2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Review: A Wagon With A Sense Of Adventure

by Roger Biermann

For the small contingent of the market that craves more space and versatility than a sedan but doesn't see what the SUV craze is all about, the Volvo V90 Cross Country is an interesting and capable alternative. Like a regular station wagon but with added ride height, the Cross Country maintains the regular V90's typically classy interior, fine materials, and powerful range of turbocharged engines - up to 316 horsepower is available in the T6 version, enough for a sub-six-second run to 60 mph. Fold down the rear seats, and there's a massive and SUV-rivaling 53.9 cubic feet of space to play around with. While the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a superb luxury family wagon, it's also more expensive than the Volvo and lacks the Swede's mild off-road capability. All things considered, we're happy Volvo still makes wagons like the V90 Cross Country - it does almost everything an SUV can, but with a car-like driving experience.

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2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 V90 Cross Country?

Volvo hasn't changed too much about the already excellent V90 Cross Country. For 2019, a few additions were made to the features-list for the T5, among them heated front seats, the larger 12.3-inch digital instrument gauge, and the Homelink garage door opener. The T6, however, loses features like LED adaptive headlamps and automatic high-beams, as these now form part of an optional Advanced package. A 600-watt 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system has now been added to the options list.

Pros and Cons

  • Total cargo space is useful
  • Super comfy and spacious seating
  • Safety features list is comprehensive
  • Cabin looks and feels premium
  • Increased off-road capability over regular wagons
  • T6 Volvo Ocean Race looks great
  • Harsher ride with bigger optional wheels
  • Engines are noisier than other luxury cars
  • Smaller trunk than competitors

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
T5 Cross Country
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$52,550
T6 Cross Country
2.0-liter Twincharged Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$56,350
T6 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race
2.0-liter Twincharged Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$60,500

V90 Cross Country Exterior

While the V90 Cross Country is still distinctly Volvo, it's a fair bit sleeker than the boxy wagons of decades gone by. Unlike the regular V90, the Cross Country's raised ride height and the application of more charcoal body cladding in place of chrome and metal give it a tougher look. Standard features include LED headlights, LED fog lamps, a panoramic moonroof, and dual integrated tailpipes. The V90 Volvo Ocean Race has its own, unique color scheme, and also gets special 20-inch alloy wheels.

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Three Quarter Front Right Volvo
2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Off Road High Angle Volvo
2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Three Quarter Front Right 1 Volvo
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Dimensions

The Volvo V90 Cross Country is similar in size to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon, although the V90 is a full three inches taller. The Volvo's key dimensions are 194.4/80.8/60.7 inches in length/width/height, with a 115.8-inch wheelbase. The Cross Country tips the scales at 4,354 lbs for the T5 and 4,370 lbs for the T6. Ground clearance is 8.3 inches, and the Cross Country also has a wading depth of 11.8 inches.

  • Length 194.4 in
  • Wheelbase 115.8 in
  • Height 60.7 in
  • Max Width 74.0 in
  • Front Width 65.0 in
  • Rear Width 64.7 in

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Exterior Colors

  • Osmium Grey Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic
  • Magic Blue Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl Metallic
  • Denim Blue Metallic
  • Ice White

V90 Cross Country Performance

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country High Three Quarter Front Left Dynamic Volvo
2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Rear Angle Off Roading Volvo
2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Three Quarter Front Left Dynamic Volvo

Engine and Transmission

Two engines do duty in the Cross Country range. Displacing 2.0-liters in both cases, the turbo four-pot produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in the T5, while a combination of both turbocharging and supercharging sees the T6 delivering 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard fare.

Both engines provide plenty of performance, with the twin-charged T6 managing the 0-60 mph sprint in around six seconds, and the T5 registering a 7.1-second run. A Mercedes E450 wagon is significantly quicker, but also more expensive. The V90 has enough passing power in reserve to overtake confidently, although power delivery isn't consistent, with more pressure on the gas required than expected at times. The engines also aren't as refined as you may expect of a luxury wagon. The transmission blends well with the engines, with shifts being especially smooth when driving at a more modest pace. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 lbs.

For a welcome power boost, an optional Polestar upgrade adds eight horsepower/37 lb-ft to the T5, and 14 hp/30 lb-ft to the T6, along with improved throttle response and gearshift speeds. With the upgrade, the T5 produces 258 hp/295 lb-ft and the T6 a strong 330 hp/325 lb-ft.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0-liter Twincharged Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

It's a generally positive result for the V90 Cross Country in the ride/handling stakes. While not a sporty handler by any means, the Cross Country manages its extra height quite well by not falling apart when the road gets twisty, with some body roll perceptible, but not so much that you'll be alarmed. The steering doesn't communicate much, but it is nevertheless accurate enough to place the wagon with confidence. In Comfort mode, a lot less muscle is required than in Dynamic.

