Volvo V90 Cross Country Test Drive Review - SUV De-Addiction
We drove the soon to be launched estate wagon on the beautiful roads leading to Coorg and got a taste of what the V90 Cross country is all about. Here’s our take on the Volvo’s latest offering in India!
Volvo V90 Cross Country. (Image: Nitin Sharma/News18.com)
A car with off-roading capabilities is called an SUV. A car with massive space inside the cabin is called an MPV. But, a car that combines both is something more, something that Volvo is bringing to Indian shores. What we are talking about is Volvo’s take on the luxury estate segment – the V90 Cross Country. It’s a more beefed up variant of the V90 estate wagon, which is not sold in India.
The all-new V90 Cross Country is unlike anything on sale in India right now. We drove the soon to be launched estate wagon on the beautiful roads leading to Coorg and got a taste of what the V90 Cross country is all about. Here’s our take on the Volvo’s latest offering in India!
India had its fair share of dealing with estate wagons right from Maruti Suzuki Baleno Altura to Tata Indigo Marina, Skoda Octavia Combi and many more. But none could survive much longer in India. Volvo on the other hand, doesn’t seem too concerned with the fact and has brought in their own version of the estate wagon – the V90 Cross country.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country looks every bit stunning and there’s no second opinion about it. In fact, the images don’t do justice to the how balanced and attractive this car actually looks. From the front profile, it resembles the S90 sedan, but that’s all about the similarities. Move to the side and you will see a stretched out SUV, that looks refreshing when compared to a plethora of SUVs in India.
The stand out feature includes active Adaptive Headlights with cornering function, 23 Concave Multiple Bars Grille and Skid Plates in the front. On the rear is the sleek LED Tail Lamps, Dual-Integrated Tail Pipes and body cladding around the body, which make it look chunkier, in-line with regular SUVs.
Hop inside the cabin of the Volvo V90 Cross country and you are instantly reminded of the XC90 SUV cabin. The only difference is that of the aluminum inserts on the dashboard instead of the wood grain finish, that can be seen on the XC90 SUV or the S90 sedan. The massive sunroof makes the cabin look as roomy as it can be.
The minimalistic design language is carried forward inside the V90 cabin too and it has a large touch-screen on the centre console that more or less controls everything, apart from acting as an infotainment screen and reverse parking screen. The steering wheel now comes with the pedal shifters, a useful feature we missed on the S90 sedan. Overall, that cabin is balanced, luxurious and loaded with features.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country has a bucket load of features right from comfort features to safety features. But it’s the V90’s off-roading capabilities that excite us the most. More on that later. First up are the features like 360 self-park assist function, a technology rapidly making its way to premium and luxury cars and the one seen on the XC90 and S90.
Then there’s 19 speaker Bowers & Wilkins music system which can be customized according to your own requirements to give you the best music listening experience you can have inside the car. Other features include controllable rear AC vents, chilled glovebox, toggle start/stop switch, electrically adjustable seats, full panoramic sunroof and much more.
But none of the function could actually come closer to the fun of having the front seats with the massage function. You can select the intensity, speed and types of massage to give you a relaxed driving environment. Surprisingly, this feature is not available in the rear seats. The good part is, the massage is not too intense, which could distract you from driving.
And then there are a plethora of safety features that we can’t even describe in one go. Of course, Volvo is known for its safety features. Apart from the usual 8 airbags, ABS, EBD functions, it comes with a Lane departure control, which we also saw on the S90.
The V90 also comes with the Intellisafe Radar based system, making it the 3rd Volvo car to come with this function. The function offers radar-based adaptive cruise control and alerts if an object comes too close to the car.
Volvo’s are not known for their driving dynamics, but the V90 Cross Country is a whole different game. It’s basically like driving a sedan, that actually has an estate body on the outside, with the SUV functionalities. It comes powered by the Volvo’s D5 engine that produces 235 hp of power and 480 Nm of torque. The gearbox is a 8-speed automatic unit that precise to its core.
By the virtue of it, a diesel engine suffers turbo lag. But then, the V90 comes with the Power Pulse technology that features a air tank with air stored in it, giving the engine an initial push before the hot air from turbo kicks in. This reduces the lag to a bare minimum and it feels like you are driving a petrol car. The steering is precise and works like a gem around the corners, considering it’s a very long car.
You can choose different drive modes from comfort, sport, eco and individual depending on your driving style. The V90 will alter the air suspension settings, power delivery and steering feedback according to the mode you have selected. Overall, the Volvo V90 Cross Country, in conjunction with a lot of technological inputs makes a good driving machine.
The reason that Volvo V90 performs good during off-roading is due to the fact that it has a massive 210 mm ground clearance, that’s on par with proper SUVs and an All-wheel drive system. The V90 is essentially a front powered car that makes it drive like a sedan. But with the AWD function, it sends the power to the rear wheels too, that helps it tackle almost all the terrains without much of an issue.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country comes as a revelation that is bound to turn all heads on the road. But it’s not only about the looks as it offers off-roading capabilities and a bucket load of safety features. The V90 Cross Country also teaches us not to judge a book by its cover.
It’s basically the best of both the worlds - an SUV and a sedan, and so it will be priced bang in between the XC90 and S90. The only thing is, you need to let go of your SUV addiction to buy this car.
Also Read: Volvo S90 Test Drive Review!
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