Volvo V60 Cross Country

Stylish, but not very spacious

7.6
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  • Great ride quality
  • Stylish cabin
  • Good looks
  • No petrol option
  • Not as good to drive as rivals
  • Smaller boot than some rivals
 

£34,900 - £38,000 Price range

 

5 Seats

 

49 - 65 MPG

Review

The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a mid-size estate car with beefier looks and a taller ride than the regular estate car that is based upon. The Cross Country doesn’t have many rivals – only the more expensive Audi A6 Allroad, the cheaper Skoda Octavia Scout and the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack that costs about the same.

The interior in the V60 Cross County shares much with the regular V60 thanks to its excellent build quality and stylish floating centre console. The contrasting leather seats are super comfortable and count as one of the main selling points of the car.

Bigger tyres and more suspension travel than the regular V60 equate to a more comfortable ride. Despite that, testers report the V60 Cross Country doesn’t lean in corners as much as you might expect.

You get a choice of one five-cylinder and several four cylinder diesel engines. The pick of the range is the two-wheel drive D4, which offers lots of power and surprisingly low running costs.

The V60 Cross Country asks for a hefty premium over the regular V60, but is still cheaper than the A6 Allroad. Base equipment is reasonable, with Volvo’s emergency city braking and a high-tech infotainment system coming as standard.

Cheapest to buy: 2.0-litre 150hp D3 SE diesel

Cheapest to run: 2.0-litre 150hp D3 SE diesel

Fastest model: 2.4-litre D5 diesel

Most popular: 2.0-litre 150hp D3 SE diesel

The V60 Cross Country cabin is very similar to the regular V60’s and as a result it’s a nice place to spend time. The Audi A6 Allroad has the more premium (and better finished) cabin, but the V60 Cross Country gets close and its floating centre console gives the car its own unique character, as well as freeing up space for an additional storage area. Some of the good work is undone by a confusing array of small buttons that are tricky to operate on the move.

Volvo V60 Cross Country passenger space

In the front there’s plenty of space and a wide range of adjustment makes it easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. It’s not the same story in the back, though, where the sloping roofline eats into rear passenger’s headroom. Anyone over six foot tall will find there head’s a bit cramped, but there’s plenty of knee room. Volvo’s seats are known for their comfort – they seem to offer support in all the right places and you often leave the car with less aches and pains than you had when you got in.

Volvo v60 Cross Country boot space

Boot space is unchanged from the regular V60 meaning you get 430 litres with the seats up, expanding to 1,241 litres with the rear seats folded down. Even though that is a decent capacity, the Skoda Superb is cheaper to buy and offers 633 and 2,000 litres respectively.

To achieve the increased ride height, Volvo has used taller springs and high-profile tyres instead of the more complicated and expensive air or hydraulic suspension that rivals use. A tall car is prone to lean in corners more, but testers were surprised to find out the V60 Cross Country is very composed and body roll is minimal.

An added boon of the chunky tyres is that the Cross Country is much more comfortable than the regular V60 and thanks to very little road noise coming into the cabin, the car feels very refined. Where the Volvo really feels at home is on the motorway – it’s extremely quiet and the suspension does a great job of gliding over bumps.

Like the S60 Cross Country the V60 Cross Country can be ordered in two as well as four-wheel-drive form. Unlike the S60 Cross Country, it gets more engine choices. There’s the old, but proven 2.4-litre five-cylinder 190hp diesel called the D5 and the newly developed 2.0-litre four-cylinder available in two power levels – the 150hp D3 and 190hp D4.

The five-cylinder has a pleasing soundtrack, but is dated when compared to the newer Drive-E engines. It returns fuel economy of 49.6mpg and emits 149g/km of CO2 for road tax of £145 a year.

The four cylinder engines are more frugal with the D3 able to return 67.3mpg and low CO2 emissions for road tax of just £30. The 7.2 seconds it takes the D4 to accelerate to 62mph means its decently quick too.

There is a choice between a six-speed manual and a new eight-speed automatic. While the manual has an easy and precise shift, the auto is much less hassle in traffic.

Volvo is renowned for its devotion to safety, so even though the V60 Cross Country hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, we would expect it to get the same five-star safety rating as the regular car.

There are plenty of optional passive and active safety systems such as lane-assist, adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning. Automatic city braking is standard across the range.

Standard SE models come with Bluetooth phone connection, climate control, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels among there more insignificant equipment. One step above is the Lux trim that adds leather seats and the smart TFT dials. Each trim can be upgraded with satellite navigation and internet connectivity for an extra £800.

Conclusion

The V60 Cross County is a jacked-up premium estate car that has the ability to tackle occasional light off-roading. It’s comfortable to live with, super safe and cheap to run. Trouble is, the Skoda Octavia Scout offers everything the Volvo does, but costs quite a lot less.

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