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2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country Review


Good points

  • A practical non-SUV option for families
  • Very comfortable seats
  • More supple and refined than the regular V60

Needs work

  • Cross Country upgrade is steep
  • Five-cylinder can be laggy
  • Heavy steering at low speeds
2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country

For a while there, it was looking like having children meant being forced into an SUV. Sure, SUVs are popular for a few reasons: rugged aspirations, lots of space, and a coveted high-riding driving position. But what the marketing won’t tell you is the important stuff: SUVs usually don’t drive as well as cars, they’re hard to see out of, and they can be pretty thirsty.

A growing number of buyers are turning to a simpler solution: the station wagon. In 2015, the wagon started making its quiet comeback—they’re getting more popular at a variety of price points, from the Volkswagen Golf Wagon through to the supercar-fast Audi RS6.

In the middle is Volvo’s V60—a capable and quietly sophisticated wagon that’s been around here since 2011. Until now, Volvo haven’t offered the V60 as a Cross Country model. A Cross Country is the Swedish brand’s term for raised ride height, all-wheel-drive, and a bit of handsome cladding added to the exterior.

That changes for 2016 as the Cross Country trim arrives in showrooms. It’s a pack that not only handily boosts the V60’s versatility, but it also looks great. Revised suspension makes it more supple and quiet than the regular V60, too. And crucially, nothing has changed inside to detract from the Volvo V60’s incredibly high comfort levels—particularly the seats, which are simply the best in the industry.

More and more people are asking—do I really need to buy an SUV? Cars like this modern Volvo Cross Country have us confidently answering, ‘no’.

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Key specs (as tested)

Twin turbochargers
140kW @ 4000rpm
420Nm @ 1500-3000rpm
Power to weight ratio
78kW / tonne
Fuel type
Fuel capacity
Average Range
All wheel drive
Engine configuration
Unoccupied weight
Cargo space seats up
Cargo seats down

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