V60 D4 AWD Cross Country
relentless rise of the SUV is
being tempered by the comeback of
the equally space-efficient estate car.
decide which? No problem
brilliant all-wheel drive V60
Cross Country serves up the best
ASK SOMEONE TO NAME A VOLVO and the odds are they'll mention the XC40
or XC90 respectively the smallest and largest of the Swedish brand's
SUVs. While these hi-profile premium sports utility vehicles are big-hitters
for the Swedish carmaker, it's easy to overlook the fact that long before it
made SUVs Volvo was celebrated for its estate cars.
After decades producing über-versatile wagons, today it is the large V90 estate
that carries the baton for the archetypal Volvo estate… but now there's a new
kid on the block the totally-new V60 that hit the streets last
year and which has already proved to be highly popular. And it's just become
available in the desirable higher-riding, all-wheel drive Cross Country spec.
Welcome to wagon wonderland!
no doubt the £38K V60 Cross Country is flamboyant enough to seduce drivers who
otherwise would probably have bought an Audi, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz estate with
is a Volvo
so naturally youll be
expecting a fab cab.
Open the door and you
wont be disappointed
in actual fact youll be
delighted. Soft blond
leather upholstery thats
great to touch and,
thanks to beautifully
shapely seats, even
better to sit in.
Along with the tasteful
and first-rate fit-and-
finish, the V60s
interior is not just one
of the biggest in its
class, but also one of
its increased 60mm ride height and striking design cues T-shaped
daytime running lights, piano black front grille, distinctive zigzag high-level
taillights the Cross Country is coolly elegant with a frisson
of Scandi sex-appeal; its long, lithe body is accentuated by muscular haunches
and the defining seam that flows back along its sculptured flanks. Throw in
a well-planted stance and bodykit enhancements and you're looking at some quality
Initially powered by Volvo's 190hp D4 Drive-E turbodiesel (with an eight-speed
autobox), the Cross Country is about to be joined by a markedly more potent
petrol-drinking stablemate the 142mph T5 capable of a sub-seven-second
0-62mph sprint. Seriously now, who doesn't like a bit more poke?
This is a Volvo so naturally you'll be expecting a fab cab. Open the door and
you won't be disappointed in actual fact you'll be delighted.
Soft blond leather upholstery that's great to touch and, thanks to beautifully
shapely seats, even better to sit in.
With the tasteful top-quality materials and first-rate fit-and-finish, the V60's
interior is not just one of the biggest in its class but undeniably one of the
coolest. And with pastel trim and panoramic glass roof (that tilts and slides
and has a powered opaque sunblind blind that very effectively neutralises the
sun's sting), it's also one of the lightest and brightest.
The driving position, seating and ergonomics are all first-rate and the driver
enjoys A1 visibility and a confidence-inspiring view down the bonnet. While
it's a big car, it's a no-brainer to place accurately plus, thanks to multi
camera coverage including an accurate and crystal clear bird's-eye view showing
kerbs and road markings in fine detail, it's also easy to park. Should you prefer,
the optional Park Assist Pilot will manage both parallel and 90-degree parking
The leather-wrapped front seats are exceptionally comfortable, hugely snug and
every-which-way supportive (if only there was some way of taking them indoors
with you!). Also good are the big footwells no need to change
out of your trekking boots every time you return from a walk on the wild side.
Although it's only just over a couple of inches, the extra 60mm ride height
does provide a more commanding view from behind the great-to-grip, two-tone
leather-wrapped steering wheel that together with all the other superbly-considered
in-cockpit features make the Cross Country deeply satisfying to drive. Generous
headroom, plenty of elbow room, powered lumbar adjustment, three-stage heated
seats and a three-stage heated wheel rim are all equally welcome!
V60's dash uses Volvo's trademark portrait-format, nine-inch infotainment display
that seamlessly blends function with elegance. Happily this central touchscreen
is as slick to use as it looks if you haven't encountered one
of these before you might be worried that so many of the functions once reliant
on buttons, switches, and knobs are controlled by your fingertip. Don't be,
because you can also give your orders vocally using the comprehensive voice-activated
control system that works with the navigation, the dual-zone climate, media,
the screen graphics
are pin-sharp and easy
on the eyes and the 3D
mapping is idiot-proof
plus theres Volvos
services that, among
other things, lets you
remotely operate vehicle
for instance; pre-heating
the cabin or checking
how much fuel is in the
tank via a smartphone
app (or smartwatch or tablet)...
