Apart from extra exterior moldings in comparison with the usual V60, Cross Nation fashions additionally function a singular grille. 

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A automobile or truck would not should be one of the best in each measure to be extremely fascinating. The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Nation is not probably the most versatile car out there right now, neither is it the quickest, fanciest or finest geared up. However man, it is a terrific all-around package deal, one which appears like greater than the sum of its Scandinavian elements. 

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Driving about 2.5 inches taller than the V60 wagon (with a beneficiant 8.3 inches of floor clearance) and fitted with normal all-wheel drive in addition to hill-descent management, the Cross Nation is designed for gentle off-roading, to get you up that icy driveway or throughout a meadow to your favourite fishing spot. Particular wheel-arch trim and exterior moldings present a extra sturdy look and are a nod to that enhanced functionality. You may suppose these injection-molded add-ons would spoil an attractive design, however the Cross Nation is simply as fairly and elegantly proportioned as the usual V60.

However in contrast to its lower-riding stablemante (which is accessible with a potent plug-in hybrid powertrain), the V60 Cross Nation is just supplied with one engine, a 2.0-liter turbo-four that belts out 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Easy, servile and practically silent, this little dynamo nonetheless gives loads of giddy-up and an estimated 0-to-60-mph time of 6.4 seconds.

This Volvo’s engine is backed by an incisive eight-speed computerized transmission that is as clean as sandwich unfold — besides when it is chilly, then it is a bit sluggish to shift. Luckily, this sluggishness disappears as soon as the drivetrain thaws out. Talking of heat, for what it is price, the V60 Cross Nation has the quickest-acting steering-wheel heater I’ve ever skilled, and the butt-warmers are equally efficient.

Pushed in frigid Midwestern climate with loads of winter precipitation, this Volvo is a succesful steed, by no means dropping its footing or inflicting me to second-guess its poise. Get overzealous with the accelerator and it’ll go playfully sideways on snow or ice earlier than the stability-control system gently intervenes to get you pointed in the precise route.

Amongst different issues, the $2,800 Lounge Bundle will get you luxurious Nappa leather-based for a super-premium really feel.

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The V60 Cross Nation’s steering is mild to the contact however nonetheless moderately exact. A bit extra front-wheel suggestions could be good, as would softer springs. The trip is actually nicely managed, however I discover it so much stiffer than it must be. No less than considerably offsetting the stony trip is that this Volvo’s posh cabin. The entrance seats are supremely comfy and for an additional $500 can provide you a mild therapeutic massage. The backseat additionally gives loads of passenger house, at the least for the outboard riders; anybody relegated to the center place should cope with a big hump within the ground.

Apart from its annoyingly vast sills that streak your pant legs with dust when you’re not cautious when disembarking and the cheap-feeling, non-extending solar visors, the remainder of this V60 Cross Nation’s cabin is luxurious. This instance’s lovely, brown Nappa leather-based and laminated, open-pore wooden accents look richer than an aristocrat’s research. The $2,800 Lounge Bundle additionally will get you a stitched dashboard cowl, four-zone local weather management, ventilated entrance seats and some different niceties. If issues really feel a bit too cozy, simply retract the usual panoramic sunroof’s shade to let just a little mild shine in. This inside’s total design is mostly hotter and friendlier than what you get from German automakers lately, although a number of the tech may very well be improved.

Volvo’s acquainted Sensus Join infotainment system is as intricate because it’s ever been. And despite the fact that it appears noticeably snappier on this Cross Nation’s 9-inch touchscreen than I’ve come to anticipate, it is nonetheless not my favourite multimedia array. Fortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are normal, although they do present up a bit small on the portrait show since it is so tall and slim. Augmenting that panel is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that is reconfigurable however at all times appears a bit washed out.

The V60 Cross Nation is rattling good.

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Relating to security and driver-assistance options, it is a Volvo, so, yeah, there’s loads. The standard goodies like lane-keeping help, computerized emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring are all normal and work just about seamlessly. Full-LED exterior lighting can be included at no additional cost. Past all that, this V60 Cross Nation can be fitted with Pilot Help, Volvo’s adaptive cruise-control system with lane centering. It comes bundled together with a head-up show, a 360-degree digicam and a wi-fi telephone charger within the $1,900 Superior Bundle. This ever-attentive cruise-control system easily regulates the Cross Nation’s pace relative to different visitors, although the lane-centering may very well be improved. Sometimes it will get confused and can tug backwards and forwards on the steering wheel, which is a bit unnerving.

Persist with the freeway the place Pilot Help is in its component and the V60 Cross Nation ought to return 31 miles per gallon. Round city, it is rated at 22 mpg and mixed it ought to ship 25. In combined use, I have been averaging round 24 mpg, which isn’t too shabby contemplating the chilly climate.

Despite the fact that Volvo isn’t the one automaker to supply a lifted station wagon, the V60 Cross Nation is form of in a category of its personal. The beautiful Audi A6 Allroad and new Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain are a riff on the identical system, although they’re greater, extra highly effective and actually a greater rival to Volvo’s personal V90 Cross Nation. Nonetheless, it is conceivable consumers may cross-shop these German choices with the smaller V60 Cross Nation, and in the event that they do, they’re going to discover it considerably extra inexpensive. As examined, this instance checks out for $57,290 together with $995 in supply charges, a determine that additionally incorporates a smattering of choices, by far the priciest of which is the $4,000 Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system. Eschew any extras and you may take considered one of these elevated station wagons dwelling for lower than $47,000, round 20 grand lower than an entry-level Allroad or All-Terrain.

The 2021 Volvo V60 Cross Nation might not excel in any explicit space, but it surely’s nonetheless lovely and upscale, gives loads of options and is nice to drive. With ample consolation, enhanced versatility and Swedish good style, it is proof you do not have to be one of the best to be a winner.

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