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YOU 60 THING REVIEW: Volvo deserves Swede success with their new Cross Country version of the V60

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The Volvo V60 now comes in an impressive Cross Country version

The Volvo V60 now comes in an impressive Cross Country version

Some things are worth leaving alone like Volvo's gorgeous grille

Some things are worth leaving alone like Volvo's gorgeous grille

The V60 CC looks good from any angle

The V60 CC looks good from any angle

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The Volvo V60 now comes in an impressive Cross Country version

Just when we thought the multi-genre automotive world couldn't get any more confusing there is now a Cross Country model to get our teeth into which sits somewhere between an estate and an SUV.

It's been tried before but never had much success. The Insignia, Passat and Octavia all had a robust estate version over the last decade but are now completely forgettable. Or worse - avoidable.

But in the V60 CC (yep that's the Cross Country bit), Volvo have actually created a bulky estate equipped with the tools to be an off-road vehicle on pretty much any terrain while still blending perfectly into the urban landscape of city driving.

It has plastic detailing on the wheel arches and along the bottom of the doors that usually signifies a certain ruggedness in a vehicle, so you know this is not your average family estate. But in truth, it's not that obviously a 'Cross Country' version; especially in the grey paint job that my test car had.

I was lucky enough to get longer than the usual week in this so I got to learn much more about this car than I may have with a normal roadtest.

It is a very good looking estate car, as you would expect from the Swedish manufacturer. All angles lead to the same conclusion. Fitted with the new and improved grille on the front sandwiched in between delicious headlights, no one can say that Volvos are boring looking any more.

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Some things are worth leaving alone like Volvo's gorgeous grille

Some things are worth leaving alone like Volvo's gorgeous grille

Some things are worth leaving alone like Volvo's gorgeous grille

Right behind that grille was the D4 190hp turbodiesel engine flawlessly controlled by the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Volvo make one of the nicest cabins in the car industry. Anyone who has been in a new model over the last decade will have surely spotted the vast improvements to the interior from yesteryear and will marvel at delicate detailing and high end materials being used.

There are so many gadgets too, just like the SUV members of the family that are now just accepted as standard. No longer 'surprising or remarkable' for those of us lucky enough to have been in a few Volvos in recent years but still utterly brilliant.

The chrome detailing is beautiful and the company's foresight to maintain some controls by buttons (albeit fancy ones) instead of lobbing everything behind the touchscreen like some companies was a very welcome feature throughout my extended drive. And I am delighted to say that Volvo is sticking with the chrome ignition toggle that swivels. A small detail but a memorable one for all the right reasons.

Heated seats and a heated steering wheel were used daily and the front window radiator was implemented repeatedly throughout the freezing cold temperatures at the start of this month.

Other bits - there are too many to mention them all - I loved in this that come as standard are the automatically dimmed inner rear view mirror, the quick and easy-to-use 2-zone electronic climate control (it comes with 'CleanZone' air quality system and pollen filter), the gigantic 12.3" driver's information display, useful underfloor cargo storage and well-designed centre consoles in the front and rear that came with cup holders as well as storage.

In addition to Volvo's 'Momentum' spec, this Cross Country model benefits from 60mm additional ground clearance, leather-faced upholstery with delicate contrast stitching, active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology keyless driveability and there are front seat cushion extensions and multi-directional back support in the seats too.

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The V60 CC looks good from any angle

The V60 CC looks good from any angle

The V60 CC looks good from any angle

The grille gets a nice tweak with some chrome detailing and the alloys are 18" 5-spoke beauties.

Optional extras in my test vehicle included the power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain, parking camera that comes with 360º surround view and park assist pilot - automatic parallel and 90º parking (including front park assist).

So how does it drive? Well, it's a four wheeler, which meant that the bitterly cold mornings earlier this month were no match for it. This is an exceptionally smooth and relaxing car to drive.

Being a Volvo, there is a whole host of automated braking and emergency steering systems and the always-impressive Pilot Assist which helps you stay in the right lane and at the right speed limit.

It is also very practical, which is an adjective that sometimes gets unfairly misconstrued as leaning towards 'boring'. There is lots of rear legroom and headroom and a giant boot.

They start at €43,450 (the Diesel D3 with a manual transmission in the Momentum spec) but my spec was much higher and had all the above options loaded on so to drive away in this would set you back a rather spicy €61,981.

I think somewhere in between that is about right for this car.

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