Saying the word “wagon” in the automotive realm is almost like uttering an expletive. People tend to be somewhat offended by this term. I’m not entirely sure why.
Wagons, sport wagons, five-doors, wannabe SUVs, or however you desire to label this type of automobile’s configuration, is nothing shy of amazing.
My first car was a 1991 Toyota Corolla Wagon. Horribly ugly – complete with a tacky rear spoiler that likely did little to nothing for aerodynamics – but incredibly giving. I could fit five people inside, a ton of gear in the trunk, it was a five-speed manual AND had all-wheel drive. She could do no wrong.
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Flash forward two and a half decades and wagons, I feel, are on the way out. SUVs and crossovers have crossed into their territory and gobbled up the sales. Though, a shining example of why wagons are still completely relevant and utterly cool can be exemplified through the 2015.5 Volvo V60 Cross Country.
It’s a glowing testament as to why wagons don’t suck. Here’s why:
1) Sure it has five doors, but it still looks amazing. That must have to do with the Swedish design and engineering. It’s sleek and fashion forward, both on the inside and out.
2) It is so smooth to drive. You can take on sinuous curves, drive highway speeds, and if you so desire, put its ground clearance to work (it has 65mm more clearance than the V60 wagon) all in the matter of moments.
3) Serenity now. You want quiet inside a car? You got it with the V60. The zombie apocalypse could be happening right outside the comfort of incredible leather seats and you’d still be able to sleep.
4) Not all wagons are built the same. In fact, not all V60s are built the same. But even with the lesser of the available engines in the V60 lineup (T5/T6/Polestar), this Cross Country’s 2.5L, 5-cylinder, turbocharged engine with 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque will still get you excited to drive.
5) You forget you’re driving a wagon. The beauty of the V60 is that it handles like a boss. You’ll forget your extra junk in the trunk and love life, one corner at a time.
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