Volvo V60 Cross Country review - Interior, design and technology

Sharp styling, a luxurious interior and great infotainment make for a highly appealing package

The arrival of the all-new XC90 SUV in 2014 heralded the start of push upmarket for Volvo as it took the fight to rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes, aiming to match or better those brands for interior quality, exterior design and onboard technology.

Outside the Volvo V60 Cross Country is the latest model to offer the Swedish brands’ trademark sharp, unfussy design – albeit with added plastic cladding to protect against bumps and scrapes on rougher surfaces. The Cross Country rides 60mm higher than the standard V60, with its beefier suspension and larger wheels as contributing factors. Roof rails are standard, as are 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Cross Country matches its siblings with a focus on plush materials, simple ergonomics and strong infotainment. A minimalist design makes for a relaxing place to sit; the cabin feels especially airy when specced with lighter-coloured upholstery.

Standard equipment is good but you’ll need to delve into the options list to bring the spec up to the standard set by its closest rivals. The Subaru Outback, for example, comes as standard with front, side and rear view cameras, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a full suite of driver assistance and active safety systems; V60 Cross Country buyers will need to select the majority of these features either as standalone options or as part of Volvo’s options packs.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

A 9.7-inch portrait touchscreen sits in the centre of the dash and is used to control most key functions, including ventilation controls. It sets the class standard for ease of use, but it’s disappointing that Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity is a £300 optional extra. Good-quality sat nav comes as standard, however.

Audiophiles benefit from the choice of two optional stereo upgrades over the standard 170-watt, 10-speaker system. A 600-watt, 13-speaker Harmon Kardon system is an £825 option, while a 1,100-watt, 15-speaker system by Bowers and Wilkins is available for £2,500; the latter is one of the best we’ve tested. A CD player does not feature as standard but can be added for £100.

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