What Is It?
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country
What's New About This Model?
Volvo brought back the Cross Country name for this all-new model based on the V60 wagon. Compared to its wagon sibling, the Cross Country has 2.6 inches more ground clearance, skid plates, fender extenders and off-road-specific tech features like hill descent control.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Look for the 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country in the U.S. early next year.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Volvo V60 Cross Country will have a starting price of $41,000: about $5,000 more than a base V60 wagon.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Volvo V60 Cross Country comes as a wagon only. Trim levels for the Cross Country should closely mirror those of the V60 wagon, which include the T5 Drive-E FWD and AWD. High-performance Polestar and T6 R-Design trims are questionable, but totally possible.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.5-liter, five-cylinder — 250 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque
- 2.0-liter four-cylinder — 240 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque
- Automatic transmission
- Front- or all-wheel drive
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Apart from the additional ground clearance, the Volvo V60 Cross Country is very similar to the V60 wagon. That's not a bad thing, as the V60 has an advanced touchscreen infotainment system that's easy to use, with crisp graphics. It's also equipped with a handy Volvo on Call app that can remotely start the car and lock and unlock the doors.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
While it looks like a cool wagon that'll traverse rough streets and fire roads, this is still a Volvo and as such should be equipped with a full suite of advanced safety features like automatic braking, forward collision warning, emergency notification, seatbelts and airbags.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi Allroad: The Audi Allroad is the most direct competitor with the V60 Cross Country. It's luxurious, it's capable, it's got ground clearance, it's loaded with toys and it costs about $42,000.
Subaru Outback: The Subaru Outback is the practical answer to the others in this field. The Outback starts at $25,000 with all-wheel drive and a ton of space. It's not the quickest thing in the class, but it's the one you'd be least afraid to get dirty.
Should You Wait for It?
The Volvo Cross Country name started in 1997 on the V70 and has held its fan base ever since. If you're just looking for a wagon capable of getting you down to the lake for a quick fishing trip, there are other cars on the market that'll get the job done. But if you want the coolness that a Volvo Cross Country offers, you've only got to wait a few more months.