Don’t you just love it when things are kept simple? Rather than using some weird name that references the Latin for grasshopper (or something equally bizarre), the Volvo V60 Cross Country really is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a V60 suitable for cross-country driving. Refreshing, isn’t it?
This new-found off-road ability is provided by an extra 60mm of ground clearance, four-wheel drive and hill descent control, all of which come as standard. And, should you find yourself on a particularly challenging off-road route, there are stout black plastic sills, lower bumpers and wheelarch extensions to help protect your investment.
There’s only one Cross Country variant, so you’ll need to plunder the options list if you want more toys. Likewise, at the moment, there’s only one engine offered: a diesel that powers all four wheels through an automatic gearbox. A potent petrol alternative is promised in due course, though.
If you’re after a four-wheel-drive car that isn’t an SUV, the Cross Country seems less compromised than its closest rivals. However, while the Audi A4 Avant quattro, Mercedes C-Class Estate 4Matic and BMW 3 Series Touring xDrive all refrain from claiming much prowess off the beaten track, the Skoda Octavia Scout offers many of the Volvo's attributes at a far lower price. But is it worth paying more for a rugged estate from a premium brand?