Volvo recently introduced its all-new V90 Cross Country, which it says is not merely a “plastic job”. This estate can go places the sedan and station wagon can’t, which makes it a stellar option if you regularly travel to the countryside.
Raised by 60 mm, the V90 Cross Country’s chassis delivers impressive off-road ability with 210 mm of overall ground clearance. The V90 Cross Country also features a completely new tyre with a softer, more rounded profile, which adds better grip and a softer, more comfortable ride, thanks to its ability to absorb uneven surfaces.
Like the S90, the new V90 Cross Country features a minimalistic dashboard, where the now familiar 9-inch Sensus Connect touch screen interface takes pride of place. Responsible for all in-car functions from entertainment and telephony to settings, climate control and navigation, Sensus Connect has become the new norm for intuitive human-machine interfaces (HMI).
All V90 Cross Country derivatives feature satellite navigation as standard, with pinch zoom and real-time traffic updates. With free map upgrades for life, the system is easy to use and can be effortlessly programmed with searchable points of interest, favourites and full itinerary logging.
As with its siblings in the 90 cluster, the V90 Cross Country is also available as standard with Pilot Assist for semi-autonomous driving up to 130 km/h, on all models. Working hand-in-hand, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pilot Assist enhance the V90 Cross Country’s driveability and allow drivers to hand over control to the car in varying degrees of engagement.
As with the XC90 and S90, the new Volvo V90 Cross Country models are all powered by Volvo’s modular 2.0-litre Drive-E diesel and petrol engines. Four power plants are available: the D4 and D5 diesels, and the T5 and T6 petrols. All engines are mated to the latest all-wheel drive system and the familiar 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
The diesel engines offer strong outputs and excellent efficiency. The twin-turbo D4 AWD models make use of 140 kW at 4 250 rpm and 400 Nm between 1 750 and 2 500 rpm to deliver a smooth diesel driving experience with exceptional fuel efficiency and low emissions. Average combined fuel consumption is as low as 5.2-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are 138 g/km.
The D5 AWD models elevate diesel performance with PowerPulse technology, offering 173 kW at 4 000 rpm and 480 Nm between 1 750 and 2 250 rpm. PowerPulse, which uses a tank of compressed air to spool up the larger of the D5 engine’s two turbocharges at low rpm, combats turbo lag and realises a sense of this engine being normally aspirated. Average combined fuel economy is 5.3-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are just 139 g/km.
On the petrol front, the T5 AWD models benefit from 187 kW at 5 500 rpm and 350 Nm between 1 500 and 4 800 rpm. Average combined fuel economy is 7.4-litres per 100 km and carbon emissions are 169 g/km.
The twin-charged engine on duty in the T6 AWD derivatives combines turbo- and supercharging for exceptional output and enhanced efficiency. A total of 235 kW at 5 700 rpm and 400 Nm between 2 200 and 5 400 rpm are on tap, resulting in brisk performance (0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds) but also impressive fuel economy – 7.7-litres per 100 km on the combined average, with corresponding carbon emissions of 176 g/km.
The single-clutch, planetary 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox is fitted to all V90 Cross Country models and offers quick and smooth shifting, converter technology for powerful launches, a high torque capacity considering its small size and low weight, and integrates stop-start technology in all derivatives with an electric oil pump keeping the transmission ready for re-start. All models also feature the highly-efficient BorgWarner all-wheel drive system.
Four main Drive Modes are available in the new V90 Cross Country – Comfort, Eco, Dynamic and Off-road. Selectable via the diamond-cut Drive Mode selector on the centre console, the driver can adjust the engine and gearbox characteristics, as well as the car’s responsiveness, as they wish. Off-road mode includes the activation of hill descent control and different throttle and gearbox mapping, for extra control. When fitted with optional air suspension the Drive Mode selector also adjusts the ride characteristics of the car.
The new Volvo V90 Cross Country range begins at R770 900 for the T5 Geartronic AWD Momentum, and ends with the T6 Geartronic AWD Inscription at R921 300.
Volvo V90 Cross Country D4 Geartronic AWD Momentum R794 800
Volvo V90 Cross Country D4 Geartronic AWD Inscription R825 200
Volvo V90 Cross Country D5 Geartronic AWD Momentum R839 500
Volvo V90 Cross Country D5 Geartronic AWD Inscription R869 900
Volvo V90 Cross Country T5 Geartronic AWD Momentum R770 900
Volvo V90 Cross Country T5 Geartronic AWD Inscription R801 300
Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 Geartronic AWD Momentum R890 900
Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 Geartronic AWD Inscription R921 300