2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country review: Chef’s kiss

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Aside from added exterior moldings in contrast to the conventional V60, Cross Country products also attribute a special grille. 


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A car or truck or truck will not have to be the most effective in each and every measure to be really attractive. The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country isn’t really the most functional car or truck accessible currently, nor is it the quickest, fanciest or most effective geared up. But guy, it is really a great all-all over deal, a person that feels like additional than the sum of its Scandinavian sections. 

Like

  • All-climate overall performance
  • Seem driving dynamics
  • Luxurious interior

Never Like

  • Infotainment tech could be improved
  • Some difficulties with Pilot Help
  • Starchy trip quality

Riding about two.5 inches taller than the V60 wagon (with a generous 8.three inches of floor clearance) and fitted with conventional all-wheel push as properly as hill-descent management, the Cross Country is made for mild off-roading, to get you up that icy driveway or across a meadow to your most loved fishing location. Special wheel-arch trim and exterior moldings deliver a additional robust look and are a nod to that increased ability. You may consider these injection-molded add-ons would spoil a gorgeous style, but the Cross Country is just as quite and elegantly proportioned as the conventional V60.

But not like its lessen-using stablemante (which is accessible with a strong plug-in hybrid powertrain), the V60 Cross Country is only supplied with a person motor, a two.-liter turbo-4 that belts out 250 horsepower and 258 pound-toes of torque. Easy, servile and practically silent, this very little dynamo even so provides plenty of giddy-up and an estimated -to-sixty-mph time of six.4 seconds.

This Volvo’s motor is backed by an incisive eight-velocity computerized transmission which is as sleek as sandwich spread — other than when it is really cold, then it is really a little bit slow to shift. Thankfully, this sluggishness disappears the moment the drivetrain thaws out. Talking of heat, for what it is really worthy of, the V60 Cross Country has the quickest-acting steering-wheel heater I’ve ever experienced, and the butt-heaters are likewise productive.

Pushed in frigid Midwestern climate with plenty of winter season precipitation, this Volvo is a able steed, by no means shedding its footing or creating me to second-guess its poise. Get overzealous with the accelerator and it will go playfully sideways on snow or ice right before the security-management system carefully intervenes to get you pointed in the suitable way.

Amid other issues, the $two,800 Lounge Package deal will get you luxurious Nappa leather-based for a tremendous-high quality really feel.


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The V60 Cross Country’s steering is mild to the contact but even now fairly specific. A little bit additional entrance-wheel opinions would be wonderful, as would softer springs. The trip is certainly properly controlled, but I uncover it a great deal stiffer than it desires to be. At minimum relatively offsetting the stony trip is this Volvo’s posh cabin. The entrance seats are supremely cozy and for an further $500 can give you a gentle therapeutic massage. The backseat also provides plenty of passenger area, at minimum for the outboard riders any one relegated to the middle place will have to contend with a big hump in the ground.

Aside from its annoyingly extensive sills that streak your pant legs with grime if you’re not cautious when disembarking and the low-priced-feeling, non-extending solar visors, the relaxation of this V60 Cross Country’s cabin is luxurious. This example’s gorgeous, brown Nappa leather-based and laminated, open up-pore wood accents look richer than an aristocrat’s study. The $two,800 Lounge Package deal also will get you a stitched dashboard include, 4-zone climate management, ventilated entrance seats and a couple of other niceties. If issues really feel a little bit as well cozy, just retract the conventional panoramic sunroof’s shade to allow a very little mild glow in. This interior’s overall style is usually hotter and friendlier than what you get from German automakers these times, nevertheless some of the tech could be enhanced.

Volvo’s common Sensus Connect infotainment system is as intricate as it is really ever been. And even nevertheless it looks noticeably snappier on this Cross Country’s nine-inch touchscreen than I’ve appear to assume, it is really even now not my most loved multimedia array. Fortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are conventional, nevertheless they do demonstrate up a little bit smaller on the portrait exhibit considering the fact that it is really so tall and narrow. Augmenting that panel is a twelve.three-inch digital instrument cluster which is reconfigurable but usually looks a little bit washed out.

The V60 Cross Country is damn wonderful.


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When it will come to protection and driver-support functions, this is a Volvo, so, yeah, there is certainly plenty. The usual goodies like lane-keeping aid, computerized unexpected emergency braking and blind-location checking are all conventional and work quite considerably seamlessly. Entire-LED exterior lights is also bundled at no further demand. Beyond all that, this V60 Cross Country is also fitted with Pilot Help, Volvo’s adaptive cruise-management system with lane centering. It will come bundled together with a head-up exhibit, a 360-diploma digital camera and a wi-fi cellphone charger in the $one,900 Highly developed Package deal. This ever-attentive cruise-management system efficiently regulates the Cross Country’s velocity relative to other targeted traffic, nevertheless the lane-centering could be enhanced. From time to time it will get confused and will tug again and forth on the steering wheel, which is a little bit unnerving.

Stick to the highway the place Pilot Help is in its ingredient and the V60 Cross Country ought to return 31 miles per gallon. All around town, it is really rated at 22 mpg and blended it ought to deliver 25. In blended use, I’ve been averaging all over 24 mpg, which is not as well shabby taking into consideration the cold climate.

Even nevertheless Volvo is not the only automaker to give a lifted station wagon, the V60 Cross Country is form of in a class of its very own. The beautiful Audi A6 Allroad and new Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain are a riff on the identical formulation, nevertheless they’re larger, additional highly effective and seriously a improved rival to Volvo’s very own V90 Cross Country. Still, it is really conceivable buyers may cross-store these German offerings with the scaled-down V60 Cross Country, and if they do, they’ll uncover it significantly additional very affordable. As tested, this case in point checks out for $fifty seven,290 including $995 in delivery expenses, a determine that also incorporates a smattering of alternatives, by far the priciest of which is the $4,000 Bowers and Wilkins high quality seem system. Eschew any extras and you can consider a person of these elevated station wagons household for considerably less than $forty seven,000, all over twenty grand considerably less than an entry-amount Allroad or All-Terrain.

The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country may perhaps not excel in any distinct region, but it is really even now gorgeous and upscale, provides plenty of functions and is enjoyable to push. With ample comfort, increased versatility and Swedish very good flavor, it is really evidence you do not have to be the most effective to be a winner.