Combining a sleek wagon body with the ride height and capabilities of a crossover, the 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country is an intriguing concept, though its disappointing fuel economy, acceleration and interior space may give some shoppers pause.
by stew19 on May 24, 2015 Vehicle: 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
After driving BMWs, Audis, and Lexus, I have been delightfully surprised by my V60. It drives and performs very well, is quiet and very comfortable and looks great. I don't understand why people continue to buy SUVs and crossovers, which get poor mileage and don't perform as well as wagons.
by kmurray105 on Apr 23, 2015 Vehicle: 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon w/Prod. End 6/14 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I have had the V60 for about a month and so far I love it. 2 years ago I replaced my 2006 Saab 95 wagon, because it needed some expensive repairs and with Saab out of business I didn't want to keep putting money into it. I replaced it with a leased Buick Regal, a car with better technology but handling and performance that was not as good and gas mileage that was not any better. As my lease expired I looked at a lot of different cars. I discovered the V60 had mostly better technology features that the Buick, performance and handling that was not quite as good as the Saab but close, and much better fuel efficiency. The V60 is also tremendously comfortable; a keeper.
by rara1964 on Mar 25, 2015 Vehicle: 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Spreading the word about 2015.5 V60. I've owned Audi's, BMW's, VW's & other Volvos (last car was the XC70), & this car blows me away. Handling is perfect; fuel economy amazing; styling minimalistic but perfect. The technology features are simply amazing. I have a teen driver, so the safety features - warnings when you get too close to the car in front, lane departure warnings, blind spot, rear camera, etc. - are essential. I paid at least $12k more for comparable German cars, and didn't get anywhere near the value or features found in this car. Chose FWD because w/traction control, it's nearly as good as AWD. Space & storage also fine, even as compared to the XC70. Better than German.
by jimbonada on Dec 13, 2014 Vehicle: 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon w/Prod. End 6/14 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Picked up the 2015 V60 in October 2014 after turning in a 2012 T5 sedan. Major difference is handling. Steering is crisper and stays centered where as T5 tended to float. Also the engine is phenomenal. I'm getting 28 mpg mixed use vs 23 mpg in old T5 without a sacrifice in horsepower. What attracted me to this car is that it does not look like a wagon but more like a crossover without the height and extra cost. There is one caveat however. My car came with a start/stop feature. I've gotten used to it but for some they may not. It's the feeling of an engine stalling and starting up again. You can however manually shut it off. My wife hates it. I leave on just to annoy her. LOL!
by derickd81 on Aug 15, 2014 Vehicle: 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon w/Prod. End 6/14 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Bought car in April, now has over 9K miles on it, including some long road trips. I have been able to hit all EPA mileage ratings, including highway. I have 30 mpg average over the last 6K miles. Car has been flawless, easy to use, drive, etc. I still catch myself staring at it, or pausing while sitting in it to take it all in. Went on a month long vacation with my wife. We fit everything we needed and our cat in the car with the seats down. Plenty of room. It's fast, quiet at highway speed, and the seats are wonderful. I've done four 12hr stints in the driver's seat at not been uncomfortable at all. This car is a gem, I think it should be on your test drive list, at the least.
by threefingr on Jul 17, 2014 Vehicle: 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E 4dr Wagon w/Prod. End 6/14 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I've been driving my V60 with sports package for the last 3 months and have put 5000 miles on the car.
The drive is nice, though there's a noticeable hesitation after stepping on the gas.
Handling and ride are very good.
It's much smaller than the boxy volvo wagons of old.
The back hatch is adequate for groceries or a small dog (like my mini Aussie).
But forget about bikes, even with the seats down.
The legroom for backseat passengers is tiny.
My pre-teen kids are ok but adults would be uncomfortable.
The front seats on the other hand are exceptionally comfortable.
The hi-tech & eco features are spotty, especially auto engine shutoff when stopped .
MPG is well below EPA estimates.
The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a new vehicle.
The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country started life as a standard-issue V60 wagon, but then Volvo sent it to SUV finishing school. The result is a genre-bending vehicle that blends the sleek styling of a wagon with the ruggedness of a crossover SUV. Otherwise, the V60 Cross Country remains true to its roots, which means it has state-of-the-art safety features, a handsome cabin and exceptionally comfortable front seats. But with upgrades like 7.4 inches of ground clearance and underbody skid plates, the V60 Cross Country is equipped to tackle a wider range of challenges.
