2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon

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$55,195
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2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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In today's time of SUVs and crossovers, 2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a lucrative option. While taking care of the utility and performance, Volvo has also stressed safety in their wagon-inspired V90 Cross Country. Station wagons have long been the choice of the buyers looking for practicality but where they lack is an appeal and go-anywhere capability of an SUV. Well, not anymore, carmakers have upped the ante with station wagons by giving them the entire SUV experience.

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Pros

Interior is upmarket and stylish

Cargo capacity is bigger

Comfy and adjustable front seats 

An array of safety features

Better off-road capability than in regular wagons

Cons

Single trim and engine option

Harsher ride quality in comparison to other luxury cars

The cabin makes more noise compared to rivals

What's New?

T5 engine option, T6 Ocean Race edition not available for 2020

Adds latest active safety features

Adds good option for self-parking system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54550

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

316 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

295 lbs.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Geartronic Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

115.8 in.

length

64.7 in.

width

74 in.

height

60.7 in.

curb weight

4370 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1188 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/35/27 mpg

highway range

507.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Exterior
Interior

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon T6

T6

power
316 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
27 combined

$55,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T6 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $55,195 MSRP (23/27/35) 316 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Geartronic Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

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For 2020, the V90 Cross Country remains mostly unchanged, as the T5 trim is not available now and the only offering a single T6 trim. With added safety features that enable the car to automatically stop while rear cross-traffic.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Front View
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Features

8.0/10

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country comes in a single trim, codenamed T6. The ride packs a powerful and reliable engine coupled with a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. The Cross Country has a superior cabin and meticulous cabin space. V90 Cross Country boasts an impressive sound dampening capability that keeps the cabin free from external noise. 

The ride comes with a galore of standard features. However, there are several optional upgrades and packages to customize the V90 Cross Country as per the requirements call for.

Trim 

T6 4dr Wagon AWD

MSRP

$55,195

Key Features

Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel

 

Keyless Ignition

 

Climate Control

 

Turn Signal In Mirrors

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

 

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

 

Front And Rear Parking Sensors

 

Leather And Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel

 

Electric Power Steering

 

Rear View Camera

 

Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel

 

Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)

 

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Interior Air Filtration

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Well, Volvo has reduced the hassle of choosing the trim that suits you the best. The 2020 Volvo v90 Cross Country is offered in only one T6 AWD trim priced at $54,550. Powered by a turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 316 horses. The T6 variant brings a lot of welcome luxury features which help it justify the price tag, which is undoubtedly a tad bit bloated. It comes loaded with a bunch of safety features that come in handy when driving on freeways.

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Engine and Performance

8.0/10

This 2.0L engine is twin-charged and offers the best of both worlds with 316hp and 295 lb.ft. of torque. This engine employs a supercharger for lower rpm and switches over to a turbocharger after 3000 rpm. The clever use of twin charging extracts most out of its 2.0 Liter displacement and ensures a lag-free power delivery throughout the engine's power band. A responsive 8-speed automatic transmission is there to shift gears.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon has a 2.0L Inline 4 Engine

Models

Volvo V90 T6 

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Prestige AWD*

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige AWD*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

MSRP

$55,195

$65,150

$54,895

$64,200

Engine

2.0L Inline 4

2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbocharged

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Biturbo

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

7 Speed S Tronic

9-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

316 hp@ 5700rpm

296 hp@ 5800rpm

248 hp@ 5,000-6,000 rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

295 ft-lbs@ 2200rpm

295 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1,600-4,500 rpm

369 lb-ft @1,800-4,500 rpm

Mercedes-Benz E450, however, wins over by delivering 362 hp of power and 369 lb.ft. of torque. It flaunts a 9-speed automatic transmission. Audi A4 Allroad Premium also features a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. However, it generates 248 horsepower in addition to 273 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the ride relies on a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country is much slower in initial, 0-60 MPH acceleration. The ride takes 6.5 seconds, yes that much, for reaching 60 MPH. This is the lowest figure in the competition. The E450 is the quickest and takes merely 5.1 seconds to reach 60 MPH. 

