The Volvo V90 Cross Country was our chariot for some challenging driving winter conditions in northern Sweden.

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That grille is also unique to the Cross Country.

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The Cross Country is lifted 2.3 inches higher than the standard V90.

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The rear of the V90 is one of its most attractive angles.

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The black cladding around the wheels can also be ordered in body colour.

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I took the all-wheel-drive system and the chassis for a spin out on the ice.

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It was incredible how easy the car was to control on wet ice with little to no traction.

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This is one handsome wagon.

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I drove on studded tyres during my time with the car. A must in Scandinavian winter.

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There will also be a diesel variant available in Europe.

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Doesn't it just look at home in the wilderness?

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Deep snow on ice wasn't even a serious obstacle.

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It's hard to imagine many V90s spending a lot of their time out here, but it's good to know they can.

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Volvo say the car is meant to appeal to those with active hobbies.

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It can handle off-road terrain, but it's still reliable and comfortable on normal roads.

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Our tan interior was a welcome addition.

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The the layout of the car puts pertinent information in front of you when and where you need it.

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Trunk space is plentiful.

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The Sensus Connect system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

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The vertical tablet-style screen is gorgeous and easy to navigate.

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Off-Road mode is a new addition, designed to be activated when the going gets really tough.

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The interior feels premium despite the affordable price.

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