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|Badge Engine CC:||2.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||D4 |
|Coin Series:||Cross Country Plus|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||32E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||8|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||96|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||84|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||74|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||76|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||18000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:||157|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max:||173|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min:||155|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max:||6.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||5.9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max:||6.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:||6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max:||5.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min:||5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max:||8.2|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min:||7.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max:||6.9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min:||6.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max:||42.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:||47.9|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max:||42.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min:||47.1|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Max:||48.7|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Min:||56.5|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Max:||34.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Min:||38.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max:||40.9|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min:||45.6|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.2|
|Engine Power - BHP:||190|
|Engine Power - KW:||140|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||4250|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||295|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||40.8|
|Engine Torque - NM:||400|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Front:||215/55 R18|
|Tyre Size Rear:||215/55 R18|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||5 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||18" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2040|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||60|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2360|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1441|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||658|
|Max. Loading Weight:||576|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||2000|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.3|
Volvo extends the Cross Country theme to its slick V60 estate. Jonathan Crouch reports.
We already have a whole lot of time for Volvo's V60 estate, but giving it the Cross Country treatment can only broaden its appeal. Buyers get a 190hp 2.0-litre D4 diesel engine with eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive as standard, plus an off-road driving mode. It's not cheap, though.
Be honest with yourself. Do you really need an SUV? Chances are you don't. You might just be buying one because you like sitting up high, or you think you're going to come off better in a crash or maybe just because you think you ought to have one. Now, you're clearly within your rights to choose exactly whatever you've earned the money to afford, but buying an SUV comes with a whole bunch of downsides that their manufacturers don't want you to know about. The laws of physics being what they are, nothing comes for free. Added size is added weight, extra fuel thirst, compromised handling and less effective braking. If only there was a smarter way to get that rugged, go-anywhere look without all of the lard. You can see where I'm going with this can't you? Yep, Volvo delivers just that in the shape of this much improved second generation V60 Cross Country model, arguably a smarter solution than the average mid-sized premium-branded SUV.
Volvo offers two choices under the bonnet of this MK2 model V60 Cross Country, the 190hp D4 diesel engine being the unit most choose. It endows the Cross Country with a braked towing capacity of 2,000kg. An alternative B5 mild hybrid petrol unit with 250hp is also on offer. Permanent all-wheel drive comes as standard this time round, along with 60mm more ground clearance than you'd get in an ordinary V60. Plus this second generation V60 Cross Country also gets Hill Descent Control and an Off Road Drive Mode setting. So as you can tell, it's much more suitable for rough road treatment this time round. Hill Descent Control automatically controls the car's speed down a steep slope, while the Off Road setting alters the operation of the constantly variable all-wheel-drive system and the responsiveness of the engine, gearbox and accelerator pedal to help when negotiating tricky terrain below 25mph. The previous V60 Cross Country couldn't really match the sharp handling reactions of its premium German rivals but buyers can expect a significant improvement in that area this time round thanks to the installation of the stiffer, more sophisticated 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform we've already seen used in the company's XC60, XC90, S90 and V90 models. As usual with Volvo models, there's a standard 'Drive Mode Settings' system, one of those set-ups now familiar in this segment that can tailor throttle response, steering feel and - if you've a self-shifter fitted - auto gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Plus there's the option of adding in Volvo's 'Pilot Assist' system. This is a set-up that at cruising speeds of up to 80mph can effectively drive for you.
The base V60 was always a handsome car, but the Cross Country amps up the attitude a good few degrees with the addition of robust bodywork protection elements. Finished in charcoal grey, these include wheel arch extensions, lower sill mouldings and a rear bumper embossed with the Cross Country logo. With the lower grille adopting the same finish, extra visual ruggedness is added right around the lower part of the car, referencing its ability to tackle more challenging conditions. It also gets five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, which are specific to the Cross Country. Inside, there's much borrowed from the brand's V90 and XC60 models, the interior boasting Volvo's latest, paired back interior design language with a 9.3-inch portrait orientated touchscreen infotainment system. Plus there's a digital instrument panel, with virtual dials separated by a customisable central space that can display a navigational map, trip computer info or your chosen phone or media settings. Out back, boot space comes in at 529-litres with the rear seats in place, outstripping rivals in this segment like the Audi A4 allroad, BMW 3 Series Touring xDrive and the Mercedes C-Class Estate 4MATIC. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.
The price for this model in D4 form is just over £41,000. You'll pay much the same for the alternative B5 mild hybrid petrol version. Across the range, front and rear parking sensors, automatic LED headlights with Active High Beam, a powered tailgate and Hill Start Assist come included. Optimum temperature and air quality is maintained by the dual-zone climate control with CleanZone system, also fitted as standard. A range of accessories - including ski, kayak and bike holders - are available for those with adventurous lifestyles. You also get some lovely tech like the City Safety function with automatic emergency braking, which is capable of detecting and helping you avoid potential collisions with pedestrians, cyclists and large animals as well as other vehicles on the road ahead. The V60 also benefits from Oncoming Collision Mitigation, a world-first safety technology that detects vehicles travelling towards you and applies the brakes automatically to limit the severity of any potential impact. The purchase options are innovative too. In certain areas of the country, customers who want an alternative to outright purchase, leasing, contract hire or finance schemes will be offered the opportunity to acquire a V60 using the new 'Care by Volvo' scheme. Here, there's no deposit required and you'll get a two year agreement that also includes use of another Volvo model for up to two weeks a year.
