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Review: 2017 Volvo V90

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The Swedish car manufacturer introduces the new Volvo V90 Cross Country recently which emerges as the third cross country model to be introduced in the country by the company. It has been found that the vehicle is more or less a similar version of the S90 in India specifically in terms of dimensions, styling and features. Needless to say, the V90 Cross Country offers much more than its previous model in terms of features as well as driving dynamics. The new V90 is a product that has been re-imagined by the Swedish car maker best suited for the 21st century. Combining style and ingenuity with purity of form, its functionality and performance makes life easier. The expected price of Volvo V90 Cross Country ranges from Rs. 60 L to Rs. 65 L.

Volvo V 90 Quick Facts

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Quick Facts –

  • The car has a unique style and levels of comfort and luxury 
  • It is an attractive wagon-style version of the previous S90 sedan
  • Offers gas-pressurized shock absorbers
  • Offers electric power-assist speed-sensing steering
  • Provides Quasi-dual stainless steel exhaust 
  • Possesses permanent locking hubs
  • Provides fixed rear window and defroster in the exterior part
  • Offers power lift gate rear cargo access
  • Availability of the window grid diversity antenna
  • Facilitates automatic equalizer
  • Offers audio theft deterrent
  • Provides digital signal processor

Styling –

It is a car’s unique character that decides the nature of the styling elements. The elegant and modern design of the car is brought about by the frameless rear view mirror which enhances and harmonizes with the freshness of its appearance. The vehicle features bigger wheels. Instead of chrome bars on the grille, the new model gets vertical black bars with tiny chrome squares. The raked windshield and spoiler make the vehicle even more attractive. Other notable features of the car include 20 inches and 10 spoke alloy wheels, LED powered headlamps with automatic bending and tail lamps.

Interiors –

The interior of the Volvo V90 Cross Country offers various color options which include amber, maroon brown or charcoal-colored leather with mesh aluminum trim. The dashboard of the vehicle gets unique vertical air-con slats with adjustments. In addition to this, a large tablet-like infotainment system is provided. The comfort level of the car is increased by manifold as the cooled front seats offer massage function and allows electric adjustment for lumbar, lateral and thigh support. Furthermore, it offers 560 litres of boot space and also gets a panorama sunroof.

A 19-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system, a 9 inch touch screen infotainment display which is mated to a 12 inch driver’s display, electrically adjustable, ventilated front seats with massage functionality and four zone climate control are some of the facilities that the car offers. Considering the connectivity devices, the car offers equipments such as Aux-In, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.

Safety –

Volvo gives priority to safety by providing a host of safety devices which includes radar-assisted systems like pilot assist, lane keeping aid and front collision mitigation support. There’s also a parking assist, adaptive cruise control, hill-start assist and hill-descent control. Volvo V90 offers a wide range of safety devices such as padded upholstery for integrated booster seats, kick guards protecting the car's upholstery from dirt and stain, lockable wheel bolts which gives improved safety to the vehicle. One of the best preventive equipments offered by Volvo V90 is the protective plate beneath the engine. This particular plate protects the engine, oil pan and prevents the vehicle from impacts when driving in poor conditions, for example on bumpy or potholed roads. Apart from these, V90 also possesses some of the smart features that are listed below: 

  • Red key remote key – It is a special key for the car owners who want the car to be driven responsibly even when someone else is on the driver’s seat.
  • Alcohol lock installation kit – This particular feature of the car helps to prevent the car from being started with a drunk driver behind the steering wheel.
  • AutoSock – This helps in smooth driving even on snowy and icy roads.
  • Warning Triangle – It takes up little room when folded and is very easy to set up and fold away.
  • Dog harness – Comfortable dog harness is attached directly to the car's seat belt by quick link. 

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Engine and Performance –

Volvo V90 is powered by a D5 2.0 litre unit that generates 235 bhp of power and 480 Nm of torque. This powerful and fuel efficient engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There are four driving modes namely eco, comfort, rough road and dynamic. The vehicle also gets an AWD system that enhances its off-road capabilities. Volvo has even raised the car by 60 mm, giving it an SUV-rivaling 210 mm of ground clearance.

Handling and Ride comfort –

Ride comfort is the most important factors in family estates and this is another area where the V90 is quite impressive. Besides, one of the optional adaptive dampers includes air suspension at the rear. This suspension helps the V90 with a relaxing buoyancy to glide along motorways and ride most surfaces at town speeds in a composed fashion. Only the body gets a thud from a vicious ridge, something the E- Class too tends to suffer from.

The V90 Cross Country promises to be one of the safest cars in the country and is therefore attracting more buyers these days. It boasts radar-based safety technology which powers features like adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, lane keeping aid and collision mitigation control. It is powered by the D5-spec of Volvo’s 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine which is tuned to produce 235 PS of power and 480 Nm of torque. An 8-speed automatic gearbox and power to the road are sent via an all-wheel drive system. Considering all these factors, it may be said here that the V90 Cross Country is a convincing package and should definitely be on our radar if one checks out a car or an SUV at this price point.

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