Volvo is known for producing some of the best station wagons on the market. They have been building wagons for generations and they've been building SUVs for decades. The 2020 V60 Cross Country gives you the ride and handling of a passenger car with 60.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity and the ground clearance of an SUV.
All 2020 Volvos are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The T5 version of that engine found in the V60 Cross Country is turbocharged with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel-drive. Under regular driving conditions, the V60 optimizes itself for fuel economy by delivering almost all its power to the front wheels. However, when it gets wet or snowy on the road, Volvo's design can instantly distribute half the power to the rear wheels.
Volvo is known for safety, and the 2020 V60 Cross Country has every safety feature Volvo can make, and no other manufacturer has more. The whole list is too long to detail, but it includes special features like City Safety accident avoidance, oncoming lane mitigation, drowsy or distracted driver alert, and automatic post-collision braking. The V60 Cross Country will detect pedestrians, bicyclists, and large animals and automatically brake if you don't.
Inside, the V60 has never been more comfortable. Volvo's seats are some of the best, and safest, in the business. The clean Scandinavian design of the dashboard highlights the tall 9-inch Sensus Connect touchscreen infotainment and control system. The system supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A premium Harman Kardon sound system is available, but the standard audio system is very good.
On the road, the V60 Cross Country gives you the best of the SUV and passenger car worlds. This wagon is smooth and quiet, and the steering is precise and responsive. Volvo provides the V60 with several drive modes, including a special off-road mode that keeps speeds down around 20 MPH and helps the V60 Cross Country find its way over just about any terrain. Ground clearance is generous at 8.3 inches.
The best news is that the V60 Cross Country is available on the Care by Volvo subscription plan. This is similar to a lease, but the monthly payment of $750 includes all maintenance and even car insurance. Your monthly payment covers everything but gas, and you can get a new car every year.
The 2020 V60 Cross Country is available at area Volvo dealers now. If you've been thinking about a premium SUV, don't buy or lease before you experience this wagon.
2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country
Base price: $45,100
Price as tested: $56,990
Type: Mid-size wagon
Engine: 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder (250 hp, 258 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 22/31
Overall length: 188.3 inches
Curb weight: 4,002 pounds
Final assembly: Gothenburg, Sweden
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