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2018 V60 Cross Country

The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a more rugged-looking version of the V60 station wagon that is aimed at buyers who are looking for an alternative to traditional crossovers. The Cross Country is identical to the V60 in most aspects but it features a look of its own and more off-road prowess.

Spotter's guide

Outside, the Cross Country immediately stands out from the V60 thanks to a ground clearance that has been raised by 2.6 inches. It also benefits from honeycomb inserts in the radiator grille, skid plates on both ends, side scuff plates and black plastic fender flares. Finally, the Cross Country rides on model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard and optional features

The V60 Cross Country is available in two trim levels: base and Platinum.

The base model comes generously equipped with an electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lights, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, a power glass moonroof, puddle lights, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-view camera, a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen integrated into the instrument cluster, a multi-function steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, dual-zone A/C, leather upholstery with contrast stitching, power front seats, navigation and a 160-watt sound system with eight speakers.

Stepping up to the Platinum model brings a HomeLink transceiver, dual Xenon headlights, auto-dimming door mirrors, accent lighting inside and a 650-watt Harmon Kardon sound system with 12 speakers.

The list of standalone options includes metallic paint, heated front seats, Piano Black trim on the dashboard, power child door locks and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

Buyers can also choose from several option packages including the Climate Package, which bundles a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles and an Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).

As its name implies, the Blind Spot Information System package is made up of a Blind Spot Information (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert, Front Park Assist and Lane Change Merge Aid.

The Technology Package brings Platinum features to the base model. It includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake, Distance Alert, Driver Alert Control, Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Information and Active High Beam.

Similarly, base model buyers can select the Convenience Package that brings Keyless Drive, a rear-view camera, a HomeLink transceiver, a grocery holder and power-retractable door mirrors.

Under the hood

The Cross Country is exclusively available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque over a broad range that stretches from 1,500 to 4,800 rpm. It shifts through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 3,900-pound wagon hits 60 mph from a stop in 6.6 seconds, and it goes on to a top speed that's electronically limited to 130 mph. Fuel economy checks in at 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in a combined cycle.

Occupant safety

All V60 Cross Country models come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems. A City Safety pre-collision warning system, which triggers the brakes if an impending collision is detected, is also standard.

Key Competitors

The V60 Cross Country is the only premium wagon on stilts in the United States. Buyers can look at the popular Subaru Outback, which is considerably more affordable, or some of the standard V60's rivals including the BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon.

Alternatively, the Cross Country can be cross-shopped against small crossovers like the BMW X3, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Volvo's own XC60.