Ride comfort is good, the Cross Country stopping short of velvety, but remaining composed and smooth over most surfaces. Bigger bumps will be felt and sometimes heard, but this certainly isn't an overly firm suspension setup. We'd avoid the larger wheels, however, as these can add an unwanted layer of harshness to the ride. While road and tire noise are suitably hushed, the same can't be said of the body and cabin, which elicit too much noise over harsh surfaces. Together with engines that can sound strained when pushed, and the V90 doesn't feel quite as luxurious as it should.

Off-road performance is better than the regular V90 thanks to all-wheel-drive and a raised ground clearance of up to 8.3 inches, while a low-speed off-road setting can alter responses from the throttle, steering and brakes. Of course, this is no Land Rover on rough terrain - it just means that the Cross Country is more versatile off tarmac than your typical station wagon.

V90 Cross Country Gas Mileage

It's good news for the Cross Country's economy numbers. The T5's EPA rated figures are 22/31/25 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, with the T6 returning an almost-as-efficient 20/30/24 mpg. By comparison, the admittedly much more powerful 362-hp Mercedes-Benz E450 wagon returns 19/26/22 mpg.

With a 15.9-gallon gas tank, the T5 should see a combined cruising range of around 397 miles, with the T6 not too far behind at 381 miles. The Volvo's small-capacity engines no doubt help it achieve these excellent numbers, and the Cross Country lives up to its name by returning especially impressive economy numbers on the highway.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/31 mpg
* 2019 Volvo V90 T5 Cross Country AWD

V90 Cross Country Interior

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Driver Area Volvo
2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Steering Wheel, Driver View Volvo
2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Interior Front View Volvo
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Seating and Interior Space

Seating five passengers, the V90 boasts a spacious interior, both by the numbers and in the way it feels. Adults of average size will have plenty of legroom and headroom both front and rear, while even six-footers can sit at the back without too many complaints. All will find the seating to be pleasingly plush, with good under-thigh support. There's good news for the driver, too, with a comfortable and accommodating driving position easy to find thanks to a widely adjustable seat and steering wheel. Thanks to its increased height, the Cross Country offers a better view of traffic relative to the average wagon. Only rear headrests, when raised, cause some rearward visibility issues - however, the outer rear head restraints can be electrically lowered. Ingress and egress are fine, with the wagon's height resulting in passengers sliding into - rather than dropping down onto - the seats.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.2 in
  • Front Head Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.7 in

V90 Cross Country Trunk and Cargo Space

With 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats (if loaded up to the headlining), and 19.8 cubes if loaded up to the top of the rear seatback, the V90 Cross Country demonstrates the clear benefit of a wagon over a sedan. It's when compared to other wagons and SUVs that the V90 falls short, with the Mercedes E-Class wagon offering 35 cubes of space before the seats are folded down. Still, there's enough room for two large suitcases and two smaller ones without needing to remove the parcel shelf. A hands-free, power-operated tailgate makes loading cargo easier, and when the 60/40 split rear seats are folded down, there's a total of 53.9 cubes. There's also 2.7 cu.ft. of underfloor storage for stashing smaller items.

Small-item storage is a lot better for those in front, with good-sized cupholders and a large center console. Passengers at the back get a center armrest with a small cubby and cupholders, while the glovebox and door pockets are average in size.

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Cargo Space with Second Row Down Volvo
2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Cargo Space with Seat Folded Volvo
2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Trunk Cargo Net Volvo

V90 Cross Country Infotainment and Features

Features

Volvo has equipped the V90 Cross Country to a generous level, although the T6 actually loses one or two standard features for the 2019 model year. Standard items are ten-way power front seats, an auto-dimming interior mirror, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and drive, a power-operated tailgate, LED headlights and fog lamps, and a power panoramic moonroof. Where the T6 had LED adaptive headlamps as standard last year, this now forms part of an optional package. As expected for a Volvo, there's no shortage of safety kit, with a rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring among the many standard inclusions via the City Safety and Pilot Assist systems. Ventilated and massaging seats are available.

Infotainment

Volvo's Sensus Connect system uses a vertically-mounted nine-inch touchscreen, taking pride of place in the center of the dashboard. It is a responsive and user-friendly design for the most part. Only specific actions, such as the backup camera image loading after the car has been started can take a bit longer than expected. All models have a 12.3-inch digital driver display. Information like navigation, telephone and road signs are displayed here, and the system is easy to understand at a glance.

