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2017 Volvo S60 Cross Country: Our View
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By: Cars.com On: 08-25-2017 Model(s): Editor's note: This review was written in January 2016 about the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country, but little of substance has changed. 2017 Volvo S60 Cross Country
Author Experience: Expert review

Editor's note: This review was written in January 2016 about the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country, but little of substance has changed. To see what's new for 2017, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

While the Cross Country versions of the 2016 Volvo S60 sedan and V60 wagon have higher ground clearance, plus bodywork that suggests off-road capability, their firm suspensions mean they're best-suited for on-pavement driving.

I tested both of these; reviews of the S60 and V60 on which the XC versions are based are also available. The XCs' competitors include all-wheel-drive-only vehicles such as the Subaru Outback and Audi allroad. Compare them here.

Cross Country models are easily spotted because of their raised height compared with the standard V60 and S60; their 7.9 inches of ground clearance is about 2.5 inches more than conventional models. They also feature skid plates that protect the undercarriage from damage.

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