The Cross Country is the final piece in the jigsaw that is the V90 range
. Its arrival means you can now choose your V90 in four distinctly different flavours: Momentum is the standard car; Inscription trim brings you even more luxury; and R-Design gives the car a mildly sporting makeover, in the way it looks and drives.
The Cross Country is a more rugged version: something along the lines of the Scout and Allroad models that Skoda and Audi, respectively, sell. However, with a 20-year history of producing these jacked-up estates, Volvo can justifiably claim to have a longer heritage in this area of the market.
From the outside, the differences between the new Cross Country and the regular V90 are immediately obvious. Not only does the Cross Country sit appreciably higher – to give it more ground clearance off-road – it also has loads of SUV-style trim to pump up its elegant body: extended wheelarches, extra mouldings along the side, and silver skid plates, for example.
Like other V90s, it’s available with both the D4 and D5 diesel engines, and every Cross Country also comes with four-wheel drive and some extra driver assistance packages specifically geared towards improving its ability off-road.
For our first experience of the car, we tried it with the D5 engine, a combination that costs just over £1,600 more than the equivalent base level Momentum trim. However, buyers should note the difference in price between the entry-level, D4-engined V90 model, and the equivalent Cross Country, is much larger – almost £5,000, in fact – but that is because the Cross Country is the only D4 model to come with four-, rather than two-wheel drive.