Volvo's 'Drive-E' technology means that the WLTP-rated fuel returns and CO2 emissions are well up to class standard. For the D4 diesel using the standard 18-inch wheels, the benchmark efficiency figures are up to 47.0mpg combined cycle fuel economy, with CO2 emissions of 157g/km. For the B5 mild hybrid petrol variant, the figures are up to 37.6mpg and 170g/km. Demand for the XC60 SUV has proved that buyers in this class like the rugged Volvo look, and the V60 Cross Country has a more cerebral appeal that ought to plump up residual values quite nicely. Ultimately of course, we can talk about figures all day but the ultimate cleanliness and frugality of any car has as much to do with the driver as with the automotive engineer. Here, the figures quoted assume that the car is being operated in the most frugally-orientated of the available drive modes - 'Eco' - a setting that gives you a green-tinged gauge you can use to regulate throttle application. Maintenance should also be relatively affordable for a car of this kind, with intervals every year or 18,000 miles. Three or five year pre-paid servicing packages are available to help you budget ahead. With the useful 'Volvo On Call App' remote connectivity system, this V60 can be programmed to autonomously realise when a service is due, then automatically book it for you at a dealership of your choice. Finally, we'll tell you that the warranty is the usual three year, 60,000 mile package.
There has to be a better way, something smarter than the legions of soft-roader SUVs. They're inefficient, lumbering and have become a bit of a cliche. Volvo reckons that the answer's been there all along. Its Cross Country brand has a long heritage, dating all the way back to 1997 when this Swedish brand was the first to take an ordinary estate (then the bigger V70 model) and give it extra all-road capability and chunky off road styling. Over twenty years of experience since have culminated in this second generation V60 Cross Country model, a superior example of its genre. Yes, the price is quite high and you could get a quality premium SUV for the same amount, but if that's not what you really want, this this countrified Volvo just might be.
The second generation V60 aims to reinterpret the whole idea of what a mid-sized Volvo estate car should be. Jonathan Crouch drives the D4 diesel version.
In case you hadn't heard, Volvo estates are smarter and sportier these days, as is ably demonstrated by this much improved second generation V60. Despite its sleeker styling direction, the car isn't a clone of its German mid-sized station wagon premium segment rivals, still majoring in Volvo virtues like exemplary safety, cosseting comfort and versatile practicality. This D4 diesel version also delivers a very accomplished driving experience and some very clever technological touches. Volvo brands this car 'the ultimate lifestyle enabler'. We simply call it a potentially surprising package.
Estate cars used to be things you bought to carry around loads of kit. Not any more. These days, most people wanting to do that will buy an MPV or an SUV. Leaving estates to focus almost completely on style and driving dynamics. Which is why compact mid-sized premium-branded wagons like Audi's A4 Avant and Mercedes' C-Class Estate can't actually carry much more than the saloons upon which they're based. Now you wouldn't expect Volvo, a solid, traditional brand that pioneered the kind of boxy estate car into which you could fit a fridge (or several), to want much to do with this kind of trendy form over function approach. But you'd be wrong. The Swedish brand actually invented this style-conscious market niche long before the German brands turned up, bringing us the classic P1800E model that Roger Moore drove as 'The Saint' way back in the Sixties. But it took them until 2010 to return to it with the first generation version of their V60 model. That car wasn't quite good enough to significantly trouble its dominant German-branded rivals. But this design, its successor, might well be.
You might not be approaching the idea of driving a Volvo estate with much enthusiasm, but this second generation V60 is actually surprisingly agile and adept, thanks in large part to its stiff 'SPA' platform architecture. It doesn't handle quite as sharply as some rivals because it has other, arguably more important priorities. And recognises that for some, driving enjoyment can also come with a lowering, rather than a raising, of the heartbeat. The well-judged set-up of the standard 'Dynamic Chassis' suspension set-up helps here, which provides the best balance of any Volvo we've yet tried when it comes to the contrary objectives of comfort and composed body control. The optional 'Active Four-C Chassis' package gives you adaptive damping, but you don't really need it. All variants get Volvo's usual 'Drive Mode Settings' driving dynamics system via which you can tailor throttle response, steering feel and the timings of the optional 8-speed auto gearbox to suit the way you want to drive. As for engines, well as usual with Volvo these days, they're all four cylinders and 2.0-litres in size. The company's future plans for its conventional powerplants are centred around 48-valve mild hybrid technology, but from launch, this MK2 V60's model range was primary based around non-electrified petrol and diesel units. Most buyers favour the black pump-fuelled units, either the 150hp D3 or the 190hp D4 we tried - which offers a 400Nm torque output facilitating a 2.0-tonned braking towing capacity and allowing this variant to reach 137mph and sprint to 62mph in a 7.9s time that's actually slightly quicker than a rival BMW 320d.
