Volvo's V60 Cross Country takes the classic V60 wagon and gives it a little more rough-road ability. There is plastic cladding, increased ground clearance, tires with more sidewall for rough-road compliance, and the all-wheel drive system gets hill descent and hill start assist. It's much the same model that Subaru applied to the Legacy to make the Outback, or Audi to the A4 to create the A4 Allroad. This is what you look at when you want a little bit more capability than the regular wagon, but you really don't want the size or mass of an SUV.
While the V60 CC is new, the platform it rides on has been around since 2011. That means that the center stack (shared with other S and V60 models) is looking dated, with small screens and fiddly buttons. It also lacks rear seat legroom compared with the rest of the class. But it is still a good-looking design, with clean gauges and a classy appearance. It's also not the sportiest drive in the class, but if you want the extra lift in the suspension, that's probably not what you're looking for anyway.
The V60 Cross Country lineup is simplified compared to the V60, so there is just one engine choice. That's a 240 hp, 2.0L four-cylinder, matched with an eight-speed automatic. The V60 CC was new for 2015, and that new engine (last year had a 2.5L five-cylinder) is the big change for 2017. Volvo doesn't expect huge sales for this car, so it comes in just two trims. The T5 Drive-E and T5 Drive-E Premium.
The V60 CC comes with power adjustable and heated front seats, 18-inch alloys, power windows, automatic wipers, and LED daytime running lights. It includes Volvo City Safety which detects pedestrians or cyclists. It will automatically brake to avoid them, and will also brake if it thinks you are about to turn into another car. The premium trim adds leather seats, a sunroof, and the option to have the technology package which includes radar cruise control with stop and go capability.
Xenon headlights are available, there is also a climate package that comes with a heated steering wheel, windshield and rear seats, and Volvo's interior air quality system that monitors the incoming air and will close the exterior vents if it detects too much carbon monoxide, ozone, and other gasses. A blind-spot information system (BLIS) package adds Volvo's blind spot alerts along with parking sensors. The climate pack can also be optioned with booster seats for small children.
The V60 CC is rated for 10.8 L/100 km city and 7.8 highway.
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