This new Volvo goes old school

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING -

Lat­est CC re­calls Volvo’s past. But there’s noth­ing old-fash­ioned about it, says

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The cabin is more staid than the XC90, though. Gor­geous, but more con­ser­va­tive in line with the S90/V90’s more tra­di­tional de­mo­graphic: more em­pha­sis on ver­ti­cal lines than the hor­i­zon­tal shapes of its SUV-sib­ling. You still get the tablet-like Sen­sus touch screen in the cen­tre con­sole, although oddly it looks smaller in this in­te­rior en­vi­ron­ment than in the XC. It’s not.

The just-launched model-year 2018 ver­sion is a good time to go V90 CC: the lat­est spec­i­fi­ca­tion has added ac­tive chas­sis with rear air sus­pen­sion, ‘‘tai­lored’ fin­ish for the dash­board and door pan­els, heated steer­ing wheel, Bow­ers & Wilkins sound sys­tem, sun­roof, pri­vacy glass and rear­win­dow sun­blinds. All were pre­vi­ously part of op­tion pack­ages.

You will never ra­tio­nally jus­tify the V90 CC, be­cause for an­other $1000 you can have the XC90 with more height, bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity for all aboard and a lot more cargo-car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity. More choice too, be­cause the XC is also avail­able in less-ex­pen­sive Mo­men­tum ($97,900) and up­scale R-De­sign ($106,900, in­clud­ing Polestar Op­ti­mi­sa­tion) ver­sions. Oh, and with diesel, petrol and plug-in hy­brid pow­er­trains.

How­ever, if you favour old­school style with your high­er­rid­ing Volvo, you don’t have to jus­tify a thing. For some, the V90 CC ap­peals in way that a school­run SUV never will.

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