The interior layout, fit and finish
The Volvo V60 Cross Country has a superb driving position that betters the one in the Audi A4 Allroad and the Mercedes C-Class Estate because they have offset pedals and a bulge in their footwell. You sit perfectly in line with the steering wheel and pedals in the V60, with a comfortable armrest on the door and another between the front seats.
It comes with a great range of steering wheel height and reach adjustment and the supportive driver's seat. That includes lumbar adjustment and an extendable seat base, for better thigh support.
The same is true when operating the infotainment features because BMW's physical iDrive rotary controller makes life a lot easier than using the V60's touchscreen. The BMW software is also more responsive and better laid out than Volvo's but it's not all bad. You get used to the V60's menus and the screen is very clear.
As standard, you get sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo. You have to add Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, though, which is standard in its key rivals, and wireless phone charging is another extra. There's also a relatively affordable Harman Kardon 13-speaker/600-watt stereo upgrade, but if you're a hi-fi buff and prepared to spend even more on the Bowers and Wilkins 1100-watt system, you'll find the sound quality is one of the best available in any car.
It's an easy car to see out of. The V60 Cross Country's windscreen pillars aren't too thick and there are no substantial blindspots. The rear windows provide better vision than the Audi A4 Allroad's more sculpted rear end does and, if you add the optional Seat Pack, you get power-folding rear headrests. That may sound pointless, but dropping the rear headrests at the touch of a button enables you to see even more when reversing.
Front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard (a 360-degree camera system is optional). It’s easy to see at night, too, because high-intensity LED headlights are fitted to every version, with adaptive LED headlights available.
Volvo is making quite a name for itself when it comes to great interiors and the V60 Cross Country is no exception. The materials and build quality are very near to the benchmark A4’s and better than in the C-Class. Those include softer leather and driftwood inlays that really lift the ambience.