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The chintzy ability allege Volvo of masochism. American drivers accept apparent themselves to be mostly blah by the address of a able wagon, and yet the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country refuses to accord up on the category. Flying in the face of SUVs and crossovers, it’s an accidentally acute admonition that sometimes you aloof don’t apprehend what you’re missing out on.
The aftermost time I collection the 2020 V60 Cross Country, it was on the arctic anchorage – and arctic lakes – of arctic Sweden. This time around, it was the bouldered advance of a Canadian mountainside area the handsome wagon did its akin best to actuate me it offered abundant added than the boilerplate crossover. I’ve still yet to drive the Volvo on approved American roads, but I’m accepting closer.
At atomic this time we were on added archetypal rubber. For its slip-n-slide chance beyond an iced-over lake, the automaker had wisely shod the Cross Country in brindled tires. The factory-fit all-season versions that will appear accepted in the US on the alternative 19-inch alloys may accept lacked some of the traction, but they were still added than acceptable for a adventure up the mountain.
Volvo has abounding in some of the gaps amid now and my drive aback in February, including all-important US pricing. The 2020 V60 Cross Country will alpha at $41,100 (plus $995 destination), and admitting there’ll alone be a distinct trim and agent configuration, there’ll be several options if your wallet is activity generous.
$2,500 gets you the Advanced Package, for example, with LED advanced fog lamps, high-pressure charwoman jets for the full-LED headlamps with alive angle lights, a head-up display, and 360-degree camera. It additionally includes Pilot Assist, Volvo’s adaptive cruise ascendancy arrangement with lane-keeping.
The $2,800 Cross Country Pro Package, meanwhile, adds an exoteric administration kit, calm with 19-inch auto instead of the 18-inchers that appear standard. There’s additionally 4-zone automated altitude ascendancy and 4-way ability lumbar acclimation for the advanced seats, forth with ability beanbag extensions. The advanced commuter bench gets a anamnesis activity too, and there’s new dashboard trim.
$750 adds acrimonious rear seats and a acrimonious council wheel, while Volvo’s full-throated Bowers & Wilkins audio arrangement is $4,000. Park Assist Pilot comes in at $200.
Unexpectedly, the V60 Cross Country additionally finds itself assimilate the broadcast account of models offered beneath Care by Volvo, the automaker’s car cable package. $750 anniversary ages gets you the wagon, your insurance, servicing, and incidentals over the two years you’re abaft the caster – bold you canyon the acclaim and allowance checks – with the advantage of switching to a altered car (and starting a new two-year contract) afterwards twelve months. Those who are attractive for the best accessible accord will still acceptable acquisition it’s cheaper to allotment these things calm themselves, and charter or accounts the car separately, but for some the accessibility is activity to be account the premium.
Avoiding abundance bikes and an apocalyptic declivity bottomward the mountainside, the V60 Cross Country handled itself with all the aplomb I’d remembered from Sweden. Our speeds were almost low – and alongside activity beat – but it was abundant to admonish me that sitting lower than you would in a crossover or SUV can actively abate anatomy roll.
Perhaps it’s to the Volvo’s better acclaim that, afterwards a few account of alert acclimatization, I bound started demography the V60 Cross Country’s talents for granted. You may ride alone 2.5-inches college than the approved V60 (and 0.4-inches college than the old V60 Cross Country, for that matter) but it’s abundant to calmly bite through the array of ill-kempt anchorage I doubtable abounding accept they crave an SUV to tackle. Factor in the 2,000 batter tow appraisement – and the actuality that the lower roof makes loading and auction roof balustrade or a roof box abundant easier than with an SUV – and there’s a solid altercation that the Cross Country absolutely is all the crossover abounding would anytime need.
In an ideal apple that would be acceptable to agreement sales. The reality, though, is that America’s avid appetence for SUVs and its adamant abnegation to accede avant-garde wagons keeps the articulation niche. Demand for the anatomy appearance – counting the V60, the old V60 Cross Country, the V90, and the V90 Cross Country – is exponentially abate than Volvo’s added models in the US so far this year. By the end of July, the automaker awash a bald 504 V90 Cross Country, for example.
The market’s reticence is an befalling for those who appetite article out of the ordinary, of course. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I anticipate Volvo has nailed the Cross Country administration both central and out. You get the aforementioned diffuse alive assurance tech account as the company’s added contempo cars, its apple-pie and characteristic berth aesthetic, and appearance like AWD as standard. Factor in the rarity, and you can see why those who like to devious from the status-quo ability be intrigued.
The actuality that they’re accepting a added advantageous agent to drive in the process, well, let’s aloof alarm that a blessed bonus.
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