V60 Cross Country D4 AWD Geartronic Lux Nav
flooding becoming a more
regular hazard than snow in the UK
it makes sense to put a little more
space between your cars
the road. Better still, go for a high-
riding estate, preferably one with all-
WHILE YOU'RE AT IT you may as well be comfortable and surrounded by all of motoring's
little luxuries. And protected by plenty of safety kit, too. Oh, yes, don't
forget the premium badge… Hmmm, looks like a job for Volvo's latest V60 Cross
Protected by front and rear underbody skid plates and with a 201mm ground clearance
and the ability to wade 300mm of water, Volvo's V60 Cross Country puts the 'r'
in rugged. Adding a dash of polish to its handsome frontiersman looks is a black
honeycomb front grille, gloss black window trim and door mirrors, smart (and
unique to the model) titanium-finish alloys and a set of tailpipes neatly finessed
into the base of its strongly-shouldered tail.
many of the crossover breed, Volvo's Cross Country estate allows you to have
'the look' without the four-wheel drive. However, choosing between 2WD and 4WD
takes you down different diesel engine paths. Two-wheel drive (front-driven)
versions are powered by either Volvo's 147bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel
or their new class-leading Drive-E four-pot diesel powerplant, another 2.0-litre
but with 187bhp.
many of the
crossover breed, Volvos
Cross Country estate
lets you have
the look without the
between 2WD and 4WD
takes you down different
diesel engine paths...
Four-wheel drive versions have a 2.4-litre in-line five-cylinder turbodiesel
engine doling out the power. This too punches out 187bhp but has the most torque
of all three units a hefty 309lb ft and is mated
to a six-speed automatic transmission. If you want a stick shift then it's a
2WD version for you, both of which also offer an eight-speed autobox. Confusing?
Not really. Go for AWD, be prepared to tackle the worst and enjoy the Geartronic
auto with a combined cycle economy of 49.6mpg which on test averaged a real-world
Driver's who like to wring every last mile out of every gallon might like to
press the Eco button this makes the Start/Stop proactive (the
engine may auto-stop before the car comes to a complete halt), fuel efficiency
is further optimised by coasting replacing engine braking, and some climate
control functions are temporarily deactivated. For the record, our test average
was arrived with Eco left switched off.
The 2.4 is a 'fit' powerplant for the 4WD Cross Country with peak
torque on tap from low revs it feels 'gutsy', pulling willingly from not much
above tickover. The benchmark 0-62mph takes a smidgen under 9 seconds (8.9)
and it feels as punchy as the on-paper figure suggests. Top speed is a more
than adequate 127mph.
The smooth-shifting Geartronic autobox is an easy partner for the five-pot and
makes light and safe work of passing slower-moving
traffic without any drama. Mechanical refinement from this 2.4-litre turbodiesel
is also good, although when pressing on you can coax a gratifying growl from
under the bonnet. Quiet at speed, it lopes along at the legal limit with plenty
in reserve and always feel ready to leap forward in response to some extra pressure
on the accelerator pedal.
we get into how the 'jacked up' AWD Cross Country drives it would be as well
to check out the accommodation. As can easily be ascertained from reading any
of our Volvo reviews, settled in a Volvo cabin is a fine way to travel. The
V60 Cross Country's cockpit continues the trend.
grade, its major feature is
undeniably its seats.
Back in the late 80s,
The Beastie Boys
triggered a crazy cult of
once youve sat in a V60
Cross Country you can
almost feel that same
anarchistic urge to rip out
the shapely and super-
comfy seats and take
them indoors with you...
by open-plan Scandinavian interior design that's unmistakably premium grade,
its major feature is undeniably its seats. Back in the late 80s, US rap group
The Beastie Boys triggered a crazy cult of 'liberating' VW badges from Volkswagens
once you've sat in a V60 Cross Country you can almost feel that same
anarchistic urge to rip out the shapely and super-comfy seats and take them
indoors with you…
There's plenty of kit as standard including the just mentioned leather-faced
chairs, a first-class multi-mode TFT instrument display, and a seven-inch touchscreen
with hard-buttons for immediate access to the top-level menus (media, phone,
navigation, Internet, etc) of the comprehensive infotainment system that includes
SatNav and a DAB radio.
Also standard is Bluetooth, quick-acting dual-zone automatic climate control,
rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipes, one-shot power windows, and a wealth
of driver aids and safety equipment.
The driving position is spot-on with generous headroom even with the seat in
its raised position and enhanced by a power-operated seat with a three-settings
memory as well as power-adjustable lumbar adjustment. Bolstering is pleasantly
'holding' without being intrusive and you can feel it doing its job along your
outer thighs and around the back of your rib cage.
The handy soft storage pouches found along the front of the seat bases on some
Volvo models put in a welcome appearance on the V60. Deep door bins, handy storage
boxes, large cupholders, and a flip-over (180 degrees) centre armrest that doubles
as a tray for those in the rear, all help keep everything shipshape in the cabin.
