People claim they don't want the same cars. Their neighbors. The v60 cross country fills that bill it's, the great grandchild of the original xc70 that added ground clearance and cladding to a wagon for sport. Ute functionality. Volvo would be happy to sell you an xc60 or xc90 crossover, but this this svelte machine stands out for some reason: americans just aren't, crazy about station wagons, but we love suvs and crossovers right, which are really tall wagons. It could be argued if i were marketing this. I would be calling it a sleek, svelte suv because that's what it is compared to a standard front, drive v60 cross country gets standard, all wheel drive and nearly two and a half inches of extra ground clearance just know that the regular v60 is more efficient by A couple mpg fuel economy is okay: the epa rates, the average of this at 25 miles per gallon on specified premium fuel and a note. You can get the standard v60 wagon with a plug in hybrid system, but you can't get it in the cross country version. The plug in and all wheel drive vehicle with the back tires driven by electric motors has 22 miles of all electric range and it's fast, but let's get back to the cross country. Its rear wheels are turned by a traditional drive shaft talking to engineers. They say that the automatic engine start stop systems that are in cars. These days can save about a mile per gallon on average.
The system on this one is really pretty smooth, and if you don't like it, you can turn it off very easily. The cross country is powered by a four cylinder it's, a two liter turbo, with 250 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque on specified premium fuel, Music, it's moving a car that weighs four thousand thirty pounds. The gearbox is an eight speed. Those practical swedes know owners, won't, be using paddle shifters volvo provides a smorgasbord of drive modes to choose from, and the gauge cluster changes depending on the setting. The four cylinder turbo is the only engine that you can get in the cross country, but it is quick. Zero to sixty happens in just under seven seconds, just not in this neighborhood i've been driving the cross country for three days now, and i got ta say not one hiccup from the transmission nice crisp shifts always in the right gear, so check that box off. As being excellent, this car is so aptly named: it's quiet, it's, comfortable, it's, controlled and there's lots of room for luggage. What a great road trip vehicle now i've owned, two xc70 wagons in the past and i've got to say they drove like old, broken in sofas. Soft and floaty this, the suspension, is set up somewhat on the firm side, yet it's still comfortable body motions are nicely controlled in corners and the steering weight not too heavy, not too light just perfect, it's kind of like the sports car of suvs, though it doesn't Have the chops of an alfa, romeo, stelvio or porsche cayman as far as off roading goes yeah, the cross country really can do it.
I drove this car in sweden in some pretty harsh conditions, uh here's a flashback in the arctic circle. We drove the v 60 cross country for a good 14 hours in sub zero temperatures and volvo created an obstacle course of sorts. These are running with winter tires that's law in sweden, so that helps but the sophisticated traction and stability, electronics, hill, descent control and borgwarner. All wheel drive system go a long way to give drivers confidence when the terrain turns tough. This is the third generation of xc that i've driven in harsh conditions and all have performed admirably and a lot better than most would imagine all right back to seattle. As being a volvo, of course, there are a lot of safety features. Uh standard is automatic emergency braking with pedestrian bicycle and large animal detection, but i don't think i'm going to be seeing a moose or a bear anywhere in this neighborhood. But you never know there's a long list of standard safety, tech, naturally it's a volvo and it's good stuff. This technology is not all created equal, not everything is standard. The pilot assist driver's aid system is part of a 1900 package. One thing that the cross country doesn't have that raised seating position that people like in suvs, but overall it's really easy to see out of this vehicle great sight lines and the cabin is a lovely place to spend time. Volvo'S been moving up the ladder into the premium segment for years the trim looks furniture grade and i'm not talking ikea same goes for the rugged, stitching and hefty hardware.
Everything touched feels expensive, finding a good place for phones, isn't, all that easy, but safety wise it's best to put those into the console to avoid temptation right. Besides, all the important functions can be controlled by standard apple, carplay and android. Auto volvo continues to install some of the most supportive and comfortable seats in the biz. It could be argued. That'S, a safety feature keeps a driver alert. A light. Massage feature is available. The user interface was one of the best a few years ago and it's still good, but there's a lot crammed into some of the pages trying to read. The small font takes my eyes off the road. The company is rolling out a new android based system in newer vehicles. Sorry, you couldn't make it to sweden with me, i'm. Not. I was in the bahamas at the time. Of course you were. This may not be a tall suv, but at five foot nine i have plenty of head knee leg and foot room uh door. Openings are big enough so that car seats go in and out no problem. The cushions could be a little bit higher for better thigh support, but hey, not bad door pockets. A little bit small don't put hot coffee in there. Sometimes automakers don't put seat pockets here, yay volvo didn't cheap out, there's a power port. You can stick any usb adapter in here that you'd, like actually that's kind of flexible wow, dual zone, climate control, heated seats, it's just like being in the bahamas.
