Volvo V60 D4 AWD Cross Country in the test

Torsten Seibt
Volvo V60 D4 AWD Cross Country in the test
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M al let all five be straight: at Volvo it works. Still. The iconic five-cylinder diesel with a displacement of 2.4 liters is about to be retired and will finally be replaced by the two-liter unit. Until then, it can still roar and hum and grumble a bit, as is typical for five-cylinder engines. You can call that character.

In the Volvo V60 D4 AWD, this 190 hp inline five comes to the fore. And because the whole world is now on the lookout for adventurous cars instead of decent sedans and station wagons, there was now a somewhat extravagant cure for the Swede to transform the normal V60 into a V60 Cross Country.

Significant raising of the Volvo V60 Cross Country

After all, with the Volvo V60 D4 AWD Cross Country, the full type designation, the engineers put a little more effort than just screwing on a few additional optical accessories. It is first and foremost the work on the chassis that gives the two new Cross Country models their independence - with an increase in height of an impressive 65 millimeters. In addition to the station wagon, there is also a counterpart that looks particularly original thanks to the lift, the S60 Cross Country with hatchback. However, even at Volvo, most of the models in the new series only pretend to be solid warriors: the gasoline and four-cylinder diesel models all come with front-wheel drive, only the five-cylinder Cross Country has the superior drive concept.

It is not really cheap

Volvo can pay a lot for “being different”, but they were a brand for bargain hunters Sweden has never been in any case. The D3 base model of the Volvo V60 Cross Country,Front-wheel drive and 150-hp diesel is in the price list with 36,350 euros, for the tested four-wheel five-cylinder at least 43,650 euros are due. But the goal is far from being reached: Our test car, Summum equipment with a few niceties from the option list, parked in front of the door for 61,555 euros.

For all the money, the buyer gets a car that has it wants to make it as easy as possible for its owner to defy the dangers of everyday life. For example, with the driver assistance package (2,150 euros), which includes traffic sign recognition, various brake assistants and monitoring of the surroundings as well as pedestrian recognition to ensure the greatest possible foresight and consideration.

Relaxed through everyday life

But it was precisely this package that produced the most inconsistencies in the test of the Volvo V60 Cross Country. The traffic sign recognition is not sufficiently networked with the navigation system data, so the system also likes to show a happy 100 km /h speed release one kilometer after entering the town. On the other hand, the watchful eye is overly cautious when cars are parked in the opposite lane on bends in urban areas, which is acknowledged with a wild brake warning. Neither case was an exception, but a rule repeated several times during the test.

The Volvo V60 Cross Country, on the other hand, was more relaxed in normal everyday life. The bearish five-cylinder is a cruiser of high quality. It negotiates intermediate accelerations quite quickly with the six-speed automatic transmission, but the earlier, longer and higher torque available compared to the new two-filter biturbo is noticeable. However, the 2.4-liter engine shows its true strength of character on country roads and motorways when a distance is being made. Accompanied by the relaxed and equally sonorous five-cylinder background rumble, the cross-country Swede sails towards the goal.

The Volvo V60 Cross Country is not a food lover

The chassis does not show any despite being significantly raised dramatically increased tendency to wobble. On the contrary, the V60 Cross Country can be courageously circled through bends, supported by the speed-dependent power steering that can be manually adjusted in three stages (240 euros surcharge). However, exaggerated sportiness is offset by the relatively high weight: the Volvo V60 Cross Country weighs 1.85 tons in the all-wheel drive version.

Why the five-cylinder will soon be retired can be seen at the gas station. The Volvo V60 D4 AWD Cross Country is not a food lover, the 5.7 liter standard consumption cannot be experienced even with great reluctance in everyday life.

In terms of ergonomics, the V60 Cross Country logically plays the role of light and shadow with the normal car variants. The monitor for the multimedia system, which is rather compact for today's standards, has a huge switch area for air conditioning andSound control opposite - can be easier than working your way through menus, but still requires a certain learning phase. This applies even more clearly to the variably adjustable command center in the cockpit, where, among other things, various designs of the digital instrumentation (€ 390) can be preselected. And: the storage compartment in front of /under the central control console is very attractive in terms of design, but a little impractical to reach.


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