Review and First Drive: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

By Jonathan Spira on 27 March 2017
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If you worried what Chinese ownership might mean for the venerable Volvo brand, you needn’t fret. Since Geely took control in 2010, the Gothenburg-based automaker has become nothing if not more Swedish than it was, has sold more cars (it set a record in 2015, when it sold over half a million worldwide), and developed the 90 Series of cars, wagons, and SUVs.

What’s that you say? The 90 Series? Isn’t that something a German automaker would say?

The 90 Series was introduced with the debut of the second generation Volvo XC90. Built on the automaker’s new global platform, SPA or Scalable Product Architecture the company has since introduced the S90 sedan, the V90 wagon, and the V90 Cross Country, a raised height, all-wheel drive version of the wagon.

The V70 Cross Country was the V90 Cross Country's predecessor.

The V70 Cross Country was the V90 Cross Country’s predecessor.

All have now been brought to the market and share numerous features and characteristics beyond SPA, including a 9” tablet-like touch screen center control console that consolidates almost all infotainment and vehicle functionality with an unparalleled, well-designed user interface called Sensus.

Sensus supports a variety of apps that include Internet radio, navigation, music streaming, Apple CarPlay (as well as Android Auto), and Park Assist Pilot, a camera system that gives driver and passenger a true 360° view of what surrounds the car.

Up front, the Thor’s Hammer daytime running lights create a signature look for the 90 Series (all 90 Series Volvos will soon have the Hammer, I was told) and I’m starting to see more Thor’s Hammers on the road as well.

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