2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD Review

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Let’s get this out of the way right from the start: We think wagons are swell. When the wagon in question offers a rakish roofline and the security of all-wheel drive, well, some of our reviewers have been known to become a little smitten. That was largely the case when the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 arrived at our Ann Arbor office.

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Riding 2.5 inches higher than the standard V60 wagon, the V60 Cross Country—and its S60 Cross Country sedan counterpart—profess to mix mild off-road chops with a stylish exterior and a touch of sporting dynamics. A wagon at its core, the V60 Cross Country is not to be confused with the Volvo XC60, which leans to the luxury-crossover genre. As such, the V60 Cross Country has few direct competitors, the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro being the most obvious. But we can also see fans of the Subaru Outback appreciating the V60 Cross Country’s “wagon with guts” persona, albeit at a higher price point than the Subie. Marketing types would prefer that buyers envision these vehicles as the perfect accessory for their active lifestyles, frequently presenting them in carefree scenarios involving rolling up the Pacific Coast Highway with camping gear in the back and a pair of kayaks on the roof. But we’ve learned from personal experience that they also make great tools for whittling away at the commitments of day-to-day life.

The off-road capability promised by the V60 Cross Country’s blacked-out wheel flares and optional 19-inch “Bor” matte-black wheels ($750) is delivered in the form of 7.9 inches of ground clearance, front and rear skid plates, and a BorgWarner (née Haldex) all-wheel-drive system. Yet, Volvo’s decision to fit relatively low-profile 235/45 Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico all-season tires speaks to just how little genuine off-roading it thinks buyers will actually do. So if it’s not exactly Rubicon-ready, at least the skid plates make an effort at minimizing underbody damage and the all-wheel drive is poised to handle any weather or two-track challenges you’ll likely encounter.

Given their close kinship, it should come as no surprise that the Cross Country drives like a V60 wagon with a slightly higher center of gravity. Weighing nearly two tons (3953 pounds), its heft is evident. Depending on your school of thought, you’ll find this either an endearing trait of the Volvo legacy or a constant reminder that the V60’s age is beginning to show (the S60 was new for 2011, but it wasn’t until it was refreshed for 2014 that Volvo decided to send V60 wagons to America). Those who aren’t looking to purchase immediately may want to wait for Volvo’s all-new, drop-dead-gorgeous V90 wagon to arrive in 2017, with presumably a Cross Country version to follow shortly thereafter. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Michael Simari

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