Buying a sports car isn’t the only way to own a rare and unique vehicle. There’s a wagon for that. Well, two, actually. Volvo is continuing its long-boot tradition with a pair of vehicles that are far less common on public roads than Porsche 911s: the V90 and V90 Cross Country. These two Swedish station wagons sell in minuscule numbers, are beautiful inside and out, and—like most wagons—are more agile than an SUV while offering nearly the same utility. The Cross Country version of the V90 adds some SUV flavor with a lifted ride height and standard black body cladding. Either way, carlike looks and sheer rarity ensure that these V90s stand apart from the vast fleet of SUVs plying today’s roads.
What’s New for 2018?
Following the launch of the V90 Cross Country for 2017, Volvo expanded its wagon portfolio further for 2018 by providing customers the option to special order the V90, which rides lower than the Cross Country and loses its body cladding. In other words, it’s a conventional station wagon. Volvo also reduced the entry price of the V90 Cross Country by introducing a less powerful T5 trim and added a high-end V90 Cross Country Ocean Race edition into the mix.
The T5 trims, available on both the V90 and V90 Cross Country, are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower. The V90 Cross Country, which is only paired with all-wheel drive, starts at $53,295 in T5 spec. An upgrade to the 316-hp T6 brings the unusual arrangement of both a turbocharger and a supercharger on the 2.0-liter four and adds $3800 to the tab. The lineup also includes the T6 Ocean Race edition, which is largely an appearance package that adds white, gray, and orange colors inside and out and starts at $61,495.
Order sheets for the V90 are structured differently. The T5 trim is front-wheel drive and starts at $50,945, while the T6 is all-wheel drive and begins at $56,945. Both the T5 and T6 are offered in sporty R-Design or luxurious Inscription form, with the latter costing $2000 extra.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
Many Volvo dealers don’t even stock the regular V90, so we’d choose the more adventurous all-wheel-drive V90 Cross Country, despite its slightly higher cost. We’d also pick the more powerful T6 model, partly because we like to tell people we drive a car with a turbocharged and supercharged engine, but also because it’s swifter at hauling passengers and cargo. Our T6 Cross Country starts at $57,095 and includes the following features:
• Semi-autonomous drive system with adaptive cruise control
• 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display
• Dark open-pore walnut trim
• LED headlights with dynamic light bending and automatic high-beams
Metallic paint in a choice of seven colors—including Twilight Bronze, Maple Brown, and Denim Blue—costs $595 and is a must for a beautiful wagon, but that’s where our customization ends. That brings the total to $57,690.