Volvo V60 Cross Country review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

It’s very comfortable, but the V60 Cross Country can’t match some rivals on practicality

As with all modern Volvo products, the V60 Cross Country majors on comfort. The V60 is slightly bigger than the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series estates, meaning there’s plenty of space inside for passengers and luggage.

From the driver’s seat you’ll just about notice the higher driving position offered by the raised ride height, but this is no tall-riding SUV. All-round visibility is still good, however.  

Size

The Volvo V60 Cross Country measures in at just under 4.8m long, just over 1.9m (a shade over 2m including mirrors) and one millimetre shy of 1.5m in height. It’s a little larger than conventional executive estates from Audi, Mercedes and BMW, but around the same size as the Subaru Outback – although the latter is around 100mm taller. The V60 has a greater focus on practicality than its stylish V90 sibling, featuring a tailgate that’s far less raked and therefore a boot with a more practical shape.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Up front, you’ll find some of the best seats in the business – something of a Volvo hallmark – while the rears offer enough space to sit two six-foot adults in comfort. The rear floor isn’t flat, so legroom becomes an issue with three rear passengers – even if shoulder space is fine. It’s worth noting too that while rear legroom is okay, it can be hampered if the front seats are set to their lowest positions. There are Isofix points on each of the two outer rear seats.

Boot

The V60 Cross Country’s boot measures in at 529 litres – larger than that of the conventional Audi A4 Avant (504 litres) and BMW 3 Series Touring (495 litres), but trails the Subaru Outback’s 559 litres ever so slightly. The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer is the biggest near-rival, with 560 litres. It’s interesting to note that the Cross Country does not lose out on space versus front-wheel drive versions of the V60.

Folding the seats flat can be made easier with the optional Convenience Pack (£500), which adds electrically folding rear seats amongst other practical luggage organisation features and extra power sockets. A total of 1,441-litres of space is available with the seats down.

Towing

The Volvo V60 can tow braked trailers of up to 2000kg when specified with the optional retractable tow bar at just over £1,000. This also brings Volvo’s ‘Trailer Stability Assist’ system, which can use the brakes to help regain control of a snaking trailer at speeds over 31mph.

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