Slightly more capable, slightly better to look at.

We knew it would only be a matter of time before the sensible Swedes lifted and ruggified its new V60 wagon. Today, Volvo showed off its latest V60 Cross Country in full, thus carrying on a long tradition of quasi-capable cars with outdoor aspirations. And with Volvo’s new design language attached, we’d argue that this is the most beautiful Cross Country to date.

But how does the new Cross Country compare to its more city-friendly counterpart, the V60? Truthfully, the two cars are almost identical. There are some changes, though, that help differentiate the new Cross Country from its standard sibling.

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Front

Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side
Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side

Take a look at these two cars head-on and you might not be able to tell the difference between them immediately. Both the standard V60 and the V60 Cross Country use the same Volvo design language. (Not too surprising, considering they are essentially the same car).

The "Hammer of Thor" headlights, elongated hexagonal grille, large lower-intake vent, and subtle styling elements on the hood can be found on both. Naturally, the V60 Cross Country sits a bit higher than the standard variant, which is noticeable here.

Rear

Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side
Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side

Again, the backside of the V60 Cross Country doesn’t feature a ton of changes. The only noticeable difference is the departure of the quad exhaust tips (at least from the Momentum model) in place of dual exhausts, as well as the inclusion of cladding around the bumper, and some subtle lettering to signify its rugged personality.

Side

Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side
Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side

From this angle, the V60 Cross Country shows the most differences. Apart from the taller ride height, the Cross Country model gets model-specific wheels, and some cladding around the wheels wells and side sills. Weirdly, the V60 Cross Country shares a lot in common visually with the Buick Regal TourX – the wheels in particular.

Interior

Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side
Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side

The V60 Cross Country doesn’t have a noticeably different  interior compared to the standard V60. It’s the same styling you’ll find on all other S60 and V60 models (not that we’re complaining). These images show the high-riding wagon with an all-black leather and a dark beige-and-black combo. The latter of which looks especially suited to its rustic looks.

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Gallery: Volvo V60 Vs. V60 Cross Country: Side-By-Side