Examined: 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Nation Troopers On

It seems the one technique to hold American customers mildly curious about station wagons is to disguise them as crossovers, which has led this endangered physique type to undertake high-riding suspensions and plastic overfenders with a view to create a extra rugged, SUV-inspired aesthetic. Volvo is the most recent sufferer of this development after it discontinued the common (and beforehand particular order solely) V90 wagon within the U.S., leaving solely the lifted, plastic-cladded 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Nation to take care of the longroof custom of the model’s prime 90-series fashions.

Inside, the V90 Cross Nation stays as lovely as ever, with Volvo’s distinctive Scandinavian type evident in every single place. The digital gauge cluster has been reimagined, amongst different small updates for the 2022 mannequin yr, however the show’s content material and configurability are restricted as compared with different programs. We applaud Volvo’s resolution to ditch the drive-mode selector on the middle console together with a lot of the setup’s particular person settings—consider matting the accelerator as this up to date automotive’s sport mode, identical to the outdated days—though Volvo’s stubby electrical shift toggle can nonetheless be annoying as a result of it takes two consecutive faucets to interact drive or reverse. In any other case, the entrance seats are supremely comfy, and full-size adults have satisfactory house within the again. In fact, a wagon would not be a wagon and not using a sizable cargo maintain, and we match 10 carry-on suitcases behind the again seat.

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

HIGHS: Comfortable and classy inside, no complicated drive modes to muddle the expertise, cheaper than different premium wagons.

Volvo’s new Android-based consumer interface is a combined bag. Whereas it nonetheless runs by way of a comparatively small 9.0-inch vertically oriented touchscreen, it does reply a lot faster to inputs than the Sensus system it replaces. The additions of easy-to-use Google Maps and a intelligent voice assistant are notable enhancements. Nevertheless, bodily interacting with the touchscreen’s many small icons will be distracting, as is adjusting the local weather controls on the very backside of the body. The complexity of this setup would not align with the values of an organization devoted to security. Additionally, iPhone customers cannot entry Apple CarPlay till Volvo points an over-the-air software program replace, and the corporate hasn’t stated when that will probably be.

Volvo has added an electrical help system to most of its 2022 powertrains, together with within the V90 Cross Nation. The newly named B6 powertrain retains the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four from the outgoing T6 configuration and enhances it with a 48-volt starter-generator. This drops horsepower from 316 to 295 but boosts torque from 295 to 310 pound-feet. All-wheel drive stays commonplace. Volvo says the electrification makes the B6 powertrain extra responsive at low speeds whereas additionally smoothing out gearchanges from the eight-speed computerized transmission and lowering noise and vibration ranges. The B6 setup additionally brings barely higher fuel-economy rankings than the T6, with the Cross Nation’s mixed EPA estimate growing from 24 to 25 mpg and its metropolis score leaping from 20 to 22 mpg. However its freeway determine falls from 30 to 29 mpg, and on our 75-mph real-world fuel-economy route, the Cross Nation B6 earned 28 mpg—1 mpg lower than an 88-pound-lighter 2017 T6 mannequin.

LOWS: Plastic physique cladding tarnishes the V90’s smooth traces, slower than earlier than, minimal uptick in gas economic system.

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

Our seat-of-the-pants impressions recommend that the most recent V90 Cross Nation would not drive a lot otherwise from the aforementioned 2017 model, and our sound meter detected the identical fairly quiet 68 decibels contained in the cabin at 70 mph. However it’s slower—each its 6.4-second run to 60 mph and 14.8-second quarter-mile path the 2017 mannequin’s occasions by 0.7 and 0.5 second, respectively. Shod with optionally available $800 20-inch wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season tires, plus a $1200 air suspension improve, this automotive has a journey that is perhaps too agency for some, but it surely pairs properly with the wagon’s taut physique management and satisfying on-center steering really feel. Flip the wheel off-center, nonetheless, and suggestions dissipates, shortly curbing your enthusiasm to probe the modest 0.85 g of cornering grip. The V90’s brake-by-wire system is bolstered by a fade-free pedal and gives a good 70-mph-to-zero stopping distance of 168 toes.

Not like Mercedes’s E450 All-Terrain, with its new moniker and cladding, Volvo’s Cross Nation mannequin wasn’t invented yesterday. It has been a model staple for greater than 20 years and the most well-liked V90 for the reason that present technology arrived in 2017. The aptly named, albeit extra discreetly tailor-made, Audi A6 Allroad has comparable origins. Each the Allroad and the All-Terrain are the Cross Nation’s foremost rivals, they usually present a notable uptick in efficiency. In addition they make use of 48-volt programs, but pair them with turbocharged six-cylinders to supply 335 and 362 horsepower, respectively. This makes each Germans significantly faster; the E450 hits 60 mph in simply 4.4 seconds and the A6 Allroad does in 5.2. Each journey higher and really feel extra refined general too. The catch is that their added quickness and luxuriousness come at a worth. The V90 Cross Nation begins at a relatively affordable $57,295; as examined, our well-equipped instance totaled $69,440. The Audi and Benz, however, command at the very least $10,000 extra to begin, with choices pushing their asks considerably greater.

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

With Audi, Mercedes, and Volvo among the many final purveyors of premium longroof fashions, they’re preventing an uphill battle in opposition to each other and an SUV-obsessed market. The 2022 V90 Cross Nation’s worth makes it essentially the most accessible of the three. It is not the fanciest or the sportiest of its type, and we want Volvo would at the very least supply the choice to paint match the cladding to the remainder of the physique. However within the waning days of the wagon physique type, we’ll gladly take one sporting plastic over no wagon in any respect.

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