Volvo V90 Cross Country 2021 vs V60 Cross Country luggage test | Compare loading areas
While the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes E 450 All-Terrain disappointed us with their levels of installer capability and questionable value, the other midsize luxury off-road wagon did not: the Volvo V90 Cross Country 2021. It has really useful extra ground clearance and a lower, more reasonable price. But what about that other element of wagon goodness, utility?
While I didn’t test the Allroad or All-Terrain luggage, test drive editor Zac Palmer did do so using different luggage and different variants of A6 / Class E wagons. Our results are therefore only vaguely comparable. I guess the Mercedes would win the day and the V90 outperform the Audi, but again, that’s just a guess.
I did, however, test drive Volvo’s smallest off-road wagon, the V60 Cross Country. Surprisingly, the difference between cross country is not that big.
According to Volvo wonderfully detailed freight specifications which indicate exactly what they measured (hint, all other automakers), the V90 Cross Country (above left) has 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the backseat from floor to roof. The V60 Cross Country (right) has 23.2 cubic feet. It is not a big difference.
However, Volvo also provides the length of the cargo space from the base of the seat to the tailgate. That’s a bigger difference on paper: 45.4 inches for the V90 and 40.7 inches for the V60. That would play out once I brought the luggage into the equation.
Before we get into the bags, take a closer look at the comparison photo above. Find out about the different D-pillars and in particular how straighter the V60s are. It’s my guess as to why the V90’s cargo area manages to be much longer, but only has a minor volume difference.
Same bags, same training, different Volvo wagons. You can clearly see here that there is more length available in the V90. Five more inches? I don’t know about it, but you get more space nonetheless.
As with every baggage test I do, I use two medium sized rolling suitcases that should be checked in at the airport (26 inches long, 16 wide, 11 deep), two rolling suitcases that hold on to barely in overhead (24L x 15W x 10D) and a smaller roll-aboard that fits easily (23L x 15W x 10D). I’m also including my wife’s fancy travel bag just to spruce things up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
As you can see above, the fancy bag also doesn’t fit with the cargo cover in place, but that’s not unusual for a hatchback with their cargo volumes.
Now a word on those cargo covers. While they both slide up the D-pillar for easy access, the V90s have power and do so automatically when you open and close the tailgate. The V60 requires you to do it yourself.
Great, let’s delete them both.
Granted, I used a slightly different Tetris formation in the V60 (the bigger bags stacked on top of each other), but again you can see the difference between them once the cargo cover is removed. Yes, the novelty bag fits both, but there is more room in the V90.
How much more? Well, the V90 can swallow a 38 quart cooler and have room, while the V60 is good for two small duffel bags with no free space.
This is really where one can see that the V90 is indeed more spacious than the V60 in an appreciable way, which is good considering its larger exterior dimensions and higher price tag. It also has a larger rear seat, more powerful engine, more refinement including excellent ride quality and more features.
Also, keep in mind that all of the above also applies to the standard Volvo V90 and V60, which have exactly the same cargo spaces. I should also take this opportunity to once again congratulate Volvo for still offering regular, un-lifted, unpaved wagon versions, unlike its rivals Mercedes and Audi. Also BMW, which no longer offers wagons at all. Boo-urns.