Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - ADVENTURE DRIVE -

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.

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