The decision: The 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Nation stands out within the sea of luxurious SUVs as a smooth, subtle various, however some features of its driving expertise and touchscreen system aren’t as much as luxurious requirements.
Versus the competitors: Luxurious wagons have been in retreat, however the ones that stay, just like the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, comply with an identical formulation because the V90 Cross Nation: off-road-inspired styling, additional floor clearance and commonplace all-wheel drive.
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The V90 and V90 Cross Nation are Volvo’s largest wagons, measuring so long as the automaker’s three-row SUV, the XC90. The wagons, nevertheless, have simply two rows of seats with seating for 5. The V90 Cross Nation begins at $57,295, together with a $1,095 vacation spot cost. Optionally available options introduced our check automotive’s worth to $61,990 — lower than the beginning costs for the A6 Allroad and E-Class All-Terrain, however each these wagons come commonplace with extra highly effective six-cylinder engines and air suspensions (see these wagons’ specs in contrast).
How It Drives
All V90 Cross Nation wagons are powered by a brand new mild-hybrid drivetrain that includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger and an electrical supercharger. It’s rated at 295 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque — simply concerning the reverse of the earlier turbocharged and supercharged engine’s 316 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque. The brand new drivetrain will get solely barely higher EPA-estimated gasoline mileage, with the 2022 V90 Cross Nation rated 25 mpg mixed versus 24 mpg final yr.
The brand new drivetrain has no hassle getting the V90 Cross Nation as much as freeway speeds, nevertheless it doesn’t have a lot reserve energy for high-speed passing. The engine works with an eight-speed computerized that’s largely unobtrusive, however at the start of my testing it stuttered a bit when kicking right down to decrease gears, like when passing. The extra time I spent driving the automotive, nevertheless, the smoother the transmission felt.
The wagon rides properly on easy highways, however experience high quality deteriorates on rougher roads; the automotive was unsettled on a stretch of pavement with a number of frost heaves. Highway noise additionally disturbs the cabin at freeway speeds. Our check automotive had the V90’s commonplace mounted suspension and non-obligatory 20-inch wheels with low-profile tires (19-inch wheels are commonplace). An adaptive air suspension is offered for $1,200.
Our check automotive’s inside had a premium look thanks partially to its light-gray leather-based upholstery and oak wooden trim. The dashboard has comparatively few buttons, with many controls routed by way of the vertically oriented 9-inch touchscreen. This display screen structure first appeared within the 2016 XC90, and in contrast with the 12- and 15.5-inch portrait-oriented screens obtainable right now, it appears small.
The motive force’s seat is snug for taller adults, although there’s not a lot additional headroom; the V90 Cross Nation has a normal panoramic moonroof with an influence sunshade, which tends to cut back headroom. Skinny roof pillars, massive home windows and well-placed facet mirrors assist create good pure visibility.
The touchscreen system now runs Android Automotive OS as a substitute of Volvo’s Sensus Join. The Android interface is just like Sensus Join, if not precisely the identical, however a few of its onscreen fonts and menus aren’t as polished as these in typical in-car multimedia techniques. The Google Maps view on the usual 12.3-inch instrument display screen in entrance of the driving force, nevertheless, appears to be like nice.
Along with built-in Google Maps, the brand new OS contains the Google Assistant and Google Play retailer for downloading apps, supplied you’re logged in with a Google account. A four-year knowledge trial of Google Automotive Providers is included, however post-trial subscription pricing hadn’t been introduced as of publication. Our check automotive didn’t have Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, however Volvo stated it will likely be added as a no-cost over-the-air software program replace in mid-2022. Stand-alone Android Auto is just not supplied, which precludes merely mirroring Android telephone apps on the touchscreen.