Automotive Amy: Lady in the Fast Lane 4

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 AWD

Many may know from its history that Volvo has often been the pioneer and front-runner of vehicle safety. The new manifestation of the long-standing brand has met this tradition and melded with new technology, bringing forth a vehicle that is capable, stylish, comfortable and, as always, safe for driver, passengers and other motorists sharing the roadways.

Considering the powerful performance of the 2.5-liter, turbo-charged, 5-cylinder engine, Volvo’s overall attention to safety is even more significant, especially when paired with extreme weather-and-terrain-friendly all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires and electronic stability control. With instant traction and corner traction control, the ride is smooth, controlled and stable at both city and highway speeds. A visual distance alert cue enhances driver awareness of following and stopping distance with a display that is in the forward field of vision, along with the sensible location of the blind spot information system indicator, located on the A-pillar interior in the driver’s immediate sight-line, rather than the external side-view mirror placement of many other vehicles on the road.

Other helpful driver’s aids available in the Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 include pedestrian/cyclist detection with auto brake, helping to keep parking lots safer as well. Adaptive cruise control allows you to set variable distances between your vehicle and the one ahead, for which it then compensates automatically. Active high beams are a handy way to maintain optimal road visibility. Add lane departure warning, hill descent control, front and rear park assist with rear camera, auto dimming rear-view mirror, heated windshield with rain sensing feature, and an extremely convenient real-time, in-dash speed limit sign with a speed limit indicator on the speedometer itself.

Comfort is not sacrificed for safety by any measure in this Volvo with its 8-way power front seats with three position memory, heated front and rear seats and steering wheel, and power moon roof. A uniquely functional Volvo media interface and dual zone electronic climate control console with streamlined 7-inch LCD display allow for practical and convenient ease of use. Stylish interior touches abound, such as leather and silk metal steering wheel and leather seats. A 4-year, 50,000-mile limited warranty with complimentary factory scheduled maintenance for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles, on-call roadside assistance and 10-year emergency crash notification service round out a full menu of owner satisfaction for anyone in the market for a safe, enjoyable peace-of-mind mobile that can carry you and your family in comfort and style in any conditions.

This is a vehicle that is a joy to drive and a marvel of combined elements that any commuter, entrepreneur, parent, engineer, luxury seeker, day tripper or business traveler would be excited to climb into each day.

What awaits inside is ease, comfort and safety, plus a certain je ne sais quoi that inherently brings a smile to your face upon approach, and that broadens at the push of a button and a press of the pedal – a sheer pleasure to experience!

Amy Cotsworth is a long-time auto enthusiast with a 20-year-professional history in the automotive industry. She can be reached at with any questions, comments or review requests.