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