The V90 Cross Country is built on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as the XC90 SUV and the S90 sedan.
Based on the V90, it receives off-road-esque styling cues such as plastic cladding over the wheel arches and the rocker panels, specific bumpers on both ends, and a few additional inches of ground clearance. The black plastic parts can be replaced with body-colored components at an extra cost.
Inside, the Cross Country offers space for five passengers in a spacious, well-lit cabin built using materials that are nice to touch and look at. Well-equipped trims boast soft leather upholstery, glass buttons, and open-pore wood trim on the dashboard as well as on the door panels. Inspired by Scandinavian designs, the dash is underlined by an elegant strip of chrome trim.
Like all 90-series Volvos, the V90 Cross Country boasts one of the industry's most advanced infotainment system. Called Sensus Connect, it's built around a vertical, dash-mounted touch screen with that's intuitive to use and quick to respond to input. The screen can be split in half, meaning motorists can browse their library of music without having to get rid of the navigation display, and its display is three times as bright as that of an iPad.
The V90 Cross Country is optionally available with a Bowers & Wilkins sound system that delivers clean, precise sound.
Under the hood
The only engine available is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's both turbocharged and supercharged. It develops 316 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,200 rpm, which is enough to send the wagon from zero to 60 mph in six seconds flat.
An eight-speed automatic transmission sends the 2.0-liter's power to all four wheels. It won't tackle the Rubicon Trail, but as sure-footed transportation in all weather conditions it's difficult to beat.
Fuel economy checks in at 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway thanks in part to a standard start/stop system.
Trim level breakdown
The V90 Cross Country is a mono-spec model. It comes standard with heated front seats, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, power-adjustable front seats, a memory function for the driver's seat, power-folding rear headrests, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a power glass moonroof, tinted windows, a 12-inch driver display, adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, navigation, a multi-function steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, dark wood trim inside, a power-operated tailgate, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The optional Convenience Package bundles a HomeLink transceiver, a compass in the rear-view mirror, a grocery bag holder, park assist technology, high level interior illumination heated washer nozzles, and a 360-degree camera.
The Luxury Package brings body-colored bumpers and sills, a power-operated load cover, ventilated Nappa leather upholstery, power-adjustable side support and cushion extension for the front passengers, massaging front seats, nicer leather on the dashboard and the top of the door panels, heated rear seats, a cooled glovebox, quad-zone climate control, and rear sun curtains.
The list of standalone options includes a head-up display, the aforementioned Bowers & Wilkins sound system, metallic paint, 20-inch alloy wheels, and an air suspension on the rear axle.
Volvo's focus on safety for both occupants and pedestrians has long been a pillar of its reputation.
All V90s come standard with Volvo's On-Call technology, collision avoidance and mitigation, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, emergency brake assist, whiplash protection, road sign information (RSI), as well as front, side, and curtain airbags. Volvo's semi-autonomous Pilot Assist technology is also standard, allowing the V90 to drive itself in certain situations.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country doesn't have any direct rivals in the United States. The Audi A4 allroad is more affordable, but it's also much smaller and markedly less rugged. Ultimately, its main rival is Volvo's own XC90.