2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5: Refined Family Wagon

Published: Friday, September 16, 2016 | 6:55 PM

2016volvocrosscountry475It seems that the family wagon has gone the way of the Dodo, with SUVs taking their place. But there are still a few wagons left, the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country is one of those. Equipped with all-wheel drive, the Cross Country is great for fair weather or foul.

The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a four-door, five-passenger wagon available in Premier and Platinum trim levels. This review will focus on the Platinum trim level.

The Platinum trim adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights with washer, auto-dimming mirrors and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system to the Convenience package of a rearview camera, and keyless ignition and entry.

The Platinum trim also includes the Technology package featuring adaptive cruise control and collision warning, pedestrian/cyclist detection, distance alert, driver alert control, lane departure warning, road sign information, and active high beams.

2016volvocrosscountrydashAdditional available equipment and included on my test model was the BLIS package with blind-spot warning system, rear-cross traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors. Plus the Climate package with an interior air quality system and many heated surfaces. My model also included the optional power child locks with integrated child booster seats.

This is all in addition to the standard equipment of 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, hill descent control, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, power-folding heated mirrors, roof rails, rear privacy glass, front and rear skid plates, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, driver memory settings, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split rear seat with power-folding headrests and a built-in cargo cover/dog safety divider.

Electronics features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 3G WiFi hotspot, a variety of in-car smartphone apps, Volvo On Call emergency services (detailed in the Safety section), the Volvo Sensus electronics interface, Sensus Connect smartphone apps, a navigation system, and an auxiliary audio jack, a USB audio interface and satellite radio.

The 2.5-liter five banger is turbocharged for ultimate performance producing 250 horses and 266 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. Expect to get 20/city, 28/highway and 23/combined mpg.

In interior of the Cross Country gives of a Swedish-Zen vibe with plenty of soft-touch materials. Front seating is as comfortable as your favorite chair but supports the driver for longer drives. Rear seating is not as comfortable for adults but the kids will find it plenty roomy. When equipped with the built-in booster seats (my model was) bucking up kids in their booster seats is a snap.

Cargo capacity with the seats down tops out at 43.8 cubic feet of space. The 40/20/40 split seat design makes the most of that space as does the lower loading floor and lower roofline.

A pleasing car to drive, the Cross Country is more maneuverable than an SUV but still provides a clean line of sight. Cornering is confident and the engine gives you a boast when you need the extra power.

When looking to buy a family car why not return to the tried and true family wagon; the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 fits the bill nicely.