Launched — Volvo V90 Cross Country

  • Jul 12, 2017

volvo-v90The Swedish carmaker has launched a one-of-a-kind car in India, the V90 Cross Country, with a price tag of Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom). Sure, we have had a bunch of estates like the Opel Corsa Sail, Maruti Suzuki Baleno Altura, Tata Indigo Marina and Skoda Octavia Combi and much more. We still have a lot of options ranging from the humble Datsun Go+ to the blazingly fast Audi RS6 Avant. What sets the Volvo V90 Cross Country apart, is its SUV-like ground clearance of 210mm and the all-wheel drive system. The extra grip comes in handy on slippery surfaces and limits understeer around a fast corner. The plastic cladding all around further tells you that it can take a few scratches before it gets to the painted body panels.

Underneath though, it’s the S90 sedan’s chassis and powertrain with a few tweaks. The 2.0-litre diesel engine offers the same PowerPulse tech to improve bottom end pull and eliminate the turbo lag. But, the engine is in D5 tune instead of the D4-spec mill in the S90. It produces 235PS of power and 480Nm of torque; 45PS and 80Nm more than the sedan. An 8-speed automatic delivers the grunt to all four corners.


The V90 Cross Country drives like a low-slung sedan despite its raised body and the estate silhouette. The extra bulk around the back is managed with a pair of air suspensions, which keep the rear end feeling sharp around corners and comfortable on rough patches. The 20-inch alloys not only look good but the low profile tyres wrapped around them also help contain body roll.

After the XC90 T8 Excellence, the V90 Cross Country is the only car to get the advanced radar-based safety and tech features from day one. The list of features includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Pilot assist

  • Lane keep assist

  • Park pilot assist

  • Front collision warning with full automatic braking


The V90 Cross Country also gets several luxury touches such as a 4-zone climate control, a 19-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system, massaging front seats, leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, full-colour LCD instrument cluster and a head-up display.

There's no direct competition for the car, but it may sway a few sedan and SUV buyers in its direction.


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