First Drive: 2015.5 Volvo V60 Cross Country
Does the world really need another crossover? We don’t think so. But Volvo has it in their heads that stay-at-home moms may need to venture off while on the way to the beauty salon. Therefore, Volvo put their V60 station wagon on steroids to create this all new, all-wheel drive Cross Country.
If you’re familiar with the V60 wagon, than you’ll be happy to know that Volvo didn’t go all off-road happy when it came to adding stilts on the Cross Country. Essentially what we have here is an extra 2.6-inches of ground clearance, front and rear skid plates, and some stimulating black trimmings around the doors and mirrors. Keeping up the sexy appearance, the black honeycomb grille and LED daytime running lights keeps the look clean, the 18-inch diamond cut wheels adds a hearty handsome pose, and the integrated dual chrome exhaust gives a hint touch of sporty influences.
Inside, there is no shortage of luxury Swedish treatment. Our contour, body-wrapping black leather seats maintained a superb comfortable atmosphere that featured front and rear heated seats and a heated steering wheel under the $1550 Climate Package. In this new era of touch screens and mouse pad interfaces the aging center stack and infotainment is starting to become a bit trivial and not very user friendly with an array of buttons that do many things. With the added $400 Urbane Wood Inlays, it adds a classy look to the streamline dash and with the configurable TFT instrument screen switching between Eco, Elegance, or Performance – you’ll look like the cool mom on the block.
Opting for the top tier Platinum at $3650 over the base $41,000 starting price as seen on our tester will set you up with tons of the latest technology and gadgets: a rocking Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System, Active Dual Xenon Headlights, Rear Park Assist Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection with Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Active High Beam Control… that’s a lot of control. As part of the $925 BLIS Package we were also equipped with Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Merge Aid.
We wish we could sit here and tell you that all those safety Pedestrian and Collision auto braking features work, but we’re not really going to attempt such test – partly because we couldn’t find anyone brave enough. We can tell you that adaptive cruise control here works quite well – it adjust its speed smoothly, applies the brakes with ease, and leaves us with an overall satisfaction.
Weighing in around 3700lbs, the V60’s turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine manages power output quite well at 250 horsepower and 266lb-ft of torque. Go pedal down, it will whip you from zero to 60 mph in about 7 seconds through its six-speed geartronic automatic transmission. Around town the V60 handles itself very impressively – there is some incidents of turbo lag, but not that the average Soccer Mom would notice – we only do because we were looking for it. Acceleration is smooth and graceful and the transmission works very well with quick gear responses.
You can expect nothing less than a superb ride quality out of the V60. Its restrained and well balanced at providing the smoothest ride possible even when the road ends and a new adventure begins. With speeds cruising into the 80’s the cabin is surprisingly quiet and with our $325 Speed Sensitive Steering system the steering is silky smooth, gliding through the fingers while at the same time being enjoyable in the twisty bends in the road.
Just because this V60 Cross Country has an extra 2.6-inches of ground clearance and an all-wheel drive platform, doesn’t always mean you can play on the trails where there’s a posted“4X4 ONLY” sign. However, whenever there’s a trail on the side of the road that may lead to a spontaneous adventure – the V60 Cross Country can at least go where the standard V60 wagon can’t. The all-wheel drive system here works mainly as a front-wheel drive setup, if even detected a 1/17th of a slip in the wheel, the all-wheel drive system engages providing constant four-wheel drive. So wherever the tracks may lead, you know you’ll be in good hands.
Like a crossover the Cross Country likes its fuel. Drinking Unleaded Plus (though not required), we averaged 25 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined over its EPA rated 20/28/23 (City/Highway/Combined) allowing for just over 350 miles of terrain to cover.
After spending several hundred miles and countless hours behind the wheel of the V60 Cross Country – we determined it’s one of the best crossovers/wagons we’ve driven. The seats are absolutely the most comfortable – the sound system is rockin – the ride is smooth like butter – it handles great – it looks great – a go anywhere attitude – and at an as tested price of $49,350 you can’t get much better than that.
|Price (As Tested):|
|2015.5 Volvo V60 Cross Country:||$41,000|
|Speed Sensetive Steering:||$325|
|Urbane Wood Inlays:||$400|
|Special Crystal White Metallic Paint:||$560|