Sprint Review: Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: Volvo isn’t exactly well represented in Namibia (or southern Africa, for that matter) but that doesn’t stop us from adoring them. That’s right, every member of the NamWheels office is a huge Volvo fan and, given the opportunity, will gush about the Swedish modernity and great road manners.

The 90-Series is their biggest range and is made up of the XC90 (SUV), S90 (sedan) and V90 (estate). Overseas you also get a C90 coupé while the V90 is only brought to African soil as this raised and beefed-up “Cross Country” model you’re currently looking at.

More facts: Every V90 CC has intelligent all-wheel-drive, eight automatic gears and a two-liter turbo-charged engine. Buyers may choose between two diesels and two petrols in two escalating trim levels. Our test car was the T6 petrol Inscription (high-spec) worth 235kW and 400Nm.

Where we went: Everywhere. Friggin’ everywhere! Just a few moments behind the wheel of this large estate on stilts made us look for excuses to keep driving. What also helped were the comfy seats (climatised at the front), incredible LED headlights, excellent ride ‘n handling, as well as the phenomenal Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Watch out for: Besides the price of almost a million bucks (gulp!), this car was absolutely crammed full of gadgets. Most of them are controlled from the ipad-like central screen and can be intimidating at first. Highlights? Auto-park feature, heads-up display, digital instruments and ag, you know, autonomous driving.

Why you’ll want one: Because those Japanese or German SUV’s are becoming a-dime-a-dozen and you need something with estate practicality, SUV capability, space ship features and sports car performance. We measured 0-100km/h in 6.31 seconds at sea level (full details and video at the bottom of the page). Reversing the process took 2.79 seconds and just 36.03 meters.

Each V90 Cross Country is sold with a 5-year/100,000km warranty and maintenance plan.


Engine:                        2L i-4 turbo-petrol
Transmission:          8-speed Auto, AWD
Max. Power:              225kW
Max. Torque:             400Nm
Avg cons.:                   10.5L/100km (claimed 7.7)
0-100km/h:              6.31 (claimed 6.3)
Top Speed:                 Claimed 230km/h
List Price:                   Starting at N$950 000



0-10km/h: 0,31 seconds
0-20km/h: 0,76 seconds
0-30km/h: 1,37 seconds
0-40km/h: 1,96 seconds
0-50km/h: 2,55 seconds
0-60km/h: 3,11 seconds
0-70km/h: 3,80 seconds
0-80km/h: 4,53 seconds
0-90km/h: 5,36 seconds
0-100km/h: 6,31 seconds
0-110km/h: 7,38 seconds
0-120km/h: 8,49 seconds
0-130km/h: 9,85 seconds
0-140km/h: 11,36 seconds
0-150km/h: 12,95 seconds
0-160km/h: 14,66 seconds

0-100m: 6,28 seconds @ 99,67km/h
0-200m: 9,44 seconds @ 127,42km/h
0-300m: 12,08 seconds @ 144,51km/h
0-400m: 14,46 seconds @ 158,92km/h

100-0km/h: 2,79 seconds @ 36,03 meters (once-off)

0-10mph: 0,56 seconds
0-20mph: 1,49 seconds
0-30mph: 2,45 seconds
0-40mph: 3,42 seconds
0-50mph: 4,57 seconds
0-60mph: 5,97 seconds
0-70mph: 7,67 seconds
0-80mph: 9,64 seconds
0-90mph: 12,13 seconds
0-100mph: 14,82 seconds

1/4 mile: 14,51 seconds @ 98,96 mph

Maximum acceleration G-force: 0,73G

Altitude: 60m

All data captured by Racelogic® Performance Box

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