Exclusivity-- or at the very least the look of it-- is just one of the fundamental tenets of our luxury-obsessed society. In the automobile world, this converts into every little thing from limited-edition supercars constructed in single-digit amounts to special one-and-done shade and trim options. And afterwards there is the 2018 Volvo V90, an auto so valuable that you need to special-order it at your Volvo supplier.
Not due to the fact that there's anything distinct concerning this mid-size station wagon yet because its sibling, the V90 Cross Country, is the household fave. Taller, more rugged looking, as well as birthed initially, the Cross Country was selected by Volvo business to be the one to flash its winning grille in showrooms coast to coastline. The Cross Country's worst month of sales still tops the total number of unclad as well as unlifted V90 wagons supplied with September of this year, a plain 120 considering that the first one rolled into port in May. (In the exact same amount of time, Volvo has marketed 910 V90 Cross Country versions, almost 8 times the number of typical V90s.).
Whether they recognize it or not, all those Cross Country purchasers are making some de facto sacrifices for the satisfaction of driving their new cars and truck house right away as opposed to awaiting it to arrive on the slow boat from Sweden. To start, the Cross Country is supplied only with four-wheel drive, so also the T5 designs with simply 250 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four beginning at $53,295. Ditch the 2nd driven axle and order a front-drive V90 T5 as well as you could save $2350. Move up the ladder to the T6, which includes a supercharger to the engine and also makes four-wheel drive criterion, as well as the cost gap nearly disappears. A V90 T6 AWD begins at $56,945, only $150 less than the T6 Cross Country.
But the V90 T6 is EPA-rated at 31 mpg on the highway, an advantage of 2 mpg over the T6 Cross Country. (We accomplished 30 mpg in our 75-mph freeway examination of the V90, but we saw just 20 mpg overall, 5 mpg listed below its EPA combined estimate.) The V90's benefit below is totally a component of its 2.6-inch-lower elevation and also 2.3 fewer inches of ground clearance, as there's only a nominal weight penalty for all the Cross Country's butch equipment. When we put both T6 models on our ranges, the V90's 4247-pound tally was only 19 lighter than the Cross Country's visual weight.
The V90 turned in much better stopping as well as skidpad efficiency compared to the last Cross Country we examined, although we have to provide most of the credit report to the tires. Our R-Design examination instance's optional 20-inch wheels ($ 800) were shod with Pirelli P Zeros, efficiency rubber that's broader as well as has much shorter sidewalls compared to the all-season Pirelli Scorpion Zeros fitted to the Cross Country. That claimed, the 0.92-g roadholding of the V90 is exceptional, and its 157-foot stop from 70 mph would certainly have connected the Cadillac CTS V-Sport for the shortest in our most recent comparison test of sporting activities cars.
Unfortunately, there is a rate to be paid in the V90 for all that grip, and it's a grievance similar to the one we've registered with various other recent Volvos. Even with the optional rear air springs ($ 1200), the ride is just also tight for a deluxe automobile. It's a perception that is exacerbated by the roadway sound that filters up with the floor. There's insufficient seclusion in the V90, as well as the high-revving drone of its little engine works as a continuous reminder that this isn't a German high-end vehicle.
We've not been followers of Volvo's four-cylinder-only engine approach, and this V90 just strengthens our need for a T6 that makes its 316 horse power using less blowers and even more cyndrical tubes. We had a tough time introducing our test vehicle, as well as it appeared to shift slower compared to the last Cross Country we drove; we handled a 6.5-second zero-to-60-mph run in the V90, 0.6 second off the Cross Country's pace. Via the quarter-mile that gap tightened up by only a tenth, with the V90 going across the finish line in 14.9 seconds.
Once we left the track, the best high qualities of this Volvo wagon made its middling velocity promptly fade from our minds. With the back seats turned down, the V90's cargo hold confirmed big sufficient to ingest a bicycle laid on its side with no of the front-fork wrangling or tire removal that's commonly needed in hatchbacks. Plus, there's a panel on the lots flooring that turns up to keep smaller sized tons secure. The inside is equally as stunning and also-- dare we claim it-- creative as the S90 on which it is based, although we did miss out on the lovely wood trim. Even if we would not have actually decided to invest the $800 on carbon-fiber inlays on the dashboard and also door panels that our examination vehicle had, there is no lorry on the market at this price with such a wonderful cabin. As well as, parked before the workplace, even in the middle of several of the a lot more outrageous sports cars that tend to congregate, the V90's long, reduced stance demanded interest. Which is equally as it must for such an exclusive maker.