2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country

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$41,700–$45,550 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Responsive powertrain
  • Standard City Safety collision avoidance system
  • Cargo room
  • Cabin design and materials
  • Backseat folds in a 40/20/40 split
  • Optional integrated booster seats

The Bad

  • Outdated multimedia system
  • Noise
  • Backseat room
  • Cost over regular V60
  • Less room than cheaper XC60 SUV
  • Difficult Latch access

Notable Features of the 2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country

  • Five-seat wagon
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • More ground clearance than V60 wagon
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Remote-collapsible backseat head restraints
  • Standard backup camera

2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country Road Test

Jennifer Geiger
Versus The Competition:

Its potent powertrain and confident road manners are in line with rival luxury wagons, but it's expensive and has an outdated multimedia system.

The Volvo V60 Cross Country competes against luxury wagons like the Audi A4 Allroad and BMW 330 Sport Wagon, as well as more affordable wagons like the Subaru Outback; compare them all here.

Wagon or SUV?

The V60 has a clean, classic look, but the Cross Country version dilutes those attributes with styling cues meant to evoke an SUV. It has more rugged-looking body cladding, larger wheels and an elevated height; there's about 2.5 inches more ground clearance and overall height than the regular V60. It's essentially a wagon dressed up to look like an SUV — likely Volvo's quick-fix answer to our SUV-obsessed culture. The overall look plays better on the wagon than it does on the odd duck S60 Cross Country sedan, but it still muddies the traditional wagon's classiness.

Poise, Power on the Road

The Volvo V60 Cross Country feels both energetic and athletic. Its 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is strong with plenty of torque from a stop, with just a hint of turbo lag. Midrange might is even more robust: The no-nonsense eight-speed automatic — which replaces a six-speed auto for 2017 — is responsive, quickly and efficiently ticking off shifts. The wagon powers confidently out of corners and has firm and direct steering, making for an overall grounded, connected-to-the-road feeling.

A 302-hp, supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is optional on regular V60s but not on the CC. Cross Country models do, however, get standard ...

The Volvo V60 Cross Country competes against luxury wagons like the Audi A4 Allroad and BMW 330 Sport Wagon, as well as more affordable wagons like the Subaru Outback; compare them all here.

Wagon or SUV?

The V60 has a clean, classic look, but the Cross Country version dilutes those attributes with styling cues meant to evoke an SUV. It has more rugged-looking body cladding, larger wheels and an elevated height; there's about 2.5 inches more ground clearance and overall height than the regular V60. It's essentially a wagon dressed up to look like an SUV — likely Volvo's quick-fix answer to our SUV-obsessed culture. The overall look plays better on the wagon than it does on the odd duck S60 Cross Country sedan, but it still muddies the traditional wagon's classiness.

Poise, Power on the Road

The Volvo V60 Cross Country feels both energetic and athletic. Its 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is strong with plenty of torque from a stop, with just a hint of turbo lag. Midrange might is even more robust: The no-nonsense eight-speed automatic — which replaces a six-speed auto for 2017 — is responsive, quickly and efficiently ticking off shifts. The wagon powers confidently out of corners and has firm and direct steering, making for an overall grounded, connected-to-the-road feeling.

A 302-hp, supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is optional on regular V60s but not on the CC. Cross Country models do, however, get standard all-wheel drive.

Although the CC's crisp handling makes it fun to drive around town, a couple of things grated on my nerves after a while. Its ride is very firm, amplifying even the smallest crag among Chicago's endless miles of potholes. Also annoying, the cabin can get loud, partly due to the engine's gravely, unrefined sound. My biggest grievance, though, is with the auto stop/start system. It hesitates and shudders upon restart — an awkward sensation that's contrary to this vehicle's luxury vibe.

When it comes to fuel economy, the wagon is mid-pack at 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined, matching the base A4 Allroad in combined mileage but not quite up to the 330 wagon's (26 mpg) or Outback's (28 mpg) combined mileage.

A Mixed Bag Inside

Inside, the design and materials strike a pleasant chord of understated luxury. The leather seats and surfaces look and feel good, and the aluminum trim panels — combined with color-contrast stitching on the leather seats — add some visual jazz.

