What’s the bigger aberration amid Volvo’s latest Cross Country and the V60 wagon on which it’s based? Three inches of arena clearance. Booty that, add a little anatomy cladding, and you’ve got a alpine wagon that’s as butch as it is beautiful. I appetite one. Admit it: You do, too.
Yes, this transformation from V60 to Cross Country is minor, but man, does it work. Volvo’s been accomplishing the Cross Country activity back the backward 1990s, and it’s a allotment of the affluence space, about small, that it owns like no added automaker can.
It’s accessible to abatement in adulation with the new V60 Cross Country on a Volvo-designed administration advance aloft a arctic basin in arctic Sweden, area I aboriginal activated the car beforehand this year. The Cross Country’s added arena approval agency it calmly and agilely blasts over arranged snow. And with accurately abounding council and a burke that’s accessible to modulate, I acquire no agitation blind the V60’s appendage out for continued drifts through a long, right-hand sweeper on this Arctic playground.
The Cross Country uses the aforementioned all-wheel-drive arrangement as the accepted V60 T6, which can breach ability 50/50 amid the advanced and rear axles, but mostly runs a front-wheel-drive bureaucracy in canoeing conditions. The alone aberration is that the Cross Country adds an Off-Road approach to its AWD system, which absolutely aloof gets you acropolis coast control. It works a amusement on a short, abrupt abruptness that takes me from solid arena out to the arctic lake, befitting the V60 Cross Country at a slow-and-steady bottomward acceleration alike on this glossy surface.
It’s account acquainted that Volvo adapted its European-spec cars with Michelin X-Ice North brindled snow tires, which add abundance of absorption in these super-slippery conditions. (Studded snow tires aren’t acknowledged in some genitalia of the US, but I can’t acclaim studless winter elastic abundant if you alive in a cold-weather state.)
Hoonable ice capades aside, the V60 Cross Country is a relaxed, amenable cruiser. Along the albino streets of Luleå, Sweden, the Volvo offers a adaptable ride, but one that’s never chiffon or disconnected. The V60 doesn’t get the addition rear air abeyance of the beyond V90 Cross Country, but you candidly don’t charge it. The accepted abeyance bureaucracy is altogether accomplished — and besides, Volvo says alone like 5% of V90 Cross Country buyers opt for the air suspension, anyway.
Every US-spec V60 Cross Country will be powered by Volvo’s all-over T5 powertrain, consisting of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged I4 agent and an eight-speed automated transmission. No, you can’t buy a Cross Country with the V60’s added powerful, turbocharged-and-supercharged T6 engine. But you can’t buy a accepted V60 T5 with all-wheel drive, either.
With 250 application and 258 pound-feet of torque on offer, the T5 bureaucracy feels just-right in the V60 Cross Country. In fact, I adopt this agent to the added circuitous T6 and T8 setups in Volvo’s added cars. The added ability of the V60’s T6 agent is nice, but with a turbocharger and a supercharger alms assistance, there are generally awe-inspiring bursts of ability in awe-inspiring places throughout the engine’s rev range. Instead, the turbo-only T5 offers anticipated punch, accomplishing best torque from 1,800 rpm. The all-wheel-drive V60 Cross Country may acquire 275 added pounds to lug about than a front-wheel-drive V60 T5, but Volvo says it’s alone hardly slower back accelerating from a standstill. It hits 62 afar per hour in a admirable 6.8 seconds.
EPA ammunition abridgement abstracts won’t be accessible for a brace added months, but apprehend the V60 Cross Country to acknowledgment hardly beneath than the 24 afar per gallon city, 36 mpg artery and 28 mpg accumulated ratings of the accepted V60 T5. That said, abounding Roadshow agents associates acquire had agitation hitting the EPA numbers in added T5-equipped Volvos, so as always, your breadth may vary.
This activity has abundant barrier appeal.
You can buy a V60 wagon in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trims, but Volvo says the Cross Country will alone appear one way. Exact US accessories levels and packaging are still TBD, but European models will acquire 18-, 19- and 20-inch caster options. The car you see actuality rides on 19s, and I anticipate they attending great.
Inside, covering seats and metal accents attending absurd in the amply advised V60 interior, and a across-the-board sunroof lets the ablaze flash in — accessible on those black winter days. I affectionate of ambition the Cross Country were accessible with the Burghal Weave bolt upholstery like the Momentum-trim V60, but I assumption there has to be one bit of blemish in this package, right?
Because the V60 and Cross Country are dimensionally identical inside, you’ll acquisition able headroom, and taller drivers didn’t annals any complaints afterwards active the Cross Country over the advance of two days. Like Volvo’s added new cars, the heavily sculpted advanced seats are as comfortable as they are pretty, with abutment in all the appropriate places. The rear seats action affluence of allowance for average-height adults or your adored brood. And back they’re bankrupt flat, you’ve got 50.9 cubic anxiety of amplitude to booty your whatevers.
Volvo’s interiors ability all attending the same, but you won’t apprehend me complain.
Like in every added new Volvo, infotainment duties are handled by the company’s Sensus Connect software, a love-it-or-hate-it arrangement if there anytime was one. On one hand, Sensus is admirable to behold, its 9-inch, portrait-style affectation alms bright, brittle cartoon and bright displays. I like that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are housed in a abstracted asphalt on the Sensus home screen, acceptation they don’t automatically booty over the accomplished interface.
On the added hand, Sensus’ endless pages are difficult to navigate, and alike afterwards endless loans of Volvo articles over the years, I still feel like I don’t absolutely acquire a butt on area aggregate lives in the card structure. A faster processor agency Sensus isn’t as apathetic to alpha up and acknowledge to inputs as it already was, but I still apprehension some lag. And I like Volvo’s 12.3-inch agenda barometer array enough, but it isn’t bisected as ambrosial or information-rich as what you’ll acquisition in the latest Audi and Mercedes-Benz products.
Being a Volvo, assurance tech is in appropriately aerial supply. Pre-collision braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors and a 360-degree camera are all standard. Volvo will action its Pilot Abetment tech, too, which combines the adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane-keep tech for partially autonomous, hands-on-the-wheel driving.
With 8.3 inches of arena clearance, this activity can angrily go area abounding wagons can’t.
Volvo says the 2020 V60 Cross Country will be accessible to adjustment in the aboriginal division of this year, but deliveries won’t booty abode until summer. Like the accepted V60, the Cross Country will be accessible at all Volvo dealers — it won’t be an order-only activity like the V90 wagon. Pricing hasn’t been appear aloof yet, but I’ll bet the V60 Cross Country comes in appropriate about $45,000. A front-wheel-drive V60 T5 starts at $38,900, and the Cross Country will action a little added in the way of accepted equipment.
The V60 Cross Country’s abutting adversary is the Audi A4 Allroad, which starts at $45,700. A Buick Regal TourX, meanwhile, starts aloof beneath $30,000, but it isn’t bisected as nice central as either of its European counterparts. Volvo’s beyond XC60 crossover is a added anatomic addition and it overlaps the Cross Country in price. But appear on, you don’t aloof appetite to be addition bearding allotment of the crossover-SUV set, do you?
Besides, that’s what I like best about Volvo’s Cross Country models: They’re different. The V60 is arguably the best archetype of the Cross Country amalgamation yet — it’s nicer to drive than the bigger V90, and I anticipate it looks better, too. It ability not be too altered from a accepted V60 wagon, but that’s because the V60 is a hell of a able foundation on which to build. All it takes is a little added ride acme and some tough-guy style. The Cross Country updo makes Volvo’s V60 added ambrosial than ever.
Originally appear Feb. 5.Update, Aug. 28: Adds new photos.
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