Why buy an SUV when you can have this?

Like its main competitors, the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain and Audi A6 Allroad, Volvo’s new V90 Cross Country wants to be all the car that you will ever need. It has many assets to offer, from its roomy, luxurious cabin and spacious trunk to its increased ride height and all-wheel-drive layout – all wrapped in a stylish yet rugged body to make it a viable alternative to crossovers and SUVs. It actually is, and I would much rather have this or one of its rivals. But at the end of the day, it’s a matter of taste, and thankfully some automakers are giving us plenty of options to choose from.

Volvo originally unveiled the V90 Cross Country a couple of months ago during its own event, but it’s only now at the Los Angeles Auto Show where the versatile midsize wagon is receiving its public debut taking into account the Geely-owned marque did not attend the Paris Motor Show in October. Perhaps the only criticism the car is facing is the lack of larger engines since the Swedes are going to sell it exclusively with four-cylinder units, just like they are doing with the other cars from the 90 series.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Compared to the regular model, the V90 Cross Country version sits 2.4 inches (60 millimeters) higher and benefits from some extra plastic cladding to protect the lovely body while tackling difficult terrains. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same as the regular wagon, albeit the bumpers look a tad different and there are some subtle changes on the inside as well.

In terms of pricing, the cheapest version money can buy in United States is going to set you back $55,300 MSRP and it should go on sale in the months to come, following its production start this fall at Volvo’s Torslanda factory in Sweden.

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Photos: Nathan Leach-Proffer / Motor1.com

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