So busy are we buying hatchbacks and crossovers that the concept of having four doors and a boot feels like something that died with the Ford Cortina. But that didn't stop the Mercedes C-Class bursting into the top 10 sellers list this year to rub shoulders with the Ford Focus. And if all saloons were like the Volvo S90, we’d probably buy a lot more of them.
Jacked-up estate cars can sometimes end up feeling like the poor relation; a last-ditch attempt to mop up a few niche sales with the promise of a suspension lift and some plastic cladding. However, it's a recipe Volvo have been perfecting since they created the V70 XC back in 1997. And, having spent a week a with it, I humbly submit that this latest Cross Country model, far from being the runt of the V90 range, is actually the pick of the bunch...
When Volvo launched the new V90, they did so with a series of rather stirring videos. There’s nothing unusual about that: we’re used to seeing images of the latest model pivoting from one sinuous corner to the next on an implausibly traffic-free road. But what Volvo did was more striking. Because the subject of the video wasn’t so much a car, as an entire country.
The new Volvo S90 saloon and V90 estate are now available with performance upgrade packages from in-house tuning specialists Polestar.
Watch our Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Video Review.
The Volvo V60 Polestar has received a number of engineering upgrades for 2016, not the least of which is a power-hike from 350 to 367hp, courtesy of a new four-cylinder Drive-E engine.
The new Volvo S90 and V90 are available to order now, with prices starting from £32,555 for the saloon and £34,555 for the V90 estate.
The already quite luxurious Volvo XC90 gains a new, top-of-the-range model this week, as the new XC90 Excellence is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country have been given a new face for the 2017 model year, complete with Thor's Hammer headlights, as seen on the new XC90, S90 and V90.
Following on the from the unveiling of the well-received saloon S90, the estate version - the new Volvo V90 - has also been revealed. The V90 rounds out the company's new 90 series models, launched by the XC90.
Every now and then, a car comes along that embeds itself in automotive history, or redefines a market segment. Sometimes, heroes come from the most unlikely backgrounds, and I humbly propose that the Volvo XC90 has done more for road safety than most other cars in recent history. Previous seven-seaters expected you to load your off-spring into what was effectively the rear crumple zone, but Volvo fixed that with the first generation XC90 so comprehensively it remained in production for over a decade. So what challenge must the new XC90 meet?
Watch our video review of the 2016 Volvo XC90.