The Volvo S60 has been with us in its current state since the 2011 model year, but it wasn’t until the 2015 model that its V60 sports wagon cousin finally joined it in North America. When we reviewed the V60, we praised it for its handsome, understated styling, pokey range of engines, optional all-wheel-drive, and for the simple fact that it’s a Volvo wagon in a SUV-mad world. Now Volvo has announced it will be expanding the V60 range with the addition of the V60 Cross Country — a slightly more rugged crossover take on the V60 with an outdoorsy bend.

It’s the spiritual descendant of the V70 Cross Country released way back in 1997 and was the first of the off-road wagon breed that now includes the Audi allroad and Subaru Forrester. The AMC Eagle predated all of them by about 17 years, but we’ll set that aside for now. It also joins the XC60, XC70 and XC90 as the fourth Cross Country model in Volvo’s current lineup.

Updated 11/18/2014: Volvo announced prices for the all new V60 Cross Country which will arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2015. Prices will start from $41,000 for the V60 Cross Country version equipped with the five-cylinder engine and the All Wheel Drive system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

  • 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-5
  • Transmission:
    six-speed auto
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    250
  • MPG(Hwy):
    23
  • Torque @ RPM:
    266
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    135 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    41000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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If you do plan on taking your V60 Cross Country anywhere near a dirt road, the 18s would seem like the better option.

What’s most noticeable about the V60 Cross Country’s exterior is what’s not there. Thankfully, Volvo has ditched the heinous black plastic cladding that always seems to plague off-road crossovers of this type, including Volvo’s own X70. Yes, in some cases it can be functional, but it usually comes off as chintzy and cheap. There’s a bit to be found around the fender extenders where rock dings are most likely to occur, but it doesn’t detract from the looks as much as a black plastic bumper cover would.

The chassis has been raised by 65 mm (2.55 inches) over the standard V60 to allow for a bit of light off-roading, but Volvo’s language suggests the suspension has been tuned with better road manners in mind. Both 18- and 19-inch wheels are offered, and both come with higher-profile tires. If you do plan on taking your V60 Cross Country anywhere near a dirt road, the 18s would seem like the better option.

Subtle monochrome-colored skid plates under the front and rear bumpers, side scuff plates and integrated tailpipes round out the package on the outside. Overall, it’s a pleasing thing to look at. The standard V60 is a good starting point, and the Cross Country retains its good looks.

Interior

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Volvo V60 interior pictured here

The interior should remain for the most part unchanged from the V60, which is a good thing. The cabin shows a typically Swedish ergonomic attention to detail and the quality of everything you see and touch is a tier above what its price point would suggest. I like the super-supportive standard sport seats, as well as the intuitively designed center stack.

Unique to the V60 Cross Country will be black leather upholstery with unique brown stitching and new two-tone options to made available by 2015.

Drivetrain

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Below that are two front-wheel-drive models with either a four-cylinder gasoline or diesel engine.

Three different drivetrains will be available at launch. The top-of-the-line V60 Cross Country comes with a Volvo’s T5 turbocharged, five-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque and 23 mpg. This engine mates to a six-speed auto channeling power to all four wheels.

Below that are two front-wheel-drive models with either a Drive-E four-cylinder gasoline engine or a diesel unit. The addition of the latter makes the V60 Cross Country the only model in Volvo’s North American lineup available with diesel power. Unfortunately, it looks like Volvo’s excellent 325 horsepower six-cylinder won’t be an option.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Type T5 five-cylinder engine with All-Wheel Drive
Output 250 HP
Torque 266 LB-FT
Transmission six-speed automatic
Fuel economy 23 mpg

Prices

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Prices for the 2015 Volvo V60 Cross County will start from $41,000 for the version equipped with the 250 HP five-cylinder engine and the All Wheel Drive system.

Competition

Audi allroad

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The V60 Cross County’s most obvious competition in terms of price, dimensions and performance comes from the Audi allroad, but the Audi doesn’t come close to offering the range of engines as the Volvo. There’s only one, Audi’s 2.0-liter TFSI, which is down on power but offers slightly better fuel economy — 27 mpg on the highway to be exact. Though the starting price is similar to the Volvo’s, the allroad’s option sheet is littered with pitfalls that can easily see the price creep near $50,000.

