Volvo S 60
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
: 1 Yr / Unlimited kms (Whichever is earlier)
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32.65 Lakhs-44.26 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Contemporary styling
  • Powerful performance
  • Spacious interiors
  • Spot-on ergonomics
  • Excellent all-around safety

Weak Areas

  • Low mileage
  • Small city practicality
  • Dust-prone interiors
  • Average value for money
  • Limited dealership network
Volvo S 60

Volvo S60 Cross Country Expert Review

ECARDLR brings you the exclusive first-drive review of S60 Cross Country. This soon to be launched luxury crossover left us thoroughly impressed as we came back with a large grin.



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Volvo was never known for sportiness. It's understated, sober, elegant and above all safe but hardly considered sporty. However off late the company is busy in breaking the stereotypes and we walked into witness one such out of the box model. The first time we lay our sight on S60 Cross Country (CC), this unusual adjective came to mind is whacky. However, as the theme of cross country suggests, S60 is not like big and burly SUVs which are designed to conquer any terrain that comes their way. On the contrary, it's a soft off-roader that though comes with AWD has very sedan-like turnout.  Ignore the exceptional ground clearance, every other dimensional parameter matches to sedan than to SUV. What else on outside, inside and under the hood; we get all covered in this first drive review.

Design Style & Interiors

Undoubtedly S60 CC is conceived from the groundswell support from S60 sedan. It’s very much apparent even with casual glance. The only contrasting virtue is the 201 mm of high ground clearance of S60 CC. High profile 17” tyres fill the arches well and though these are large, don't hint towards the any special terrain conquering capabilities. At the back to, design is similar and chrome badge with AWD written on it somewhere brandishes the All-terrain capabilities of the car.

Interiors of V40 CC are similar to sedan version that means you get large, bucket seats. Occupants are snugly held with all-around support and double-stitched leather seats. There is no dearth of leg-and knee-room at the back though sweeping roofline leave headroom at a premium for rear occupants. Central stack is typically Volvo with lots of buttons and 7-inch infotainment system which doubles up as a unit for reverse camera display.  Safety is exceptionally high with equipment like airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, dynamic stability control, whiplash control etc. in the list of standard equipment.  Further electrically foldable ORVMs, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors have also been offered.

Engine, Transmission & Driving Dynamics

S60 comes powered by the similar 2.4-litre 5-cylinder diesel engine putting out 190 PS and 420 Nm of max power and max torque respectively. The best part about this torque is that most of the chunk is available from as early as 1500 rpm.  The Volvo has slightly detuned the motor for better low-end response. The 6-speed automatic transmission is quite surprising in its efficiency. It offers competent gear shifts and although the upshifts are a bit early and downshifts are lethargic, overall the car offers competent engine-tranny package. S60 CC also features convenience of paddle shifters for better control in manual mode.

Driving dynamics of the car continue to remain competitive despite being the raised underbelly.  We expected body roll owing to raised suspension though Volvo has made sure that no such harmful effect creep into the hardware. The roll has been restricted and the S60 CC glides over the rough patches, undulations and sand gravels. Even the potholes fail to disturb its poise though limited downward travel of suspension makes the thud sound feel inside.

Overall Verdict

With an estimated price of around Rs 40 lakh, S60 Cross Country is expected to undercut the prices of the likes of Audi, Mercedes and BMW. It has got all the right ingredients though the thing going against is the new segment it will bet on. Indians have never heard of this before where a luxury sedan comes equipped with ground clearance of SUV.  We find it hard to summarize though came back thoroughly impressed with the capabilities of this cross country. 

Style & Substance                        4/5                                          Ride & Handling             4/5
Interiors & Ergonomics:              3.5/5                                      Safety & Equipment     4.5/5
Power-Plant & Transmission      3.5/5                                      Fuel Efficiency                 3.5/5

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