What Is It?
2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country
What's New About This Model?
The 7.9 inches of ground clearance. That's what's new. The normal S60 sedan, when equipped with all-wheel drive, has 5.4 inches of ground clearance, which makes it perfectly average. This new Cross Country traipses into Subaru territory now, but without resorting to a wagon body style.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The Volvo S60 Cross Country will go on sale this summer.
How Much Does It Cost?
Volvo hasn't officially priced the S60 Cross Country, but we figure a small premium over the S60 is reasonable. $37,000 to start seems safe.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
At the moment, the Volvo S60 Cross Country is only available as a four-door sedan with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder motor. There are 302-horsepower T6 and 325-hp T6 R-Design trims available on other S60s, and there's no reason, given consumer demand, they can't be applied here as well.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.5-liter, inline five-cylinder: 250 hp, 266 pound-feet of torque
- Six-speed automatic transmission
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
There is nothing like the Volvo S60 Cross Country on the road today. With this jacked-up sedan, Volvo is betting that people who typically go for the hatchback/wagon shape of crossovers and Subaru Outbacks will reconsider their choices.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The normal Volvo S60 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and barring any oddities with the small overlap front and side tests, we're not thinking a little more ground clearance will change that. The S60 has side, front and rear head curtain and front-seat-mounted airbags, as well as a rollover sensor and a collision avoidance/mitigation system.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Subaru Outback: Not only does the Subaru Outback have a more useful shape than the S60 Cross Country, but it's got a tick more ground clearance and when equipped with EyeSight, performed better in collision avoidance than the Volvo. Oh, and it's likely to cost about $10,000 less.
Volvo V60 Cross Country: The Volvo V60 Cross Country is exactly like the S60 Cross Country, except it's a wagon with lots of space that looks right with this much height, and not a sedan.
Volvo XC60: When you walk into a Volvo dealership to look at an S60 Cross Country, it'll be impossible to ignore its big brother, the XC60 crossover. Like the Outback, the XC60 has more usable space than a sedan and has more ground clearance (9.1 inches) to boot. There's a reason these things are so popular.
Should You Wait for It?
The pool of vehicles with all-road levels of ground clearance is as deep as it's ever been — there are at least three within Volvo alone — yet none of them are sedans. If you have a deep hatred for wagons and crossovers, yet long for the ability to bomb down a gravel road at top speed, the S60 Cross Country is just what you've been waiting (forever) for. If not, check out the V60 or XC60.