Despite looking like an SUV thanks to its raised suspension and body cladding, the 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country is, at heart, a station wagon. The Cross Country is a luxurious SUV that can handle light off-road conditions and features a plush interior with premium materials, leather upholstery, and real wood accents.
Because of these qualities and others, we’ve selected it as an Editor’s Choice. All variants are equipped with all-wheel drive and are powered by a 295-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 48-volt hybrid system. This model continues Volvo’s tradition of safe vehicles by having numerous driver aids as standard equipment, one of which is a semi-autonomous driving option. Like the V90 Cross Country’s design but wish it came in your size? See our evaluation of the V60 Cross Country.
What’s New for 2022?
In 2022, Cross Country will get a new B6 powertrain that features a 48-volt hybrid system in addition to the standard turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine but produces 21 fewer horsepower. Although we haven’t had a chance to test drive the V90 with this engine, we did have a brief spin in the XC60 SUV and found the powerplant to be lively despite its lower 295-horsepower output.
Volvo’s new Google-based infotainment system, which is standard on the V90 Cross Country, is an upgrade over the previous Sensus Connect system in theory but slightly less intuitive in practice. Included as well is the modern USB-C port. There will only be the raised and ruggedized Cross Country to choose from after the standard V90 is dropped for 2022.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The B6 engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is supercharged and turbocharged and uses a 48-volt hybrid system to provide 295 horsepower. The huge Volvo station wagon accelerated to 60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds on our test track, so it has decent speed for its size.
A competitor to the V90 Cross Country, the Mercedes-Benz E450 wagon, accelerated to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Despite its lack of a sporty character, the V90 Cross Country proves to be surprisingly agile and capable in the corners. Even though it’s a massive luxury vehicle, the ride is rougher than we’d like. The V90 Cross Country stopped from 70 miles per hour in 168 feet, proving that the brakes are effective despite the mushy pedal.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The V90 Cross Country has a tiny displacement, forced-induction engine, making it one of the most fuel-efficient luxury wagons in the EPA’s testing. The new B6 powerplant in the V90 Cross Country should earn 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Our V90 Cross Country achieved 28 mpg on our highway fuel efficiency test at 75 mph.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
After Mercedes-Benz, Volvo is the only automaker that can compete when it comes to producing luxurious cabins. The Swedish manufacturer makes a strong case for the high price of its station wagons by providing exceptionally pleasant and relaxing interiors. They include luxurious upholstery, sleek architecture, and cutting-edge gadgetry.
Volvo’s vehicles stand out from the crowd thanks to their upscale cabins, which feature two-tone leather on the steering wheel, textured knobs, stunning open-pore wood, artistic speaker covers, and a vertically oriented tablet-style touchscreen screen. Typical of wagons, the V90 Cross Country has a spacious cabin.
When compared to Mercedes, it falls short when it comes to lifting heavy loads. Furthermore, it is inferior to the standard Subaru Outback in this respect. When compared to the Volvo, the Mercedes and the Subaru both have more space for bags behind the back seats. The V90 Cross Country, when all the seats are folded down, has space for 21 suitcases, while the Outback has space for 22, and the E-class can hold 24.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The V90 Cross Country’s digital gauge display is 12.3 inches in diameter, and the center touchscreen, which is 9.0 inches in size and vertically oriented, is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi hotspot access are all built right into the automobile. Although the new Google-based infotainment interface is more attractive and quicker to respond than the Sensus Connect system of prior model years, its smaller on-screen icons make it trickier to tap precisely while driving.
2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $57,295/$69,440
Options: Bowers & Wilkens premium sound, $4000; Lounge package (4-way lumbar support, 4-zone climate control, front-seat power cushion extensions, rear sunshades, tailored dash and door panels, the adjustable front side bolsters, front massaging seats), $2800; Advanced package (head-up display, surround-view camera), $1700; Four-C adaptative air suspension, $1200; 20-inch wheels, $800; Climate package (headlight washers, heated steering wheel, and rear seats), $750; Platinum Grey metallic paint, $695; power tailgate, $200
supercharged, turbocharged, and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 120 in3, 1969 cm3
Power: 295 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque: 310 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.6-in vented disc/12.6-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All-Season
245/45R-20 103V M+S VOL
Wheelbase: 115.8 in
Length: 195.2 in
Width: 74.9 in
Height: 60.7 in
Passenger Volume: 97 ft3
Cargo Volume: 26 ft3
Curb Weight: 4354 lb
60 mph: 6.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.8 sec @ 94 mph
100 mph: 16.7 sec
110 mph: 20.9 sec
The results above omit a 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.1 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 112 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Road holding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g
Observed: 23 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 28 mpg
Highway Range: 440 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 25/22/29 mpg