Again, volvo says this space is actually roomier than the outgoing xc70. If you've got two kids and the occasional friend that they'll drag along this space will be very, very usable, the roads are filled with suvs these days. The long lean look of the v60 stands out. There are the usual volvo design, cues like thor's hammer, headlamps and a concave grille. This is a 2020 model. 2021S will get some cosmetic changes inside and out, but it will still be the low rider of crossovers if you often haul bike skis and kayaks up on roof racks. This kind of rig is actually better than a big tall suv, because it's lower it's, easier to load that's. Something to remember if you're at the dealer trying to choose between the cross country and xc60, a base model begins at 46 400 bucks with options like crystal white metallic paint, upgraded 19 inch wheels, climate and advanced safety packages, plus top line bowers and wilkins audio the Tab here runs to 56.5 that's, not cheap, but kind of a bargain compared to an audi a6 all road or mercedes benz e class wagon, both of those start in the mid 60s. I didn't do the tp trunk test in sweden because well one didn't have the time and second of all, not sure if there was a costco within 500 kilometers going european there. This is simple, but it helps the v60 is chock full of handy touches. It'S, like the engineers raided, an rei store, carrying skis on the roof, adds wind noise.
I like pass throughs one touch. I used all the time in two of the volvos that i owned was this divider it's brilliant, wish all suvs and wagons had this rigs able to venture into the wilderness should have a spare tire. Not all of them do seats are easy to drop and it creates a cave that's just over 60 cubic feet if you're towing, it'll tug 2 000 pounds, even with all of the seats usable. The v60 takes on a good amount of cargo. Eight packs of the two ply is a decent score. See you don't, need an suv all right, let's break this all down in red light, green light, green light. The v60 cross country has the excellent driving dynamics of a car and the utility of an suv. The best of both worlds, the graceful design, is appealing if you don't want to look like a hiker, 24 7 and the interior is a sanctuary. It'S, comfortable and materials are top shelf, yellow lights premium gas will ding you at the pump small fonts on the user interface can make it distracting to use the big driveshaft tunnel might be awkward for middle passengers in the back red lights. It doesn't have the high seating position that some people buy suvs for if you want the more powerful and efficient plug in hybrid powertrain, you have to move to the standard v60 with less ground clearance. People claim they want to be unique.
Who would ever think that station wagons would be the path to individuality and because of the lower roof and load floor, they're easier to pack up for adventure? The volvo v60 cross country will get you where you want to go with ease style and grace. Volvo assembles suvs in america. Now this car is screwed glued bolted and welded together in torslanda sweden for the u.s market. Yes, chinese conglomerate gili bought it from ford years ago, but it remains a very swedish company with headquarters in gothenburg. The city's concert hall is one of the acoustic settings in the audio system. Well, there you go another car review in the books, so one of the many reasons why people subscribe to this channel and click the notifications bell is that at the end, i try to provide a fun fact, a little bit of trivia and this time it's about Details when you stop and talk to an automotive engineer or a designer the amount of the minutiae that they put into a car just for a good experience is truly amazing. Take, for example, just the font style. Volvo has used the same font for over two decades. It'S, clean it's, classic it's modern it's, very easy to read, which is important, because volvo is all about safety, proving that you can have something modern, yet classic it. Doesn'T have to be trendy, and one reason that i bring it up is because i actually recognize the font from my old 1998, volvo 850 wagon fun fact number two.
I have owned four volvo station wagons and unfortunately, none of them are of this world anymore. They were all totaled and all protected. My family very well, uh, it wasn't my family's fault in any of them. Um one was an f 250 that rammed it from the back another one was a semi truck and each time the family walked away. So you know volvo and safety yeah it's. A thing really is: i don't have a volvo station wagon anymore, this one's pretty nice.