Volvo: 2015 V60 T5 Cross Country AWD 2015 review

Volvo: 2015 V60 T5 Cross Country AWD 2015 review

White horses, one of which I spent a good deal of time finding in order to take a photo with it next to the Volvo, take a lot of maintenance to keep looking clean.

Similarly, if you truly took the spirit of the Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country then you wouldn’t buy one in white because it would be forever dirty from the multitude of gravel backroads to trout fishing streams and mountain biking tracks.


Volvo V60 T5 2015 rear quarterLike the mare in the pictures, the V60 puts its horsepower down in four contact points, but unlike the mare, the Volvo was very compliant for the photo shoot.

Champing at the bit is the Volvo’s forte with a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine generating 187kW at 5400rpm and a healthy 360Nm of torque between 1800-4200rpm. Volvo quotes 8.5l/100km fuel consumption, combined.

There’s a sport mode although it seemed fairly Volvo V60 T5 2015 bootredundant as the normal mode is pretty good to drive even when it’s a sinuous road. The V60 never felt like it was out of place when being thrown around a bit in the bends. There’s a very balanced mixture of confidence and comfort; essentially a practical, fast, roomy family car with an appealing design.

That practicality is welcome with large loads. There’s 430 litres of space in the boot, although no bag hooks. The V60 came with a rubberised mat to stop items slipping around.

Volvo V60 T5 2015 front inteiorThis is a good-looking station wagon, with assertive alloys. Its proportions belie the fact that it sits 65mm higher off the ground than a standard V60 as it looks longer and lower than it really is.
While the exterior is as sleek as a stallion, the dashboard is a bit of a ‘mare to use.

It hasn’t been updated in years and is only slightly redeeming itself from Volvos of six years ago (like this XC60 we reviewed in 2009) because there are better screens in the instrument panel to display information.

The seats are spacious and comfortable with good heaters. In the rear they have built-in child booster seats. There’s not a huge amount of legroom in the rear if the driver is tall.

The V60 comes with Volvo’s Sensus system which is a suite of apps to help manage the technology of the car while you are driving. It relies heavily on voice commands (good, because the button interface is nowhere near as good as BMW’s i-Drive), and you can connect your phone via Bluetooth or wi-fi to enable connected functionality.

To be honest, I didn’t really use (or need) these functions.

Other notable technology includes Intellisafe which automatically brakes the car at speeds up to 50kph if it detects and accident might occur. There’s satellite navigation, a reversing camera, and the usual suite of driver electronic aids to stop the wheels spinning, sliding or locking.

It comes with a 5-star crash test rating, too.

Should this Volvo be part of your stable? I can’t see any reason not. We journalists drive a new car or two every week so we see what the latest and greatest features are in terms of user interfaces and technology, and perhaps we’re a bit over-critical when things that we think are ‘sub-optimal’ hang around for years – case in point, the dashboard design.

The Volvo, though, is a car that is a pleasing filly. She’ll gallop, canter and (presumably, but we didn’t try) jump. She’s got some off-road ability, and the saddle’s comfortable, too. And with all those safety features you know you won’t be bucked off.

Price: $72,990

Pros

  • Fast
  • All-wheel-drive
  • Looks great
  • Plenty of room

Cons

  • Dated dashboard layout


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