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Volvo's handsome V60 Cross Country touches down in the UK in T5 petrol guise. We put it to the test

Our Verdict

Volvo V60 Cross Country 2019 road test review - hero front

Cross Country model brings extra ride height, all-wheel drive and off-road body cladding to Volvo’s handsome mid-sized estate

Simon Davis
5 September 2019
Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 2019 UK

What is it?

This is a Volvo V60 Cross Country - a car we’ve had a fair amount of experience in now, and have actually come to like quite a lot for its laid-back demeanour and soft-edged, staunchly comfort-oriented on-road dynamics. 

While we’ve driven the D4 diesel model on UK roads before, this is the first time we’ve had a go in its gasoline-burning sibling, the T5, on home soil. Being a Volvo, the technical specification of this powertrain makes for familiar reading: it’s got an engine with four cylinders that displace some 2.0 litres, there’s a turbocharger in the mix, and an eight-speed Aisin automatic transmission is used to direct its 247bhp and 258lb ft drive to all four wheels.

This is all housed within the confines of Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture platform. Like the regular V60, suspension is by way of double wishbones and coil springs up front, with a multi-link arrangement and transverse leaf springs employed at the rear. Unlike the regular V60, its ride height has been lifted by 60mm, and a more sympathetic, soft-edged suspension geometry has been engineered in.

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What's it like?

In much the same way as the oil-burning D4 version we drove earlier this year, the newly introduced T5 is very much a car for wafting about in. The supple tune of its suspension lends it impressive pliancy on rolling British Tarmac, though it’s not so soft that its vertical movements feel unduly wayward or uncontrolled. In terms of its primary ride, the balance its suspension tune strikes between assertion and comfort is very commendable.

That’s not to say it’s perfect, mind. Over expansion joints, ruts and other scarred or broken sections of roadway, the V60 Cross Country did express a minor yet noticeable tendency to become slightly more agitated than you’d like. Well, perhaps agitated is the wrong word, but these sorts of surfaces were successful in making themselves felt - even if the manner in which they broke their way into the cabin was for the most part soft-edged and blunted. We’ve said before that this could well be a product of having 19in alloys fitted to our test car as opposed to the standard 18s, but without trying the smaller wheel it’s tricky to say for sure.

As for the engine, it’s a particularly demure, understated thing provided you use it in a demure, understated fashion. On part throttle, its hushed and responsive enough, while the manner in which the transmission hooks up from a standstill is smooth and largely seamless. 

Treat it as though you’re channelling your inner neanderthal, however, and it’s a bit less convincing, becoming vocal enough towards the top end to dissuade you from repeating such behaviour. Its accelerative potency, meanwhile, is strong enough without being outstanding - but it feels a shade slower than its 6.8sec 0-62mph time suggests it might. You’ll also expose the gearbox’s slight hesitancy to kick down.

But with slower, more relaxed steering and that softer suspension tune, this isn’t really a car you gain much from driving hard anyway. It’s certainly stable and secure enough, but there’s no massive driver reward to be reaped here. But that’s fine – driven in an unhurried fashion, it’s highly likeable indeed: smooth, refined, comfortable, if a little dynamically dull. 

Oh, it’s got a luxurious, richly trimmed interior with plenty of room in the second row, too. And a 529-litre boot (measured to the top of the rear seats) that can extend up to a maximum capacity of 1441 litres isn’t bad, either.

Should I buy one?

With prices starting at £39,935, the T5 is the cheapest - if such a word applies at this price level - V60 Cross Country you can buy. Given the petrol powerplant is smoother and more refined than the diesel engine you get in the D4, the fact it’s also not quite as efficient might be easier to overlook for those who won’t regularly be out on the motorway.

But regardless of engine choice, the fact remains that the V60 Cross Country is a highly capable premium estate car. It’s not a particularly exciting one, but it’s incredibly sharply styled; has a practical, well-appointed cabin; and is backed up by impressive comfort and cruising capabilities. It might be a bit, you know, suburban, and it won’t exactly get under your skin, but it’s certainly difficult to dislike.

Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD specification

Price £39,935 On sale Now Engine 4 cyls, 1969cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 247bhp at 5500rpm Torque 258lb ft at 1800-4800rpm Transmission 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1815kg 0-62mph 6.8sec Top speed 142mph Economy 34.9mpg CO2 184g/km Rivals Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 3 Series Touring

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5 September 2019

For a 2.0 4 pot that'll end with a mpg figure beginning with a 2.   Once the V40 stops selling Volvo need to start thinking about a volume seller because other than an SUV the starting point of Volvo's will be nearing, if not already, £40k.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

For a 2.0 4 pot that'll end with a mpg figure beginning with a 2.   Once the V40 stops selling Volvo need to start thinking about a volume seller because other than an SUV the starting point of Volvo's will be nearing, if not already, £40k.

£3k cheaper than the equivalent A4 Allroad, and the bonus is, its not an Audi.. As for the starting price, it doesnt seem to be affecting their record sales.. 

9 September 2019
Citytiger wrote:

xxxx wrote:

For a 2.0 4 pot that'll end with a mpg figure beginning with a 2.   Once the V40 stops selling Volvo need to start thinking about a volume seller because other than an SUV the starting point of Volvo's will be nearing, if not already, £40k.

£3k cheaper than the equivalent A4 Allroad, and the bonus is, its not an Audi.. As for the starting price, it doesnt seem to be affecting their record sales.. 

That 2.0 is also over priced then

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

For a 2.0 4 pot that'll end with a mpg figure beginning with a 2.   Once the V40 stops selling Volvo need to start thinking about a volume seller because other than an SUV the starting point of Volvo's will be nearing, if not already, £40k.

Oh and guess what, a Skoda Suberb estate with similar power, but with no off road capability is only £200 cheaper, go figure.. 

9 September 2019
Citytiger wrote:

xxxx wrote:

For a 2.0 4 pot that'll end with a mpg figure beginning with a 2.   Once the V40 stops selling Volvo need to start thinking about a volume seller because other than an SUV the starting point of Volvo's will be nearing, if not already, £40k.

Oh and guess what, a Skoda Suberb estate with similar power, but with no off road capability is only £200 cheaper, go figure.. 

Is performance that necessary in the base model Estate that'll get mpg figures in the real world beginning with a 2? , good to see they thinking of the environment these Chinese.

Also, the Superb starts at £25k. Like I said once the V40 goes good luck finding a Volvo that's not an SUV or Estate for under £40k

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 September 2019

Interesting to note that although pretty much all different Volvo models share almost the exact same interior design, unlike other makes, they don't get pulled up on it!

5 September 2019

because it's soooo good.

yeah, the back just ran away from me

5 September 2019
Overdrive wrote:

Interesting to note that although pretty much all different Volvo models share almost the exact same interior design, unlike other makes, they don't get pulled up on it!

or touchscreen heater controls

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

Overdrive wrote:

Interesting to note that although pretty much all different Volvo models share almost the exact same interior design, unlike other makes, they don't get pulled up on it!

or touchscreen heater controls

Just like the majority of other manufacturers are now turning to, and there is of course voice control.. 

9 September 2019
Citytiger wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Overdrive wrote:

Interesting to note that although pretty much all different Volvo models share almost the exact same interior design, unlike other makes, they don't get pulled up on it!

or touchscreen heater controls

Just like the majority of other manufacturers are now turning to, and there is of course voice control.. 

I question your majority statement. And anyway that still doesn't make it right

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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