Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 2017 review
The Volvo V90 Cross Country now comes with petrol power. But does it add up financially?
Volvo has offered a ruggedised off-road estate car since the mid-1990s and has nearly had the market all to itself. Sure, there has been the Subaru Legacy Outback, but that had to make do with a petrol-engine-only range for the majority of that time, only joining the diesel game more recently.With the onset of a backlash on vehicles powered by fuel from the black pump, Volvo has fitted a petrol engine to its most expensive estate car, which means that it now offers greater powertrain choice than its closest rivals, the Audi A6 Allroad and the new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain.Quite a lot has changed since Volvo launched its first off-road estate – not just the popularity of the the full-size SUV. But the Swedish firm has managed to maintain its position in the market by offering Cross Country – badged XC – versions of the V70 estate. Its replacement, the V90 Cross Country, has a raised ride height, an off-road mode and exterior body cladding in black plastic or painted in the exterior body colour of the car for a bit more money.Instead of the more usual diesel that is common in a car of this type, Volvo has put its highest-output 2.0 four-cylinder petrol into the most expensive V90 Cross Country you can buy. With 316bhp, the T6 is a lot faster on paper than the D5 Powerpulse, dropping the 0-62mph time to 6.3sec.