Volvo V60 Cross Country

Starting price $60,990
Georgie savings $3,354 - $6,404

The range

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2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country D4

5 Door Wagon
5 Cylinder, 2.4 Litre
Sports Automatic
Four Wheel Drive
8.9 L/100km

Starting from $60,990

Save: $3,354 - $6,404

2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5

5 Door Wagon
4 Cylinder, 2.0 Litre
Sports Automatic
Four Wheel Drive
6.8 L/100km

Starting from $60,990

Save: $3,354 - $6,404

2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country D4

5 Door Wagon
5 Cylinder, 2.4 Litre
Sports Automatic
Four Wheel Drive
8.9 L/100km

Starting from $60,990

Save: $3,354 - $6,404

2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5

5 Door Wagon
4 Cylinder, 2.0 Litre
Sports Automatic
Four Wheel Drive
6.8 L/100km

Starting from $60,990

Save: $3,354 - $6,404

Review

Station wagons no longer define middle class family life, but it seems that Volvo aren’t done. 

The V60 is the answer to the modern predicament around whether to get an SUV or a station wagon. It’s a bit of both - low riding with a giant boot like a wagon but modern and stylish enough that you won’t feel like Ellen Griswold on the school run.  

Why, then, wouldn’t you just opt for a full-blown SUV? Why this odd seventies throwback when consumers have made it clear that their love affair with wagons ended around the time television was still defined by Seinfeld.  

The answer, dearest drivers, is simply space. Wagons offer just as much room, and often more, than SUVs. They boast boot space that would make a Land Rove Discovery look puny. Plus, because wagons are built lower to the ground than SUVs, they can move far better than their modern brethren, meaning better fuel economy and performance. 

It is in with this mind that Volvo has evidently created the V60 Cross Country. It holds a similar style as the ever-popular XC range (Volvo’s SUV model) but sits 65mm lower to the ground. 

 

The exterior

To avoid any associations with drab seventies road trips in an embarrassing faux wood-panelled station wagon, the V60 is referred to simply as a crossover or sportswagon. There isn’t a huge different between each variant in the V60 range, but the Cross Country does offer enhanced ability to take on rougher terrains thanks to its extra ground clearance. There’s also a lower grille decor and front skid plate, which gives the car a more rugged appearance.  

Overall, this is an elegant family car that looks great on the road.  

 

What’s inside?

A step up from the base model, the Cross Country adopts the company’s luxury trim line, which includes leather-panelled sports bucket seats (full leather is an optional upgrade), along with auto wipers and bi-xenon active cornering headlights. It also boasts some of Volvo’s latest safety systems, such as low-speed collision mitigation. 

There’s a premium Harmon Kardon 12-speaker sound system, Sensus navigation maps with instructions integrated into the seven inch (non-touchscreen) display, and an IntelliSafe system that include blind spot alerts, collision warning, and auto brake features. Infotainment is powered by Volvo’s Sensus Connect platform, which hosts a range of in-car apps for entertainment and information. 

There’s also heated front and rear seats, as well as plenty of storage throughout the cabin.  

Compared with the XC60, the Cross Country actually misses out on a charcoal filter for the air conditioning, a power tailgate, and anti-submarining safety features in the front and rear seats, despite being priced slightly higher.

 


 

Our verdict

Overall, the packaging and cabin practicality of the V60 Cross Country is exceptional. It offers smooth and luxury motoring, some off road ability, and more standard features than you can shake a rear cupholder at. That said, the Cross Crountry starts at $63,375 - a good $3k above the base model variant of Volvo’s SUV range.  This makes it a hard sell given they boast similar features and the XC60 actually has about five litres of extra boot space. 

In the end, we think you would be better off in the more affordable, more economical, and similarly equipped XC60, which also offers off-road capabilities.  

 

5 specs you need to know

  1. Four-cylinder turbocharged engine
  2. Four door, five seat sportswagon
  3. Boot capacity 430 litres
  4. Two inbuilt booster seats
  5. 5 star ANCAP rating

 

Pros

  • Huge boot and spacious cabin
  • Elegant exterior styling

 

Cons

  • Priced higher than the SUV range with little difference
  • Not very fuel efficient

 

 

 

Review

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