In 2010 Volvo released the V60 to the world. This car was an estate answer to the S60 and while it doesn’t offer the same space as its bigger brother the V70, the V60 is proving to be a good family machine. To make the “V” in “V60” even more versatile the manufacturer opted to create a more rugged offering in the Volvo V60 Cross Country. This vehicle holds the same styling as you would see in the XC70 only the vehicle is smaller. The V60 Cross Country gets good competition from the Opel Country Tourer, the new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and the Skoda Octavia Scout.
The V60 Cross Country is available in Ireland with two engines. The D3 offering gives a maximum power of 150 bhp and is available with either a manual transmission or an automatic Geartronic set-up. The other option is the D4 engine that offers maximum power of 190 bhp. This all-wheel drive model comes with a Geartronic transmission as standard.
It makes sense that the V60 Cross Country should have a higher ground clearance than the regular V60. This is a more rugged machine after all and it should take you places where the regular model wouldn’t be as comfortable. While this car may not take you to similar places as the Jeep Wrangler, what it will do is get you up icy roads on bad days. It will also deal better with slight off road terrains that the regular V60 would not be able to deal with. The ride height within the V60 Cross Country is slightly higher than the V60-proper and it offers a commanding view of the road by comparison.
The six speed manual gearbox that is available with the V60 Cross Country is smooth and well matched to this vehicle. The engines can be a bit loud while building up speeds. Apart from that this vehicle is padded adequately from exterior noises like wind.
Outside the V60 Cross Country is only slightly more rugged in appearance against the normal V60. The change is subtle and what gives it away are the wheel arches and the raised ride height. Inside is made of quality materials that do not appear cheap – which is typical of Volvo.
The V60 Cross Country holds five stars in the Euro NCAP. This model wasn’t tested but it receives the full five stars on account of the normal V60 as it has the same safety set-up available to it. The regular V60 scored 94% for adult occupancy, 82% for child occupancy, 64% for pedestrian safety and 100% for its safety assistance systems. The vehicle has a large amount of safety features including City Safety. What City Safety does is it scans the area to the front of the vehicle. If the car sense that a collision is imminent it automatically applies the brakes. This system works at low speeds only.
Inside the space is excellent for five adults. Leg and head room is not a problem to either the front or the rear. The boot space is not the best in class but it is certainly ample. The Skoda Octavia Scout would offer the same type of space as the V60 Cross Country and it would be worth a look at too.