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2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country: New Car Review

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The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country isn't a crossover SUV, yet it's more than a regular wagon. It has all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard along with 7.9 inches of ground clearance and skid plates, but that still puts it lower to the pavement than, say, a Honda CR-V, which gives it several advantages.

For one thing, loading items into the cargo area isn't such a strain on one's back. It's easier for dogs to jump up and in. And the lower center of gravity (compared with a regular crossover) will contribute to a feeling of stability while driving. But those wanting to tackle that dirt road leading to the lake and/or are looking for some extra reassurance in bad weather should also appreciate the all-wheel-drive system while their passengers enjoy the premium feel of the cabin. Speaking of the canine connection, the V60 Cross Country has retractable dog netting directly behind the rear seats.

This machine also has plenty of power thanks to a standard turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. If the idea of a high-riding crossover doesn't float your boat, then the V60 Cross Country merits a closer look.

What's New for 2016?

The V60 Cross Country carries over unchanged from 2015.

What We Like

Genuine trail capabilities; punchy turbocharged acceleration; stylish inside and out; comfortable front seats; standard all-wheel drive

What We Don't

Tight back seat; tight cargo capacity; 5-cylinder engine older and thirstier than the newer Drive-E engine in the regular V60

How Much?

$42,140-$45,790

Fuel Economy

The V60 Cross Country has a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission directs that drive to all four wheels.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the V60 Cross Country achieves 20 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined -- so-so performance for what is essentially a compact station wagon.

Standard Features & Options

The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country comes in base and Platinum trim levels.

The V60 Cross Country T5 AWD ($42,140) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, LED running lights, power-folding/heated side mirrors, black fender extensions, front and rear skid plates, rear parking sensors, 8-way power adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, the Volvo Sensus Connect infotainment system with a 7-in color display and telematics (including mobile Wi-Fi), navigation, smartphone integration (including the Volvo On Call app with remote car control), Bluetooth and an 8-speaker audio system with USB connectivity, satellite radio and HD Radio, and an auxiliary audio input.

The V60 Cross Country T5 AWD Platinum ($45,790) adds active xenon headlights with washers, a 12-speaker/650-watt Harman Kardon audio system, the Convenience package (which includes power-folding mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, a rearview camera and a universal garage-door opener) and the Technology package, which offers adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation with automatic braking, a driver-drowsiness monitor, lane-departure warning and active high beams.

The Convenience package and Technology package are optional on the base V60 Cross Country. The optional Climate package adds heated front and rear seats, a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, heated windshield-washer nozzles and an interior air-quality system. The Blind Spot Information System package includes a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors and lane-change assist.

Individual options include piano-black inlays, dual outboard 2-stage child booster seats and a dual-screen rear entertainment system.

Cargo capacity is a lowlight, maxing out at just 43.8 cu ft., which is less than the compact VW Golf hatchback.

Safety

Standard protection features include active front head restraints, anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control with torque vectoring, and six airbags (front, front-side and side-curtain). As noted above, the Technology package adds several safety technologies.

Although the Cross Country itself hasn't been crash-tested, the regular V60 on which it's based received the top score of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in every category. The institute has also made the V60 a Top Safety Pick+.

Behind the Wheel

The interior is crisp and clean, with designer touches such as Volvo's floating center stack setting it apart from mainstream rivals. The quality of materials is excellent, and the restrained dashboard styling lends an air of sophistication. Seat comfort up front is stellar, although rear passengers may find legroom somewhat limited.

Ride comfort is exemplary on most surfaces, and not much ambient noise makes it into the cabin at speed. There's ample turbocharged power for passing and merging. The 6-speed automatic is an older transmission but does its job well enough, only showing its age when really asked to perform. In corners, there's naturally a little more body roll than in a regular V60 because of the taller ride height, but it's apparent that this Volvo's road manners are fundamentally solid.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Audi allroad -- The allroad is similar and offers tighter handling, although it cannot match the Volvo's straight-line performance.

2016 Subaru Outback -- The larger Outback could feel unwieldy after a spin in the V60 Cross Country, but it's a no-brainer for people who want maximum cargo space: 73.3 cu ft. in total.

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen -- The Golf SportWagen isn't offered with all-wheel drive yet, but if the V60 Cross Country's skid plates and jacked-up suspension are also unnecessary, this VW is worth a shot.

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon -- The E-Class Wagon is a bit bigger than the Volvo, but also a lot nicer. You can find one with all-wheel drive (badged 4MATIC) at a great certified pre-owned price.

Autotrader's Advice

Going for the Platinum model costs an extra $3,650, but it's worth it because of the extra features.

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