Apart from the regular S60 form, the compact mid-size luxury sedan now offers Cross Country version. The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country is more than a trim level. This elevated model aims to create a niche of its own, but it isn’t the first car to try and do that. However, it is by far the best-executed one and certainly deserves a shot.
Exterior and Interior Design
The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country and its regular sibling share the same underpinnings and mostly the same design. However, CC version is 2.6 inches higher compared to the regular model. Apart from that, it gets 18- or 19-inch wheels, beefier side skirts and skid plates. Furthermore, it gets honeycomb grille instead of stripe one in regular models. Higher suspension requires a little bit of camouflage which large wheels can’t manage on their own. That’s where plastic inserts below wheel arches enter the fray. Still, with all these changes, Cross Country gets the same rear, apart from revised bumper which is a result of reinforced skid plates.
Interior doesn’t differ at all, if you compare the two models. The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country gets Swedish maker’s trademark floating dashboard with slightly awkward, tilted center stack. Almost everything has been kept simple as Swedes had yet again managed to execute their pragmatic view on the car industry. Still, V60 is executive car, and as that, receives only leather-trimmed seats and three options when it comes to veneers: aluminum, piano black and natural wood. Some grades even offer standard Harman Kardon premium sound system, but you’ll most likely have to pay additional $1,200 for them. As far as the rest of tech features go, every S60 offers standard touch screen infotainment system which controls most of them.
Safety is more than good. Volvo doesn’t surprise us with this category for decades, now. Apart from mandatory options, beefy sedan offers corner traction control, road sign information system, radar-based pedestrian alert system, automatic braking, lane departure warning, parking sensors, rearview camera, blind spot monitors and adaptive cruise control.
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Specs, MPG
The U.S. market only gets a 2.5L 5-cylinder turbo engine producing up to 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, tied to 6-speed automatic transmission. Global markets, however, should enjoy the rest of V60’s powertrain lineup, even in elevated CC form. This also includes a 4-cylinder diesel version with front-wheel drive, even though the U.S. models are strictly all-wheel driven. North American models will be rated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with their mandatory all-wheel drive systems. Overseas models should come with full powertrain lineup which, in turn, should better their fuel economy figures.
Conclusion, Release Date, Price
The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country is an oddball, but not the only one in Swedish maker’s lineup. It is obvious that they are trying to create a niche in which they would excel in the future, but apart from more height, it doesn’t offer anything different than regular model. The S60 CC will hit the retail stores later this summer and it will cost $43,500.