New 2019 Volvo V90 Wagon
Volvo V90 Wagon
The 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a spacious, luxurious, safe and arguably handsome wagon with SUV/crossover-SUV leanings. Intriguing.
2019 Volvo V90 Pricing
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2019 Volvo V90 KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country has a particular appeal that’s admittedly not wide-ranging, but those people who “get it” are onto something special. It’s a slightly higher-riding version of the regular V90 large luxury wagon, with all-wheel drive as standard. So the occasional dirt track or snow drift isn’t going to faze this vehicle. Yet it’s not so high that it feels top-heavy (as many SUV/crossover SUVs do). Coming from Volvo, safety features are many, varied, standard and often cutting-edge. Even the lowest trim has a self-driving function for certain conditions. As roads become swamped with crossover SUVs, the V90 Cross Country is an intriguingly attractive and capable alternative.
You'll Like This Car If...
You want something that’s more like a car than a lumbering SUV, but still want all-wheel drive, useful ground clearance and cargo-hauling practicality. Generous helpings of luxury and safety features are also welcome. That’s the 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country right there.
You May Not Like This Car If...
You need something that can handle tougher conditions than snow and unchallenging trails. And if you prefer buttons and switches to touch-based controls, the V90 Cross Country isn’t going to be your ideal car.
What's New for 2019
Drivers may now turn off the engine stop/start function permanently, accessed via the touch screen. The infotainment system has been upgraded to boot faster and be quicker in its responses. An “Oncoming Mitigation by Braking” function has been added to the City Safety system. The “base” T5 gains a 12.3-inch digital driver information display, heated front seats, heated washer nozzles, garage-door opener, and a compass set into the rearview mirror. The top Ocean Race trim receives a Harman Kardon audio system.
Anyone familiar with the less-than-thrilling driving experience of most SUVs and crossover SUVs will find the V90 Cross Country to be a different and more engaging animal. The Cross Country treatment entails a slight lift in ride height of 2.6 inches, compared with the regular V90 whose relationship to the road is like most sedans. This results in a somewhat raised driving position and slightly higher center of gravity, but not to the detriment of the car’s composure. Ground clearance of 8.3 inches and standard all-wheel drive are also useful when snow starts building up or there’s some uneven country to, um, cross. And the long wheelbase brings benefits to the ride quality, which is set up more for comfort than precision handling. The entry-level trim has a 250-horsepower engine, which is absolutely fit for purpose. Although the 316-horsepower alternative definitely has its charms.
About that 316-horsepower engine: It has both methods of forced induction in one engine, producing this much power from two liters of displacement, which is remarkable. Yet fuel consumption is still reasonable. The “super” aspect helps at low revs while the “turbo” part enhances things once the engine hits its sweet spot.
SELECTABLE DRIVE MODES
The Volvo V90 Cross Country can be more things to more people thanks to its Eco, Comfort, Dynamic and Off Road modes, all of which are well calibrated for their particular tasks. And standard hill-descent control is reassuringly wonderful when that muddy trail points downhill.
We could spend the rest of this review describing and praising the V90 Cross Country’s elegant and classy cabin with beautiful materials, a futuristic infotainment system (the display is set in portrait mode), and seats that would delight a grumpy chiropractor, but there’s more to it than that. For instance, rear legroom is a fairly generous 35.9 inches. With a 6-footer in front, another 6-footer can fit behind. The rear headrests are power-folding, to optimize outward vision when not in use. The rear seats’ optional integrated child-booster cushions are a great idea, and the optional grocery-bag holder saves eggs from being scrambled prematurely. Maximum cargo space is 53.9 cubic feet.
It’s all subjective, sure, but we would venture to say that the V90 is a handsome-looking wagon, possibly more eye-pleasing than the S90 sedan from which it’s derived. It wraps its practicality in a stylish shell and there isn’t an angle where it appears awkward. A concave grille and smart lighting details match the classiness of the interior. This V90 Cross Country sits higher on its suspension, the lower parts of the fascias at each end hint at a skidplate, and the words “Cross Country” are subtly embossed into the rear bumper. For a less obvious crossover-SUV look, the fender flares may be specified in the body color.
Notable Standard Equipment
The entry-level Volvo V90 Cross Country has the lower-powered engine, but still comes with many features. Such as 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, panoramic sunroof, hands-free tailgate operation, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, 9-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, and smartphone integration. Standard safety/driver aids include automatic emergency braking (with detection for pedestrians, cyclists and large animals), blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, driver fatigue monitoring, and adaptive cruise control with partial autonomy. The gutsier engine also brings 19-inch wheels, heated steering wheel, and acoustic glass for the front-side windows.
Notable Optional Equipment
A new Advanced package includes full LED headlights with automatic high beams, active bending and high-pressure cleaning, head-up display, 360-degree camera system, and a self-parking feature. The more powerful T6 variant has quad-zone automatic climate control. The Ocean Race trim is more lavish, with Nappa leather upholstery, massaging front seats with power-adjustable bolstering, chilled glove box, power cargo cover and rear sunshades. Other options include an air suspension, heated rear-outboard seats, 1,400-watt/19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio upgrade, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Under the Hood
Both engines propelling the 2019 V90 Cross Country are 2.0-liter 4-cylinder units. The T5 version deploys a turbocharger to generate 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the other -- in the T6 -- adds (not substitutes) a supercharger for an extraordinary 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A perfectly fine 8-speed automatic is the sole transmission and all-wheel drive is standard.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (T5)
250 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg
2.0-liter turbocharged/supercharged inline-4 (T6)
316 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,200-5,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg
The 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country T5 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $52,550. Adding a $995 destination charge brings it to $53,545. A V90 Cross Country T6 starts at $57,345 and the T6 Ocean Race trim is priced from $61,495. We had fun configuring that model with extras like 21-inch wheels, Bowers & Wilkins audio, rear-seat DVD system and other features, but they pushed the price past $75,000. The similar Audi A4 Allroad starts under $47,000, with 273 horsepower and comparable cargo space. The Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic wagon is just over $65,000. It has the conventional car ride height, but comes with 362 horsepower and 64 cubic feet of cargo area. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new V90 Cross Country. We don’t have enough information yet for a definitive word on resale values, but Volvo usually doesn’t perform as well as Audi or Mercedes-Benz.
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Volvo V90 Consumer Reviews
December 09, 2018
Big Upgrade from XC70 - Great Luxury Wagon
Replaced a 2010 XC-70 T6 with 2017 V90 Cross Country. Power train with 316 hp engine and 8 speed transmission is vast improvement in...
February 17, 2018
Great car, elegant design
I wanted a vehicle to tow my boat, but I didnt want a SUV -- too bloated, tall and awkward. I found the V90 Cross Country. With the tow...
January 19, 2018
My sixth Volvo. Electronics are just stupid.
Traded a 2012 XC60 for 2018 V-90 Cross Country. Drove it for about 1000 miles and returned it to dealer for a 2017 XC60 demonstrator...