The Volvo V90 Cross Country Is an Undiscovered Wagon No One Bought

Look, if boring cars are expensive, we might as well look at cool cars that are expensive. The Volvo V90 Cross Country is one such very cool, expensive wagon. Donning a luxurious interior, superior safety, and decent off-road chops, the Volvo V90 CC offers everything any self-respecting car lover wants. However, no one seems to care about the coolest wagon in the game. Why does the Volvo V90 feel like some undiscovered band that just broke up that only the cool dude from your college English class knew about? Let’s take a look at the V90. 

The refreshed Volvo V90 B6 AWD Cross Country in Thunder Grey
Volvo V90 Cross Country | Volvo

Is the Volvo V90 Cross Country discontinued? 

The Volvo V90 Cross Country was discontinued in Europe as falling wagon sales continued after years of similar trends. The 2023 model is the last one. According to a forecast by LMC Automotive, European sales of station wagons will fall to 1.5 million by 2025 from 1.7 million in 2019. As Hot Cars mentions, the world has moved on from the wagon and toward the SUV. This is an undeniable truth. There are Ferrari and Lamborghini SUVs now. Hell, There’s a Mustang SUV! The wagon has been replaced. What’s worst is that most of us didn’t even know It was struggling. 

Is the Volvo V90 a good car? 

2023 Volvo V90 wagon rear hatch
The refreshed Volvo V90 AWD Cross Country | Volvo

Gear Patrol called the V90 “the most ideal car on sale today.” That is quite the statement, and I happen to agree with them. 

The V90 is so rad because it’s not dissimilar to the Subaru Outback in its surprisingly good off-road chops for a wagon. However, unlike the Subaru, the V90 is a luxury and tech powerhouse. Subarus are rad, but they ain’t fancy. The Volvo is fancy. 

The 2023 Volvo V90 Cross Country comes with only one engine option; a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets boost from both a turbocharger and supercharger. And, if that weren’t enough, it also has a mild-hybrid system. This entire package combines its many power sources to make 295 hp and 310-lb-ft of torque. 

Despite its brawny powerplant, the V90 is also a safety icon. Volvo continues its decades-long reputation for building some of the safest cars on the market. It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ with top-tier crash-test results. Safety systems like Volvo’s Pilot Assist and a host of safety feature only add to the V90’s undeniable appeal.

With its 8.3 inches of ground clearance, the V90 Cross Country can run the fool out of any road type. It can even handle some mild off-roading. It’s hard to believe you could see a Volvo station wagon out in it, but it’s a distinct possibility with this wagon. 

How much does the 2023 Volvo V90 Cross Country cost?

Volvo V90 Cross Country name plate
Volvo V90 Cross Country | Volvo

Starting at $58,450, the Volvo ain’t saving you much money. But, Hell, in this market, the V90 is much cooler than many other things you can actually buy for that price point. The Ultimate trim tops the price list at $64,050. Still, the point stands. For that money, you’d be hard-pressed to find a car (you can actually buy and drive home) that will be this luxurious, safe, reliable, and rugged.