2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country
- An elegant choice if you can't decide between sedan or crossover
- Enhanced light off-road capabilities
- Front seats are very comfortable
- Rides rougher than you'd expect of a small luxury wagon
- Rear cargo space and legroom are tight
- Handling doesn't inspire much confidence when going around turns
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.2 / 10
The 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country fits into a niche occupied by a small group of vehicles such as the Audi A4 Allroad, Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Golf Alltrack: It's a do-it-all wagon. These models start out as standard wagons, but then the automakers give them increased ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive to enhance their capability when the pavement ends.
The V60 Cross Country has the same stylish interior as the V60 but comes with unpainted wheel arch extensions and some body protection pieces to help minimize scuffs and nicks from kicked-up rocks and branches. The V60 Cross Country is no rock crawler, but the increased ground clearance and all-wheel drive should help you in situations such as getting to a remote campsite or just dealing with an unplowed driveway.
Just as with the V60 wagon, though, the Cross Country's rear cargo and passenger space are lacking. Most full-size adults won't want to spend too much time back there. Also, the Cross Country doesn't handle as well as the regular V60. Still, if you want a luxury wagon and require more ground clearance, the V60 Cross Country is a solid choice.
2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country configurations
The 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a five-seat wagon based on the V60 wagon. There are two trims available: T5 and T5 Platinum. Both have a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (240 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Standard equipment on the T5 includes 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, hill descent control, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, power-folding heated mirrors, roof rails, rear privacy glass, front and rear skid plates, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split rear seat with power-folding headrests, and a built-in cargo cover/dog safety divider.
Tech features include Bluetooth, Volvo On Call emergency services, the Volvo Sensus infotainment interface with a 7-inch display, Sensus Connect smartphone apps, a navigation system, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB audio interface and satellite radio.
The Convenience package adds a rearview camera and keyless ignition and entry. The Technology package includes adaptive cruise control and a variety of accident avoidance and driver alert technologies (e.g., forward collision warning and mitigation as well as lane departure warning).
The V60 Cross Country Platinum T5 models include the Convenience and Technology packages and add adaptive xenon headlights with washers, auto-dimming mirrors and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
A few other options are available for both trims. The BLIS package comes with a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert and front parking sensors. The Climate package adds an interior air-quality system and a multitude of heated items, including the front and rear seats, steering wheel, windshield and windshield washer nozzles. Integrated child booster seats come with the Climate package and can also be picked as a stand-alone option.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum Wagon (turbo 2.5L inline-5 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Volvo V60 Cross Country has received some revisions, including a new engine and transmission, shuffling of options and trim packages. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Volvo V60, though.
Noise & vibration7.5
Ease of use7.0
Getting in/getting out9.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite V60 Cross Country safety features:
- Driver Alert Control
- Warns the driver of erratic driving by using a camera to compare the road geometry with the driver's steering input.
- Distance Alert
- Lets you know when you're following too closely to the car in front by flashing a warning on the dash.
- Queue Assist
- Helps drivers in slow and stop-and-go traffic maintain spacing by matching speeds with the car in front, even down to a stop, from 0-18 mph.
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The 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country makes for an appealing alternative to an SUV, offering a good deal of the same utility and all-weather ability. Based on the V60 wagon, the Cross Country adds all-wheel drive and extra ground clearance — 7.9 inches total — endowing it with enough off-road capabilities to tackle rough dirt trails, if not serious boulder-strewn tracks.
Volvo makes some of the best seats in the business, and the V60 Cross Country is an exceedingly comfortable car to drive. The extra height raises the driver's eye level, giving a better view of the road than the regular V60. The cabin decor is cool and classy, with top-notch materials and excellent sound-deadening. The stereo's phone-style keypad looks a bit dated, but the controls are well-organized and fairly easy to use.
That said, the V60 Cross Country has its drawbacks. Though this is ostensibly a station wagon, it really doesn't haul much more than a hatchback. There's 19.7 cubic feet of luggage space available behind the rear seats. With the rear seats folded down, the V60 holds 43.8 cubic feet of cargo. Some crossover SUVs can carry nearly as much with the rear seats in use. Those rear seats do offer enough room for adults, although taller passengers might feel cramped. They're perfect for kids, though, especially when equipped with optional built-in booster seats.
The V60 Cross Country received a new engine last year: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard. Fuel economy stands at 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway).
The V60 Cross Country is generally pleasant to drive, though its off-road setup means less grip and more lean in the turns. The regular V60 — which can also be had with all-wheel drive but lacks the extra ground clearance — feels sharper. The Cross Country's ride also isn't quite as forgiving as the regular V60's.
Volvo offers the V60 Cross Country in standard T5 and Platinum T5 trim levels; both feel properly posh, and much of the Platinum's extra equipment is available in the standard model as optional extras. Edmunds can help you learn more about the 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country and find the right car at the right price.
2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country Overview
The 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country is offered in the following submodels: V60 Cross Country Wagon. Available styles include T5 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and T5 Platinum 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country?
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