The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a new take on the existing V60 wagon. The biggest difference between the two is an extra 3 inches of ground clearance and an off-road drive mode. It also gets more rugged design elements without straying from the Volvo aesthetic.
Crossovers and SUVs are all the rage, which has left wagons largely ignored. That’s a shame, because the Volvo V60 Cross Country offers the comfortable ride of a sedan with the versatility of a crossover. It’s not the overly utilitarian station wagon of the past, but a thoroughly modern and luxurious wagon for today.
The drawback to a wagon is its ride height. It doesn’t matter how good your all-wheel drive is when faced with a bank of snow at the end of the driveway. The V60 Cross Country with its standard all-wheel drive and increased ride height helps make sure you get through that snowbank rather than getting stuck halfway.
Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It easily moves the V60 Cross Country into heavy highway traffic with strong acceleration.
Since it’s a luxury car, that acceleration is smooth and measured rather than jarring or aggressive. Engine noise is always muted as are road and wind noise. The inside of the V60 Cross Country provides a refuge from the world where passengers can simply relax.
Handling is responsive and effortless offering good control. Dips in the road and rough pavement are well-managed by the suspension system making driving the V60 an enjoyable experience.
There’s room for five passengers with a spacious back seat. Three adults can sit comfortably with ample headroom and legroom, even for taller passengers. Push the front seats back and those rear passengers will still find plenty of room to spread out. If it’s cargo not passengers, there’s 52.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
The interior is well-equipped with 10-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. There’s also a panoramic moonroof that helps create a more open and airier interior.
Infotainment includes Volvo Sensus with a 9-inch vertical touchscreen that lets you simply swipe left and right to access additional menus. It includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as navigation and wi-fi hotspot capability. There are also two USB ports for charging.
Safety features are numerous, as one would expect from Volvo. Standard features include blind spot information with steering assist and cross traffic alert, collision avoidance, collision mitigation, road sign detection, run-off road mitigation, lane departure warning, and lane keeping aid.
Pricing for the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country starts at $45,100. Adding options can make that price climb quickly, but even in its base form this is a luxurious and comfortable choice that offers the passenger-focused ride of a sedan with the cargo flexibility of a crossover.