Where the V60 fails to maintain that air of refinement is with its controls. Volvo's new giant, tabletlike Sensus touchscreen multimedia system (found on the XC90, S90 and 2018 XC60) looks slick and is easy to use, but the V60 doesn't have it. Instead, it makes do with the automaker's previous control setup, which features quaint, easy-to-use climate control man icons, as well as too many buttons and dials to count. For the most part, the system is easy to use, but the visual clutter factor is high, especially in a cabin with such a streamlined, minimalistic look. 

Things to note with this system: Set aside a few minutes to use the navigation system and prepare your reserves of patience. Since there's no touchscreen, you're forced to use buttons and dials to input an address. Opting to use a maps app on your phone instead is much faster and less frustrating, but unfortunately Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are unavailable, so you won't be able to view it on the dashboard screen.

Some functions are just plain odd. To use the tuning button on the stereo you must first  turn the knob to get the system to respond, then turn it more to get it to start changing stations. Then you have to click a button inset in the dial to actually change it to a new station. That's a lot of steps to do something very simple.

This system does, however, offer one perk where the new one fails: It's much easier to turn off features like the engine stop/start system and the optional lane departure warning system because they have clearly marked buttons on the panel rather than being buried a couple of clicks deep within a touchscreen menu.

Room for People and Stuff

The front seats are heavily bolstered for a comfy, cozy fit, though one editor felt penned in by the large side bolsters. In back, the space is disappointing; I expected a bit more from a wagon. My 2-year-old twins use rear-facing convertible car seats, and fitting them in was a squeeze. Installation was tricky, and they took up more legroom from the driver's seat than was comfortable for both me (5-foot-6) and my husband (6 feet tall). 

The available integrated booster system is pretty neat, however. With the pull of a lever, a booster pops up in either outboard rear seat — handy for kids who've graduated from car seats and even handier if you're carpooling with another kid. What they cost, however, is almost as outrageous as a family pack of tickets to Disney World. On my test vehicle, they were bundled into the $1,550 Climate Package, but they're also offered as a stand-alone option for $500. That's more reasonable but still much more than my 6-year old's $50 Graco highback booster.

Also expensive is the optional rear-seat entrainment system. My already $50,000-plus test car didn't have this $2,170 option, which is several times more than springing for a couple of tablets.

Cargo space is another mixed bag. Good: The seats fold in a 40/20/40 split, easily opening up more cargo space, and the cargo area has a wide opening and low floor for easy loading. Bad: The tiny center console between the front seats can't hold much more than a phone, though there's a nice open bin behind the control panel for stashing larger devices.

Behind the rear seats, the V60 Cross Country has 28.0 cubic feet of space. That's the same as the regular model and more than the Audi Allroad and 330 Sport Wagon, but it's less than the Outback. Seats down, however, the CC falls to the bottom of the list. Like the regular V60, it has 43.8 cubic feet of cargo space — much less than the Allroad, Sport Wagon and Outback. Volvo's own 2017 XC60 offers more with 30.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 67.4 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Safety Wins

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet tested the Cross Country, but the regular V60 — which is structurally similar — earned the agency's highest crash-test scores.

Rear visibility is good, and a button that automatically folds the rear head restraints down is handy for even clearer sight lines. A backup camera is optional, but Volvo's City Safety, an autonomous braking system that automatically applies the brakes to avoid a collision with other vehicles or pedestrians, is standard. Other available safety features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning and prevention, and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Is It Worth It?

The numbers just don't add up to a win. The regular V60 starts at more than $37,000; all-wheel-drive adds $2,000. The Cross Country model starts much higher, at $42,695. That's $750 more than the base price for Volvo's actual compact SUV, the roomier 2017 XC60, though it has two-wheel drive (and a redesigned one is coming for 2018). The CC undercuts its luxury rivals by a bit, but the Outback costs more than $16,000 less.

The CC injected some spirit into even my most mundane, routine drives, but it failed to deliver in other key areas — unacceptable at this price.


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(4.7)
Comfort
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Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Fanciest car I ever owned

by Bec on July 23, 2018

This is the nicest car I have ever owned and I couldn?t be happier. The gas mileage is great it?s zippy and roomier than I was expecting! Read full review

(5.0)

Love it!

by KentTOL from Toledo, OH on June 23, 2018

Exactly what I was looking for! Ticked all the boxes for me and my needs. Looks great, drives great, all options I was looking for. Anyone looking for a solid "crossover" this is surely worth a look. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volvo

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, Carfax vehicle history report and rental car

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 miles; no deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 130 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The V60 Cross Country received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

C

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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