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According to Volvo, the V60 Cross Country “takes the elegance of the V60 and transforms it into an all-terrain station wagon that offers safety, practicality, comfort and performance in a powerful and adventurous package. I’ve spent a week testing the 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD, and I want to explore Volvo’s claim, claim by claim.

“An all-terrain station wagon that guarantees safety”

I accept this statement as true. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently named the V60 Cross Country one of the Top Safety Plus Picks and a five-star (their highest) overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety. Administration (NHTSA). Volvo has a well-deserved reputation for safety and an ongoing commitment to the goal that no one should be killed or seriously injured in an accident in a Volvo vehicle. Standard Cross Country safety equipment includes LED headlights, LED fog lights with cornering, Blind Spot Information System with Steering Assist, Cross Traffic Alert with Auto Braking, City Safety, Control driver alert, off-road traffic protection and mitigation, lane departure warning and lane keeping, oncoming collision mitigation, airbags, front seat whiplash protection system, and more .

“An all-terrain station wagon that offers practicality”

I accept this statement as true. I could argue that the wagon shape is the most practical of all passenger vehicles. With the same footprint as a comparable sedan, the wagon offers more cargo capacity, better outward visibility and a greater sense of interior space. The penalties for a wagon are minor – aerodynamics slightly worse than a sedan, which could reduce fuel efficiency; and a questionable aesthetic blow. In fact, I like the look of the V60 better than its platform companion, the S60.

And the V60 certainly looks better than its SUV sibling, the XC60. The wagon has a slight advantage in terms of cargo capacity (50.9 cubic feet versus 49.8 cubic feet). The SUV carries around 100 extra pounds (4,143 pounds versus 4,031 pounds) and takes a hit at the gas pump. The V60 Cross Country T5 AWD is rated at 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway / 25 mpg combined, while the XC60 T5 AWD is rated at 21 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy / 24 mpg combined.

“An all-terrain station wagon that offers comfort”

I accept this statement as true. Under the ownership of Geely Holding Group of China since 2010, Volvo has grown into a luxury car maker with some of the most stylish interior designs available in any mainstream car. The unique Scandinavian influence on the interior of the V60 Cross Country ranges from simple and elegant shapes to high quality, authentic and durable material choices. The result is a car that not only transports and protects its occupants, but also surrounds them in luxury and comfort. The V60’s “Cross County” designation is reflected more on the exterior, with a modest body coating and special wheels and tires, as well as in the engine lineup and lightweight off-road technology. The V60 Cross Country does not ask its occupants to brutalize it.

“An all-terrain station wagon that offers performance”

I accept this statement as true – although I wish it could be truer. The V60 Cross Country comes in a single configuration, with a 250 horsepower direct injection turbocharged gasoline engine that displaces 2.0 liters and generates 258 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, with an eight-speed automatic transmission. That’s fine, but it’s the only choice, and Volvo has much more powerful powertrains in its arsenal, already sized to fit the 60 series cars (S60, XC60, V60) on the platform. Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). Call me an American, but knowing that there is more horsepower and torque available, but beyond my reach, I feel sad and unpatriotic.

Would that prevent me from considering a 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country for my team? Absolutely not. There aren’t many new cars offered for sale in the United States at this time. In the luxury category, you can find a few at Audi and Mercedes-Benz, but BMW wagons don’t come here anymore. Subaru still makes the Outback, but Buick has stopped building the Regal TourX. Volvo offers the V60, V60 Cross Country, V90 and V90 Cross Country, so they are practically the giants of the wagons.

The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD, starting at $ 45,450, is an all-terrain station wagon that delivers safety, practicality, comfort and performance in a high-performance and adventurous package, just like Volvo has said. And for many buyers, that will be all the wagon they need.

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