2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country Review


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The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country is the second iteration of a car which slots between regular V60 wagon and XC70 crossover. Why would Swedes need something like this, we don’t know. Still, it is superbly executed and, we guess, it doesn’t hurt to have another high-quality car in one’s lineup. Keep reading this review to learn what it has to offer.

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Engine, Specs, Transmission, MPG

There’s only one engine under the hood of the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country and that is a turbocharged 2.5L 5-cylinder unit. It is as oddball as the car itself and develops hefty 250 horses and 266 lb-ft of torque. Like other V60’s with mandatory all-wheel drive, Cross Country also ties its powertrain to a 6-speed automatic transmission. When it comes to the fuel economy, with its 5-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive config, this model is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country Design

Now, this model does get some unique cues which make it different than regular V60 models, but where it really differs is its height. It gets additional 2.6 inches of ground clearance, which can make quite a difference when it comes to off-road capabilities. However, the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country is everything but an off-road car. It just offers sedan-like driving dynamics with a little bit more versatility when it comes to cargo moving. As far as its design is concerned, V60 CC features the same grille and curved headlamps like its regular sibling, but gets slightly larger skid plates. It also gets honeycomb mesh instead of stripe one. Black plastic trim fills the gap in fender department, and in similar manner, windows and mirrors also get black-trimmed accents. Rear end gets Volvo’s trademark upswept taillights and blacked out garnish with Swedish maker’s lettering upon it.

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Interior Styling, Safety Features

Interior is lavishly decorated for a wagon, but Volvo offers plenty of executive cars, and why would V60 be any different? Apart from metallic trim, door sills and control panel offer natural wood coating. All seats are covered in leather, but dashboard lacks leather covers. Although this is generally perceived as a good thing, the vehicle’s dashboard is somewhat too simple, to that extent that it looks bland. This can best be seen in the small touchscreen display, engraved deep inside the dash and surrounded by nothing of importance. Still, the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country excels in other categories. Apart from premium comfort, which is evident, high wagon offers plenty of space for cargo as well. It also excels in safety, but that’s nothing new for the Swedish manufacturer. Apart from mandatory safety systems, V60 CC offers a rearview camera, blind spot monitor, forward collision warning, automatic braking system and adaptive cruise control.

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Conclusion, V60 CC Price

The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a solid executive wagon with lots of strengths, but with uncertain future. While it’s more efficient than similar-sized crossover XC70, it fails to win in most of other categories. If you do not want a crossover, regular V60 is a fine choice as it is, plus it can be ordered with more efficient engine. But if you DO like it, you should know that it’s price starts from $41,000, while the Platinum trim upgrade adds another $3,650 to its price tag.

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