Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Like for like, the V60 Cross Country is not much pricier to buy in cash than the Audi A4 Allroad, but you are paying a significant premium relative to cheaper versions of the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate. It's more expensive than some of the regular V60 models too, of course. If you're buying on finance, the V60 Cross Country is usually competitive for both PCP and leasing.
To help narrow the price gap to the regular V60, the Cross Country is predicted to hold on to more of its value when it comes to reselling in three years' time. That said, the A4 Allroad has significantly slower predicted depreciation, which could make it a more sensible choice financially.
The V60 Cross Country's engines are generally a match on efficiency with its rivals, but the addition of four-wheel drive does diminish their efficiency relative to two-wheel drive rivals, and the two-wheel drive versions of the V60 with the same engines.
If you're a company car driver, this probably isn't the wisest option. You cannot get the plug-in hybrid versions that are on the table if you order the regular V60, which would save you a huge amount of benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. The B4 (P) diesel is RDE2 compliant, though, so you're not penalised with the 4% BIK diesel surcharge.
As we said right at the start, you get a lot of kit with the Cross Country. That includes all the infotainment and parking aids that have been talked about in the previous sections, along with cruise control, a powered tailgate with gesture control, 18in alloy wheels, two-zone climate control, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, full leather trim and keyless entry.
The V60 Cross Country is one of the safest estate cars on the market and gets an excellent five-star rating from Euro NCAP. It's as good at protecting adults and children in a crash as the 3 Series Touring. The A4 Allroad has a noticeably worse adult occupancy rating than both.
The standard safety kit for the V60 includes automatic emergency braking (AEB), which will detect cars, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals, traffic sign recognition, oncoming lane mitigation (to help avoid a head-on collision) and lane-keeping assistance.
The Driver Assist pack includes blindspot warning and Pilot Assist (adaptive cruise control that also includes steering control). It is worth considering but a rather pricey option.
As a manufacturer, Volvo finished in 16th place (out of 31) in our What Car? Reliability Survey. For the record, that was behind BMW but ahead of Audi and Mercedes. Volvo provides a three-year, 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and breakdown cover on every car it sells in the UK.
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