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Volvo V60 Cross Country

Volvo V60 Cross Country Review

The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a regular V60 estate that thinks it’s an SUV, with a raised ride height and chunky body kit. Sadly, it comes at a high price, though


This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

What's good

  • Great on the motorway
  • Stylish cabin
  • Good looks

What's not so good

  • No petrol engine available
  • More expensive than some alternatives
  • Fiddly infotainment system

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Overall verdict

The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a regular V60 estate that thinks it’s an SUV, with a raised ride height and chunky body kit. Sadly, it comes at a high price, though

The Volvo V60 Cross Country is effectively a regular V60 estate crossed with an SUV. It’s essentially the same car, but with some extra ground clearance and a beefier look. There aren’t many alternatives, but you could also consider the Audi A4 Allroad, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and the cheaper Skoda Octavia Scout.

The difference between the Cross Country and other V60s is most obvious from the outside, as it sits some 60mm higher off the ground and has a unique, chunkier bodykit. By contrast, it’s pretty much identical to the standard V60 inside, with excellent build quality and a high-tech portrait-style infotainment system that dominates the centre console.

It also means the layout is uncluttered, as most of the systems are controlled through the screen, rather than having separate buttons. The only issue is that it can be awkward to use while you’re driving.

In the front, there’s plenty of space and the wide range of adjustment on the driver’s seat and steering wheel makes it easy to get a good driving position. The leather seats are supremely comfortable and count as one of the main selling points of the car.

It’s pretty much the same story in the back, where there’s plenty of room and the only issue is that the low-set front seats can eat into the foot room. The boot space, meanwhile, is identical to what you’ll find in the regular V60. So, you get 529 litres with the seats up, expanding to 1,441 litres with the rear seats folded down. That is a very decent capacity, but the Skoda Superb is cheaper to buy and offers 633 and 2,000 litres respectively.

The V60 is a bit like a Swiss Army knife - it’s a single package that seems like it can do everything you need. It’s classy, comfortable and spacious, and can even cope with a little off-roading

Mat Watson
carwow expert

In terms of practicality, then, there’s no price to pay for choosing the Cross Country over the regular Volvo V60 – and, remarkably, it’s the same story on the road. You might have expected that the taller springs, higher ride height and high-profile tyres would make the Cross Country more prone to lean in corners, but not a bit of it.

In fact, the chunky tyres make the Volvo V60 Cross Country more comfortable than the regular V60 and, thanks to very little road noise coming into the cabin, the car feels very quiet on the move. The Volvo really feels at home on the motorway, where it’s extremely quiet and the suspension does a great job of gliding over bumps.

In contrast to other versions of the V60, which are available with a choice of engines and gearboxes, the Cross Country is a take-it-or-leave-it model. Your only choice is a four-wheel drive model with the D4 diesel engine and an automatic gearbox.

Mind you, that’s no bad thing, as it’s a good combination. The engine is nice and strong, so the car is pretty quick, while the automatic gearbox means it’s generally pleasant to drive, even in heavy traffic, although it can occasionally be a little slow to respond.

Effectively, the Volvo V60 Cross Country is just another trim level in the V60 range and it comes with a good package of equipment. However, like other V60s, there’s no shortage of options that you can add, with several being grouped in attractive packs, such as the Winter pack (including heated seats and a heated windscreen) or the Intellisafe Pro pack, which groups together several safety features, as well as some semi-autonomous driving features.

The result is that the V60 Cross Country is a proper Jack of all trades. Not only is it a jacked-up estate car that can tackle occasional light off-roading, it’s also comfortable to live with, as well as safe and classy inside. Trouble is, the Skoda Octavia Scout offers everything the Volvo does, but costs quite a lot less.

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