When we reviewed it, we were impressed with its versatility. The torque of the TFSI engine provided speedy acceleration, which complemented its surprisingly uncompromised on-road manners. It also does a pretty good impression of a WRC car on loose surfaces.

Subaru Forester

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Though it doesn’t offer the luxury of the Volvo or Audi, and has crept a bit toward the SUV end of the crossover spectrum, the Subaru Forester is still the consummate soft-roader. It’s also cheaper than either to the tune of about $16,000, and is both an accomplished family hauler and surprisingly capable off road with its standard all-wheel-drive.

With the optional 250 horsepower, horizontally opposed, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo it also out-muscles the Audi and matches the Volvo for power. It also matches the Audi’s fuel economy at 27 mpg on the highway. So, as far as engines go, it has the Europeans soundly beat. Then there’s the small matter of the Forester STI that may or may not be on the way.

Conclusion

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If niche crossover wagons are your thing, then the V60 Cross Country offers a lot to get excited about. I love the standard V60, and with a bit of added ruggedness this midsize wagon could be the perfect daily driver for folks who live in snowier climes or a great ride for weekend camping trips.

It looks great and should perform reasonably well both on and off road. Owners might not need the skid plates and additional ground clearance on a daily basis, but thanks to a much tidier integration, they can ignore these features when they’re sitting in traffic instead of traversing a creek bed. It’s basically like not wearing a Petzl light on your head to your office job.

We should be learning more about the V60 Cross Country when it’s officially unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2014.

  • Leave it
    • No six-cylinder option
    • Suspension could be compromised
    • Five-cylinder engine is a bit thirsty
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Press Release

Volvo Cars unveils the long-awaited Cross Country version of its successful V60 sportswagon at the 2014 LA Motor Show this month.

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“We are delighted to add the third true Cross Country model to our product portfolio. The successful combination of dynamic styling and rugged capability places the V60 Cross Country in a class of its own,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.

Heritage

The Cross Country brand has a long and distinguished heritage. Volvo Cars was the first premium brand to offer increased all-road capability and styling on its wagons as far back as 1997 when it introduced the V70 Cross Country, creating a whole new type of car experience that has since captured the imagination of the motoring public.

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Reflecting Volvo’s Scandinavian heritage and love of nature and adventure, the V60 Cross Country brings together the best of both worlds – a sporty, connected yet comfortable driving experience with the freedom to explore new horizons.

Sporty capability

“With ground clearance increased 65mm compared to the V60, the Cross Country’s sturdy construction offers unparalleled control on and off the beaten track, coupled with an enhanced sporty driving experience thanks to torque vectoring technology and corner traction control. The V60 Cross Country really is a getaway car – enabling an adventurous lifestyle in pure rugged form,” said Lex Kerssemakers.

Offering new Cross Country 18” and 19” wheels, the V60 Cross Country comes with high profile tyres, adding comfort and off-road aesthetics, reducing road noise and providing added wheel protection whether climbing kerbs or negotiating rocky roads.

Rugged individualist design

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Central to the Cross Country concept is the expression of go-anywhere capability and rugged design. It caters to those who have an active lifestyle, favouring the dirt road over the paved, handling either with ease. This is manifested in the V60 Cross Country through explicit design cues that heighten the adventurous nature of the car. With increased ground clearance, skid plates front and rear, side scuff plates and fender extenders, the V60 Cross Country conveys an imposing, muscular presence that underlies its capable nature, while integrated tailpipes reflect its sporty dark side. To complement the capable exterior styling, sports seats in black leather with distinctive brown stitching will be available from launch, while two new two-tone leather upholsteries will be offered to coincide with the EU and Rest of World Launch in early 2015.

Powertrains

The US and Canada will get the first V60 Cross Country cars, and they will launch with Volvo’s iconic five cylinder 250 hp petrol engine with All-Wheel Drive coupled to an automatic transmission delivering a highly competitive 23 mpg.

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Drive-E power

Volvo’s new class-leading Drive-E four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, which will be available in the V60 Cross Country globally in early 2015, will be the base for the Front-Wheel Drive variant, while the proven five-cylinder D4 powertrain will provide the power for the All-Wheel Drive variant.

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