Standard infotainment features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, SiriusXM satellite radio, auxiliary output, USB ports (including a rear-seat USB hub), and Bluetooth with audio streaming. A ten-speaker high-performance audio system is standard, with upgrades including both Harman Kardon and Bowers & Wilkins systems.

V90 Cross Country Problems and Reliability

One recall was announced by the NHTSA for 2017-2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country models, with the GPS location potentially not being provided to emergency personnel in the event of a crash. This could result in a delayed emergency response. 2017 models were also recalled for curtain airbags that may not deploy properly in the event of an accident.

Volvo's new-car warranty provides coverage for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

V90 Cross Country Safety

Although the V90 Cross Country hasn't yet been evaluated locally, there's little reason to doubt its safety credentials thanks to Volvo's outstanding record in this area. For example, the XC90 was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS in 2019, while the S90 - upon which the V90 is based - received the same high rating.

A comprehensive safety specification for the Cross Country encompasses blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, Pilot Assist with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, road sign information, automatic braking after collision, and run-off road protection with run-off road mitigation. As expected, electronic stability control, as well as front, side and curtain airbags (along with a driver's knee airbag) are all standard.

Verdict: 🏁Is 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country a good car?

There's not much out there that offers exactly what the Volvo V90 Cross Country does. While a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon is more refined, it lacks the Cross Country's mild off-road ability. The Audi A4 Allroad is less spacious, while the new A6 Allroad isn't here yet. The Subaru Outback can actually get its boots a bit dirty, but it's cheaper and much less comfortable than the Volvo. There are countless SUV alternatives, but none seem quite as effortlessly cool and sophisticated as Volvo's sharp-suited wagon. So, with its distinctive styling, raised ride height, plush cabin, and a cargo area that's much more practical than a sedan, the Cross Country has plenty going for it. In one or two aspects, the V90 could do with a tad more polish: it's not especially quiet and the ride quality isn't perfect. The engines are also good rather than great. But these don't detract from a charmingly atypical overall package, and it's this reluctance to blend in that could be the Swedish wagon's crowning achievement.

🚘What's the Price of the 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country?

The cheapest model is the T5 which has an MSRP of $52,550. Next is the T6 at $56,350, while the T6 Volvo Ocean Race tops the range and will cost you $60,500. Prices exclude tax, licensing, registration, and a destination fee of $995.

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🚗What Volvo V90 Cross Country Model Should I Buy?

While the T6 Volvo Ocean Race certainly looks great with its unique interior and exterior trim, it is also a significant $4,150 more expensive than the T6.

The T6 is our choice in the range, as it offers a welcome power increase over the T5. That said, Volvo offers a range of enticing options, such as a graphical head-up display, upgraded sound systems, and advanced safety features like a 360-degree surround-view camera under the Intellisafe umbrella. A T5 with some of these extras could still come in below the price of a T6.

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2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country Comparisons

Audi A6 allroad Audi
Volvo V90 CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Volvo V90 Cross Country316 hp20/30 mpg$54,550
Audi A6 allroad 335 hp20/26 mpg$65,900
Volvo V90 250 hp22/33 mpg$51,450

2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country vs Audi A6 allroad

Set to return to the local market in 2020, is the Audi A6 Allroad worth waiting for if you're considering the V90 Cross Country? Like the Volvo, the A6 is a sizable wagon with all-wheel-drive, a raised ride height, and the extra cargo-hauling ability that sets it apart from the sedan on which it is based. While the V90 has a welcoming cabin, expect the A6 to have the edge for technology and quality as Audi knows how to pump out brilliantly executed interiors. Where the German is also likely to edge ahead is in the performance stakes, with its 3.0-liter TFSI V6 producing 335 horsepower to easily eclipse the T6's outputs. This V6 is also the more refined engine when compared to the four-pots being used in the Cross Country. If sheer ability is the determining factor, we expect the A6 Allroad to trump the V90. However, the matter of the Audi's price needs to be taken into account, and it will very likely start at above the V90 Cross Country T5's $52,550.

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2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country vs Volvo V90

No plans to head off-road but love wagons? Consider the V90 minus the Cross Country treatment. Appearance-wise, the two look quite different, with the V90 sitting lower to the ground and appearing altogether more elegant than the beefed-up Cross Country. The V90 also starts at over $1,000 less than the V90 Cross Country, although all-wheel-drive isn't standard on the lower trims. With no intention of heading off-road, the V90 is the marginally lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient of the two. They both have over 53 cubic feet of total cargo capacity, making them really practical wagons when the seats are folded down, and comfortable family cars when the seats are upright. The V90 also has a wider range of available trims than the V90 Cross Country. All things considered, unless the Cross Country's mild off-road capability and more aggressive looks excite you, the V90 is the more sensible choice.

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