AWD. WITH SOME OFF-ROAD
Okay, so this high-end V90 Cross County is not quite the ideal tool if you plan to drive over a mountain. Instead, its BorgWarner Gen 5 all-wheeldrive system was intended more for European snow and mud and so on. Yet, despite some punters that were certain the Swedish wagon would perish at the first sight of Mozambique’s treacherous sand tracks, it made it to Machangulo and back. And in one piece, too! The AWD system works like this: in normal driving conditions, practically all the power is sent to the front wheels. When any loss of traction at the front axle is detected, up to 50% of power can be sent to the rear axle. Interestingly, at standstill, full all-wheel drive is engaged to ensure maximum traction when accelerating, no matter the surface. The Cross Country has four drive modes: Comfort, Eco, Dynamic and Off-Road. In the Off-Road mode, the hill descent control system is activated and there are different throttle and gearbox mapping, for extra control. There’s also the 220mm of ground clearance in the bank… mind, the overhangs are rather pronounced, so keep those in mind. Overall though, the Volvo surprised everyone with its performance in Mozambique.