The 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country launched for an MSRP of $47,295 and is one of the few luxury station wagons on the market. Coming with the same 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with standard all-wheel-drive and 8-speed automatic transmission, it’s a pretty fun-to-drive offering with more than enough grunt and impressive suspension tuning. . Ride quality is also highly sorted.
The V60 Cross Country also has more than adequate ground clearance, class-leading interior space and trunk capacity, a long list of standard features, and safety is second to none as well. If you want a more powerful and capable wagon, the V60 can also be fitted with the Polestar trim, which gets an upgraded hybrid powertrain that offers more performance, a lowered suspension that’s also tuned to the stiffer side, and a few more tweaks. . Competing with the Audi A4 Allroad and Mercedes E450 Wagon, here are 10 things to know before buying the V60 Cross Country.
ten Impactful performance
The 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country features a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine capable of developing 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The punchy engine mated to the quick-shifting 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive help this wagon do the 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds and the quarter-mile in 16 seconds.
We found the engine to be punchy enough throughout the rev range, and the explosive midrange is all that’s needed for an effortless cruising experience. Light pressure on the accelerator is only necessary for quick passing, even at highway speeds. The transmission is very smooth and the engine is also refined.
9 Agile handling
Many would think the 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country will be a handful when encountering fast corners, however, that’s not quite true. While not as sharp or precise as its sedan counterpart, the V60 Cross Country feels very balanced for a station wagon. The steering is precise and offers adequate feel and feedback.
The capable front and rear independent suspension that’s set to a neutral setting means body roll is well under control. The car also exhibited understeer only when pushed hard. However, if you want an even better driving experience, the Polestar trim is the one to go for, as it comes with a lower ride height and stiffer suspension, making it a joy to drive.
8 Beautiful exterior design
The station wagon is a dying breed around the world, and Volvo is one of the very few companies that still retains the range. That makes the V60 Cross Country quite special. You’re definitely going to get some eyes when the car is driven through congested city traffic, as it’s quite unlike the sea of bland-looking crossover SUVs.
Volvo’s sleek design language has been retained as is and the handsome front styling with sharp LED headlights with Thor hammer LED DRLs, blacked out grille and air dam and subtle chrome accents is lovely. Sleek character lines and 18″ alloy wheels complete the side profile, and the rear gets the classic long LED taillights you see in all the brand’s SUVs. There are plenty of wheel designs available as an option. , 9 exterior color schemes, etc., which help all owners customize the ride.
7 Spacious and luxurious interior
We’ve always been a fan of the space and comfort offered by the Volvo V60 Cross Country, and the same philosophy is retained without change. The front and rear row seats are upholstered in premium leather, which can also be available in three different shades, and a nappa leather option is also available. Other than that, every feature you could think of is loaded into this Cross Country build.
The seats are also well bolstered and provide excellent support under the thighs and lower back. Even the rear seats were quite comfortable. The space on offer is more than enough for even the tallest, and it’s easily one of the most comfortable 5-seater station wagons in the segment. However, the 23.2 cubic feet of trunk space could have been better, as the Audi A4 Allroad beats the Volvo.
6 More reliable than the competition
Since the 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a luxury station wagon, reliability is an area potential buyers would have doubts about. Competitors like the A4 Allroad and E450 Wagon aren’t known for their rock-solid reliability either. However, the Volvo is slightly better in this regard.
Even though JD Power has not yet rated the Volvo V60 Cross Country, the Volvo S60 which comes with the same powertrain scored an excellent score of 78 in the quality and reliability section, which was found to be better than most. European rivals. . The V60 Cross Country has also received no complaints from customers, as can be seen on the NHTSA website. Even if something goes wrong, Volvo offers one of the best warranties on the market, which comes with a free 3-year regular maintenance plan.
5 Infotainment isn’t the smoothest
We’ve never been a fan of the Sensus Connect infotainment system that comes with all modern Volvos and that’s also the case with the 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country. This 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system is not as intuitive as the MBUX or MMI infotainment that comes with the Mercedes and Audi, respectively. There was a bit of lag and some settings are buried deep in the infotainment, making it pretty difficult to use.
This screen is also needed to perform all basic tasks, including climate setup, navigation destination, and many more, and with the slow response and lots of startup times, the experience of infotainment leaves a lot to be desired. However, it comes with all the features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, SiriusXM, Bluetooth and many more. The audio experience provided by the 10-speaker audio system is also impressive.
4 security technology officer
Being a Volvo, safety is an area where there are no compromises, and this 2022 iteration comes with a few more improvements over the outgoing 2021 model. This includes the new Advanced package, which is a $1,900 option and comes with all driver assist technologies like Driver Assist with Driver Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Surround View Camera at 360 degrees and semi-autonomous driving mode.
We also admire that Volvo still offers many features such as automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and many more, some of which are provided optional with rivals. The solid build quality and engineering of the V60 Cross Country also deserve special mention. These helped the car earn a 5-star rating in the NHTSA crash test and the 2022 Top Safety Pick + title in the IIHS crash test.
3 Decent energy efficiency
With the turbocharged inline-4 engine under the hood mated to an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission, the 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country won’t disappoint when it comes to fuel efficiency. While it won’t beat any of the hybrid monikers, the 22 MPG city and 31 MPG highway are pretty good for the segment.
The combined gas mileage of 25 MPG was found to be better than the more expensive Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon, which offered 24 MPG combined. However, the 2022 Audi A4 Allroad produced 26 MPG of combined gas mileage, which is 1 MPG better than the Volvo. With a fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons, the V60 Cross Country can go nearly 500 miles on the highway on a full tank of fuel.
2 Impressive feature list
The impressive list of features remains unchanged from the outgoing 2021 model, and that’s going to excite many family buyers. Standard interior features on offer include leather upholstery, heated, power and ventilated seats, automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, massive infotainment screen and many more.
The list of exterior features is also quite attractive, with LED headlights and taillights, heated and power side mirrors, 18″ alloy wheels, power tailgate, roof racks and more offered from series. Offered for a base MSRP of $47,295, the 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country also offers better value than its two closest competitors.
1 Sharp brakes
The brake hardware has been carried over unchanged from the 2021 iteration, and that’s absolutely fine. Equipped with 13.6″ front rotors and 12.6″ rear rotors, coupled with all the braking features you could think of, the 2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country could come to a stop without major effort at any speed .
The 70-0 mph braking distance is similar to rivals and even under hard braking this wagon exhibited no drama. Brake fade is negligible, and the brake pedal provided more than adequate feedback. The initial bite is also great, making it a confidence-inspiring process. However, ABS kicks in when not needed, which bogs down the driving experience a bit.
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