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.