Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 2017 review

Volvo V90 Cross Country T6

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.
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