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Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING -

In this era where ev­ery­body seems to want to rise up as high as pos­si­ble in SUV-type ve­hi­cles, is there any point to a lower, sleeker and slightly less spa­cious ver­sion of same?

We say yes. Be­cause that’s pretty much what the awe­some V90 Cross Coun­try (CC) is: a re­verse-en­gi­neered ver­sion of the XC90 that aims to be more cross­over than SUV.

That might be over­sim­pli­fy­ing, be­cause of course the CC is a higher-rid­ing ver­sion of the con­ven­tional V90 wagon – a model not avail­able in New Zealand. But the V90 and XC90 are both new-gen­er­a­tion Volvos based on the same Scal­able Prod­uct Ar­chi­tec­ture (SPA), very close in their over­all foot­prints and con­fig­ured around the same de­sign cues and tech­nol­ogy.

Vir­tu­ally the same price, too: our V90 CC In­scrip­tion D5-fordiesel is $103,900, com­pared with $104,900 for a same-spec­i­fi­ca­tion XC90.

So what’s the point? We reckon the V90 CC ap­peals on the grounds of her­itage, de­sign and dy­nam­ics. Her­itage be­cause long be­fore ev­ery­body be­came ob­sessed with large SUV body shapes, Volvo helped pi­o­neer the cross­over con­cept with a raisedride-height

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