Lots of people will have a clear picture in their head of what a Volvo estate looks like. This might not be it. Along with its S60 saloon stablemate, this MK2 model V60 is the smallest and lightest of the cars produced from Volvo's 'SPA' 'Scalable Product Architecture' platform. It's appropriate then, that there's a sense of visual agility here that the brand's other more expensive offerings don't have. Take a seat up-front, where high-quality materials, intelligent use of space and attention to detail work together to create a distinctly Scandinavian cabin that's simple, elegant and more appealing than most rivals. The first thing you'll probably notice is the 9.3-inch portrait-style touchscreen on the centre console that de-clutters the cabin of buttons and gives it a classy, sophisticated air emphasised by intricate detailing and rich Scandinavian design. There's more technology in the instrument binnacle where the normal conventional dials and read-outs have been replaced by virtual ones in an 'Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display'. Out back, boot space comes in at 529-litres with the rear seats in place, outstripping the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor.
The first generation V60 model merely aspired to be a direct rival for mid-sized premium station wagon segment leaders like Audi's A4 Avant, BMW's 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate. This second generation version though, feels confident that it can take on and beat these Teutonic heavyweights - and it's been priced accordingly. Where before, most V60s were sold below the £30,000 price point, with this MK2 model, the D3 and D4 diesel models that will make up the majority of sales are pitched in the £32,000 to £40,000 bracket. There's a £1,000 premium to pay to go from the 150hp D3 to this 190hp D4. Either way, there's the option of paying £1,550 more for the expected automatic transmission option. Across the mainstream variants, there are three core trim levels - 'Momentum', 'R-Design' and - as here - 'Inscription', each of which are also available in upgraded 'Pro' form. This D4 variant is tightly priced by class standards. From launch, Volvo attached a £33,000 starting price to this variant; directly equivalent BMW 320d ED Touring and Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 190PS models cost around £35,000. An equivalent Mercedes C220d Estate costs around £37,000 and only comes as an automatic, making it around £2,500 more than the equivalent D4. We'll also reference the fact that the auto-only 250hp petrol V60 T5 looks very decent value at around £35,000. You'll pay around £3,500-£4,000 more for an equivalent BMW 330i Touring or Mercedes C300 Estate - and around £6,500 more for an equivalent Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 252PS quattro.
Going forward, Volvo has made it clear that all its cars will feature electrification in some shape or form - either full battery power, Plug-in hybrid power or 48V mild hybrid assistance for conventional petrol or diesel engines. But it takes time to ramp up such a strategy and from its launch in the Spring of 2018, it was necessary for this second generation V60 range to be primarily based around its older-tech non-electrified diesel engines - like the D4 we've been trying here. This 190hp D4 achieves near-identical fuel and CO2 returns to those of the lesser 150hp D3 diesel - around 64mpg on the combined cycle and 117g/km of CO2. That's for a manual gearbox model. You're looking at just under 63mpg and around 120g/km if, as is highly likely, you want an automatic. That's not quite good enough to equal the class-leading figures you'd get from a rival Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI, but it's quite sufficient to put this Volvo on a par with Mercedes and BMW in this segment. Overall, much of the credit for all this goes to 'Drive-E' technology that Volvo's used to champion a smaller, lighter approach beneath the bonnet. There's also a particularly effective i-ART direct fuel injection system, plus the powerplant mechanicals generate impressively little internal friction.
Volvo estates aren't what they used to be - and in this case, that's a very good thing. This second generation V60 will, we think, find it easier than its predecessor to conquest sales from German rivals. Class-leading safety gives this Swedish contender a tangible advantage over such competitors. So does this V60's high-tech cabin with its more sophisticated infotainment and instrument binnacle screens. You get generally more complete levels of standard equipment too. Of course, as with any premium-badged mid-sized estate, what's on offer here isn't cheap. But those strong safety standards will help potential buyers feel better about that. We're reminded of the ads the brand ran for its estates back in the Seventies that showed a family of cub scouts clambering inside. 'It's not expensive when you consider what goes into it' was the tag line. Precisely. This V60 might even appeal over a fashionable mid-sized SUV - which wasn't what we expected at the outset. In summary, this could only be a Volvo, but it also offers a slightly different vision of what a family estate car ought to be. We like it for that. You might too.
Mr C Gillam - 09/10/19, owner of a Volvo V60 Diesel Sportwagon 2.0 D4  Inscription Plus 5dr Auto
User rating: 4.5/5
Mr Peter Coxon - 08/05/2019, owner of a Volvo V60 2.0 D4  Inscription Pro 5dr Auto
User rating: 4.5/5
Mr Michael Cohen - 15/05/2019, owner of a Volvo V60 2.0 D3 Momentum 5dr Auto
User rating: 5/5