V90 wagon completes Volvo flagship line

V90 wagon completes Volvo flagship line

Following the splash of the Volvo S90, my selection for Car of the Year at the Denver Auto Show, along comes the wagon version – the 2017 V90 Cross Country T6 all-wheel-drive model.

Like the S90, the big V90 performs impressively with the double-barreled (both supercharged and turbocharged) 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder direct-injection engine of 316  horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.

The new V90 is 4 inches longer in overall length than the long-used XC70 Cross Country wagon, though, like the XC70, it is a five-passenger with two rows of seats. For a seven-passenger, three-row, a Volvo client must buy the XC90 SUV.

The wagon is 194.4 inches long on a wheelbase of 115.8 inches and curb weight of 4,221 pounds. It has a bold look up front and, like the S90 sedan, features sweeping headlights with T-shaped LEDs which Volvo has christened Thor’s Hammer.

The supercharge/turbocharge pair kick in early and gain strength through midrange, depending on the driver’s choice of modes among eco, comfort, offroad, dynamic and individual. Overall fuel mileage average was 24.4; EPA estimate is 22/30.

The Volvo’s stop/start system, which shuts down at stoplights, restarts in different manner than most others. Normally the engine restarts instantly upon the slightest easing of pressure on the brake. For the Volvo, the driver may fully remove foot from the brake pedal, the engine won’t restart until the accelerator is engaged.

A 360-degree camera lends a bird’s-eye view of the area surrounding the wagon, and among added safety innovations are blind-spot warnings and steering assistance, and park-assist pilot which can guide the V90 into parking space. The V90 rivals the 2017 Audi Q7 for ability to guide the car back into the driving lane when it wanders toward roadway edge.

Bowers and Wilkins premium sound is an interior highlight. Rear-seat outboard positions feature built-in integrated booster cushions for child seating.

Sticker price on the V90 Cross Country, built in Gothenberg, Sweden, is $64,640.