The muscled-up character of this Volvo is clear from its elevated ride height and dark fender extenders, which give it an SUV-like appearance at a glance. Instead of the expected boxy body, however, the V60 Cross Country flaunts slippery, sculpted sheet metal that comes courtesy of its sport wagon heritage. Not surprisingly, it mostly retains the carlike character of the regular V60 from the driver seat, except that the added height gives you a superior vantage point in traffic. That's an appealing concept for shoppers who prefer true wagons like the V60 but wouldn't mind some crossover elements, too.
At this point, it may seem like the Cross Country is the V60 of choice. However, as it comes standard with all-wheel drive, it must make do with a previous-generation Volvo powertrain that produces slower acceleration and considerably lower fuel economy than the front-wheel-drive V60 Drive-E model. Rival wagons are superior as well. Then there are downsides shared with the regular V60. Rear legroom is relatively tight, which is a problem that crossovers generally avoid with their taller bodies and upright rear benches. Also disappointing is the Cross Country's maximum cargo capacity of 43.8 cubic feet, which puts it on par with compact hatchbacks.
For 2015, your choices for luxury wagons are few, but those remaining picks might be better alternatives. If you are looking for greater space, capability and fuel economy from a wagon and aren't horribly concerned with a luxury badge or premium cabin appointments, the 2015 Subaru Outback has an awful lot to offer. If you want to stick with upscale European models, the 2015 Audi Allroad and 2015 BMW 3 Series Wagon offer sportier handling dynamics and more modern engines. The latter also boasts a more spacious and versatile cabin. The 2015 Volvo XC70 is an older design, but it's airier inside and lets Volvo fans keep it in the family. Then there are any number of desirable, similarly priced compact luxury SUVs.
Frankly, it's hard to make a strong case for the 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country by the numbers, as its handful of alternatives are more versatile and efficient overall. But if you like the idea of a sophisticated luxury wagon with some off-roading tricks up its sleeve, it's worth giving the high-riding Cross Country a shot.
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Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2015 Volvo V60 is a five-passenger entry-level luxury wagon. It's offered in three trim levels based on powertrains: T5 Drive-E, T5 AWD and T6 AWD R-Design. Depending on when your V60 was built, it may also receive the "2015.5" designation and, as such, standard and optional equipment varies a bit. See the end of this section for all the details on 2015.5 V60's.
Standard equipment on the V60 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a sunroof, front and rear foglights, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, "T-Tec" fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions and manual lumbar adjustment, 40/20/40-split rear seats with power-folding head restraints, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite and HD radios, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod interface.
For the T5 E-Drive and T5 AWD, the Premier package adds roof rails, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and customizable digital gauges. The Premier Plus adds power-folding mirrors, a rearview camera, a fold-flat front passenger seat and a pop-up cargo area organizer. The Platinum package further adds auto-dimming outside mirrors, interior accent lighting, a navigation system and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system.
The performance-oriented T6 AWD R-Design trim level starts off with Premier Plus equipment and adds a sport-tuned suspension, the biggest engine available, appearance upgrades and adaptive xenon headlights. The Platinum trim level is also available here.
There are a number of other packages and stand-alone options available on most V60 models. The Climate package adds heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield and heated windshield washer nozzles. The Technology package consists of adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning and braking, pedestrian and bicyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist (T5 Drive-E models only), active high beams and a driver alertness monitor.
The Sport package available on T5 Drive-E and T5 AWD models adds the sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, front sport seats and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Finally, a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) package includes blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors.
Stand-alone options include 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, the navigation system, an automatic parallel parking system, heated front seats, a pair of built-in child booster seats, a rear seat entertainment system and a front-view parking camera.
For 2015.5 models (V60s produced after June 2014), there are some changes to standard and optional equipment. Every 2015.5 V60 gets the updated Sensus Connect and On Call systems as standard. Sensus Connect adds updated graphics for the center touchscreen, improved voice commands and in-car apps such as Yelp and Pandora. On Call adds an in-car WiFi hotspot, emergency roadside assistance and automatic crash notification.
