The Volvo V90 – Your luxury longroof is here

This thing is big, beautiful, and extremely brown. It’s the Volvo V90 and it’s another wagon for which we should all give thanks. Bow down at the altar of the longroof, and rejoice with me.
If you want a non plastic-fendered V90 Cross Country, you’re going to need to order it special from a Volvo dealer. This one here is a fancy Inscription T6 AWD version. That means it’s packing twin-charged power under the hood. The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that cranks out 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
There’s a less expensive T5 version which doesn’t double up on the forced induction and that one makes 250 horsepower.
Additionally, were it my own money, I’d save over the asking price of the Inscription and go with the slightly sportier looking R-Design version.
Either way, I’d wind up with one hell of a wagon. It’s gorgeous on the outside. The interior is the model of simplistic style done so right. And if you don’t need all of the space the V90 offers up, you can save some more bucks and go for the new V60.
Volvo… you’re doing it right. Thanks for making wagons available in the United States.
[Disclaimer: Volvo tossed us the keys to the V90 and included a tank of fuel. We didn’t even ask them for the brown one but we would’ve if we knew it existed so bold and beautifully.]

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7 responses to “The Volvo V90 – Your luxury longroof is here”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    First off, I’ve love wagons, and have been enamored with this car since sitting in it at the Detroit Auto Show a couple of years ago. It’s simply gorgeous inside and out. A decade ago, I tried talking my wife into buying an XC70 instead of an XC90, but she wasn’t having it. I’ve hinted strongly at a used (we can’t afford a new) V90 as her next car, but she still wrongly thinks that SUVs are cooler than wagons. Still, I persevere.
    As my personal daily driver, I honestly wouldn’t want a V90. It’s a tad too refined for my tastes, and Volvo steering is NUMB. I’m much more inclined to find a clean 240 wagon and drop in a Mustang Coyote drivetrain with a 6-speed manual. That’s more my style. But as a spouse vehicle, I could really, REALLY, enjoy the occasional jaunt in a V90. And brown is beautiful.

  2. neight428 Avatar

    When searching for adjectives for my opinion on this wagon, “sexy” popped into my head, and I have not yet dismissed it. I am indeed getting old and weird.

  3. 0A5599 Avatar

    But has it received the OLRF seal of approval?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      That’s a good question – I miss his posts…

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Neat. I have been waiting for this since you teased the V90 photo a while back. Around here, the V90 has become a very common sight and, yet, I am not getting bored of it. An endlessly gorgeous vehicle. It’s a shame it’s never going to be a solid 11th owner choice.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Extracting that much power from two liters, you’ll be a lucky third owner if you don’t have to foot the bill for major engine work.

  5. neight428 Avatar

    Also, FWIW, there appear to be at least 89 non-Cross Country V90’s on dealer lots per Autotrader, so the “you have to order it” thing is either some nonstandard quirk in whatever Volvo has arranged with their dealers, or you have that many folks that backed out of their order prior to them hitting the lots.
    I would take this one…