From £29,8408
Cross Country model brings extra ride height, all-wheel drive and off-road body cladding to Volvo’s handsome mid-sized estate

Our Verdict

Volvo V60 Cross Country
Volvo V60 Cross Country starts from £30,195

High-riding front-wheel-drive estate adds extra versatility to Volvo's V60 range, but there are better value alternatives out there

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    Volvo V60 Cross Country 2019 review

    Cross Country model brings extra ride height, all-wheel drive and off-road body cladding to Volvo’s handsome mid-sized estate
Simon Davis
1 February 2019

What is it?

Here’s a rather bold claim: the V60 Cross Country is the best-looking car Volvo currently makes. In fact, I reckon it could just be the best-looking estate car full stop.

Previously, I’d have given that crown to the regular V60; but the arrival of this beefed-up version of the Swedish reply to the likes of the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series estates cuts an impeccably fine shape indeed. You’ll likely have your own opinions on its overall aesthetic, although I’d wager you’d be hard-pressed to call it unattractive.

Much of what makes this V60 Cross Country what it is will already be familiar. Being a large-ish Volvo, it sits on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) as all of the other large Volvos (XC90, XC60, V90, S90 et al). Its largely steel monocoque is suspended by double wishbones and coil springs at the front and an integral link arrangement with transverse composite leaf springs at the rear.

However, its ride height is jacked up by 60mm, its suspension has been tuned with a more laid-back, comfortable style of driving in mind, it comes with all-wheel drive as standard, and it has been given some rough and ready protective black cladding. Off-roady types will be pleased.

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What's it like?

Being a Volvo, it’s powered by a range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines. In the UK, the V60 Cross Country will initially be available with Volvo’s D4 diesel powerplant as the sole offering and will cost from £38,270. The car you see here is ever so slightly different in that it packs a T5 petrol engine under the bonnet - an engine that is yet to be confirmed for the UK market but looks set to arrive later in 2019. Volvo has yet to decide on an official on-sale date.

Anyway, here it develops 247bhp at 5500rpm, while its 258lb ft of torque can be tapped into from as low down the rev range as 1800rpm. Volvo claims it’ll hit 62mph from a standstill in 6.8sec, which isn’t too shabby for a butch, family estate car. However, given the fact that this test drive took place on snow-covered roads in Swedish Lapland, just south of the Arctic Circle, trying to verify the accuracy of Volvo’s claim wasn’t on this particular test agenda.

What I can tell you, though, is that the way in which this engine works with the eight-speed automatic transmission to direct torque to the wheels is impressively smooth. It responds to gentle throttle inputs in an impressively delicate fashion. There’s no ungainly shunting or wheelspin as you pull away from a standstill. I’d wager that’d be just as welcome when joining a roundabout in Slough as it was on the frozen roads of northern Sweden.

It rides well, too. Its calmer suspension calibration allows for plenty of cushioning when dealing with rolling road surfaces, but it’s not so soft that it feels overly wayward through bends, or loose over crests. It’s a composed, surefooted car.

It also came across on our test drive as well isolated - even when fitted with studded snow tyres. Obviously, road roar was more pronounced that it would have been on regular rubber, and secondary intrusions were sharper than normal; but I have high hopes for the V60 Cross Country when it eventually arrives on UK soil. I think it’ll be a rather impressive thing.

And a practical one. It’s not short on boot space (529 litres) and its large aperture and low, lip-less floor make loading heavy kit in and out an easy task. There’s abundant leg and head room in the second row, even with an optional panoramic sunroof.

Should I buy one?

We’re yet to drive the V60 Cross Country in the UK, so a definitive verdict will have to wait. But based on how well it performed on frozen roads at -27deg C, I can’t see it falling apart when we do.

Volvo V60 Cross Country specification

Where Lulea, Sweden Price £38,270 (D4) On sale Now (D4) Engine 4 cyls, 1969cc, turbo, petrol Power 247bhp at 5500rpm Torque 258lb ft at 1800-4800rpm Gearbox 8-speed automatic Kerb weight 1815kg Top speed 142mph 0-62mph 6.8sec Fuel economy 36.2mpg CO2 178g/km Rivals Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 3 Series Touring

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1 February 2019

Definitely the pick of the range for me. And agreed in the looks department. Unimpressed by the quality/ feel of interior- switchgear in particular having sat on a V60 recently. Not a deal-breaker but for a manufacturer that prices it’s products as ‘premium’..... Still a cool Volvo estate though- did I just say that? Must be middle aged!!

2 February 2019

Volvo is on a roll. 

Not a duff car in their range.

Steam cars are due a revival.

2 February 2019
Thekrankis wrote:

Volvo is on a roll. 

Not a duff car in their range.

 

maybe but the old idea of Volvo safety isnt working. I have seen sereral Volvos not older than 3 years in accident here in Russia. The occupant safet boarderline. But the horrific damage to the body work was astounding. only soft prang and the whole front section gobe costing thousand to fix ..if fixable at all

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2 February 2019

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2 February 2019

When Volvo split from JLR I assumed that Volvo was the most at risk of going the same way as Saab out of the 3 divisions of the PAG. I think if anyone in the motoring press is bothered to write it there is a great story to be written about how all 3 fared after Ford dumped them.

As for the car it is certainly the perfect size for me and it looks well. A definite contender when I change.

2 February 2019

Best looking best interior best ebgine best design....Audi allroad..end of story

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2 February 2019

Except.... it’s an audi

2 February 2019
sipod wrote:

Except.... it’s an audi

 

I had ony two Audi's the very first coupe quattro which became a regular WRC champion, which was my set of wheels and wifey had the front wheel drive version. I used to pinch hers weekend for rally practice on the Greek marble stone stages and it never once missed a beat. You better stop being silly mate. You remind me of people who drink GT's all day because it tastes good costs less and rots their liver faster

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2 February 2019
sipod wrote:

Except.... it’s an audi

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2 February 2019
sipod wrote:

Except.... it’s an audi

 

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