Should You Buy a 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country?

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2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country First Drive Review
2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country First Drive Review | Photo: Charles jolicoeur

The Volvo V60 Cross Country bridges the gap between the V60 wagon and the XC60 compact SUV. The question is, should you buy it?

The 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country is the spiritual successor to the Volvo XC70 which retired in 2014. The new V60 Cross Country feels like a sportier, more luxurious XC70 with a demeanor and features that put it squarely between the normal V60 and the taller XC60 sport utility vehicle.

It’s essentially a luxury wagon with more ground clearance than a regular V60, the same interior as every other new Volvo, and ample cargo space. For wagon lovers, it may be the perfect combination of car-like driving dynamics and SUV-like versatility wrapped in a luxurious, refined design. That said, do you have to be a wagon lover first to appreciate the 2019 V60 Cross Country?

2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country
2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country Interior

Starting at $48,900, the Volvo V60 Cross Country makes things easy for potential buyers. One version, one engine, and very few options. Unlike the non-CC V60 wagon, it gets all-wheel drive standard, but doesn’t offer the more powerful 316-horsepower T6 engine.

The only available engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 258 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. It takes the V60 Cross Country about 6.8 seconds to get to 100 km/h.

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Why You Should Buy a 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country

1) It’s incredibly comfortable and quiet. The seats upfront are the most comfortable in the business, or at least among the most comfortable. Volvo really knows how to do seats and build a refined vehicle.

2) There’s a lot of space not just up front, but around the rear seats and in the cargo area as well. More than 800 liters of cargo space is available behind the rear bench which is more than the V60 Cross Country’s main rival, the Audi A4 Allroad.

3) The V60 Cross Country’s higher ground clearance and available Off-Road driving mode featuring advanced hill descent control make it a worthy off-roader for dirt roads and tough paths to the cottage or up a ski hill.

4) A very efficient all-wheel drive system will get Volvo V60 Cross Country owners out of just about anything and keeps the car straight and composed even on pure ice. We had a chance to test this during our first drive and came away impressed.

2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country
2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country | Photo: Charles Jolicoeur

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country

1) The 2019 V60 Cross Country is fast enough, but it feels kind of slow. You’re very isolated from the road and the steering isn’t as sporty or dynamic as the Audi Allroad’s.

2) There are quite a few options and packages. Two in particular, the Premium Package ($3,400) and Vision Package ($1,800) include features you expect to get standard in a car costing nearly $50,000.

3) Volvo’s reliability is perfect as reflected in the latest J.D. Power Dependability Study.

4) You will want to test the Sensus Connect infotainment system before buying. It’s not horrible and you will get used to it, but it’s not as easy to adopt in our opinion as Audi’s MMI.


Final Thoughts on the 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country

It really comes down to the following question: Do you buy a Volvo V60 Cross Country or an Audi A4 Allroad? The Volvo is more comfortable, more spacious, and more modern while also having better seats. The Audi is sportier and faster. In the end, test drive both but we’d happily recommend the Volvo.


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