BACK IN the day Volvo estates had been big boxy lumps that could swallow the entirety and the kitchen sink. Synonymous with Volvo, they had been secure, dependable, comfortable. But no longer what you’d call appropriate.
Volvo has gone through a huge transformation in latest years, turning out the likes of the big, fashionable XC90 SUV and its smaller sibling, the XC40, that, properly, simply looks cool. Striking outside design, Scandinavian minimalism at the inner and its regular best at some stage in, Volvo is making honestly appealing options to the German mainstream SUV.
But Volvo hasn’t forgotten its estate car history and ultimate yr relaunched the new V60, the weight-lugging model of the S60 saloon. The V60 blended all of the stuff you’d assume in a Volvo property — large boot, comfy seats, full-size protection package — with a great deal more aspirational qualities, inclusive of lovely appears and contemporary technology.
The V60 has now been given Volvo’s “Cross Country” makeover, because of this it sits 60mm better than the usual estate and has charcoal wheel extensions and sill mouldings to make it appearance greater rugged.
It’s not all display, but; as well as the extra floor clearance the V60 Cross Country comes with hill descent manipulate and 4-wheel drive, with a special electronically-controlled off-road mode while driving below 25mph, which optimises the engine pace, transmission and all-wheel-power for slippery surfaces. So even as it may not be the automobile wherein to pass deserts, pulling a caravan throughout a muddy campsite without getting stuck shouldn’t be a hassle.
For now, it handiest comes with a 190hp, dual-faster 2-litre diesel engine (a 2-litre petrol is anticipated to sign up for the road up later in 2019, and Volvo has dedicated to having a hybrid or natural-electric version of every new automobile launched from this year), however the oil-burner is ideal for hauling that caravan. The smooth eight-speed automated gearbox makes for enjoyable development while the suspension, tailored from preferred V60 to suit the extra off-roady Cross Country, focuses more on consolation than sportiness.
The relaxation of the auto is pretty a whole lot the same as the V60 estate, which isn’t any terrible issue. The indoors, as stated, is minimalist Scandi-sublime, with maximum physical buttons stripped away in favour of Volvo’s Sensus touchscreen infotainment system.
Its portrait fashion format makes the touchscreen stand out from most of the competition however it’s trickier to apply when using than the constant-wheel rotary dial you get in an Audi. Still, the huge screen makes the V60’s cabin feel modern and it’s complemented by means of a crisp, clean digital instrument show in the back of the guidance wheel.
It’s a piece of a disgrace that a leather indoors is an choice instead of wellknown on a car that prices the satisfactory part of almost £40,000. Apart from that, the car is properly geared up, with a good sound machine, relaxed seats, an automatic tailgate and parking sensors.
Of direction, there are a couple of alternative packs that catch the eye. The Intellisafe Pro p.C. (£1,625) comes with a number of innovative protection tech — part of the automobile maker’s pledge that no one might be killed in a new Volvo vehicle by 2020. And the Xenium p.C. (£1,800) gets a 360-degree parking digicam and a Park Assist function, which takes the pressure out of parking.
The all-critical boot can soak up to 529 litres of stowage with the seats up, and that will increase to one,441 litres when you fold the rear seats down. All this indicates you should have plenty of room to p.C. Your kit while you move skiing or something out-doorsy hobbies you observe that requires an opulent four×four property.
And that involves the nub of this car. Estate motors aren’t as elegant as SUVs nowadays, and a complex property with SUV-fashion cladding and four-wheel-drive is a niche within a niche. If you need a premium property vehicle that in all fairness capable off-avenue, then the Volvo V60 Cross Country is probably to tick most of your boxes. We reckon the general public will nevertheless want an XC90, ’60 or ’forty, although. And in case you don’t want 4-wheel power, why appearance any further than the standard V60?