2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country review: Chef’s kiss

Apart from further exterior moldings as opposed to the typical V60, Cross Nation versions also

Apart from further exterior moldings as opposed to the typical V60, Cross Nation versions also aspect a exceptional grille. 


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A motor vehicle or truck will not have to be the ideal in each and every measure to be very appealing. The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Nation just isn’t the most functional automobile accessible nowadays, nor is it the fastest, fanciest or ideal equipped. But man, it is a wonderful all-close to offer, one that feels like a lot more than the sum of its Scandinavian components. 

Like

  • All-climate overall performance
  • Audio driving dynamics
  • Sumptuous interior

Don’t Like

  • Infotainment tech could be far better
  • Some troubles with Pilot Assist
  • Starchy trip top quality

Using about 2.five inches taller than the V60 wagon (with a generous eight.3 inches of floor clearance) and equipped with typical all-wheel travel as effectively as hill-descent manage, the Cross Nation is created for delicate off-roading, to get you up that icy driveway or throughout a meadow to your preferred fishing spot. Special wheel-arch trim and exterior moldings offer a a lot more strong search and are a nod to that improved capability. You could feel these injection-molded insert-ons would spoil a wonderful style and design, but the Cross Nation is just as really and elegantly proportioned as the typical V60.

But compared with its lower-riding stablemante (which is accessible with a potent plug-in hybrid powertrain), the V60 Cross Nation is only supplied with one motor, a 2.-liter turbo-4 that belts out 250 horsepower and 258 pound-toes of torque. Clean, servile and virtually silent, this very little dynamo even so gives a lot of giddy-up and an approximated -to-60-mph time of six.four seconds.

This Volvo’s motor is backed by an incisive 8-velocity computerized transmission which is as smooth as sandwich spread — except when it is chilly, then it is a little bit gradual to shift. Luckily, this sluggishness disappears the moment the drivetrain thaws out. Talking of warmth, for what it is truly worth, the V60 Cross Nation has the fastest-performing steering-wheel heater I have ever skilled, and the butt-heaters are equally productive.

Pushed in frigid Midwestern climate with a lot of winter precipitation, this Volvo is a able steed, hardly ever getting rid of its footing or creating me to second-guess its poise. Get overzealous with the accelerator and it will go playfully sideways on snow or ice just before the steadiness-manage procedure carefully intervenes to get you pointed in the proper way.

Amid other issues, the $2,800 Lounge Package deal will get you sumptuous Nappa leather for a super-top quality truly feel.


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The V60 Cross Country’s steering is mild to the touch but nevertheless fairly specific. A little bit a lot more entrance-wheel feedback would be great, as would softer springs. The trip is absolutely effectively managed, but I find it a whole lot stiffer than it requirements to be. At least considerably offsetting the stony trip is this Volvo’s posh cabin. The entrance seats are supremely at ease and for an additional $500 can give you a mild therapeutic massage. The backseat also gives a lot of passenger space, at least for the outboard riders anyone relegated to the center placement will have to contend with a substantial hump in the ground.

Apart from its annoyingly large sills that streak your pant legs with dirt if you happen to be not very careful when disembarking and the inexpensive-emotion, non-extending sunshine visors, the rest of this V60 Cross Country’s cabin is sumptuous. This example’s wonderful, brown Nappa leather and laminated, open up-pore wood accents search richer than an aristocrat’s examine. The $2,800 Lounge Package deal also will get you a stitched dashboard include, 4-zone weather manage, ventilated entrance seats and a several other niceties. If issues truly feel a little bit far too cozy, just retract the typical panoramic sunroof’s shade to enable a very little mild shine in. This interior’s all round style and design is usually hotter and friendlier than what you get from German automakers these times, nevertheless some of the tech could be enhanced.

Volvo’s familiar Sensus Hook up infotainment procedure is as intricate as it is ever been. And even nevertheless it appears to be significantly snappier on this Cross Country’s nine-inch touchscreen than I have appear to anticipate, it is nevertheless not my preferred multimedia array. Fortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are typical, nevertheless they do exhibit up a little bit tiny on the portrait exhibit because it is so tall and slim. Augmenting that panel is a 12.3-inch electronic instrument cluster which is reconfigurable but often appears to be a little bit washed out.

The V60 Cross Nation is damn great.


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When it will come to safety and driver-guidance characteristics, this is a Volvo, so, yeah, you will find a lot. The usual goodies like lane-retaining assist, computerized crisis braking and blind-spot monitoring are all typical and do the job really a lot seamlessly. Total-LED exterior lights is also provided at no additional demand. Over and above all that, this V60 Cross Nation is also equipped with Pilot Assist, Volvo’s adaptive cruise-manage procedure with lane centering. It will come bundled together with a head-up exhibit, a 360-degree digicam and a wireless mobile phone charger in the $1,900 Innovative Package deal. This ever-attentive cruise-manage procedure effortlessly regulates the Cross Country’s velocity relative to other website traffic, nevertheless the lane-centering could be enhanced. At times it will get perplexed and will tug back again and forth on the steering wheel, which is a little bit unnerving.

Stick to the highway where by Pilot Assist is in its aspect and the V60 Cross Nation must return 31 miles for every gallon. All over city, it is rated at 22 mpg and blended it must produce 25. In mixed use, I have been averaging close to 24 mpg, which is not far too shabby contemplating the chilly climate.

Even nevertheless Volvo is not the only automaker to present a lifted station wagon, the V60 Cross Nation is variety of in a class of its individual. The pretty Audi A6 Allroad and new Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain are a riff on the very same formula, nevertheless they are larger, a lot more impressive and definitely a far better rival to Volvo’s individual V90 Cross Nation. Nevertheless, it is conceivable potential buyers could cross-store these German choices with the smaller sized V60 Cross Nation, and if they do, they are going to find it appreciably a lot more very affordable. As examined, this case in point checks out for $fifty seven,290 together with $995 in supply charges, a figure that also incorporates a smattering of alternatives, by far the priciest of which is the $four,000 Bowers and Wilkins top quality audio procedure. Eschew any extras and you can get one of these elevated station wagons home for less than $47,000, close to twenty grand less than an entry-amount Allroad or All-Terrain.

The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Nation may not excel in any unique location, but it is nevertheless wonderful and upscale, gives a lot of characteristics and is pleasurable to travel. With sufficient comfort and ease, improved flexibility and Swedish fantastic taste, it is evidence you really don’t have to be the ideal to be a winner.