2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review - Some ideas keep coming back. First, AMC put four-wheel-drive hardware under a Concord station wagon (née Hornet Sportabout) and also dubbed it the Eagle-- and afterwards increased down and drew the same stunt with a car (as well as a coupe!). A years later, Subaru attempted the exact same point as well as developed the Legacy Outback wagon; and ultimately it, also, believed Just what the hell, individuals are grabbing those Wilderness wagons, allow's attempt a sedan. Currently Volvo is applying the formula for its thematically similar V60 Cross Nation to the be-trunked S60.

The result is this S60 T5 Cross Country, which complies with the V60 Cross Nation right into the violation by one design year. And to be reasonable, there are far more senseless ideas in the vehicle market (BMW X4, we're looking at you). Volvo isn't heralding this's sales potential as well loudly-- a spokesman told us there would certainly be "maybe 500" for North America this year. Provided the small predicted quantity, Volvo creates 'em in a single trim level, the fancy Platinum, so the beginning price for the car is above that of the V60 Cross Nation, which features less modern technology functions.

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review

The Cross Nation is or else the acquainted S60 dressed up for bushwhacking, with four-wheel drive, hill-descent control, black fender extensions, "skid plates" front as well as rear, and also a suspension elevated to supply 7.9 inches of ground space. That number is 0.8-inch less than just what Jeep touts for the Abandoner Trailhawk as well as Subaru for the Forester. Volvo, however, does have an advantage over Audi's A4-based Allroad, which could only straddle 7.1-inch challenges.

As in various other all-wheel-drive 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country, putting grip to all 4 wheels suggests obtaining the soon-to-be-retired 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder linked to a six-speed automated. (Front-drive models get a much more modern-day 2.0-liter turbo 4 as well as an eight-speed automatic-- but a front-drive Cross Nation would certainly make less sense, as well as Volvo doesn't offer one.) The inline-five cranks out 250 horse power as well as 266 lb-ft of torque, advantages of 10 ponies as well as 8 lb-ft over the direct-injected four. Every bit assists, since this examination car weighed in at 3817 pounds. That's a rare searching for because our ranges gauged fewer pounds than the supplier's declared visual weight of 3913. It's additionally 19 pounds more than the last S60 we tested-- the front-drive, long-wheelbase Engraving-- yet 69 pounds here the S60 Polestar with AWD and also a 345-hp turbo 6.

Sitting Tall
Few drivers are likely to require the added ground space, but similar to the Wilderness as well as the Allroad the genuine goal of the off-road treatment is to raise the seat up, reducing entrance as well as leave and giving the driver the increased point of view that consumers in clinics keep informing auto plumbers they like in crossovers and also SUVs. They also maintain telling those medical professionals that roomy hatchback freight locals are desirable, but that's not what you get with this car's reasonably small 12-cubic-foot torso.

At the track, the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Nation reached 60 mph in a crisp-enough 6.1 secs, besting the turbo-four Inscription by a few tenths. It can handle only 0.86 g on the skidpad, however, whereas variations with the basic trip height have remained in the 0.90-g array. Braking at 174 feet from 70 mph is on the same level for the S60 and midpack for in a similar way sized deluxe sedans.

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review

The Cross Nation is aimed more at checking out unpaved and also hardly ever traveled canyon tracks, except creating peaks. In our hands, it never ever did anything that a standard-ride-height S60 couldn't have done with even more precision. Yet it had not been a penalty box by any means-- also upsized wheels really did not hurt the ride sufficient making it uncomfortable, and also the suspension subjugates the wallow as well as excess roll equally as the driver starts to discover that they're more obvious compared to in the standard car. The five-cylinder isn't loud, although its acoustic personality could encourage vehicle drivers to check out the distinctions of the Harman/Kardon stereo that comes standard on the Platinum trim degree.

Platinum includes plenty of various other functions, including a substantial bundle of safety and security innovations. It's not "all the toys," though, as Volvo continues to offer its BLIS (Blind Spot Details System) at an additional price of $925. It's not just blind-spot warning yet back cross-traffic alert, front and also back park help, and also lane-departure reduction. It merely seems odd that it sets you back extra when the basic kit includes flexible cruise ship control, forward-collision caution with complete vehicle braking, a driver-drowsiness monitor, lane-departure warning, as well as automatic high-beam headlamps.

The examination automobile additionally had a $1550 Environment bundle (home heating for the front and rear seats plus the guiding wheel, along with the windshield and the washing machine nozzles, plus an unique cabin-air filtration system), speed sensitive guiding ($325), Urbane Wood Inlays ($400), and also 19-inch matte-black wheels ($750). All in, it's $48,390, a couple grand less expensive than the better-performing V60 T6. And, hi there, it's taller.

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