Volvo has actually used a rugged off-road estate vehicle since the mid-1990s and has almost had the market to itself. Yes, there has been the Subaru Legacy Outback, however sales of that auto were hindered by its petrol-only variety of engines for a very long time, it just obtaining diesel choices more recently.
With the onset of a reaction versus autos that drink from the black pump, Volvo has actually gone the other means and fitted a petrol engine to its most costly estate automobile, indicating it currently uses greater powertrain variety than its closest competitors, the Audi A6 Allroad as well as the new Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain.
Quite a great deal has actually altered given that Volvo introduced its first off-road estate - not just the appeal of the full-size SUV. But the Swedish firm has taken care of to maintain its setting out there by using Cross Country - badged XC - versions of the V70 estate. Its substitute, the V90 Cross Country, has actually an increased trip height, an off-road mode and outside body cladding in black plastic or repainted in the exterior body color of the car for a bit more money.
Rather than the more normal diesel that prevails in an automobile of this type, Volvo has actually put its highest-output 2.0 four-cylinder gas into the most expensive V90 Cross Country you could acquire. With 316bhp, the T6 is a whole lot faster theoretically compared to the D5 Powerpulse, going down the 0-62mph time to 6.3 sec.
All that we've wrapped up concerning the diesel vehicle still relates to this brand-new T6. It still has a much more supple flight compared to the V90 on which it's based, implying it smooths out the first shock of sunken drain covers with aplomb and also is unwinding in general. When pressed, it will roll to a greater degree, but that appears a rewarding compromise provided the increased ride elevation and greater degrees of comfort the Cross Country offers.
The vital little bit is the new engine. Much has been discussed Volvo downsizing its engines; however, the bottom line is it currently utilizes the exact same engine dimension for all designs in the variety, raising power outcome through using various forced-induction systems. This T6 runs a supercharger for when the engine is going low revs, with a turbo taking over at greater revs. The suggestion is that both systems, on their own, have limitations, but by integrating the two on one engine you can minimize them.
Overall, it works. This engine is incredibly strong, managing to supply outstanding mid-range power when you should overtake or merge onto a motorway, however, it is pulled down by its slow-acting eight-speed automatic. It additionally does not really feel all that mighty around the community, owing to a dead spot in the first traveling of the throttle pedal. It's something you have to obtain used to - otherwise, the inexperienced may try pushing the pedal a bit further down to stir the automobile into action and afterward get a little bit way too much acceleration.
The diesel motor has been criticised for being grumbly from cold and under acceleration. While the gasoline version is near quiet at the still, it has a scratchy exhaust note that's typical to high-performance four-cylinder engines yet a little bit unbecoming of an even more luxurious car.
The T6 is an outstanding engine, but once the higher gas expenses, roadway tax, and purchase cost are all taken into account it becomes hard to wholeheartedly suggest.
It supplies the exact same quantity of torque as the lower-powered diesel D4 version, yet does so some 550rpm greater in the rev range. That does not sound too significant, but it indicates that while the diesel holds onto the same equipment when requested modest acceleration, the T6 inconveniently needs a downshift or more. When the cars and trucks are filled with travelers plus travel luggage, this effect is much more obvious.
Then there's gas economic climate. Officially this car should accomplish 36.7 mpg, yet we struggled to obtain anywhere near that, after an extensive work on the freeway. Also, consider the T6 is only available in top Cross-Country Pro trims, and because it is priced above diesel, and also financially, it does not really make any sense.
Nonetheless, consider it in context with its rivals, the Audi A6 Allroad as well as the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain, and also the Volvo begins to gain a little bit of ground. It doesn't have quite the exact same boot room of the Mercedes, however, it is significantly more economical, and it's likewise a lot more modern than the Audi. For now, then, the V90 Cross-Country is the most effective option in this particular niche group, just not with this engine - stick with the diesel.
Volvo V90 T6 Cross Country Pro
Where Surrey On sale Now Price ₤ 50,555 Engine 4cyls, 1969cc, turbocharged and supercharged petrol Power 316bhp at 5700rpm Torque 295lb ft at 2200rpm Gearbox 8-speed automatic Kerb weight 1834kg Top speed 143mph 0-62mph 6.3 sec Fuel economic climate 36.7 mpg CO2 rating 176g/km Rivals Audi A6 Allroad, Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain