2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country Review: The Almost Luxury Anti-SUV | Expert advice
The verdict: The 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country stands out in the sea of luxury SUVs as a stylish and sophisticated alternative, but some aspects of its driving experience and touchscreen system fall short of luxury standards .
Against the competition: Luxury wagons have receded, but those that remain, like the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, follow a similar formula to the V90 Cross Country: off-road-inspired styling, ground clearance additional and standard all-wheel drive.
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The V90 and V90 Cross Country are Volvo’s largest wagons, measuring as long as the automaker’s three-row SUV, the XC90. The wagons, however, only have two rows of seats that can accommodate five people. The V90 Cross Country starts at $57,295, including a destination charge of $1,095. Optional features brought the price of our test car to $61,990 – less than the starting prices of the A6 Allroad and E-Class All-Terrain, but both of these wagons come standard with six-engine engines. more powerful cylinders and air suspensions (see specifications of these cars compared).
how it rolls
All V90 Cross Country wagons are powered by a new mild-hybrid drivetrain featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger and an electric supercharger. It’s rated at 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque — roughly the opposite of the previous turbocharged and supercharged engine’s 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The new transmission only gets slightly better EPA-estimated gas mileage, with the 2022 V90 Cross Country rated at 25 mpg combined versus 24 mpg last year.
The new powertrain has no trouble getting the V90 Cross Country to highway speeds, but it doesn’t have much headroom for high-speed passing. The engine works with an eight-speed automatic that’s mostly unobtrusive, but early in my testing it stuttered a bit when downshifting to lower gears, such as when overtaking. However, the more time I spent driving the car, the smoother the transmission.
The wagon rides well on smooth highways, but ride quality deteriorates on rougher roads; the car was destabilized on a stretch of road with multiple frost heaves. Road noise also disturbs the cabin at highway speeds. Our test car had the standard V90 fixed suspension and optional 20-inch wheels with low-profile tires (19-inch wheels are standard). Adaptive air suspension is available for $1,200.
Our test car’s interior had an upscale look thanks in part to its light gray leather upholstery and oak wood trim. The dash has relatively few buttons, with many commands channeled through the vertically oriented 9-inch touchscreen. This screen layout first appeared in the 2016 XC90, and compared to the 12- and 15.5-inch portrait-oriented screens available today, it feels small.
The driver’s seat is comfortable for taller adults, although there isn’t much extra headroom; the V90 Cross Country has a standard panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, which tends to reduce headroom. Thin roof pillars, large windows and well-placed side mirrors help create good natural visibility.
The touchscreen system now runs Android Automotive OS instead of Volvo’s Sensus Connect. The Android interface is similar to Sensus Connect, if not exactly the same, but some of its on-screen fonts and menus aren’t as polished as those of typical in-car multimedia systems. The Google Maps view on the standard 12.3-inch instrument screen in front of the driver, however, looks great.
In addition to built-in Google Maps, the new OS includes the Google Assistant and Google Play Store for downloading apps, provided you’re signed in with a Google account. A four-year data trial from Google Automotive Services is included, but post-trial subscription pricing had not been announced at the time of publication. Our test car didn’t have Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, but Volvo said it would be added as a no-cost over-the-air software update in mid-2022. Standalone Android Auto isn’t offered, which simply prevents Android phone apps from mirroring on the touchscreen.