Volvo Cars is in rude health. Last year sales were up 7.5 per cent, and assuming that the new car market doesnít go into meltdown, Volvo should push past the 50,000 sales threshold. It is more than eight years since the Chinese firm Geely purchased Volvo from Ford and over the past two years, we have begun to see the rewards from the significant investment that has been ploughed into the Swedish firm. First came the XC90, then the S90 saloon and V90 estate, and here we test the rugged off-road edition of the V90 named Cross Country. We briefly sampled the car earlier this year, but now weíve been able to test it over familiar roads and for a longer period of time. Here we drive the most powerful edition, with the 232bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged D5 engine and what Volvo calls its Powerpulse technology. It utilises compressed air to give a shot in the arm to minimise turbo lag and we found it really works, with seamless power from the twin turbochargers.
You can read the full report on this Volvo V90 in the November 2017 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue
Effortless performance. Excellent refinement. All-wheel traction. Beautifully large touchscreen. Finely crafted and elegant interior. Cheaper than the other premium rivals.
Boot isnít as capacious as an E-Class. No manual gearbox option or plug-in hybrid versions. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto costs extra.