The new Volvo V60 launched earlier in the year, but the Cross Country version is more rugged. No, it won’t be useful for rock crawling or fording deep water, but it’s definitely better suited for getting out into nature.
To help you get down that deeply rutted dirt path, the Volvo V60 Cross Country gets about 3 inches of additional ground clearance versus the regular V60. The suspension is more robust, plus all-wheel drive, hill descent control, and an off-road driving mode are all standard. Thankfully there’s no ugly plastic cladding on the wagon.
Volvo also is letting you get the new V60 Cross Country through its subscription service, Care by Volvo. That means you pay a flat fee for everything, including the car payment, insurance, and maintenance. Before, the program was limited to only the XC40. Of course, you don’t ever own the car, but some people don’t want ownership of a vehicle.
I won’t lie, wagons are awesome. People who’ve never owned one or only driven the old American land yachts don’t get it. Wagons handle well, but you can shove all kinds of crap in them. For driving around cities, they’re far superior to crossovers. That’s why it’s great Volvo is one brand that’s sticking with wagons.