However, past the initial acceleration hiccup, V90 Cross Country covers a quarter-mile in 16.4 seconds. Not impressive, but great considering the fact that Audi A4 covers a quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds. Mercedes-Benz E450 takes 13.7 seconds for covering a quarter-mile. Due to the use of a 4-cylinder engine, the V90 Cross Country scores handsomely on emission tests.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon 0-60 MPH In just 6.5 sec

Models

Volvo V90 T6

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Prestige AWD*

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige AWD*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

5.7 sec

5.9 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter mile

16.4 sec

14.3 sec

14.3 sec

13.7 sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbocharged

2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder TFSI 16V

3.0L V6 Biturbo

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.5

7.1

7.1

8.4

Ride and Handling

Handling characteristics of the Volvo V90 Cross Country inspire confidence. The V90 Cross Country offers 4 pleasing driving modes, namely Comfort, Dynamic, Eco, and Off-road. Even if there is no Sport Mode available for engaging in a high-spirited driving, there is another way around. Simply putting the ride into manual mode via the paddle shifters will do the trick.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Front View

Even with the firmer Dynamic setting, the V90 Cross Country feels softly sprung. The suspension is compliant and tuned more towards comfort. It loads up evenly and predictably and unloads out of corners in an impressive manner. The V90 strikes the sweet middle spot, it provides a compliant ride without being too stiff or too soft for your liking.

Braking

The Volvo V90 Cross Country may not have enticing acceleration but braking is something it has mastered. Volvo has fitted the V90 Cross Country with the big brake rotors at 13.6 inches in the front and 12.6 inches in the rear. This allows the wagon to stop from 60 mph in less than 110 ft.

 

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Front Brake is 13.6 in.

Model

Volvo V90 T6

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Prestige AWD*

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige AWD*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

Brake Front (in.)

13.6

13.8

13.3

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

12.8

13.0

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3913

3885

3825

4299

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

114

119

108

Stopping distance required by Mercedes-Benz E450 and Audi A4 is 108 and 119 feet, respectively. Audi A4 Allroad Premium is less bulky than its competitors with a total curb weight of 3825 lbs. While the Mercedes-Benz manages to showcase the shortest stopping distance in its class. 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Fuel Economy

Station wagons are called practical not only because of their design but also fuel efficiency. The Volvo V90 Cross Country offers a combined mileage of 27 mpg which is modest for a vehicle of its size and weight. While the ride delivers 24 mpg in cities, it offers 34 mpg on long highway cruises.

Model

Volvo V90 T6

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Prestige AWD*

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige AWD*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

MPG (city)

24

21

22

19

MPG (highway)

34

28

30

25

MPG (combined)

27

24

25

21

Range (miles) (city/highway)

334/493

410/546

337/444

401/549

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.9

19.5

15.3

21.1

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige lacks a little in comparison with the V90 Cross Country for the combined fuel economy. However, it delivers 22 and 30 mpg in cities and highways, respectively. Mercedes-Benz E450 lags behind the class rivals in terms of mileage. Merc offers a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Interior

7.5/10

Bolting a supercharger and turbocharger is not a great feat in itself, there are a lot of aftermarket kits that yield similar results. But when we talk about refinement, it is a completely different story. Team Volvo has done a great job with the powertrain. It is refined, uninterrupted and ultimately delivers a quiet environment inside the cabin.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Front Seats

The Volvo V90 cross country offers comfortable seating for up to 5 occupants. The cabin is loaded with oodles of space for all passengers be it the front or the rear. The headroom is the only thing that can be complained about and is bound to become an issue, especially for the taller folks. Opting for the top trim also bundles in the massage and ventilated seats which are a welcome benefit.

Model

Volvo V90 T6

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Prestige AWD*

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige AWD*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/57.5/42.2

39.2/55.9/41.3

39.1/55.9/41.3

37.5/57.8/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/55.9/35.9

38.2/54.5/35.7

37.4/54.5/35.7

39.6/57.1/35.8

Infotainment

The 2020  Volvo V90 Cross Country features a center-mounted 8-inch touch screen loaded with the Volvo MMI. The screen is responsible for handling all the functions of the car ranging from the A/C to the infotainment. The screen requires complete attention to operate which requires the driver to look away from the road. The MMI is one of the most unreliable and unrefined amongst all. It lags and lags to no end and menu changes eat a significant amount of time.

The Cross Country flaunts Volvo's proprietary infotainment system dubbed Sensus Infotainment System. Sensus gives a fair competition to popular proprietary infotainment systems, including the iDrive and COMAND. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support are available with Sensus.

