n early February, the Volvo PR team invited leading media from around the country to drive the V90 Cross Country and S90 and V90 R-Design for the first time on UK roads.

More than 50 journalists from national, regional and automotive media outlets were given the opportunity to test the rugged V90 Cross Country's on- and off-road performance, while also testing the dynamic new R-Design models on the roads in and around Birmingham. The cars were well recieved by the UK Media - examples of the reviews are below.

"The V90 Cross Country still shows that, two decades on from its conception, the premium crossover-estate is a very appealing proposition. Buyers are still expected to flock to the XC90 SUV, but the estate's sleek style, strong practicality, upmarket cabin and decent on-road manners should maintain a loyal following. The fact that it's still a capable off-road car is the icing on the cake." Auto Express

"Wonderfully calming, and probably the best of all the latest 90-series cars (S90, V90 and XC90). With more ride height, it's comfier than a regular V90, and with light, effortless steering and lots of suspension travel, you seem to glide about the place." Top Gear

"The Volvo V90 Cross Country is a very fine car indeed. While it carries a price premium over a standard V90, the even more cosseting ride alone is arguably worth it, while those who live down muddy and rutted tracks or need to get to remote locations will appreciate this car's useful off-road ability." The Telegraph

"The S90 R-Design does have a lowered sports chassis, so it is reasonably agile considering it's a car that's just under five metres in length. When you go and find a piece of quiet road where you can really test the S90, you won't be disapointed in what a great drive it is." Motoring UK

"If you still think Volvo is synonymous with the school run and boxy load-lugging estates, then take a long, hard look at these new cars. They’re smart, packed with high-tech, practical features, and are a viable, slightly cheaper alternative to the excellent Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6." Alphr