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The 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country – A Cutting-Edge Convertible

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The Volvo 90-Series offers two unique variations. There’s the S90 limousine, which competes with the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well as the V90 Cross Country estate that squares off against the Audi A6 allroad and Mercedes-Benz E450 All Terrain. Elegant, opulent, fashionable, and potent, these vehicles are exceptional selections in any guise. While the limited-run V90 estate from last year is no longer available, its popularity was so low that you might not even notice its absence. The rugged and robust V90 Cross Country, which was the model we tested, continues to be in high demand and is still on the market.

Volvo made significant adjustments to the 90-Series lineup this year. The standard turbocharged engine has been replaced by a new mild-hybrid iteration of the turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-4, now touted as the B6. The introduction of the new B6 engine has resulted in a slight enhancement in fuel efficiency to around 25 to 26 mpg combined. These alterations signify Volvo’s move towards an electrified future for its largest V90 estate.

The Volvo V90 variants boast subtle, sleek lines that make them a standout choice. Despite their classic design having been in existence for a while, these vehicles exude a timeless allure with meticulous attention to detail. The slightly shorter stature of the V90 compared to the S90 accentuates the appeal of the chic estate, especially when accentuated with off-road elements.

While the focus is not entirely on performance, these Volvo models exhibit a comfortable and capable demeanor. Powering the Volvo V90 is a new rendition of Volvo’s turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine. Generating 295 hp along with a 48-volt starter-generator, this setup may have slightly less power than the previous year’s 316 hp, but torque and fuel efficiency have been marginally improved. The new configuration results in a smoother powertrain. Unlike its predecessor, the T6, which felt a bit coarse during vigorous acceleration, the B6 utilizes its electric power to achieve seamless launches and transitions from a supercharger to a turbocharger. It feels slightly quicker and more responsive, thanks to the starter generator, with nearly imperceptible stop/start operation.

The V90 provides a smooth ride with the standard suspension, which is further enhanced with the optional air suspension system. Although the handling is commendable overall, none of the variants exhibit the same dynamic agility as their German counterparts. Instead, these vehicles prioritize comfort and stability. The V90 Cross Country estates feature a generous 8.3 inches of ground clearance, making them ideal for drivers who may encounter challenging weather conditions or venture onto occasional dirt tracks without desiring the transition to an SUV. An adaptive 8-speed automatic transmission distributes power to all wheels irrespective of the engine type, with all-wheel drive now being standard across the range. The sizeable Volvo excels in acceleration, ride comfort, and insulation from road imperfections.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the V90 is modest for a wagon. The V90 Cross Country with a higher ride height is rated at 22/29/25 mpg. The 2022 Volvo S90 is a safe option with a few caveats that make direct comparisons with other sedans somewhat complex. The IIHS has designated the S90 and V90 models as a Top Safety Pick+ due to their consistent stellar performance, despite the “Acceptable” rating for headlights falling slightly short of the highest “Good” designation. For the 2022 accolades, it remains to be seen if the V90’s front collision avoidance system qualifies for the award once again, although no significant changes have been made. The NHTSA has yet to evaluate the latest iterations of these Volvo models, and there is no anticipation of a deviation in safety ratings. The standard equipment is comprehensive, incorporating features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, active lane control, and Pilot Assist – a system enabling limited hands-free driving. An optional surround-view camera system complements excellent outward visibility.

The interior design of these vehicles doesn’t clamor for attention. Meticulous craftsmanship, appealing materials, and a judicious selection of buttons and knobs contribute to a tidy, orderly aesthetic that exudes significant appeal. Luxurious yet unassuming, the Volvo V90 epitomizes opulent estate vehicles. Volvo adorns its largest estate with sumptuous, well-equipped interiors that boast ample space. The availability of lighter interior color schemes creates a serene ambiance, although the black headliner accompanying certain interior hues can induce a slightly confined sensation.

Both the standard and optional multi-adjustable front seats offer exceptional support, along with optional massage functions. The rear-passenger area is spacious, despite the somewhat lower roofline, imbuing the Volvo V90 with a capacious, open feel. Cargo capacity is commendable, peaking at 54 cubic feet when the second row is folded down, rivaling that of SUVs. Optional integrated booster seats for rear child passengers further enhance versatility. The fit and finish of our test vehicles have been exemplary, with a wide array of leather and wood finishes available. With no wrong choices in sight, one cannot help but wish for the textile option featured in other models to extend to the V90 Cross Country lineup.

Despite a streamlined estate range this year, the Volvo V90 remains well-appointed. The 90-Series Volvo estates are generously equipped compared to similarly priced luxury vehicles, offering competitive features while undercutting German rivals and retaining luxury features like advanced driver-assistance technologies, sizable alloy wheels, premium leather upholstery, a competent infotainment system, and a standard panoramic sunroof. Volvo includes a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty and complimentary scheduled service for the initial 3 years/36,000 miles.

The V90 Cross Country is exclusively available in B6 trim, with the Plus variant starting at approximately $59,545. The Ultimate trim level elevates it to the Inscription-tier amenities, incorporating features like four-zone climate control, 20-inch upgraded wheels, supple leather with ventilated front seats, a crystal gear shifter, heads-up display, and a Harman/Kardon audio system. Optional packages offer an array of features such as a surround-view camera, heated rear seats and steering wheel, an outstanding Bowers & Wilkins audio system, front seat massagers, and an air suspension system. A fully-equipped V90 with all the bells and whistles totals around $74,000.

Few vehicles can match the versatility and overall excellence of Volvo’s V90 Cross Country. Boasting timeless aesthetics, luxurious driving dynamics, efficient modern powertrains, and credible off-road capabilities, the V90 Cross Country excels across the board. Coupled with its compelling value proposition and top-tier safety ratings, the 2022 V90 Cross Country emerges as a definitive champion. In every aspect, Volvo’s V90 Cross Country effortlessly embodies efficiency and elegance.

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