2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country photo tour

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country in the snow

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country in the snow
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country in the snow. Photo © Aaron Gold

With a raised suspension and all-wheel-drive, the Volvo S60 tackles foul weather like an SUV. My test car had Michelin X-Ice winter tires, which made it practically unstoppable in the snow.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country from the front

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country front view
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country. Photo © Aaron Gold

S60 Cross Country basically gets the same treatment automakers apply to wagons when they turn them into SUVs, including a more aggressive front bumper and more ground clearance.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country from the rear

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country rear view
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country rear view. Photo © Aaron Gold

S60 Cross Country gets side sills styled to look like rock rails and dual tailpipes (always funny to see on a five-cylinder car -- few cars have true dual exhaust systems nowadays, but imagine the sound if the S60 had one pipe for two cylinders and one for three).

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country interior

2016 Volco S60 Ctoss Country interior
2016 Volco S60 Ctoss Country interior. Photo © Aaron Gold

Interior is old-school Volvo: Relatively unadorned but with high-quality materials. Wood trim is an extra-cost option.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country dash detail

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country dashboard
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country dashboard. Photo © Aaron Gold

One of the S60's nifty bits is the dashboard, which has three different display modes: Eco, Elegance and Performance.
 

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country center stack

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country center stack
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country center stack. Photo © Aaron Gold

I like the S60's climate controls, but there are just too many buttons packed in too small a space. Note the telephone keypad -- you can use it to program the navigatoin system, typing in the letters as if you were texting on an old flip phone.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country front seat

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country front seat
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country front seat. Photo © Aaron Gold

Volvo is known for their supportive front seats. I found them comfy for long stretches, with seat heaters that could fry an egg.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country back seat

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country back seat
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country back seat. Photo © Aaron Gold

Tight back seat room is one of the S60's major drawbacks. It's habitable for adults, but one would expect more room in what is supposed to be Volvo's mid-size car.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country fuel warning

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country low fuel nav prompt
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country low fuel nav prompt. Photo © Aaron Gold

When the S60 begins to run low on fuel, the navigation system offers to find nearby gas stations. Nice!

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country trunk

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country trunk
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country trunk. Photo © Aaron Gold

This is the S60 Cross Country's biggest limitation: The trunk. It displaces 12 cubic feet, and the full-size spare tire in my test car raises the floor so high I couldn't even stand my backpack up for photos.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country engine

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 engine
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 engine. Photo © Aaron Gold

This is the T5 five-cylinder engine. I develops a healthy 250 horsepower, but fuel economy isn't great. Volvo has introduced a new fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine called Drive-E, but it isn't offered on all-wheel-drive S60s -- at least not yet.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country radar sensor

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country radar sensor
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country radar sensor. Photo © Aaron Gold

This is the radar sensor for the S60's adaptive cruise control system. If it gets clogged with snow -- as it did during my winter trek -- the system reverts to regular cruise control mode.

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