£33,700 - £45,000 Price range
50 - 67 MPG
The Volvo S60 Cross Country is a mid-size saloon with more ground clearance and a beefier bodykit than the regular S60. There isn’t really anything like it currently on the market but the BMW X4, Audi A4 Allroad and Mercedes GLC can be considered alternatives.
The S60 Cross Country’s interior is identical to the one in the regular S60 with a button-heavy floating centre console and a well-made dash. The leather seats with contrasting copper stitching are described as “super comfy” and offer plenty of adjustments to provide a good driving position for anyone.
The increased suspension travel and big tyres make the Cross Country much more comfortable than the firm-riding regular S60. Despite the increased height, body roll is minimal.
Engine wise there is a choice of two diesels – Volvo’s old characterful five-cylinder engine and a new four-cylinder one. Despite sounding better, the old engine uses more fuel and is expensive to tax.
The regular S60 is cheaper than its immediate premium rivals, but the Cross Country demands a hefty premium that takes it up to their price, if not above. Equipment levels are good, though, with a high-tech infotainment system and Volvo’s smart TFT instrument cluster.
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Sharing much with the regular S60’s interior, the Cross Country’s cabin is a nice place to spend time. It looks and feels premium, but can’t quite match the one in the A4 Allroad. Aside from the centre console that is overpopulated by buttons centre, the controls are intuitive and easy to use.
Volvo S60 Cross Country passenger space
The S60 Cross Country is quite practical with lots of cubbies and storage areas scattered around the cabin. Four adult should have no problem traveling long distances in comfort. The seats receive much praise from reviewers for being comfy and supportive – they are generally seen as some of the best in the business.
Volvo S60 Cross Country boot space
The boot space isn’t a strong point in the S60 Cross Country – its 380-litre capacity is a 120 litres less than the boot in a BMW X4, for example.
Instead of using complicated air or hydraulic adjustable suspension with selectable off-road modes, Volvo has decided to stick to taller springs and chunky tyres to achieve the increased ride height of the S60 Cross Country.
Most testers expected the Cross Country to wallow and lean around corners, but they were surprised by how composed the car felt. The steering feels numb, but it is direct and well-weighed.
A benefit of the chunky tyres is that the Cross Country is much more comfortable on the motorway than the regular one and the feeling of refinement is increased by the little noise coming into the cabin at speed.
The S60 Cross Country can be ordered in two as well as four-wheel-drive form. The four-wheel-drive model gets the characterful five-cylinder 2.4-litre diesel, which returns fuel economy of 49.6mpg and emits 149g/km of CO2 for road tax of £145 a year. It sounds great, but is ultimately quite dated compared to the 2.0-litre model.
It only comes with front-wheel drive, but produces the same 190hp as the five-cylinder and is much cheaper to run, returning fuel economy of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 111g/km for £30 annual road tax. Performance figures of 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 130mph mean it is plenty quick, too.
The regular S60 is considered a premium car, but it undercuts it’s German rivals on price by quite a bit. However, the Cross Country demands a £10,000 premium over the regular saloon and that might prove too much of an increase for some potential customers.
Nevertheless, the S60 Cross Country compensates for the increased base price by offering relative exclusivity and a generous standard equipment including a infotainment system, electric front seats and Volvo’s City Safe safety package.
In a time when every car maker strives to provide a model for every possible niche, Volvo have uncovered a forgotten one – the SUS, or sports utility saloon – a blend between the refinement and practicality of a premium saloon and the outdoor lifestyle pretensions of a jacked-up road car. It is an acquired taste and we wouldn’t blame you if you spend a bit more and get the more practical V60 Cross Country estate, but if you are looking to be unique and to stand out from the crowd, then the S60 Cross Country is the right car for you.