Is there anything interesting about its design?
Hands up anyone who thinks wagon, and immediately thinks cool? Anyone?
How about a jacked up wagon, just a few centimetres lower than its popular SUV stablemate? No one?
Well, look again people, because the V90 Cross Country is no shrinking violet. With the new Volvo family grille, sleek lines, sculpted behind, and clever headlights, this is a high-riding wagon with pizzazz.
The V90 Cross Country is happy to be different.
It sits proudly on its 20-inch alloys, its stance more cheeky than aggressive, the extra height giving it real presence.
The latter is complemented by the all-around body cladding that hints at a willingness to test the road less travelled. Real-world approach and departure angles may temper the enthusiasm for challenging off-road travails, but do little to detract from the all-wheel drive's picture of confidence.
While the exterior may be all about rugged capability, the interior concerns itself more with the business of sumptuous luxury. The Cross Country mirrors the S90, V90 and XC90 for style and design, using dark-stained walnut wood and high-gloss trim to add a touch of warmth to modern fixtures and fittings.
A 9.0-inch vertical tablet-like colour touchscreen serves as the nerve centre for multimedia and navigation, allowing the cabin to retain a minimalist feel with hardly a button in sight.
The seats are moulded for comfort, offering support in all the right places, with the electric adjustment making it easy to find that optimum fit.
As with the XC90 and S90 I found it difficult to get the car to store my mirror and seat settings, although I am happy to concede this is more a failing on my part than the error of the Swedish manufacturer.