There was a time not long ago, when Volvo made a station wagon that was highly desired by automotive journalists. It was called the Volvo Cross Country, with "CROSS COUNTRY" emblazoned across the tailgate. It sat a bit higher being four-wheel drive, looked a lot funkier, had tougher seat material, went a lot farther down the trail. Now THAT was a Volvo station wagon to write home about. This V70 is an elegant hairdresser's sedan, as Joe DeMatio notes. It's compliant in steering and ride to the point of being not so nice to drive. That feeling is compounded when you ask the engine room for steam to pass and it has to think a couple of ticks before giving you the kickdown you need. You need to think twice and plan your move before merging into traffic.
I knew I should have bought one of those Cross Country's when I had a chance.
Jean Jennings, President & Editor-in-Chief