Glamour Wagon: 2018 Volvo V90

By Matthew Keegan

After a 20-year hiatus, the Volvo V90 returns.

2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Station wagons dominated the American scene from the 1950s to 1970s, serving as the people hauler of choice for large families. By the 1980s, wagons (as they were by then commonly called) began to disappear. Once the 1990s arrived, even fewer models were available. Minivans became the new vehicle of choice, essentially ending the wagon phenomenon.

Apparently, Volvo never got the message as they continued to build wagons for years after. Models such as the V40, V50, and V70 came and went, with the Swedish automaker curtailing its US models for several years in the early 2010s.

In 2015, the Volvo V60 rolled out, restarting Volvo’s wagon quest. Beginning with the 2018 model year, the V90 itself returns after a 20-year break. While the V60 is handsome in its own right, the V90 just may be the world’s most glamorous wagon.

Yes, that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it! And judging by some of the comments I’ve received from colleagues, friends, and neighbors, Volvo hit all the right buttons with the V90, especially from its design standpoint.

2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2018 Volvo V90

There are two lines of V90 models offered. One is the standard model, the other is the Cross Country, best known for its one-inch higher ground clearance. My test model was a 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD, so that’ll serve as the focus of my review. That said, I’ll share price information for both, before diving deep into all things test model.

The 2018 V90 comes in two trims: R-Design ($49,950) and Inscription ($51,950). At present, the V90 Cross Country is a T6 AWD-only model ($55,300). Add $995 for destination and handling.

The sticker price for my Cross Country test model was $69,440 and it had the following packages and upgrades: Luxury ($4,500); Convenience ($1,950); Metallic Paint ($595); 20-inch alloy wheels ($800); rear air suspension ($1,200); Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System ($3,200); and a head-up display ($900). There are a few other accessories available, including a built-in child seat and tow package. In all, your price might top $72,000.

2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Exterior: A Matter of Style

What may be the V90’s strongest suit is its style — inside and out. What you have here is a large wagon, but it doesn’t feature the bland or boxy styling of past models. The same elegant grille found on the S90 sedan and XC90 SUV marks the front fascia, with striking “hammer of Thor” LED lighting elements amplifying the look.

The wagon’s profile is at once elegant and sporty, benefiting from a one-inch raised ground clearance. A sweeping roofline, rising beltline and much sculpting and character lines set this wagon apart from models of old.

But it is at the rear where the V90 makes a clean departure from the pack with its oversized L-shaped combination lamps, notched liftgate with a spoiler, and dual exhaust ports. Front to back this model is perhaps the most Go to the full article.

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