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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country: New Car Review

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The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country is pretty much a one-of-a-kind car: an off-road-capable sedan. It's based on the excellent yet conventional S60 premium compact sedan but comes with all-wheel drive (AWD) and greater ground clearance, along with some body protection plates here and there.

Who knows how much homework the product planning department did before bringing this car to market, because it's not easy to think of a ready-made audience clamoring for such a vehicle. Perhaps the thinking was, if you build it, they will come.

Having a trunk instead of a hatchback or wagon rear end cuts down on practicality, but Volvo compensates somewhat with added security. And maybe the S60 will never go out into the country at all. With so many urban roads in a woeful state of disrepair and pockmarked by huge potholes, the unique sedan is perfectly suited to tackling such tough terrain. What we're looking at here might be the future of city motoring.

What's New for 2016?

Although the regular S60 sedan has been around for a while, this Cross Country variant is all new for 2016.

What We Like

The fresh combination of automotive elements; S60-derived comfort, safety and quality

What We Don't

Unremarkable fuel economy; only 500 units earmarked for the United States in 2016; only available in gray

How Much?

$44,640

Fuel Economy

A turbocharged 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine generates 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, along with all-wheel drive.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel consumption at 20 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country comes in one well-stocked trim level: the T5 AWD Platinum ($44,640).

Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, active dual xenon headlights, a power moonroof, heated and power-folding side mirrors, puddle lights, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, interior accent lighting, an adaptive digital driver-information display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped gearshift knob and steering wheel, 8-way power adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory function, power-folding rear headrests, a 7-in color infotainment display, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a 12-speaker 650-watt Harman Kardon audio system, Bluetooth, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input. Volvo On Call brings an emergency services call button, automatic collision alert and a smartphone app that offers remote starting, locking and unlocking, as well as stolen-vehicle location.

Among the options is a Climate package that includes heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield with heated washer nozzles and a cabin air-quality system. Buyers can also choose 19-in alloy wheels, wood trim and a speed-sensitive steering system.

Trunk space is 12 cu ft., which should be able to hold three sets of golf clubs.

Safety

As well as a full complement of airbags, side-impact protection and whiplash protection systems, the S60 CC features Volvo's City Safety technology, which can minimize or prevent collisions at 31 or fewer miles per hour by automatically priming or applying the brakes if necessary. It also comes with pedestrian and cyclist detection with full braking, lane-departure alert, a driver-drowsiness monitor and hill-descent control.

The Blind Spot Information System package is an optional extra, and as you'd expect, it includes a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors and lane-change merge assistance.

Although this particular variant has not been crash-tested, the regular S60 earned perfect 5-star ratings in all federal crash-test categories. It was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Behind the Wheel

The S60 Cross Country has 7.9 inches of ground clearance, 2 inches above the regular S60's level, so it has a higher center of gravity. But the driving position is also more elevated, which many people like.

The center of gravity is not really a problem, as the car doesn't lurch from bend to bend. The ride remains composed even over rough pavement, and the all-wheel-drive system has a function called torque vectoring -- this feature apportions power to the individual wheels, depending on which ones have the best grip at a given time, for capable cornering.

The cabin is typical Volvo: well appointed with lots of soft-touch materials and tasteful metallic trim, plus comfortable and supportive front seats. Buttons for the infotainment system and climate control are housed in a stylish floating center stack, just one example of this well-thought-out interior.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Audi allroad -- There really aren't any more sedans made for light off-roading, but the allroad is a slightly raised wagon that's up to the task.

2016 BMW X3 -- Again, this is an apple as an alternative to an orange, but the X3 is also capable of undemanding off-roading, comes with premium equipment and drives on the road with rare ability.

Autotrader's Advice

The S60 Cross Country is in a category unto itself, so it's just a question of getting your mind around the whole concept of a cross-country sedan.

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