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All Dressed Up: Volvo V90 Cross Country Tested!

All Dressed Up: Volvo V90 Cross Country Tested!

In the August 2017 dilemma

At the sport of automotive masquerade that’s the butch-wagon section, dark-gray textured vinyl is the equal of a child’s cowboy hat. It is the matte-plastic wheel-arch trimming (and occasionally bumper-cover decoration) which claims for buyers: “I have turned into something different. Let us play”

Also, even though they must definitely find the simple old station wagon under, buyers wish to oblige. The wagons market far better that Audi and Subaru do not even bother supplying the variations . However, when dark-gray vinyl is the trick to victory in this match, think about the next bizarre reality: Should you pay enough on your own elbow90 Cross Country, Volvo paints these pieces the colour of the human body, which makes the Cross Country look almost identical to the typical elbows90 noodle that the business also sells but about special arrangement only. We do not claim to comprehend this.

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But boy could a purchaser pay enough when he picked a Cross Country armed like our test car. For 2017, the single accessible drivetrain configuration is that the T6 version, that includes a supercharged and turbocharged 316-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, an eight-speed automated transmission, and aerodynamic drive. It includes a 56,295 bottom cost, but our test car price $69,440 after it had been filled with soft-leather inside trimmings, massaging front seats, heated rear outboard seats, four-zone climate controller, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, head-up screen, air-spring rear suspension, and metallic paint, and other niceties. (For ’18, Volvo may also provide a less costly 250-hp T5 version)

That drops the Cross Nation from the prices chasm between the A4-based Audi Allroad and the Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon. The Volvo is their Mercedes with a motor the size of the Audi ‘s’ dimensions.

Even thus, that four-cylinder creates impressive output (using 295 pound-feet of torque to choose its own load of horsepower). Along with also the 4266-pound Nation’s 5.9-second operate into 60 miles is a lot fast, if not on the speed of the Germans. The issue is the method by. It ebbs and surges. This wagon feels quick if you are driving the torque wave. It offsince you will–along with the car feels wimpy and magnificent. A minute is taken by climbing up, and the attempt is moaned in by the motor. The Cross Country ends at a middling braking functionality, necessitating (************************************ft to prevent from 70 miles. And the wheels are hard and grabby to apply. Its steering is still indifferent.

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We are pleased to be aware that, despite sporting discretionary 20-inch brakes (set up of regular 19so), the Cross Country rides more smoothly than the marginally flinty sedan where it is based. Place should you desire a ride. Stouter is felt by the construction of the Cross Country . We all chalk that up into the more cushy ride. That is great, since we actually need the V90 to function good. It looks magnificent (particularly at non–Cross Country apparel)as well as the inside has been beautifully made and completed. It is functional and roomy. And dammit, we enjoy wagons if they are festooned.

However for $70,(***********************************************), now we still need over just a cowboy hat. In actuality, we do not need a cowboy hat whatsoever, but you understand what we mean.

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