“The characterful Volvo V60 Cross Country is stylish, comfortable and can tackle terrain more extreme than most will ever need it to.”
The Volvo V60 is our reigning best compact executive car, and as the Cross Country is quite literally an extension of this model, it’s off to a great start. It certainly boasts the same subtle but stylish exterior and interior design, and some may even prefer the tougher looking extra body cladding and raised ride height over an SUV.
It makes a great argument against simply picking your favourite SUV, with excellent on-road manners and surprising go-anywhere ability should you need it. The Cross Country sits towards the top end of the V60 pricing tree, though, and there’s just one specification so far – the D4 diesel, so choice is somewhat limited.
To be fair to Volvo, it’s the engine most would have picked anyway, with 187bhp and enough grunt to tow a two-tonne trailer, while a more powerful T5 petrol is expected to arrive later on. Fuel-efficiency takes a slight hit, dropping to 47.9mpg as a result of its four-wheel drive and raised ride. Company-car drivers will be liable for Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) taxation of 32%.
That long-travel suspension also pays dividends as far as comfort is concerned, because the outdoorsy Volvo hoovers up bumps as if they were hardly there at all. It’s quite a different experience to driving a BMW 3 Series Touring, or even the Audi A4 Allroad, with both having a far firmer ride quality.
Aside from its on-road and off-road performance, it’s also worth noting Volvo’s unrivaled safety record. The V60 itself has a five-star Euro NCAP result, with a class-leading 96% score for adult occupant safety.
Volvo V60 Cross Country estate