Smooth sailing in all weathers with the Volvo V90 Ocean Race

Posted on: 7th June, 2018

Category: Motoring

Contributor: Sean Creedon

I’m always fascinated as to how cars get their names. Seat use names of places in Spain where their cars are built, VW has a strong line of familiar names, others like BMW and Volvo go for numbers.

Now Volvo has moved in a slightly different direction by calling the Cross Country version of their V90 after the Ocean Race, which the company sponsor. The Ocean Race version was launched at the end of 2017 to celebrate the start of the race and also to help support the fight against ocean plastics.

Buyers of the Ocean Race version will contribute directly to helping understand the health of our oceans. Volvo will donate €100 for each of the first 3,000 V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race cars it plans to build.

You may have recently seen videos of marine plastic pollution off the coast of Bali and in waters between California and Hawaii and realise the amount of plastic being discarded all over the world. We had a day of protest in Ireland last month with ‘Shop and Drop’ where customers were urged to politely leave packaging at the checkout.

But I hasten to add there is nothing plastic about this massive estate from Volvo.

I have been looking at pictures of the Cross Country being driven in snowy conditions, probably in Sweden. I have bad memories of the difficulties the heavy snow caused us in early March and on St Patrick’s weekend and don’t want to see another snowflake for at least 12 months.

The car comes with all the standard features customers have come to expect from a Cross Country model, such as all-wheel drive, increased ride height and a chassis optimised for comfort and control in all weather and road conditions.

Volvo is helping to tackle the problem of marine pollution as the carpet inlays in the car are made from Econyl, a fibre made from 100 per cent recycled nylon, including abandoned fishing s nets reclaimed from the seabed.

I drove a Crystal White version. Inside the orange seat belts really caught my eye in what was a very bright decor with matte grey and a touch of orange throughout. Overall the interior had a real classy feel to it.

This is a massive car. The bonnet is very long, the interior space is massive and naturally the boot is also large. Only one complaint, no spare wheel, just a repair kit.

The overall rugged look was complemented by two roof box holders, which adds to the elongated look of the car. And the reversing camera is just out of this world, as you get a ‘bird’s eye’ view of what’s behind you when reversing.

It’s a massive station way in every way, including price. Prices start at €47,995 for the V90 range, but the prices of the Ocean Race Cross Country version, with lots of goodies, came to €78,995. Road tax is only €280.  However, Volvo recently announced they are reducing prices in selected models by ten per cent from now until October 1.

I suppose it’s good to know that apart from enjoying all the luxury and comfort that the V90 Cross Country offers, if you purchase the Ocean Race version, you will be doing something to improve the environment, especially of our oceans.

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