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Once upon a time, before crossovers were even thought of and SUVs were still finding their feet, the wagon was the vehicle of choice for families. But times have changed, and now wagons—or estates, as their called in Europe—are often marketed as “crossover” wagons. For Volvo, however, with a long history of impressive examples under their belt, are content to call the new 2018 V90 Cross Country exactly what it is.

The V90 Cross Country is based off the V90 wagon of the same name, but with increased ground clearance, and more rugged cues to signify it’s off-roading ability. But for a vehicle meant to go anywhere between the woods and frozen lake on the coldest evening of the year, it’s looks could be described as elegant. A gentle taper to the roof, a unique studded grille flanked by Volvo’s latest T-shaped LED lighting elements all come together in a model that is more than becoming of the word “estate.”

The cabin also benefits from the brand’s luxury-oriented emphasis. Quality leather and woods can be found throughout, presented without clutter or business, but plenty of old-world craftsmanship. Tying things into the modern world is an easy-to-use Sensus Connect infotainment screen that also handles the climate control interface. True to the V90 Cross Country’s wagon roots, the interior can either seat five, or accommodate 53 cu-ft of cargo.

But while last year was its first model year on sale, Volvo has added more goodies to the 2018 V90 Cross Country anyway. Last year, the only engine offered was the T6 turbocharged/supercharged inline-four with 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive. In 2018, it’s joined by the T5 AWD with 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and a slightly lower starting price.

Owing to its off-road abilities, one would expect the V90 Cross Country to drive like a crossover. Not so, says Volvo’s engineers. A wagon in name is a wagon, and so sedan-like plushness and confident handling are just what you’ll find. Selectable drive modes let you alter throttle and steering response, while the optional air suspension brings additional ride comfort and an off-road mode.

The nature-inspired interior, safety, and versatility of the V90 Cross Country make it far more than an alternative to an SUV or crossover, but a luxury utility that puts its versatile, premium character at the forefront. To schedule a test drive, contact our Volvo dealership in Manasquan, NJ as it’s convenient. A sales representative can field any questions about this vehicle, or our services, and set up a test drive appointment.

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