Station wagons have not enjoyed widespread popularity for a long time, but that may be changing due to the influence of crossover SUVs and, in the case of Volvo, upscale brands making concerted efforts to make these vehicles much more attractive in their own right. A case in point is the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country, a sleek wagon version of the handsome S90 sedan.
The Cross Country package, for those not familiar with it, is an off-road inspired version of a standard wagon, with a taller ride height, some additional cladding and requisite all-wheel drive. Think of the V90 Cross Country as the big brother to the Audi A4 Allroad and Subaru Outback. All Volvo V90 Cross Country models come equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that combines both turbo and supercharging to produce 316 horsepower and a flat torque peak of 295 lb-ft from 2,200 to 5,400 rpm. The output is delivered to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic. There are four drive modes, Eco, Comfort, Off Road and Dynamic and the electronically controlled all-wheel drive system features hill descent control as standard equipment.
Volvo has done an admirable job in matching its interior design with the upscale look of the exterior. Standard features include leather seating, dark walnut wood inlays, heated seats and steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof. The effect is a light and airy cabin with a contemporary functional look. Prices for the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country start at $55,300, plus $995 destination. There are two option packages, a $4,500 luxury group and a $1,950 convenience package. Deliveries of the 2017 V90 Cross Country begin in March.