 

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Has an 8-inch infotainment display

Coupled with a 12.3-inch driver's instrument display, Sensus Infotainment System provides support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The ample 9.0-inch touch display gives you information about navigation as well as music you're tuned to. A row of physical buttons is placed elegantly below the display.

Cargo Space

The Volvo V90 Cross Country is a station wagon and offers oodles of space in the boot. With 53.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space (after folding the rear seats), 2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country offers ample space for luggage. The loading angles and the overall space inside the boot are optimized well. There is also a boot lip which eliminates the chances of scratches on the body. There is also an optional roof rack that can be added to your V90 for a marginal price. 

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Cargo Volume is 53.9 cu ft.

Model

Volvo V90 T6

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Prestige AWD*

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige AWD*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

53.9

31.7

24.2

35.0

Interior Features

The Volvo V90 Cross Country offers a very welcoming interior trim. Some of these features are mentioned below:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Cooled Storage Compartment
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
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2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon
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2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Exterior

8.0/10

The Volvo V90 Cross Country is one of the most well-balanced wagons available in the market at present. The car has been designed with practicality in mind but it still has not compromised one bit on its exteriors. The car does, however, weight a hefty 4123 lbs. The ride flaunts a length, width, and height of 194.4, 74, and 60.7 inches, respectively. All three of them are better than the competition.

In comparison, the Volvo V90 is the heaviest and longest vehicle in the segment by some distance.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Side View

Model

Volvo V90 T6

Jaguar XF Sportbrake Prestige AWD*

Audi A4 Allroad Prestige AWD*

Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic*

Curb weight (lbs.)

4370

3885

3825

4299

Length(in)

194.4

195.1

187.0

194.2

Width(in)

74.0

72.5

72.5

72.9

Height(in)

60.7

58.9

58.8

57.7

Ground clearance (in)

8.3

6.5

6.5

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

115.8

116.5

110.9

115.7

Track width (in) F/R

64.1/64.1

61.8/62.2

61.9/61.2

62.7/63.0

 

Exterior Features

  • Signature Thor’s hammer headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Bold grille
  • Intricately crafted wheel arches and bumpers
  • Low-slung body
  • Matte black sills
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power-operated tailgate

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Safety

Volvos are renowned all over the world for their safety and the V90 Cross Country is no different. It has not been tested yet by any crash testing agency. The structural integrity can be expected to be top notch. There are also a host of active and passive safety features that add to the overall safety and reliability ratings of the car. Unfortunately, the Wagon didn't undergo safety tests conducted by IIHS and NHTSA. 

Safety Features

Volvo has been at the forefront of safety campaigns globally. The V90 is no stranger when it comes to world-class safety features.

  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Competition

Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

With pricing starting from $64,200, Mercedes-Benz E450 is the most expensive vehicle in the segment. Unlike V90 and A4, the ride packs a 3.0L 6-cylinder engine. It totals out at 362 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. E450 shoots to 60 MPH in a mere 5.1 seconds.

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E450 offers a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. This is the least in the competition. Moreover, the ride has a curb weight of 4229 lbs. In this segment, But, it does feature one of the most fuss-free driving experience. The car is extremely functional and very straightforward to drive. It is also the most planted and joyous around the corner amongst the rivals.

Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. Audi A4 Allroad

Like the V90 Cross Country, A4 Allroad Premium packs a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. However, it generates a lesser amount of horsepower and torque, 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft., respectively. Nonetheless, the ride has an acceptable 0-60 MPH acceleration time of 5.9 seconds which happens to be almost 2 seconds faster than the V90.

 

 

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

Audi A4 Allroad Premium also offers a combined mileage lower than the V90 Cross Country (25 MPG). The ride, however, is less bulky with a curb weight of 3825 lbs. and offer a better cargo capacity of 24.2 cubic feet. Moreover, A4 Allroad Premium offers a league-leading front headroom of 39.2 inches.

 

2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Wagon Final Verdict

The Volvo V90 Cross Country breaks stereotypes that have always been associated with station wagon successfully. It offers the capabilities of a crossover sans the downsides of one. The comfort is as good as any sedan from its segment. There is also a cabin that can put even the more expensive models to shame. Adding to the interior is the refreshingly butch and smart exterior. There are a few niggles in the form of a laggy MMI and a lethargic engine but overall, all-weather station wagons are as good as it gets.

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