For car buyers who want something bigger than a small hatchback but don’t want to park an SUV in the garage, the 2023 Volvo V60 and V60 Cross Country are a rare pair of compact station wagons that can fill that need. We love wagons; they ride lower to the ground, often weigh less than similarly sized SUVs, and tend to handle better—making them more fun to drive. If you think you conjure up a dull image at the mention of the “w” word, know that the V60 models are anything but dull. Luxurious exterior styling gives way to a luxurious interior with ample technological features. Driving enthusiasts with distinct wagon leanings will drool over the hottest Polestar Engineered model and its punchy 455-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain, but the base engine in the V60 Cross Country will likely be more than adequate for everyone else. If you need more space for cargo, the larger Volvo V90 Cross Country offers a similar luxury-wagon vibe—and luxury station wagons from other manufacturers, such as the Audi A4 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, are ‘ a look too.
What’s new for 2023?
The V60 and V60 Cross Country station wagons both get a mild styling refresh for 2023 that includes new wheels and reworked front and rear bumpers. Volvo’s new Google-based infotainment system has also been added, which includes an updated interface to the car’s digital gauge display and the central vertically-oriented touchscreen.
Prices and which one to buy
We’re partial to the noisier Recharge T8 Polestar, which forgoes the Cross Country’s lifted suspension and SUV styling cues for a more performance-oriented look. Its ride is on the stiff side, but that’s a compromise we’re willing to make for the T8 powertrain’s extra power and electric-only drive mode. If the Polestar’s performance just isn’t for you, we won’t judge you for choosing the Cross Country. Honestly, they are both good choices.
Engine, transmission and performance
The Cross Country model is powered by a 250 hp turbocharged four-cylinder and comes with all-wheel drive. When we tested the V60 Cross Country, we recorded a 60-mph time of 7.1 seconds. As long as you don’t push it too hard, the V60 Cross Country feels nimble and responsive through corners. The revamped Recharge T8 Polestar comes with a 455-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain that pairs a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder with electric motors and all-wheel drive. This arrangement is much faster than the Cross Country model and jumps to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The Recharge T8 Polestar also comes with a manually adjustable suspension – something that driving enthusiasts might think is cool – so the owner can tune the car’s handling to their preference.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Cross Country model earns ratings of 22 mpg city, 31 highway, and 25 combined. Despite being the lineup’s performance-oriented model, the V60 Recharge T8 Polestar’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is quite efficient, earning a fuel economy rating of 74 MPGe, with up to 41 miles of claimed electric-only driving -series. We didn’t have a chance to test the V60 our 75 mph highway fuel economy test route but we’ll update this story with details when we do. For more information on the V60’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Volvo designs some great interiors, and the V60’s are no exception, largely those of the S60 sedan and the XC60 SUV. The cabin is spacious, the seats are comfortable, and the design is undeniably luxurious. But Volvo’s minimalist approach means that many controls are hidden within the infotainment system. Like other Volvos of this vintage, the cabin looks and feels more expensive than it is, which makes it all the more impressive. Cargo capacity is also large, something we expect from a station wagon. In our testing, we fit eight carry-on bags behind the rear seats and a total of 22 with the seats folded. For reference, the Audi A4 Allroad fit two fewer carry-ons in both tests.
Infotainment and connectivity
The V60 and V60 Cross Country come standard with Volvo’s Google-based infotainment system. The new interface runs on the same vertically-oriented 9.0-inch touchscreen as the old Sensus Connect system, but works much faster and more fluidly. New it is, but not flawless; the interface features on-screen icons that are too small for easy use while driving. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, as is Bluetooth connectivity and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot powered by a 4G LTE data connection.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Volvo’s safety-focused ethos means driver assistance features such as lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and other collision avoidance technology are standard. For more information on the V60’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure warning with lane keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
Volvo’s standard protection plan doesn’t break from the luxury brand norm, offering four years or 50,000 miles for both powertrain and limited warranty coverage, but it adds some value in the form of a three-year complimentary scheduled maintenance plan.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
2023 Volvo V60 Cross Country B5 AWD Ultimate
Vehicle type: front engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $55,195/$63,585
Options: 20-inch 7-spoke wheels with all-season tires, $3200; Bowers & Wilkins premium audio, $3200; climate package – (heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, headlight wipers), $750; metallic paint, $695; luggage cover, $345; power tailgate, $200
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 120 inches31969 cm3
Power: 247 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.6-in ventilated disc/12.6-in ventilated disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season
245/40R-20 99V Extra load VOL
Wheelbase: 113.2 inches
Length: 188.5 inches
Width: 72.8 inches
Height: 59.2 inches
Passenger volume: 94 feet3
Cargo volume: 23 feet3
Curb weight: 4151 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.1 sec
1/4-mile: 15.4 sec @ 92 mph
100 mph: 18.5 sec
Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 7.7 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.9 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 179 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-ft Skid road: 0.85 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 22 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 29 mpg
75 mph highway range: 460 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 26/23/30 mpg
C/D TEST EXPLAINED
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