The three-mode instrument panel display is another much appreciated Volvo 'regular'
and works perfectly with large and crystal-clear presentation of everything
the driver needs to know (most importantly the big digital speedometer readout)
and which gear is currently engaged. Paddle-shifters on the black-and-satin
chrome trimmed three-spoke wheel's horizontal bars are joined by remote buttons
for voice, speed limiter, cruise, a driver-set 'favourite' function, and audio.
electric park brake is an easy one and releases automatically as you pull away
so long as you're belted up. Other user-friendly touches include a large frameless
auto-dimming rearview mirror, a proper 'blackout' sun blind for the one-shot
powered tilt-and-slide glass sunroof and the SatNav's time-saving full-postcode
destination feature along with clearly tagged named roads on the 3D maps.
a damped lid for the large glovebox that doesn't crash down on the front passengers'
knees! Also agreeable to the touch as well as visually is the cool satin chrome
trim and real wood treatment for the centre stack and door armrests.
if you never
venture off-road the
Cross Country delivers
greater capability for
tackling all roads
The all-wheel drive is
its needed all you
need do is to point the
V60s nose and drive...
passengers travelling in the rear cabin lounging is definitely on the agenda
thanks to roomy, well-upholstered seats (that can accommodate three adults side-by-side)
with relaxing backrest angles, plenty of space for feet and knees and a fist
of headroom. A drop-down centre armrest with built-in cupholders is supplemented
with usable outer armrests. Sitting in the back there's the satisfying feel
of being in your own private room and that's one very big 'plus'.
standard-fit-kit is always comprehensive on a Volvo, like most cars you can
always add more our test car came with several useful extra-cost
'packs': the Driver Support Pack (£1,900), which adds a raft of seriously useful
safety aids including Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, Pedestrian and
Cyclist Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert, Queue Assist,
Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert Control with Active High Beam, Road Sign
Information Display, and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert.
The £675 Winter Illumination Pack makes winters not just tolerable but enjoyable
with very effective heated front seats, heated front windscreen, Active Bending
Xenon headlights, a headlight cleaning system, heated washer nozzles, auto-dimming
interior and door mirrors, plus rear theatre lights, front door pocket, side
step and front cupholder illumination. A Security Pack can be fitted to make
life even easier £700 gets you Keyless Drive (includes Keyless
Entry and Keyless Start), Personal Car Communicator, laminated windows, and
water repellent front side glass.
So then, how does it drive? First, there's an unexpected bonus courtesy of the
Cross Country's 201mm ground clearance: at the start and end of your journey
the extra ride height 65mm over a standard V60 makes
getting in and out a doddle.
However, even if you never venture off-road the Cross Country delivers greater
capability for tackling all man-made roads (rough, smooth, and even unmade dirt
tracks) particularly in treacherous weather conditions. The all-wheel drive
is seamlessly selected automatically whenever it's needed with the system varying
torque as appropriate through an electronically-controlled hydraulic clutch
front to rear by as much as a full 100%. All you need do rain,
snow or ice is to point the V60's nose and drive.
higher riding stance, commanding driving position and fine all round visibility
make it easy to place the Cross Country accurately on the road. It's also well-mannered
with direct steering and grips well, noticeably so cutting through bends, with
body lean well controlled.
V60 Cross Country
divides up cargo and
passenger space very
both are well served and
when it comes to
wagon duties the
to create a 1,241-litre
all-independent suspension serves up a reassuringly firm-ish but never uncomfortable
ride quality, with the effects of potholes and broken tarmac all satisfactorily
For a 4.6-metre-long family 'wagon' the V60 Cross Country divides up cargo and
passenger space very democratically: both are well served and when it comes
to luggage the quality-carpeted 430-litre boot is more than up to scratch; for
serious lugging duties the rear backrests can be folded to provide a 1,241-litre
cargo bay with a perfectly flat floor, making it versatile enough for both family
and lifestyle-oriented wagonmasters.
For the record, if you do need to maximise what you take with you when the family
unit is travelling together you can always HUG (Hitch-Up and Go)
the 2.4-litre pulls a braked 1,900kg. There's also a wide, full seat height
load-through hatch and a built-in dog guard that doubles as a safety net if
you're loaded above the waistline. And, welcome news at a time when many carmakers
have substituted one of the universally unloved 'tyre repair' kits for a proper
spare wheel; under the boot floor you'll find a space-saver.
The all-weather V60 Cross Country lives up to its name with foolproof all-wheel
drive and extra ground clearance to get you through when the going gets tough.
But its rugged looks only tell half the story because inside it is cosseting,
comfortable and accommodating and its extensive safety features will keep you
and your family as safe as houses come what may.
Volvo V60 Cross Country D4 AWD Geartronic Lux Nav
Maximum speed: 127mph | 0-62mph: 8.9 seconds | Test Average: 40.7mpg
Power: 187bhp | Torque: 309lb ft | CO2: 149g/km