What Is It?
The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is not a straightforward car. Firstly, it’s the wagon version of the S90 sedan — which, as a quick reminder, is Volvo’s new flagship based on the same platform as the XC90 SUV. It’s a little larger than, say, an Audi A6 but a little smaller than the A8. That means plenty of passenger space in both the front and rear.
Secondly, the Cross Country side of the equation means a raised ride height (2.5 inches higher than the regular V90, with a full ground clearance of 8.4 inches), all-wheel drive, plastic fender flares and more of an SUV demeanor without going into full XC90 territory. Volvo also used to make a Cross Country version of the V70 and still produces the compact V60 Cross Country.
Volvo has yet to mention engines, but the V90 Cross Country could follow the formula of the XC90, which offers a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a supercharged and turbocharged version (in the T6) making 316 hp. The T6 engine joins an electric motor to create the T8 plug-in hybrid.
At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar sedan was also launched, along with its V60 wagon counterpart. These premium compacts have received the high-performance treatment from Volvo’s tuning division, making them the quickest cars the company says it’s ever made. In addition to getting an upgraded suspension and brakes, these vehicles deliver 362 hp from their turbocharged and supercharged engines as they sprint from standstill to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. The front sport seats also feel especially comfortable and supportive.
The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is expected to start at around $56,300.
The 2017 Volvo S60/V60 Polestar should cost around $60,000.
When Can You Get It?
The V90 Cross Country should be available in early 2017, while the Polestars can be ordered now.
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
There’s really nothing else in the V90 Cross Country’s (admittedly small) niche. Some people may not like the looks, but most will find it handsome. The interior is especially gorgeous — just run a hand along the wood trim, which feels like it was smoothed by angels. Plus, there’s 69 cu ft. of cargo space.
Other Cars to Consider
2017 Acura MDX — The lack of direct rivals to the V90 Cross Country means exploring premium crossover SUVs to find something both luxurious and practical. Like the Volvo, the MDX is an alternative to the usual German choices.
2017 BMW X5 — The X5 is quite fun behind the wheel while still providing a high degree of utility.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Wagon — It looks like the E-Class wagon is coming to the U.S. This is a new generation of E-Class with tons of great tech. It deploys all-wheel drive but has the ride height of a regular car.
2017 Tesla Model X — It’s marketed as an all-electric crossover, but it really seems like an intriguing wagon from a lateral-thinking company.
Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport — The Range Rover Sport has most of the goodness of a regular Range Rover in a more compact package.
2017 BMW M3 — The Polestars are great, but the M3 is an icon. It generates 425 hp, although there’s no wagon version.
2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 — The C43 produces 362 hp, like the Polestars, and comes in sedan or coupe versions only.
Used Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon — From the outgoing generation, this 577-hp beast is just the fastest, most gleefully insane version of a supposedly sensible car.