2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review

2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review - Some suggestions keep coming back. First, AMC put four-wheel-drive equipment under a Concord station wagon (née Hornet Sportabout) and also dubbed it the Eagle-- and then doubled down as well as pulled the same stunt with a sedan (as well as a coupe!). A decade later on, Subaru tried the very same point and created the Tradition Outback wagon; as well as at some point it, too, thought What the heck, individuals are grabbing those Outback wagons, let's attempt a sedan. Currently Volvo is using the formula for its thematically similar V60 Cross Country to the be-trunked S60.

The result is this S60 T5 Cross Nation, which adheres to the V60 Cross Country into the violation by one design year. And to be fair, there are much more senseless ideas in the automobile market (BMW X4, we're checking out you). Volvo isn't heralding this one's sales capacity too noisally-- a representative told us there would certainly be "maybe 500" for North America this year. Provided the small projected volume, Volvo creates 'em in a solitary trim level, the expensive Platinum, so the starting rate for the sedan is higher than that of the V60 Cross Country, which includes fewer innovation features.

2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review

The Cross Nation is otherwise the acquainted 2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country spruced up for bushwhacking, with all-wheel drive, hill-descent control, black fender extensions, "skid plates" front as well as rear, and also a suspension increased to offer 7.9 inches of ground space. That number is 0.8-inch less than exactly what Jeep proclaims for the Renegade Trailhawk as well as Subaru for the Forester. Volvo, though, does have an advantage over Audi's A4-based Allroad, which can just straddle 7.1-inch obstacles.

As in other all-wheel-drive 2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country, putting traction to all 4 wheels indicates obtaining the soon-to-be-retired 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder attached to a six-speed automatic. (Front-drive versions get a more contemporary 2.0-liter turbo four as well as an eight-speed automated-- yet a front-drive Cross Nation would certainly make even less sense, and Volvo does not offer one.) The inline-five cranks out 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, advantages of 10 ponies and 8 lb-ft over the direct-injected 4. Every bit assists, because this examination car weighed in at 3817 extra pounds. That's a rare searching for in that our scales determined fewer extra pounds compared to the supplier's claimed aesthetic weight of 3913. It's additionally 19 extra pounds more than the last S60 we examined-- the front-drive, long-wheelbase Engraving-- but 69 pounds here the S60 Polestar with AWD as well as a 345-hp turbo six.

Sitting Tall
Couple of motorists are likely to need the added ground space, but as with the Outback as well as the Allroad the actual objective of the off-road treatment is to raise the seat up, alleviating access and leave and offering the driver the elevated perspective that consumers in facilities maintain telling auto companies they such as in crossovers and SUVs. They also keep telling those clinicians that roomy hatchback cargo locations are preferable, but that's not just what you get with this car's relatively modest 12-cubic-foot trunk.

At the track, the Cross Country reached 60 mph in a crisp-enough 6.1 seconds, besting the turbo-four Inscription by a few tenths. It could take care of 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 gets on the same level for the S60 as well as midpack for similarly sized luxury sedans.

2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review

The Cross Nation is aimed more at discovering unpaved and rarely traveled canyon tracks, except carving apexes. In our hands, it never did anything that a standard-ride-height S60 could not have finished with more precision. Yet it had not been a penalty box whatsoever-- also upsized wheels really did not harm the ride sufficient making it agonizing, and the suspension subjugates the wallow and also excess roll equally as the vehicle driver begins to observe that they're more evident compared to in the common car. The five-cylinder isn't really loud, although its acoustic character might motivate motorists to discover the subtleties of the Harman/Kardon audio system that comes requirement on the Platinum trim degree.

Platinum includes plenty of other functions, including a comprehensive package of safety and security innovations. It's not "all the playthings," though, as Volvo continuouslies offer its BLIS (Unseen area Details Tract) at an added cost of $925. It's not simply blind-spot caution but rear cross-traffic alert, front as well as back park aid, and also lane-departure reduction. It merely seems odd that it costs extra when the typical kit includes adaptive trip control, forward-collision caution with complete vehicle stopping, a driver-drowsiness monitor, lane-departure caution, as well as automatic high-beam headlamps.

The test vehicle also had a $1550 Climate bundle (home heating for the front and also rear seats plus the guiding wheel, along with the windshield and also the washing machine nozzles, plus an unique cabin-air filtering system), speed vulnerable steering ($325), Urbane Wood Inlays ($400), and 19-inch matte-black wheels ($750). Done in, it's $48,390, a couple marvelous less costly than the better-performing V60 T6. And also, hi, it's taller.

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