Optional equipment is also a little different. 2015.5 V60s get a navigation system that's part of the Premier package for the T5. T5 AWD and the T6 R-Design have the navigation system as standard. Also for 2015.5 V60s, the Premier Plus package has been eliminated and replaced with the Convenience package that similarly adds power-folding mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera and a pop-up cargo area organizer. The power-folding passenger seat on the Premier Plus package isn't included in the Convenience package, but it is available as a stand-alone option.
For the Platinum package, 2015.5 models get the addition of a Harman Kardon premium sound system, xenon headlights and the contents of the Technology and Convenience packages. Stand-alone options for the 2015.5 V60 are similar to earlier models but also include keyless entry and ignition, the power-folding passenger seat and the aforementioned Harman Kardon sound system.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that produces 250 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It sends power to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. In Edmunds.com testing, though, a V60 Cross Country accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, which is about a full second slower than the front-wheel-drive V60 Drive-E as well as other wagons and compact SUVs.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Cross Country stands at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway), a lackluster figure in comparison to some other luxury crossover SUVs. It achieved 24.5 mpg on the Edmunds evaluation route, which is significantly worse than the front-wheel-drive V60 Drive-E model that returned 32.9 mpg on the same route.
The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country's list of standard safety features includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Also standard is Volvo's City Safety forward collision mitigation system, which detects imminent collisions with other cars and can automatically apply the brakes. The Technology package features an enhanced version of this system that can detect pedestrians and cyclists.
Additional safety options include lane departure warning, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane change/merge assist and a driver drowsiness monitor.
In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the regular V60 received the top score of "Good" in every tested category. Its frontal crash prevention technology also received a rating of "Superior." The higher-riding V60 Cross Country had not been crash tested as of this writing.
In Edmunds brake testing, the V60 Cross Country came to a stop in 127 feet, which is a few feet longer than average.
Interior Design and Special Features
The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country features a stylish interior crafted of premium materials. There's definitely some Swedish flair here, and the overall ambience is one of understated luxury. A driver-configurable digital gauge cluster provides three pre-programmed looks, giving the V60 Cross Country a high-tech character that not all rivals can match. The "Sensus" infotainment system is for the most part user-friendly, with our main quibble being the control knob's location on the dash, as console-mounted knobs tend to be easier for the driver to operate. Some may also find the recessed 7-inch display a bit basic by current standards.
The front seats are some of the most comfortable and supportive you'll find in any car, at any price. It's as if Volvo hired a chiropractor to design them — they're that good. Shorter occupants may find the fixed headrests positioned too far forward, however. Adults in the rear seats may also wish for more legroom, though kids should fare well enough. Speaking of kids, the available built-in booster seats are remarkably handy for parents and grandparents who need to transport little ones from time to time.
Fold those rear seatbacks down and you'll end up with 43.8 cubic feet of cargo room, a surprisingly modest figure given that the V60 Cross Country isn't exactly a small car. Though this number is smaller than some of its competitors, the flexibility offered by the 40/20/40-split design makes the best use of the space available. The low load floor and the lower roof also make placing bulky, heavy items inside or up top much easier than in an SUV. The cargo area's standard two-position, roll-out dog security net is also a clever feature for those with four-legged friends.
Like the regular V60, the Cross Country is generally a pleasant small wagon to drive. It is smaller and more maneuverable than a compact SUV, yet unlike with the regular V60, you do get a modicum of the elevated view out that SUV drivers enjoy. The Cross Country's elevated ride height also imbues it with the ability to tackle light off-roading challenges such as rutted dirt roads or grassy fields. The extra ground clearance may also be a plus for those who live in places where snowplows are slow to clear the roads.
The steering is nicely weighted and linear in its effort as you turn, but the Cross Country's handling around turns suffers from a lack of tire grip and some body roll. The regular V60 is much sharper to drive. Oddly, the Cross Country also has a surprisingly firm ride along with an elevated amount of vibration that makes its way into the cabin over bumps. Finally, acceleration feels quicker than our instrumented testing would indicate, but the six-speed automatic transmission is a bit dim-witted and the engine itself emits a rather uncouth growl.
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