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2024 Volvo V90

Starting from CAD $73,639

Vehicle Score 9.1/10
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Wagons are becoming less common as more buyers opt for SUVs. However, Volvo hasn’t given up on them and still offers two wagons in their lineup: the V60 and V90.

I got to drive the V90 Cross Country, a rugged wagon designed to be a luxurious utility vehicle that can handle some off-road adventures. The V90 is all about luxury, comfort, and practicality. Although wagons aren’t as trendy these days, the Volvo V90 stands out as a solid alternative to your typical SUV.

As far as styling goes, the V90 knocked it out of the park. It’s a gorgeous wagon and easily my top pick in the segment based on exterior looks. Even the little details, like the lighting sequence while locking and unlocking, are done just right. The Ultimate trim also comes with upgraded 20-inch alloy wheels, that look classy and add to the visual appeal.

Performance might not be the top focus for the V90, but rather comfort, luxury, and a plush ride. However, that doesn’t mean the V90 falls short. With its B6 AWD Mild Hybrid system, it pumps out 300 horsepower, delivering good power for everyday driving. While the acceleration isn’t quick, it’s more than good enough for most driving scenarios. The throttle is responsive, and the transmission does a good job of providing quick and smooth shifts. The mild hybrid setup also works well: it captures energy when you brake and stores it in a 48V battery, cutting down on fuel use and when that power is tapped into. Weight is a factor in the V90, and you notice its size when you’re behind the wheel. The steering has a bit of a floaty sensation, but it still responds well and handles corners nicely.

Volvo has nailed the balance between simplicity and luxury, something some automakers struggle with, as they end up with interiors too simple. The V90’s interior may even surpass its sleek exterior, especially in the amber color interior option. It covers the seats, center console, and doors with beautifully stitched leather, creating a luxurious cabin. The design is upscale and minimalistic, typical of Volvo’s style. Inside, you’ll find top-notch Swedish craftsmanship, demonstrating Volvo’s commitment to quality and attention to detail. The cabin also feels inviting and spacious, thanks to a large panoramic sunroof, with good legroom and headroom in both rows. And getting in and out of the vehicle is easy as well, thanks to the raised height of the V90 Cross Country.

Comfort takes priority in the V90’s cabin, and you’ll feel it immediately with its smooth ride. The seats are also comfortable, providing excellent support and plenty of adjustability. While there’s a bit of road and wind noise at highway speeds, it’s never too intrusive. The V90 also comes with a Harman Kardon sound system which not only sounds great but helps drown out any extra cabin noise and adds to the luxurious experience that Volvo is famous for.

The V90 ticks off nearly every box for a perfect wagon, but it encounters a hiccup with its infotainment system. Although, the infotainment touchscreen looks good, the UI isn’t the most intuitive and takes some time to get used to. Thankfully, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard across the lineup, enhancing the overall user experience. The touchscreen also controls functions like climate control, fitting with Volvo’s minimalist design by reducing buttons inside, but it can also take some time to get used to. The gauge cluster also embraces the minimalist approach, offering not much customization. The only option is to display Google Maps in the middle of the speedometer or not display it at all.

The V90 plays to its strengths as a wagon and excels in cargo space, offering 551L behind the second row and 1,517L behind the third row. The wide cargo opening makes loading items easy. You can remotely open the tailgate, and it can be programmed to open lower, which is great for tight garage spaces. Storage for smaller items inside the cabin is also well thought out, and a cover neatly conceals the middle area, giving the interior a clean look.

Should you buy a Volvo V90 over an SUV?

The Volvo V90 gets a lot right. Even though wagons aren’t as popular as SUVs these days, the V90 is worth considering over an SUV. Volvo keeps it simple with just one model, the Cross Country, offering two trims: Plus “Base Model” and Ultimate. The Ultimate trim adds to the base trim with features like a Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated and massage front seats, a heads-up display, and upgraded 20-inch wheels. But it comes at a cost – about $6,850 more than the Plus trim, which starts at $73,639. Despite the price, it’s worth it for the added features you’re getting. Despite the trim differences, the V90 nails the balance between utility and luxury, making it a great alternative to SUVs in the same price range.

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