All the screen graphics are pin-sharp and easy on the eyes and the 3D mapping
is idiot-proof plus there's Volvo's OnCall connected services that, among other
things, lets you remotely operate vehicle functions for instance;
preheating the cabin or checking how much fuel is in the tank
via a smartphone app (or smartwatch or tablet).
OnCall also functions as an emergency and tracking service. And, crucial for
just about all users, connecting up and using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
is as foolproof as it is quick. Naturally you can access a range of web apps
and browse the Internet to your heart's content, plus there's the expected DAB
radio, handsfree Bluetooth, and a decent 10-speaker sound system.
Replacing conventional dials is another screen equally driver-customisable
installed in the instrument panel. It measures a full 12.3 inches
and the driver can choose to view the mapping here (in addition to or as a stand-alone
alternative to the central touchscreen) framed by digitised dials. Essentials,
such as a large digital readout of the road speed with the posted speed limit
immediately below it, can be taken for granted. Scrolling through the comprehensive
driving data is quick and easy on the move using the buttons on the steering
Kit is as comprehensive as you'd expect of a premium estate and while there's
plenty more that can be added, once you're sitting behind the steering wheel
you won't feel under any pressure to tick more boxes because everything you
need is already provided. Standard equipment, in addition to the numerous items
mentioned throughout the review, include two-zone climate control with pollen
filter and 'CleanZone' air quality system, power operated tailgate, and Cruise
Control with Speed Limiter, Hill-start Assist, LED headlights with automatic
levelling and active main/dip switching (very quick so no worries about dazzling
other road users), parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, powerfold heated
door mirror (on demand and automatically on locking and leaving), frameless
auto-dimming rearview mirror, electric parking brake with auto hold, keyless
start, and one-shot windows.
and driver 'assists' include City Safety with Steering Support which includes
pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection and Front Collision Warning with
fully autonomous emergency braking, Oncoming Lane Mitigation (a world-first
safety technology introduced on the V60, this automatically provides steering
assistance should you unwittingly drift out of your lane, guiding you back in
and out of the path of any oncoming vehicle), and Run-Off Road Mitigation and
Protection (preps the car for a possible crash should you inadvertently leave
a punchy 187bhp
backed up by a meaty
295lb ft of torque and its
mated to a smooth-
Its a good partnership;
the autoboxs ratios are
nicely attuned to the
gutsy four-pot that revs
willingly and serves up
plenty of low-down,
fuss-free pulling power
not that youll often need
to use more than half
throttle and, unless
brutal with your right
foot, youll rarely hear
Space in the back is generous for legs, knees and feet. The wide cabin also
provides good room for elbows and shoulders and ensures that seating three side-by-side
won't trigger any turf wars. The glass roof stretches back to the rear headrests
so the entire cabin is wonderfully light and airy and there's
a fist of headroom.
Deep windows provide fine views out while the shapely backrests are set at restful
angles and will keep your passengers relaxed however many miles long the journey.
A large centre armrest features a useful storage tray beneath its padded armrest
and the pop-out cupholders will hold drinks without any spills while dedicated
air vents keep occupants supplied with all the hot or cold air they want.
Under the broad bonnet the 2.0-litre D4 turbodiesel generates a punchy 187bhp
backed up by a meaty 295lb ft of torque, and it's mated to a smooth-shifting
eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission. It's a good partnership;
the autobox's ratios are nicely attuned to the gutsy four-pot that revs willingly
and serves up plenty of low-down, fuss-free pulling power not
that you'll often need to use more than half throttle and, unless you're unnecessarily
brutal with your right foot, you'll rarely hear the diesel.
A very tactile 'bark'-finish milled roller selector wheel offers a choice of
five Drive Mode settings: Eco (which includes a fuel-saving 'coasting' function
at speeds above 40mph), Comfort, Dynamic, Individual, and Off Road. But if you
really must press on, then Dynamic is the mode for you and can be supplemented
by the autobox's manual mode with driver-controlled gearchanges made by nudging
the selector lever. That said, Comfort mode lets you sink pleasantly into the
embracing seat and indulge in the laid-back driving experience.
