Volvo’s 2016 V60 Cross Country is a sleekly styled, compact wagon with strong turbocharged power and an interior that embodies the understated modernism of Scandinavian design.
There is a generous amount of standard features, including leather-covered seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, a navigation system, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control and a moonroof.
It has one engine, a 250hp turbocharged five cylinder, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that does a good job with the stout wagon’s hefty 1780 kg. Torque peaks at 360 Nm starting at a low 1,800 rpm for quick acceleration and continues to 2,400 rpm.
With a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $41,940 (Approximately Rs 27,67,620), it’s the most expensive non-hybrid wagon from Sweden’s Volvo.
Fuel economy isn’t the best – the 15.5-foot-long wagon is rated at only 8.5 km/l in city driving and 11.9 km/l on the highway. The test vehicle with all-wheel drive averaged only 8.93 km/l in combined city/highway travel.
The five-door, five-passenger V60 Cross Country attempts to straddle the line between a wagon and sport utility vehicle, with its body raised some 2.5 inches higher from the pavement than Volvo’s plain V60 wagon.
Volvo is well known for its dedication to safety, yet the V60 Cross Country does not have a standard rearview camera. Rear park assist comes standard on the base V60 Cross Country, but it alerts a driver to the proximity of an obstacle primarily by audible sounds; there is no camera view.
To add a rearview camera, one must purchase the $3,650 (approximately Rs 2,40,863) Platinum package, which also has lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic brake and pedestrian and bicyclist detection.
Another worthwhile item is the optional built-in child booster seats in the rear seat, which help properly position youngsters for the seat belts.
Buyers who shell out for any of the V60 Cross Country vehicles won’t get the kind of interior and cargo room found in SUVs or even some other wagons. The federal government classifies the V60 Cross Country as a small station wagon, and its rear-seat legroom of 33.5 inches is surprisingly small; even the shorter-length Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen has more.
That said, cargo capacity of the V60 Cross Country is 43.8 cubic feet, and towing capacity is a noteworthy 3,500 pounds. Also, the seats are supportive for long trips and the leather is supple.
Drivers may feel a bit closed in the V60 Cross County, because of the smallish side-door and rear windows and sizeable metal pillars around the front and rear windows.
Front-seat head restraints are typically large in a Volvo, positioned close to the backs of passenger heads to give maximum protection against whiplash in rear-end crashes. These head restraints and Volvo’s complicated set of buttons and knobs can take time to get used to, for new Volvo owners.
V60 Cross Country’s reliability is rated worse than average by Consumer Reports magazine, and the 2016 model was recalled last month because a fuse for the starter motor could become overloaded and blow off, leaving the car turned off in traffic and raising the possibility of a crash.