gimmick, however the Gothenburg Live performance Corridor setting is genuinely unbelievable and provides loads to the listening expertise. For audiophiles like me, it is a enormous win.

Being a luxurious automobile, the V90 Cross Nation is not low-cost. However in comparison with a number of equally outfitted luxurious SUVs — together with Volvo’s personal XC90 — it is rather less costly. The V90 Cross Nation begins at $56,690 together with $1,095 for vacation spot, and my well-equipped take a look at automobile has a sticker worth of $67,740. Given the best way the Cross Nation appears, feels and drives, that worth is cheap.

This or an SUV? Positively this.

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This Volvo’s closest rivals are the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain, and whereas the V90 holds its personal, the Germans out-perform it in a number of key methods. The V90 has a most cargo capability of 53.9 cubic ft, whereas the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain provide about 64. The Volvo can also be down on energy in comparison with the 2 Germans, which use mild-hybrid setups; the Audi gives 335 hp and 369 lb-ft, whereas the Mercedes brings 362 hp and 369 lb-ft. Audi and Mercedes provide a lot better cabin tech, too.

Even so, the Volvo is simply as good to drive, each bit as comfy and arguably higher to have a look at. These rivals is perhaps newer, however I would nonetheless have the V90 over each. This wagon gives all the pieces you’d ask from a two-row SUV, save for an elevated driving place and possibly some towing functionality (the Cross Nation can nonetheless pull 3,500 kilos, nonetheless). It is comfy, spacious, good-looking and simple to reside with. SUV drivers do not know what they’re lacking.


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