by Aiden Eksteen
Volvo is projected in the market as a manufacturer of some of the suavest and safest cars in the USA, but the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country stands out from the premium wagon classification for more than just its good looks and leading safety standards. With a starting price of just $54,900, the V90 wagon is significantly more affordable than its direct rivals - the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain and Audi A6 allroad, which both come in at around $10,000 more. There's a lot more power under the hoods of those contemporaries, but the 2021 V90's 316 horsepower twin-turbo 4-cylinder is perfect for pleasant everyday driving and it never feels lacking. The V90 Cross Country is comfortable on the road and fairly capable off of it; it's the ideal vehicle for the adventure-seeker with a strong appreciation for comfort and convenience. With that said, it doesn't have the most user-friendly infotainment system and its cabin isn't the most isolated from outside noise. Nevertheless, the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a heavenly cruiser but is it worth considering over its more powerful and luxurious contemporaries?
Some design updates have been made to the new Volvo V90 Cross Country this year. For 2021, there is a new front fascia with an updated grille, while the rear fascia and spoiler have been tweaked, too. New taillight clusters now feature a welcome sequence, and a variety of new wheel designs have been added, too. Other changes include adding new colors to the exterior palette and making new upholstery and trim configurations available.
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2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Gas
Beneath the slick, contoured hood of the V90 wagon is a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged T6 engine that's been dialed to emit up to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is forwarded through an 8-speed automatic transmission to an all-wheel drivetrain. Though it relies on a smaller displacement engine compared to its German contemporaries, the V90 Cross Country still performs confidently and enthusiastically. When properly equipped, the V90 Cross Country is accorded a 3,500-pound towing capacity.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
There is really a lot to love about the second-generation Volvo V90 Cross Country, from its suave aesthetic and premium design to its versatile performance, comfortable ride, and attractive pricing. It's not as powerful or as entertaining as its German competitors but it's pleasant to drive, impressively poised off-road, and fairly fuel-efficient. Its cabin is spacious and luxurious, too, and Volvo puts it forward with plenty of desirable features as standard. Of course, the NHTSA's review of the 2021 Volvo S90 Cross Country resulted in a superb safety rating - not surprising considering its extensive consignment of driver-assist technologies and safety systems.
There are several downsides to the V90 Cross Country, though. Its convoluted infotainment interface and fairly noisy cabin being among the worst of them. It doesn't have the most confidence-inspiring reliability expectations either, nor the most spacious cargo bay for a 5-door wagon. Nevertheless, the V90's strengths certainly outway its downsides. We'd say it's most certainly worth considering.
Since the V90 Cross Country station wagon is presented as a standalone model and considering that it's a fair amount more affordable than its German contemporaries, we'd recommend throwing in some of the optional packages. The color we'd go with is Crystal White Metallic, which complements the wagon's modern and premium design. We'd opt-in the Lounge Package, as it comprises a desirable array of luxuries, including a tailored dashboard & upper door panels, Charcoal Perforated Nappa leather upholstery, extended front-seat power adjustabilities, support, and bolsters, and much more. The premium Bower & Wilkins surround-sound audio system is also a tempting addition, and even with all of these extras the price of the 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country station wagon still comes in lower than the entry-spec versions of the Audi A6 allroad and the Mercedes-Benz All-Terrain.
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