D4 under will run to 130mph; more pertinently, it accelerates from zero to 62mph
in a clean 8.2 seconds. Officially it returns between 42.8 and 47.9mpg on the
Combined Cycle. A week of pretty hard driving over mixed roads
from snail's pace progress in town to press-on country roads and quick motorway
cruising saw an average 40.9mpg logged. We would expect most drivers
to match Volvo's figures which, given the automatic transmission and all-wheel
drivetrain, few would complain about. And with a 13.2-gallon tank you won't
have to stop too often for fuel, with 500 miles possible between fill-ups.
the skin, V60 models, including the Cross Country, are in good company
they're all underpinned by the same proven platform as used by the S90 saloon,
V90 estate and the XC60 and XC90 SUVs. And with the addition of all-wheel drive,
getting you through in dicey or extreme conditions is something the Cross Country
has been designed to do.
height and adding all-
wheel drive might
suggest that comfort
With the Cross Country
the reality, thankfully,
is the opposite
this most rugged
V60 version actually rides
more softly courtesy of
suspension setup that
deals efficiently with
the potholes and
Grip, as expected, is tenacious and, combined with well-balanced handling, keeps
the Cross Country safely focussed on flooded green lanes and around corners
even in truly treacherous conditions. Off-road it's as competent and reassuring
as you'd hope courtesy of the extra ground clearance the additional
60mm pumps it up to 210mm.
Selecting the Off Road mode instantly preps the V60 for tackling muddy trails
by deactivating the engine's stop/start system, lightening up the steering,
re-calibrating the accelerator, engine, and autobox, and activating the Hill
Descent Control all to maximise the 4x4 traction and performance
over a variety of surfaces. Usefully it also changes the driver's information
display to show a compass and a reminder of the 25mph off-road speed limitation.
In the real-world, owners will be pleasantly surprised at just how far off the
beaten track their Cross Country will take them.
Increasing the ride height and adding all-wheel drive might suggest that comfort
would suffer. With the Cross Country the reality, thankfully, is the opposite
this most rugged V60 version actually rides more softly courtesy
of a comfort-oriented suspension setup that deals efficiently with the potholes
and bigger bumps. And that's rolling on larger than standard alloy wheels and
tyres: 19-inchers wrapped in surprisingly forgiving but all-weather grippy 255x50
rubber. That's not saying that the mainstream V60 models are not comfortable;
only that the Cross Country feels more supple and comfy to travel in.
before you ask, No, the handling hasn't been compromised body
lean is well-managed, keeping your passengers reassuringly 'upright' even when
cutting through the twisties. All of which makes it even better off-road as
well as cementing the V60's reputation as a soothing, family-favouring mile-eater.
space is a very practical 529 litres with all seats occupied that's
generous enough to swallow four adults' luggage or a decent pile of lifestyle
'gear'. Fold down the 60:40-split rear seatbacks and you'll free-up a versatile
1,441-litre loadbay with a long, wide, seamless and perfectly flat floor.
convenience, the tailgate is powered and can be opened or closed
and quickly, too by the key fob, the driver's in-cabin switch
or, if your arms are full of shopping, handsfree by simply placing your foot
under the back bumper.
space is a very
practical 529 litres with
all seats occupied
to swallow four adults
luggage or a decent pile
of lifestyle gear.
Fold down the 60:40-split
rear seatbacks and youll
free-up a versatile
1,441-litre loadbay with a
long, wide, seamless and
perfectly flat floor...
Additional nice touches include a flip-up boot divider with an elasticated retaining
strap and bag hooks, plus there are luggage nets, sturdy lashing points, a handy
netted side pocket with a first aid kit, a load-through hatch and a stout dog-guard
that can be deployed whenever needed.
Also useful is the rollerblind luggage cover it rises with the
tailgate or, if you'd rather, just unclip it and let it retract horizontally.
The D4's braked 2,000kg towing ability (a retractable towbar is just a box-tick
away) also makes it a fit-for-purpose towcar whether it's a horsebox, boat or
caravan you intend to pull behind your Cross Country.
While 'off-road warrior' SUVs will continue to appeal, as more and more drivers
realise that a wagon can be both classier and more satisfying to drive than
many Sports Utes, all-wheel drive estate cars are catching up fast. That said,
there are very few on/off-road estates in the mould of Volvo's safe and roomy
V60 so if you need one that will comfortably combine family, leisure, load-lugging
and towing duties and which is also capable of cutting a path off-road as well
as getting you safely through a whiteout winter then the Cross Country is the
one for you. ~ MotorBar
Volvo V60 D4 AWD Cross Country
Maximum speed: 130mph | 0-62mph: 8.2 seconds | Test Average: 40.9mpg
Power: 187bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2: 143g/km