Volvo cars - especially station wagons - have long and persistently been known as the most boring cars on the planet. But boredom is boring, but the all-terrain "cars" XC70 really went to the people: now they can be found in every yard. Where they sit next to the equally beloved XC90 of the previous generation.
The new model family of the brand is striving with all its might to move away from the retirement image, relying on style and technology. And in this family there was a place for two expensive cross-station wagons at once - V90 Cross Country and V60 Cross Country.
And if the flagship V90 Cross Country seems somewhat excessive (both in size and - most importantly - in price), the younger V60 Cross Country looks much more promising: it is more compact, proportional and cheaper. We took him to the test - to find out whether the "sixty" will be as desirable as the V70 CC. Especially considering the price tag: after all, for the V60 Cross Country they ask for a minimum 3,069,000 rubles!
The interior of the Swede is almost the best in the class: inserts on the deflectors and doors are made of aluminum, leather with stitching - wherever possible: even the thick lower spoke of the steering wheel is completely taken into it. Wooden veneer is also real, with a pleasant "warm" texture. Even the small roller shutters on the central tunnel, covering the large convenient box for small items, are not made of plastic, but of thin wooden slats! The fit of the parts is excellent, this salon is very pleasant to be in, and the interaction with its elements is a real pleasure. In a word, small Swedish flags are sewn into the backs of the chairs for a reason: this Scandinavian interior can really be proud of.
In terms of wheelbase, the V60 Cross Country is only 67 millimeters shorter than the flagship V90 Cross Country station wagon, so there is no problem with a seat in the back row. The opening is wide, there is a headroom both at the knees and overhead (even though the V60 has a squat silhouette and a panoramic roof).
In general, I am glad how the Swedes approach the issue of practicality. Take, for example, multimedia: yes, it is inconvenient to constantly get to the in-demand menu items through the touch screen, but Volvo provided that the display would be used often, and carefully hid a special cloth in the glove compartment to remove prints from the screen.
Separate love - wipers with built-in heated washer nozzles: fluid is consumed to a minimum, and the glass is cleaned quickly and without streaks. From the driver's side, the janitor cleans almost to the counter, leaving no blind spots.
The Volvo V60 Cross Country is built on the modular SP architecture, which is the same as other latest generation Volvo models. The transmission is exclusively all-wheel drive, implemented through a fifth generation Haldex clutch. In Russia, there is only one engine for the cross-wagon: the two-liter T5 gasoline turbo four develops 249 horsepower and is paired with an eight-speed automatic Aisin. Why the diesel engine, which was offered for the previous generation car, did not reach us is not clear. But buyers do not have to suffer the agony of choice.
249 horsepower is enough power to take the massive station wagon from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds. The indicator is very moderate for a premium sedan, and here I want to praise not so much the dynamics as the convenience of traction control. Acceleration is characterized by linearity uncharacteristic for a compact turbo engine, without dips during acceleration, and the eight-speed automatic delicately selects gears.
At the same time, the V60 Cross Country for some reason tries to seem aggressive: the roar of the engine during acceleration turns out to be unexpectedly loud, although in general the sound insulation is very solid. But you should not believe in this growl: in fact, the station wagon is quite peaceful, and it will not provoke you to annealing. It is enough to twist the clear, but too "long" and light steering wheel to deal with local priorities once and for all.
And only the stabilization system, with the Swedish obsession with safety, turned out to be surprisingly reckless - well, or at least loyal to the driver's actions. When busting with speed in a corner, the first thing you hear is not the cracking of the traction control, but the squeal of the tires. True, only the front ones, which means that you will not get any buzz. The massive station wagon reacts to provocations with boring demolition and is completely reluctant to screw inward under the gas discharge.
However, the lazy character of the car when riding on the ears is more than compensated for by excellent stability on the trajectory, if you do not overdo it with speed: Cross Country has excellent directional stability in long high-speed corners, and the quality of the coating does not affect the wagon's habits in any way.
And in general, talking about excitement and interesting driving in the context of a family station wagon is superfluous. The main thing is that the suspension is distinguished by an enviable energy intensity: you can only guess about small defects in the canvas from the echoing fractional tapping of massive wheels, and large irregularities are "rounded" and transferred to the salon as gently and gently as possible.
Even a child won't get lost in the Volvo V60 Cross Country configurator: one engine, one transmission, one complete set. All this costs 3,069,000 rubles, but the list of options is quite impressive: additional equipment can be typed both in "thematic" packages, or separately, easily dropping the final price tag for 4 million rubles.
The basic version is equipped with eight airbags at once (this is Volvo), dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, an eight-inch digital tidy, an electric driver's seat, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a basic audio system.
The rest will have to be selected from among the options, and this list, among other things, includes items that would be nice to see in the basic configuration. For example, for electric heated windshield you will have to pay 14,200 rubles, and the electric boot lid is included in the aforementioned Versatility Pack for 50,700 rubles.
However, some options are intended only to pamper the owner's ego: the leather trim of the key will cost 9,200 or 13,600 rubles, depending on the type of leather, and for just 7,600 rubles you can put yourself … a CD-player. Even at the option level, the V60 Cross Country tries to be warm and tube-like.
The segment in which the V60 Cross Country plays on the Russian market is extremely exotic due to the very wording - after all, we are talking about premium all-terrain station wagons. However, opponents were still found.
It seems that after the departure of Saab, the Volvo brand took up the banner of the manufacturer of special Scandinavian cars. Finishing, design, engineering solutions - everything here has a northern approach. The effect of it is ambiguous: on the one hand, it manifests itself in a chic design and almost crazy attention to finishing materials, on the other, in the weirdness of minimalistic multimedia.
In general, the V60 Cross Country has managed to find a good place among the controversies: this is a practical family station wagon from cold phlegmatic Sweden, but its purchase will be definitely emotional. When it comes to plus or minus four million for a family car (read - the main or the only one), few are capable of such a choice. But that's what makes the V60 Cross Country special.
Rating: 4,2 / 5
- Build quality and interior trim
- Smooth running
- The atmosphere of a car that is "not like everyone else"