by Michael Butler
The SUV might rule American roads these days, but there is still a hardcore contingent of drivers that prefer the humble station wagon. Only a few manufacturers still bother building these types of cars, and Volvo makes some of the best. The 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country is the brand's take on a wagon meets sports utility vehicle and combines great looks, sedan-like driving characteristics, and a whole lot of practicality and rugged-yet-refined capability. Volvo even discontinued the regular V60 wagon in favor of this more rugged iteration and its Recharge sibling, which comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The gas-powered V60 Cross Country is a great blend of elegance and edginess, and with the brand's T5 powertrain sending 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, it can even tow up to 2,000 pounds and still provides a quiet, comfy cabin. The unassuming family-friendly Volvo wagon goes up against premium wagons like the Audi A4 allroad with convincing fervor.
Volvo has discontinued the standard V60 station wagon, leaving the Cross Country and Recharge T8 as the last remaining providers of wagon goodness in its stable. The Cross Country now gets standard wireless phone charging. Optional features such as a head-up display, semi-autonomous driving, and a surround-view camera are now packaged together along with a few other choice pieces of tech. The available Climate Package will add heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and headlight washers if selected, and the power liftgate becomes an optional extra, too.
The single-trim Volvo V60 Cross Country has a starting MSRP in the USA of around $50k, a price that excludes a destination charge of $995, along with tax, licensing, and registration costs. By comparison, the Audi A4 allroad begins at around $5k cheaper. However, that price represents the Audi in its most basic trim, whereas the V60 CC comes in one generously equipped trim. Depending on how much you're willing to fork out, the final price of the Volvo V60 Cross Country could exceed $65,000 with all the options and accessories added.
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|T5 Cross Country||
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Don't let the Cross Country name fool you into thinking that this is a soft and spongy all-terrain vehicle built to tackle dunes and not suburban roads: the V60 Cross Country drives more like a sedan than an SUV, and we were left impressed by its ability to comfortably soak up bumps and offering a compliant ride while displaying minimal body roll when taking fast corners. When it comes to driving this wagon off the beaten path, Volvo offers an off-road mode that adjusts power delivery, and up to 50 percent of the torque can be shifted to the rear. The V60 Cross Country makes light work of dirt trails, gravel, and even a bit of sand. On the highway, it eats up the miles in serene comfort. This is a true all-rounder if there ever was one.
Wagons aren't a common sight on American roads, which makes them pretty special, and we don't understand why more people aren't into them. The 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country makes an excellent case for the wagon style thanks to its great looks, excellent ride and handling characteristics, impressive performance, and overall refinement. There may only be one gas engine option, but it's more than sufficient for city cruising with the family. The handling is smooth and refined, and the V60 Cross Country can actually handle a bit of light off-roading. The interior is elegant and comfortable and helps highway miles disappear in an instant. Because it is a Volvo, you also get tons of safety tech, but the infotainment system could use a bit of updating. Unless you're specifically after a performance car, we can't imagine why you'd ever need more car than this.
Since there is just one model to opt for, it comes generously specified, so even if you stick with a V60 Cross Country in base specification, you're likely to be quite happy. Still, if it were our money, we'd splurge on the Lounge Package and the top-end Bowers & Wilkins sound system to make time spent in the wagon even more relaxing. All in, that still puts the wagon around $55k, which to us, is a worthwhile investment.
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