Suf­fer­ing from Suv-fa­tigue? Look no fur­ther than the V90 CC

Car (South Africa) - - TEST -

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W6,77 sec 235 kw/400 N.m 230 km/h ITH a range of new mod­els penned by ex-de­sign chief, Thomas In­gen­lath, Volvo Cars has shrugged off its “boxy and staid” per­sona and un­der­gone some­thing of a re­nais­sance. These ve­hi­cles are strik­ingly unique in their ap­pear­ance and the sub­ject of this test – the Volvo V90 Cross Coun­try – is no dif­fer­ent, be­ing the lat­est in a long line of rugged sta­tion wag­ons from the Swedish rm. It has few ri­vals, too, with the only other off-road-ca­pa­ble es­tates in our mar­ket be­ing the Subaru Out­back and Volvo’s own V60 CC; other man­u­fac­tur­ers have long since aban­doned 9,24 L/100 km 176 g/km the seg­ment in favour of SUVS.

Based on the V90 and shar­ing the same Spa-plat­form un­der­pin­nings as other 90 se­ries mod­els, the V90 CC of­fers all-wheel drive across its four-model range in South Africa. A raised ride height (by 60 mm), larger wheels, model-speci c black whee­larch ex­ten­sions, bumpers and side sills, as well as a be­spoke grille un­der­line the V90 CC’S roughroad ca­pa­bil­i­ties and set it apart from its lower-slung sib­lings. In­ter­est­ingly, for an ad­di­tional out­lay, Volvo will colour code the black ex­te­rior trim items, giv­ing your CC a more el­e­gant ap­pear­ance.

In­side, you’ll nd the same so­phis­ti­cated treat­ment we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent Volvo mod­els. Taste­fully min­i­mal­ist is the best way to de­scribe an in­te­rior that fea­tures plenty of pol­ished metal trim, as well as high­qual­ity ma­te­ri­als on all sur­faces, from the stitched fa­cia (op­tional) to the soft leather seats.

Pride of place on the fa­cia is taken by the rm’s ex­cel­lent Sen­sus in­fo­tain­ment in­ter­face.

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