The Volvo V90 Cross Country is a more rugged V90 estate car, with a raised ride height to make it more able off road. It competes with the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain. All three are practical four-wheel-drive estate cars – an alternative to an SUV for drivers who don’t plan to venture too far off Tarmac. But the V90 Cross Country is more affordable than either the Audi or the Mercedes-Benz. We’re testing the entry-level model, the D4 AWD Cross Country Auto, priced at £42,520. 

One advantage of this type of car is their lower centre of gravity, which can make them more stable at high speeds than some SUVs. But does that general rule apply here?