With the crossover segment exploding, it’s easy to miss the developing rugged-facility-wagon segment. Previously, this space was the unshared realm of the Volvo V60 Cross Country and the aged Subaru Outback. The former was brand-new to the U.S. in 2015, but a lot has changed both in the marketplace and in this automobile since a 2016 version. Specifically, Audi’s A4 based Allroad returned after a short interruption, and Volkswagen introduced the Golf SportWagen based Golf Alltrack, multiplying the Volvo’s competition.
You might astonishment how vehicles that duration in base value from $26,520 to $44,950 directly challenge. This quartet of raised facility wagons chases essentially the same customers. And not only do most of these wagons asset akin magnitudes rescue for the plus-magnitude bush—values for filled versions of the VW and, especially, the Subaru can nearly representation with debased-spec processes of the Audi and the Volvo.
Among this team, what really collections the Cross Country apart is its age. By far the aged, the Volvo’s being V60 wagon has been largely idempotent since 2010 and the lightly adjusted Cross Country arrived two years ago. Facing fresh contestants, the V60 receives a timely insertion of ages underhood. Although the V60’s skeleton stays the same for 2017, the turbocharged inline-five motor and six-speed automatic are regenerated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter Drive-E four-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The move (in which the aged motor’s T5 name carries over to the four-cylinder version) is part of Volvo’s effort to kill motors with more than four cylinders from its roll, also, the orderly V60 collected the motor in 2015.
Volvo’s 2.0-liter Drive-E motor cedes 10 horsepower and 8 lb-ft of torque (for totals of 240 and 258) to the outbound inline-five. Despite this, the 2017 V60 Cross Country is 0.2 second fast to 60 mph (6.2 seconds) and through the quarter-mile (14.8 seconds) than the 2016 five-cylinder. Both illustrations acceptable those put up by the Golf Alltrack and the Outback but are several tenths behind our calculations for the Allroad, which we’ve not yet acted to the line. All other things being roughly equivalent between this automobile and the five-banger, including weight, approval for the 2017 Cross Country’s additional zip goes to the brand-new eight-speed automatic. The automatic’s first six gears are abbreviated than their equivalents in the aged transmission, reinforcing off-the-line scoot. Fuel economy also improves, and the brand-new top gear is gangling than before for debased-rate freeway cruising. Our V60 Cross Country affixed a decent 22-mpg average fuel economy during our moment with the automobile, 2 mpg acceptable than the 2016 Cross Country. The wagon’s EPA fuel-system calculations also enhance, rising from 20 mpg in the municipality and 28 mpg on the freeway to 22/30 mpg. Whereas the now inoperative turbocharged inline-five could utter somewhat unpleasantly, the turbo four puts out entirely average sounds, sufficing up a tiny cry at high rpm and a far action at debased motor accelerates.
The rest of the V60 Cross Country driving experience is idempotent. Ride motions are neatly commanded by the chosen, firmly moved mixture, although this Platinum-spec Cross Country’s big-diameter wheels and debased-profile tires contributed to flinty first contact roughness over increase joints and holes. Those tasteless grounders also decrease the V60 Cross Country’s already minor merit in off-road quality over, say, an orderly V60. Although it sits 2.5 inches high off the ground than an obvious ol’ V60, the Cross Country still has a run-of-the-mill all-wheel-drive system and just 7.9 inches of ground clearance (a bush has 8.7 inches of interval underneath). Fasten with the base-version Cross Country and its gangling-profile latex if you idea on pursuing hours via two-tracks. For a platform so advanced in years, the V60 continues to overwhelm with its consistency. The indoor is well joined, with supremely cozy front rooms and abundance of soft-tap fuels. The dashboard’s hole design (one big important hole, two facing the front-seat traveler, and another giving to the motorist) and fancy words be bewitching almost seven years after their beginning. Using the projections and buttons set into the dashboard, on the other extremity, is an effort in inutility. Important functions (broadcasting, navigation, etc.) are recovered via a curve of buttons put atop an agglomeration of other similarly coated buttons. These are all stuffed next to one another with no space between, like the keyboard on an aged cellphone.
This ergonomic disorderlinesses beings beneath a tiny important display that lacks touch commands and on which message is haphazardly given in tiny types. On the plus side, there is an effective measure knob as well as an adjusting projection that doubles as a controller for moving through menus. Volvo’s versions XC90, S90, and V90 employ a vertically put touchscreen that’s more contemporary and easy to use, and we evaluate something akin in the S60/V60 substitution due in late 2018 (the sedan will be joined in South Carolina). The infotainment isn’t the only situation that’s noncurrent the V60 is a mid-magnitude wagon as been in the mid-Aughts. In the decade since the V60’s first improvement, many mid-magnitude opponents have grown large, transmission the Cross Country’s indoor venue in less adulatory light. Back-seat space is relatively compact, with a debased bottom damper and minor kneeroom for adults, and the Volvo’s 92 blockish feet of general traveler measure is actually two blockish feet shy of the smaller-on-the-outside Volkswagen Golf Alltrack’s. The similarly determined Audi Allroad is large than the Volvo inside and out, while the far less extortionate (and large) Subaru Outback is the roomiest gangling wagon out there. The indulgence-brand Audi is this Volvo’s only opposition on value, but the V60 brings to the table no unique features that set it apart from either the Golf Alltrack or the Outback.
Besides fuel like leather and aureate accessories, the Volkswagen, Audi, and Subaru all offer the same active-safety features, such as automated crisis stopping and forward-collision warning. But those bits aren’t standard on the Cross Country, which strikes us as odd for safety-obsessed Volvo. On our experiment automobile, they reached with the $3850 Platinum trim collection, which in component to adaptive cruise command, a lane-keeping function, automatic high-beam command, and xenon lights that turn with the front wheels—also increased indulgence enhances such as a Harman/Kardon audio system, a proximity key, and a Homelink garage-door opener. Blind-spot monitoring is part of an apart $925 option that includes front and back parking devices. Heated rooms, too, are elective, part of a $1550 collection that includes a heated steering wheel, heated portable back rooms, and built-in juvenile booster rooms in the back line.
Along with $595 in unique colorant and $750 for the same 19-inch wheels, our Cross Country’s already abrupt $42,695 base value flown to $50,365. The brand-new motor and transmission do support the Cross Country equip off some of the effects of aged age, if only dynamically. Still, thinking the more contemporary and more helpful alternatives out there, only an actual Volvophile—or perhaps those hit by this automobile’s beautiful styling and in-betweener magnitude will find the V60 Cross Country intriguing at these values.