Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Cross Country is a bit more expensive to buy than the regular V60 in our preferred Momentum trim, but it’s cheaper than four-wheel-drive versions of the Audi A4 Avant and around the same as the BMW 3 Series Touring.
The Cross Country is also predicted to hold onto a solid chunk of its value when you come to sell it three years down the line. In fact, its expected residuals are a close match for the A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring.
While the front-wheel drive V60 Momentum D4 diesel emits 119g/km of CO2, it’s worth company car users bearing in mind that the four-wheel drive Cross Country produces 135g/km. This figure is still lower than that of the A4 Avant 40 TDI quattro, but not quite as low as the C220d Estate 4Matic's. Pick the T5 petrol engine and emissions jump to 164g/km.
Certain options are rather tempting; we’ve already mentioned the Convenience Pack, smartphone integration and adaptive LED headlights, and metallic paint is almost always essential for the best resale values.
As standard, the Cross Country gets automatic emergency braking (this will detect and brake for cars, pedestrians and large animals in your path), traffic sign recognition, oncoming lane mitigation (to help avoid a head-on collision) and lane-keeping assistance. We’d consider adding the optional Intellisafe Pro pack, though; it includes blindspot warning and Pilot Assist (adaptive cruise control that can also make steering adjustments). It’s rather pricey but nicely rounds off what Euro NCAP has proven to be one of the safest cars in its class.
As a manufacturer, Volvo came 11th out of 31 in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, impressively finishing ahead of BMW, Mercedes and Audi. A three-year, 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty and free breakdown cover are provided, matching that supplied by Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi but lagging behind BMW and Mercedes.
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