Ahh, the wagon. It’s a body style that’s had to take a back seat – a third-row back seat, that is – to SUVs and crossovers in North America ever since manufacturers realized they could sell tall ride heights and room for the parents, the kids, the pets and all their gear.
It’s too bad, really; Europeans are still seeing the wagon as an automotive staple, but even there, tall hatchbacks are starting to take over.
It hasn’t stopped Volvo from building what they’ve always been known for, however; in fact, they’ve adapted. AS SUVs started to gain popularity in the ‘90s, Volvo developed “Cross Country” or “XC” versions of their venerable wagon blueprint. They added AWD, more ride height and body protection but kept the car-like dynamics and easy loading of the wagon.
For 2017, they’ve done it again and after putting it through its paces on central Sweden’s frozen roads (and lakes), we can safely say: it is fantastic.
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