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2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

Despite its lifted suspension and SUV-like body cladding, the 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country is a station wagon, albeit one with a bit more capability than your average car. Not only is it able to tackle some light off-road situations, the Cross Country also offers a deluxe cabin lined with fine materials, soft leather and genuine wood trim. All models are powered by a 295-hp turbocharged-and-supercharged four-cylinder with a 48-volt hybrid system and come standard with all-wheel drive. The Volvo safety legacy also looms large in this model, with a host of standard driver assists including a semi-autonomous driving mode. Like the look of the V90 Cross Country but wish it was a size smaller? Check out the V60 Cross Country, which we review separately.

What’s New for 2022?

The Cross Country switches to the new B6 powertrain for 2022, which adds a 48-volt hybrid system to the familiar turbocharged-and-supercharged four-cylinder engine but has 21 horsepower less than the car’s previous turbocharged-and-supercharged four-cylinder. We haven’t tried this engine in the V90 yet but we did take a short test drive in the XC60 SUV and found the powertrain perky despite the lower 295-hp rating. Elsewhere, The V90 Cross Country inherits Volvo’s new Google-based infotainment system, which we’ve found an improvement over the older Sensus Connect system in some respects, but slightly less intuitive to use in practice. A new USB-C port is also standard. Sadly, the regular V90 has been discontinued for 2022, leaving the lifted and ruggedized Cross Country as the only choice.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    All V90 Cross Country models come with the B6 powertrain and all-wheel drive, and most of the wagon’s desirable features come standard, including semi-autonomous driving technology, a large sunroof, a digital gauge display, real leather upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The B6 engine is a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 48-volt hybrid system that makes 295 horsepower. Acceleration should be fairly brisk, but we haven’t yet tested a V90 Cross Country with this new powertrain. With the old non-hybrid, 316-hp T6 powertrain, the car managed to hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, and performance for the updated model should be similar. The Mercedes-Benz E450 wagon, a V90 Cross Country rival, proved quicker still, zipping to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Although the V90 Cross Country does not feel overtly sporty, it is nimble, rides well, and offers impressive cornering competence. The brakes are strong despite the spongy-feeling pedal, and in our 70-to-0-mph braking test, the V90 Cross Country came to a halt in 173 feet.

      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      Because of its small-displacement, forced-induction engine, the V90 Cross Country has one of the highest EPA fuel-economy ratings in the luxury-wagon segment. The EPA says the V90 Cross Country with the new B6 powertrain should get 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. When we have a chance, we’ll take the 2022 V90 Cross Country on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route and report the results here. For more information about the V90 Cross Country’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      Mercedes-Benz aside, no company is doing luxury interiors better than Volvo. The Swedish brand’s warm and comforting cabins offer a compelling argument for its wagons’ premium prices. They offer high-quality trimmings, elegant design, and substantive technology. Two-tone leather on the steering wheel, textured knobs, beautiful open-pore wood, artful speaker covers, a vertically oriented tablet-style infotainment screen—it all helps separate the Volvo’s vehicles from the pack. As is the case with most wagons, the V90 Cross Country offers generous amounts of interior space. However, it is not quite as efficient in the cargo-hauling department as Mercedes is. Nor can it beat the nonluxury Subaru Outback in that area. The Mercedes and the Subaru both held more carry-on suitcases behind their rear seats than did the Volvo. With all the seats folded, the V90 Cross Country held 21 cases while the Outback had room for 22 and the E-class, 24.

      Infotainment and Connectivity

      The V90 Cross Country comes with a 12.3-inch digital gauge display and a vertically oriented 9.0-inch center touchscreen that includes features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Navigation, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and in-car Wi-Fi are also standard. The new Google-based infotainment interface looks nice and is more responsive than the Sensus Connect system from previous model years, but its smaller on-screen icons are more difficult to hit accurately while driving.

      Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

      Volvo has earned a reputation for producing some of the safest cars on the market. It’s a reputation the company clearly intends on maintaining, as illustrated by the abundance of standard driver-assistance features on the V90 Cross Country. For more information about the V90’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

      • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
      • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
      • Standard adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        Volvo offers warranty protection that is similar to its competitors but gets extra points for offering the longest period of complimentary scheduled maintenance in the class.

        • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
        • Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles

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