The 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country brings a little crossover flavor to the regular V60 premium compact wagon. All-wheel drive is part of the standard equipment. And just for good measure, Volvo has fitted skid plates while raising ground clearance to 7.9 inches (a stretch of 2.6 inches over the "plain" V60). That still puts it lower to the pavement than a mainstream compact crossover like a Honda CR-V, for example. But there are some advantages.
Loading things into the cargo area isn’t such a strain on one’s back. It’s easier for dogs to jump in (the V60 Cross Country has retractable dog netting directly behind the rear seats). The lower center of gravity (compared with a regular crossover) will contribute to a feeling of stability while driving. But those who want to tackle that dirt road to the lake or are looking for some extra reassurance in bad weather should also appreciate the all-wheel drive system. Meanwhile, their passengers will enjoy the upscale feel of the cabin.
This machine has plenty of power, thanks to a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. If the idea of a commonplace high-riding crossover doesn’t blow your whistle, the V60 Cross Country merits a closer look.
What’s New for 2018?
Nothing significant. See the 2018 Volvo V60 models for sale near you
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
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the V60 Cross Country achieves 22 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined.
Standard Features & Options
The 2018 Volvo V60 Cross Country comes in T5 and T5 Platinum trim levels.
The entry level T5 ($42,845) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, roof rails, LED running lights, power-folding/heated side mirrors, black fender extensions, skid plates at both ends, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, 8-way power-adjustable front seats with driver’s-side memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, Volvo Sensus Connect infotainment system with 7-inch color display and telematics (including 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/HD radio and an auxiliary audio input.
A Convenience Package (power-folding mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, sport seats, rearview camera and universal garage door opener) and Technology Package (adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation with automatic braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, driver drowsiness monitor, lane-departure warning and active high beams) are optional on this entry level model.
The T5 Platinum ($46,695) adds active xenon headlights with washers, 12-speaker/650-watt Harman Kardon audio system plus the Convenience and Technology Packages.
Both versions are eligible for an optional Climate Package that adds heated seats front and rear, heated windshield/windshield washer nozzles, heated steering wheel and an interior air quality system. The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) package brings blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors and lane-change assistance.
Individual options include piano black inlays, 2-stage child booster cushions for the outboard rear seats and a dual-screen rear entertainment system.
Cargo capacity is unimpressive, maxing out at just 43.8 cu ft. That’s less than the compact VW Golf hatchback.
Standard protection features include active front head restraints, anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control with torque vectoring, hill-descent control 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 (IIHS) in every category. The institute has also made the V60 a Top Safety Pick Plus.
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 noise makes it into the cabin at speed. There’s ample turbocharged power for passing and merging. In corners, body roll is naturally a little more apparent than in a regular V60 because of the taller ride height, but road manners are fundamentally solid.
The extra ground clearance and suspension travel (compared with a regular car) allows the V60 CC to tackle slightly rougher terrain and deeper snow. Fit a set of dedicated winter tires and the cold months will be a lot more bearable.
Other Cars to Consider
2018 Audi A4 Allroad — The A4 Allroad is a similar idea to the CC, but it’s bigger, faster and handles better.
2018 Subaru Outback — The larger Outback could feel unwieldy after a spin in the V60 Cross Country, but it’s an obvious choice for maximum cargo space: 73.3 cu ft. in total. Updated for 2018.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack — The Alltrack is a variant of the SportWagen, offering all-wheel drive, 170 hp, 66.5 cu ft. of cargo space and 6.9 inches of ground clearance. It’s also less expensive than the Volvo.
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon — The E-Class wagon is a bit bigger than the Volvo and a lot nicer. You can find one with all-wheel drive (badged 4Matic) at a great certified pre-owned (CPO) price.
Although the Platinum version is almost $4,000 more, it has a lot of extra equipment as standard, including some safety features. Selecting the blind spot monitoring package is also a good call. Find a Volvo V60 for sale