A lifted wagon, practicality, and space, all crammed into one wagonly package. On a more serious note, there are wagons that are uncool and then there are wagons, that if Batman was a family man, he would probably own this black on black Volvo V60 Cross country… It’s even all so practical with All wheel drive, so he can chase baddies through the dessert.
At the heart of the V60 CC, there is the trusted in-line 5 cylinder lump, obviously turbocharged and makes a very healthy 187kw / 360nm. This mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, makes driving fairly relaxed with hardly noticeable shifts, going up or down. Now the all wheel drive system is Haldex based, which is a real-time system. So its predominantly front wheel drive until it needs added traction from the rear wheels and in milliseconds, power is pushed to the rear and bobs your uncle.
While the V60 CC T5 is not all about power, it is good for around a 7-second 0-100kph sprint and will do decent fuel economy figures if you respect the throttle. We did see an impressive 7.9l /100km on our economy run but ended up just under 10l/100km after 700km. It’s safe to say, that if you want economy, the D4 is probably a better choice, but I’d be hard pressed to give up such a musical engine for an oil burner, which is probably just as good, but won’t make me feel all warm and tingly inside when I depress the throttle.
Now the interior is still very much Volvo and not much has changed in the last 10 years or so. The waterfall is still there with a lovely multimedia screen above that. All the multimedia settings are operated mainly from the center stack and if you aren’t used to driving these Swedish vehicles, can become a little confusing, especially moving between the left and right side, pushing buttons, turning dials and so on. It sounds awfully complicated, but 5 minutes in and it’s all second nature. The high-performance multimedia is really a highlight for me and I often wonder how they get only 8 speakers to sound as good as those fitted in other models with something ridiculous like twice this amount. The V60 comes standard with dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and very good Active bending Bi-Xenon headlights. The cockpit is a full TFT crystal cluster, which is customizable between performance, economy and elegance. I actually preferred the green economy screen as it was always a game to see how much I could starve the ponies under the bonnet before they eventually got the best of me.
Volvo has always been at the forefront of vehicle safety so its expected that this is like no other. Things like ABS, EBD, Brake assist, Hill hold and even hill descent control is factory fitted as well as obviously stability and traction control. The latter works very well, especially on gravel. As expected the V60 CC scored a 5 start in the NCAP tests.
Lifted wagons will always be a very small niche market. You have serious competition from the likes of the Subaru Outback, which does not feel as refined as this does. Then there is the Audi Allroad which is very good but lacks the space, especially in the rear. At the end of the day, it comes down to what you want in a car. I can assure you that when you have an Onyx black Volvo V60 CC and its fitted with their optional 19” wheels, it’s a hard package to say no to.
The V60 CC is priced at R571 200 and features a 5 year / 100 000km warranty with a full maintenance plan for the term. Price as tested with all extras – R 602 300
Sports Pack R11 200
Driver alert system R9750
19” wheels R7500
Metallic paint R2350